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6:02 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

As Isaac Strengthens, Louisiana's Levees, Flood Gates Gird For Post-Katrina Test

A satellite view of Isaac churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
National Hurricane Center

The National Hurricane Center says that it expects Tropical Storm Isaac to continue strengthening up until it makes landfall.

In the 5 p.m. ET advisory, the Hurricane Center said Isaac remains a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Dry air, the center explains, keeps feeding into the storm keeping it from intensifying. The storm is predicted to make landfall near New Orleans as a category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds.

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It's All Politics
5:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ron Paul's Faithful Continue To Make Noise; Floor Fight Tuesday?

Ron Paul supporters pose with posters on the floor of the RNC on Monday in Tampa. They put "Ron Paul" over the word "We" on a GOP sign that says "We Can Do Better."
Liz Halloran NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:06 pm

Oh, Isaac. How good you've been to the Ron Paul Revolution!

With 24 hours of nothing officially happening at the GOP convention in Tampa because of Tropical Storm Isaac, Ron Paul supporters for the second time in as many days made themselves the center of attention at Mitt Romney's big nomination party.

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U.S.
5:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Court Paves Way For Texas Planned Parenthood Cuts

Abortion-rights opponents outside a Planned Parenthood of North Texas event in Fort Worth in February. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas can defund Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization provides abortions.
David Kent MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Officials in Texas say they will cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood following a federal court ruling last week. The decision by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the state can defund the health clinics because Planned Parenthood is associated with abortion.

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Games & Humor
5:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

How Madden NFL's Business Lineup Helps It Win Big

According to the NFL's Peter O'Reilly, fans are drawn to the Madden NFL video game franchise because it lets them experience the NFL year-round in a realistic way.
EA Sports

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:52 pm

The Madden NFL video game franchise has sold close to 100 million copies, a number that will only go up on Tuesday when Madden NFL 13 hits shelves. Madden is the biggest franchise of its kind in North America, and big business for an enormous, tangled web of interested parties. Just ask Tommy Mullings — he craves football.

"After the football's done, like, I can't get enough football," he says. "So I'll go watch football all day and then end my Sunday with a couple of games of Madden."

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Music Interviews
5:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.
Ryan MacDonald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:37 pm

The late Stephane Grappelli is perhaps the best-known jazz violinist in history. His collaborations with guitarist Django Reinhardt have influenced countless musicians. A comparison to Grappelli is one of the highest honors a young, rising violinist can receive.

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It's All Politics
5:25 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Herman Cain And His ABCs: He Sees Blacks Turning To The GOP

Herman Cain on Monday at the Tampa Convention Center.
Mark Memmott NPR

Why is one-time Republican presidential contender Herman Cain optimistic about the GOP bringing more African-Americans into its tent?

Because "a lot of people in this country have not realized or it does not get picked up in the polls [that] some black people can think for themselves," he said Monday afternoon. "They don't have to be told what to think and who to vote for and they are responding to the facts."

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ron Paul Still Rallying Support At GOP Convention

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

There's great enthusiasm at the GOP convention — but not for the man presumed to be the nominee. Ron Paul supporters held a huge rally and party, and showed mostly indifference toward Mitt Romney.

Animals
5:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Denali National Park Still Closed After Bear Attack

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

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Election 2012
5:03 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

GOP Convention Officially Opens, Then Adjourns

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Melissa Block talks to Robert Siegel about the postponed Monday opening session of the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

Election 2012
5:02 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

GOP Delegates Learn Policy From Gingrich At 'Newt U'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Every day at the convention in Tampa, Newt Gingrich — the former House Speaker and a former college professor — will hold a two hour policy workshop.

Election 2012
5:01 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Republicans Must Do More With Less At Convention

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Mara Liasson joins Audie Cornish from the Republican National Convention hall in Tampa, Fla.

Religion
4:59 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Closing Maine Churches Auction Their Remnants

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

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Around the country, Catholic churches are closing due to declining membership. What's left inside can be distributed in many ways. Last weekend in Maine, the remnants of three closed churches were sold at a yard sale. It was a chance for parishioners to say good-bye, savor memories, and walk away with a keepsake.

Maine Public Radio's Patty Wight has the story.

JEAN HAMEL: OK, there's nine, and 11 is 20. Thank you.

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Around the Nation
4:57 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

On Katrina's 7th Anniversary, A New Storm Hurtles In

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

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We just heard in Debbie's story from Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans. He insists that his city is, in his words, much, much better prepared than it was seven years ago. So we thought we'd take a few minutes to understand what lessons New Orleans learned from Katrina and in what ways its better prepared for Isaac.

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Around the Nation
4:56 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Takes Aim At Gulf Coast

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:23 pm

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The Florida peninsula has been spared the worst of tropical storm Isaac. The large system is now in the Gulf of Mexico, taking aim at a wide swath of the northern Gulf coast. Forecasters predict Isaac will pick up strength as it travels over the warm Gulf waters and will become a hurricane. They expect the storm to make landfall by Wednesday morning.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Military Announces Punishment For Troops In Quran Burning, Urinating On Corpses

In Kabul in February, demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans, protesting the burning of Qurans.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 3:05 pm

The U.S. military announced that nine servicemen who were involved in two incidents of misconduct were given administrative punishments for their actions.

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