The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

In Photos: Vladimir Putin Assumes The Presidency In Russia

Police officers carry an anti-Putin protester, who was detained in central Moscow, on Monday.
Andrey Smirnov AFP/Getty Images

As we've reported, Vladimir Putin's return to Russia's presidency was fraught with drama. But a disputed parliamentary election and many unprecedented protests later, Putin took the oath of office for a third time today.

Putin took the oath amid protests. The New York Times reports 300 were detained, following the round up of 400 detained after a surprisingly large anti-Putin demonstration popped up on Sunday.

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Asia
2:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

What Putin's Latest Election Says About Russia

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:37 pm

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Monkey See
1:19 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tyrrany Of Character: Will The Real Sacha Baron Cohen Please Stand Up?

Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen in The Dictator.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:13 pm

If you've had an eye on pop culture recently, chances are you've seen Admiral General Aladeen, the subject of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie The Dictator.

You might have seen him on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, trading quips with Seth Meyers (and prisoner Martin Scorsese!).

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The Two-Way
12:59 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Early Report: U.S. Highway Deaths Fall To Lowest Number Since 1949

Skid marks left by a van are visible on a highway after a van plunged over both the concrete and iron railing, killing three generations of a Bronx family, in New York.
Louis Lanzano AP

If a preliminary report holds true, the number of road deaths fell again in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 32,310 people died on highways last year, down almost 2 percent from the 32,885 people who died in 2010.

The Detroit News reports:

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Political Junkie
12:49 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar May Not Survive Tuesday's GOP Primary

Both Democrats come off unsuccessful gov. campaigns; Barrett lost to Walker in 2010, and Falk lost the primary in 2006.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:03 pm

When Richard Lugar, the mayor of Indianapolis, first ran for the Senate, against Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh in 1974, a big part of his problem was that he was a partisan Republican.

In fairness, there was nothing wrong with being a partisan Republican in good GOP years ... in, say, 1972, when President Richard Nixon was on his way to a landslide re-election and Lugar was the keynote speaker at the GOP national convention.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:15 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Reclaiming Rhetoric For The Modern Age

The Roman poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus (circa 95 - 55 BC)
Spencer Arnold Getty Images

I was fascinated a few years ago to learn the initial meaning in the Greek agora and among its citizens of "rhetoric." But first, what do we now mean by the term?

Alva wrote recently about cigarette packages carrying frightening images of the consequences of smoking. He described it as propaganda, meant to manipulate, not persuade with the truth. He makes a powerful case.

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Making $200 Million, 'The Avengers' Breaks Weekend Box Office Record

Marvel's The Avengers total worldwide haul is estimated to be $641.8 million in barely a week. The U.S. opening has set a new record at $200.3 million.
Walt Disney Pictures

Pick your verb: Hulk smashed, pulverized, shattered.

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Folk Show
12:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Folk Show Playlist 5.6.12

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Pop Culture
11:50 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Ready To Step Into Your Favorite Superhero's Shoes?

The movie The Avengers broke box office records this weekend. That's just one sign of the growing interest in comic book heroes, science fiction, and other fantasy genres. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer George Gonzalez about covering a recent convention for die-hard fantasy fans.

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