12:29pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Politics

Obama Calls For At Least A 'Down Payment' On Deficit

President Obama and House Republicans have clashed in negotiations over how — or whether — to raise the federal borrowing limit, known as the debt ceiling. Obama had a news conference Friday, his second this week to discuss the spending cuts and revenue increases he thinks are needed to fix the problem. Mary Louise Kelly talks with NPR's Brian Naylor about the news conference and the partisan battle.

12:16pm

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Tour De France: Hushovd Wins Big Today, Voeckler Maintains Overall Lead

Norway's Thor Hushovd celebrates his stage win at the finish line.
Pascal Pavani AFP/Getty Images

After cycling 152.5 kilometers (or 94.7 miles) from Pau to Lourdes, Norway's Thor Hushovd crossed the finish line in triumph on the 13th stage of the Tour de France. Hushovd picked off Frenchman Jeremy Roy near the end and beat the peloton by nearly nine minutes.

The overall leader remains Thomas Voeckler, with eight of the Tour's 21 stages to go. The 98th edition of the race ends on July 24th in Paris.

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12:00pm

Fri July 15, 2011
Barbershop

'Shop Talk': News Corps Scandal Spills Over To US

The Barbershop guys weigh in on the News Corps phone hacking scandal, the Roger Clemens case, and the relevance of "Boyz N the Hood" as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Host Michel Martin speaks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik.

11:14am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Impact Of War Project

Military Dogs Enjoy Brighter Future After Service

Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier and his colleague, Chaak, in Afghanistan. "Pretty much trust him with my life," Cornier says.
Courtesy of Daniel Cornier

The military's four-legged warriors now have a more hopeful future in store.

Military working dogs were once euthanized when their service days were over.

But, their fate is changing as military and civilian families pressure the Defense Department to make it easier for handlers to adopt their canine colleagues.

Looking out over Camp Pendleton's K-9 training field in California, Marine Cpl. Daniel Cornier shares stories about Chaak, the dog he deployed with to Afghanistan.

His words are halting and emotional.

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11:13am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Major Marijuana Operation Uncovered In Mexico

A marijuana plantation of nearly 300 acres has been found by Mexican forces in the Baja California desert more than 150 miles south of Tijuana. Army Gen. Alfonso Duarte told reporters Thursday that the giant plot was staffed by about 60 people and could produce around 120 tons of marijuana when harvested. Duarte said the the plants would be burned.

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10:42am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Coming Up: President Obama's News Conference

President Obama makes an opening statement on the ongoing budget negotiations before a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

"We have a unique opportunity to do something big" and put the federal government's fiscal books in order for the next decade or so, President Obama said this morning at a White House news conference where he again laid out his view of where things stand in deficit-reduction talks with Republican leaders.

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10:36am

Fri July 15, 2011
All Politics are Local

Galbraith Campaign Manager Resigns

The campaign manager for independent gubernatorial Gatewood Galbraith has resigned. Blogger and political activist Ralph Long announced Friday he is leaving the campaign to pursue other interests, but he remains a supporter of the perennial candidate and running mate Dea Riley. “I may work in other political campaigns at some future date but there are no definite plans at this time,” he told Kentucky Public Radio via e-mail. 

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10:32am

Fri July 15, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Smoking Down In Movies Kids See

Antismoking advocates have pressed movie makers to cut smoking from films that can be seen by kids, arguing the evidence shows Hollywood's aura encourages children to light up.

And the long-running campaign is paying off.

On-screen depictions of smoking in popular movies rated G, PG, and PG-13, dropped 72 percent to 595 in 2010 compared with 2,093 in 2010.

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10:25am

Fri July 15, 2011
All Politics are Local

Senator says Refugees Endanger US

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., questioned officials Wednesday as to how two Iraqi refugees made their way to Bowling Green before eventually being arrested on terrorism charges. In a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Paul said he believes the most serious threats of terrorism to the country come from travel, refugee and student visas.

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10:25am

Fri July 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Pizza Predictor: Asia's Appetite Is Back; A Sign Of Better Times?

The appeal for pizza knows no boundaries (or at least not many).
PR newswire

A year ago, U.S. dairy farmers were worried about a souring in demand for their products overseas. Mexicans weren't buying as much dehydrated milk. In China, demand was down for American pizza cheese.

Kirk Siegler of member station KUNC reported for All Things Considered that dairy farmers were having some of the toughest times they'd ever faced.

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