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Wed June 8, 2011
Economy

Controversial Pension Perk Up For Debate In Philadelphia

A perk that allows government workers in Philadelphia to collect on their pensions before they retire is in jeopardy. Mayor Michael Nutter says the early pensions aren't affordable. But the City Council wants to preserve them.

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Wed June 8, 2011
NPR Story

Big Names, Celebrities Missing From World Series Of Poker

Renee Montagne talks to Oskar Garcia, the Associated Press's Las Vegas reporter, about the start of this year's World Series of Poker. The tournament is taking a hit after the Justice Department shut down online poker operators in April.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Space

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

NASA engineer Ernie Wright looks on as the first six primary mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope are prepped to begin final cryogenic testing at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The telescope will have 18 primary mirror segments.
David Higginbotham NASA

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists who are meeting in Baltimore this week to talk about the amazing research they want to do with the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

For Many, It's Still A Good Time To Buy A Home

"For Sale" and "For Rent" signs are seen on the front of townhomes in Centreville, Va.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Home prices around the country have fallen into a double dip. After declining around 30 percent from their peak, they started to rise a bit last summer with the help of a federal tax credit.

But with that stimulus gone, prices are now sliding again to new lows. And while some pundits say a lease makes more sense than a mortgage, other economists insist it's a great time to buy.

'American Dream' Under Fire

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Wed June 8, 2011
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Exploring The Arab Spring

Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, checks in again with the recommended-reading feature that Morning Edition likes to call Word of Mouth.

This month, Brown selects three pieces of writing that revolve around traveling to or from places we've come to identify in the past few months with what's known as the "Arab spring." One is a work of journalism, a report from the streets of Syria. Another is a cry for serious, dedicated travel writing from a serious travel writer. Third is a novel about the desperate desire to escape one such country.

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Wed June 8, 2011
China: Beyond Borders

In Greek Port, Storm Brews Over Chinese-Run Labor

Workers for China's state-run Cosco company, at the port in Greece on Sept. 13, 2010. The company is accused by Greek unionists and by employees of importing Chinese labor practices.
Nikolas Leontopulos

This month, NPR is examining the many ways China is expanding its reach in the world — through investments, infrastructure, military power and more.

China has capitalized on the financial crisis to expand its influence in Europe, promising to buy Greek, Spanish and Portuguese bonds. But its most important infrastructure deal in Europe has been its investment in the Greek port of Piraeus.

Through such deals, Chinese influence is changing more than just the financial landscape in Greece — with ramifications for the rest of Europe.

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Wed June 8, 2011
National Security

Terrorism Case Exposes Gaps In Refugee Screening

Iraqi refugees Waad Alwan (left) and Mohanad Hammadi (right) were arrested May 25 in Kentucky for allegedly conspiring to aid al-Qaida. If convicted on all charges, each could face life in prison.
U.S. Marshals Service AFP/Getty Images

Two Iraqi men are due in court in Kentucky on Wednesday to face charges that they tried to send missiles to al-Qaida. The men moved to the U.S. as part of a program to resettle thousands of refugees from Iraq. But national security experts say their presence here has exposed an alarming gap in the screening process.

Waad Alwan arrived in Bowling Green, Ky., two years ago to build a new life. But when he applied to a refugee program for Iraqis, Homeland Security officials didn't know the military had lifted his fingerprints from a bomb designed to hurt U.S. troops in Iraq.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Asia

Pakistan: Many Identities, Insecurity Shape A Nation

Many American history students learn of a concept called the Frontier Thesis, the idea that the American experience on the frontier shaped the American character. Pakistanis have their own common experiences, from mass migration to war. NPR wanted to know how those experiences affect the country, and posed the question to two Pakistani thinkers Najam Sethi, a leading newspaper editor, and Mosharraf Zaidi, a Pakistani writer and development consultant.

Sethi tells NPR's Steve Inskeep his compatriots are both hospitable to visitors and suspicious of them.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Business

What's Martha Stewart Cooking Up For Her Company?

Martha Stewart may sell the company that bears her name, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Stewart has long enjoyed a reputation as a canny businesswoman as well as a decorator, cook and TV personality.

After going to jail in 2004, she resuscitated her career. But her company has been losing money, and is looking for a path back to profitability — possibly by being sold.

In 2010, Martha Stewart sold almost $43 million worth of products. But when the year ended, her company had lost almost $10 million. In fact, it's lost money seven out of the last eight years.

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Wed June 8, 2011
Digital Life

Is Sexting Cheating? Read This Before You Hit Send

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On Monday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announced he had tweeted to the world a lewd photo of himself he had meant to send to one woman privately.

For many, the reaction to Weiner's lewd photo texts has been disgust and bewilderment. But the phenomenon is more common than you may think. Even the AARP has covered the trend, with the headline: "Sexting Not Just for Kids."

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