8:57am

Mon April 11, 2011
Conflict In Libya

African Union Takes Cease-Fire Plan To Libyan Rebels

Libyan rebels rejected a cease-fire deal presented by an African Union delegation Monday because it did not address their demand that Moammar Gadhafi be removed from power.

The African leaders met with members of the opposition's Transitional National Council at a hotel in the eastern city of Benghazi but left without saying a word after talks apparently broke down.

Rebel council head Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, the country's former justice minister, said the initiative "did not respond to the aspirations of the Libyan people" and only involved political reforms.

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8:48am

Mon April 11, 2011
Opinion

The Root: The Price Of Funding Jails Over Schools

Latoya Peterson is the editor of Racialicious.com and a frequent contributor to The Root.

As federal, state and local governments across the nation slash their budgets to close looming shortfalls, there is one clear winner in the budget battles: correctional systems, which cost the nation nearly $70 billion annually. During the last two decades, funding for prisons eclipsed spending for higher education sixfold.

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8:30am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Opposition Skeptical Of African Union-Brokered Ceasefire Deal In Libya

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports this morning from Tripoli, leaders of the African Union say they've put together a "road map" to end the fighting in Libya — and that Moammar Gadhafi has agreed to their plan.

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8:10am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Criminal Investigation Of Mubarak And His Family? 'Definitely'

The news from Egypt of an "unprecedented legal summons" that calls on former President Hosni Mubarak and his family to face an anti-corruption probe is "definitely" the start of a criminal investigation into the former regime, those who opposed the Mubarak government tell NPR's Deborah Amos.

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7:52am

Mon April 11, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: No Shutdown, But A Lot Of Sellouts

John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent.

If you had asked Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman or John Kennedy or Lyndon Johnson or Jimmy Carter or even Bill Clinton what Democrats would defend in a fight over the future of government, there's no real question that funding for housing, public transportation, community development programs and safe air travel would be high on the list.

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7:06am

Mon April 11, 2011
The Two-Way

New Japan Aftershock, Gadhafi Likes Latest Proposed Truce

A powerful aftershock off eastern Japan briefly triggered a tsunami warning today. The USGS says the quake's magnitude was 6.6; the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later canceled a tsunami warning. Kyodo reports there's no new damage. It's been one month since the Tohuku Quake and tsunami struck the country, killing thousands and wrecking several nuclear reactors in Fukushima prefecture. A strong aftershock last week killed two people.

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7:00am

Mon April 11, 2011
You Must Read This

Return To The Prairie To Revisit 'My Antonia'

How many of us have been assigned a book to read for a high school English class by a well-intentioned teacher and come away from the experience thinking, with all the conviction of heady youth, "Thank God I'll never have to read that again"?

With a mental flick of the wrist, we dismiss as drudges, romantics and windbags writers we may later come to realize are crucial to us. How easy it is to litter our youthful path with a slew of misunderstood masters!

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6:48am

Mon April 11, 2011
Around the Nation

Opera Star Delivers Baby Then Sings At Met

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

First the baby cried, then the tenor sang. Leandro Florez was born on Saturday just in time for his doting dad to cradle the newborn and then run to make his curtain at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Half an hour after his son made his world debut, tenor Juan Diego Florez sang the lead. That Rossini opera went out live to fans watching in movie theaters around the country.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

6:41am

Mon April 11, 2011
Sports

Luke Donald Has Wild Master's Finish For 4th Place

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Luke Donald did not win golf's Masters yesterday. That honor went to Charl Schwartzel. But Donald did manage a wild finishing hole. He hit his first shot to the edge of a sand trap. He was so close to the edge, that as he hit his second shot, he almost fell in. The shot still bounced on the green and struck the flag stick. Then it rolled off the green, but never mind. Donald chipped in for a birdie three and a share of fourth place.

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Cokie Roberts is a Morning Edition contributor.

At NPR she previously served as the congressional correspondent for more than 10 years. In addition to her work for NPR, Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming.

From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

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