8:00am

Sun May 15, 2011
Politics

Republicans Ready To Cut All But The Pentagon

"Cut spending!" has been Congressional Republicans' battle cry this year. They have indeed managed to cut far more in the budget battles than Democrats might have wanted, but when it comes to the biggest chunk of spending that lawmakers actually do have a say over, the Pentagon budget, it's a different story. NPR's David Welna reports.

8:00am

Sun May 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Louisiana Floods Homes To Save Others

The Army Corps of Engineers opened the Morganza spillway to protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans from flooding on Saturday. The emergency measure is diverting water from the Mississippi into communities along Louisiana's bayous that thousands call home. NPR's Greg Allen has the latest on potential flooding in and around Baton Rouge, La.

8:00am

Sun May 15, 2011
Politics

GOP Class Of 2012 Candidates Takes Shape

This past week was an eventful one for the Republican 2012 presidential hopeful field. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul announced that they would run, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced he wouldn't, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tried to tackle his health care dilemma. NPR's Mara Liasson brings us up to date on the 2012 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

8:00am

Sun May 15, 2011
Education

Appreciation Week Brings Little Cheer To Teachers

May is the month when teachers win awards and have their appreciation week, but tight budgets and campaigns against public employees have lots of teachers feeling anything but appreciated. NPR's Matt Colburn reports.

8:00am

Sun May 15, 2011
Europe

Ireland Steels Itself For A Visit From The Queen

Queen Elizabeth pays a state visit to the Republic of Ireland this week. The four-day trip is the first by a British Monarch in 100 years. Relations between the two nations have been tense since the Republic's 1921 independence and partition from the north and the decades of intermittent violence. Liane Hansen speaks with Irish journalist Conor O'Clery about the Queen's visit.

8:00am

Sun May 15, 2011
History

Living Memories Of The Great Flood Of 1927

The worst flooding along the Mississippi river in decades has many people looking back to the Great Flood of 1927. It swept over seven states and displaced 700,000 people, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history. Samuel Edgar Lee Jr., of Winnsboro, La., was 9 years old at the time of the flood; he shares his memories.

7:19am

Sun May 15, 2011
Economy

For Half Moon Bay: One Step Forward, One Step Back

True to its small town feel, Half Moon Bay hosts the 37th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Here, Ron Root of Citrus Heights, CA celebrates winning first place — with his 1,535 pound pumpkin.
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Half a century ago, before the picturesque seaside town of Half Moon Bay, California decided to incorporate, residents had to call the county sheriff's office to report crimes.

In fact, one big reason Half Moon Bay decided to incorporate was to have its own police force, says Mayor Naomi Patridge.

"It makes you a city, it really does," she says.

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7:17am

Sun May 15, 2011
Arts & Life

School Reunions? Nah, I've Got Facebook

No need for name tags and awkward reconnections. Social networks are affecting attendance at real-life class reunions.
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Facebook was created for college students to get in touch with each other. It has helped people stay in touch online so well, that it might be hurting attendance at real-world class reunions.

This means the excruciatingly awkward reunion scenes in movies — where the dorks and princesses get together to prove that either they've become cool or are still cool — don't have to happen in real life.

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7:16am

Sun May 15, 2011
Arts & Life

A Secret, Boxed-Up Bazaar Of Fantastical Things

Box trucks line up as setup begins for the Lost Horizon Night Market in Oakland, Calif.
Shalaco Sching for NPR

In a desolate, industrial section of West Oakland, Calif., the first of 20 box trucks arrives before sundown. A couple of cargo trailers are parked on a street that is home to an abandoned cement factory.

When this Lost Horizon Night Market is in full swing, a bunch of sideshows and art environments will comprise what is essentially an open party for adults in a public place. Attorney Michael Burstein is the self-described cat-herder-in-chief for the San Francisco Night Markets.

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10:14pm

Sat May 14, 2011
It's All Politics

Mike Huckabee: 'All The Factors Say Go, But My Heart Says No'

Scratch Mike Huckabee's name from the list of potential Republican presidential nominees seeking to challenge President Obama.

The former Arkansas governor and present-day Fox News Channel host said on his show on that cable outlet that he won't compete for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Huckabee said he ruled out a run despite many indications he could do well in the race for the nomination — widespread grassroots support and polls that showed that he had broader appeal to just social conservatives and also a good chance of winning primaries and caucuses.

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