Tue May 17, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney, GOP Money Magnet

Mitt Romney may have trouble convincing many Republicans that there's much of a difference between the health care individual mandate he signed into law as Massachusetts' governor and the federal one.

But when it comes to his still-not-officially-announced presidential campaign persuading people to give money is clearly not an issue.

As NPR's Peter Overby reported for the network's newscast, Romney raised serious money Monday:

The Romney organization says it rounded up some 800 supporters for a 9-to-5 workday of making phone calls.

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Tue May 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Hamas Foreign Minister: We Accept Two-State Solution With '67 Borders

Hamas' Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad.
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Hamas' Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad told NPR's Robert Siegel that the Islamic political party has accepted a two-state solution that respects the 1967 borders.

Robert asked Hamad in a very straight forward way: "If Israel were to accept a two-state solution in which Palestine would be in Gaza and the West Bank and have its capital in Jerusalem, is that an acceptable aim that Hamas is striving for or is that in and of itself insufficient because there would still be a state of Israel?"

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Tue May 17, 2011
Planet Money

The Tuesday Podcast: We Sold Gold

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 2:01 pm

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Last fall, we embarked on our latest adventure in investment journalism: We bought a gold coin.

On today's show, we sell that coin, and find out whether we made or lost money (the question is more complicated than it sounds).

And we try to figure out whether we're in the middle of a gold bubble.

For more, see our series on gold and the meaning of money.

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Tue May 17, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

As Home Construction Falls, Builders Feel The Pinch

For homebuilders, it hardly feels like an economic recovery.

Nearly two years after the recession ended, the pace of construction is inching along at less than half the level considered healthy. Single-family-home building, the bulk of the market, has dropped 11 percent in that time. And there's no sign it will improve soon.

Builders are struggling to compete with waves of foreclosures that have forced down prices for previously occupied homes. The weakness is weighing on the economy.

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Tue May 17, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Surgery No Better Than Waiting For Most Men With Prostate Cancer

A federally funded study finds many men with prostate cancer can safely wait instead of undergoing immediate surgery.
Patrick Herrera iStockphoto.com

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer face a dilemma. Should they get treated or wait to see what happens?

Many prostate tumors grow slowly and pose little risk to health, while others that are aggressive can be deadly. Surgical removal of the prostate, a common treatment, carries risks of incontinence and impotence. Watchful waiting could spare a patient side effects, but there is also a chance the prostate cancer could suddenly worsen.

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Tue May 17, 2011
It's All Politics

Revenues Up In Some States But Don't Pop Champagne Corks Yet

Not much in the way of good news has come out of state capitals in recent years, with most states struggling with deficits, layoffs and cuts to essential services.

So the spate of good budget news is definitely worth nothing. This week word came that tax revenues were significantly higher than expected in several large states — California, Michigan and New Jersey.

New York earlier forecast it would take in $2 billion more than it anticipated.

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Tue May 17, 2011

The Man, The Can: Recipes Of The Real Chef Boyardee

Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Unlike the friendly but fictional food faces of Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Chef Boyardee — that jovial, mustachioed Italian chef — is real. Ettore "Hector" Boiardi (that's how the family really spells it) founded the company with his brothers in 1928, after the family immigrated to America from Italy.

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Tue May 17, 2011

Scientists And Musicians Compare Notes

Albert Einstein plays violin.
E. O. Hoppe Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

One of the challenges among scientists is describing the work they do in language the rest of us can understand. That's the idea behind a new program at the University of Tennessee that uses music to bridge that communication gap.

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Tue May 17, 2011
The Commonwealth

Marker Commemorates Air Disaster

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to memorialize the crash site of Trans World Airlines flight 128 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the 900 block of Petersburg Rd. in Hebron.

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Tue May 17, 2011

Are Politicians Especially Prone To Affairs?

Normal people — plumbers, stockbrokers — certainly have affairs. But politicians sometimes seem especially susceptible to them.

Tuesday's revelation that former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sired a child out of wedlock a decade ago comes two days after the arrest on sexual assault charges of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund and erstwhile front-runner in next year's presidential election in France.

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