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It's All Politics
1:50 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

That's Why Incumbents Used To Say No

Mitt Romney makes his point as President Obama listens during Wednesday's debate in Denver.
Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:44 pm

In case anyone was wondering, this week's presidential debate demonstrated why incumbent presidents and others leading in the polls used to refuse to debate their challengers.

After John F. Kennedy used the first TV debates to boost his campaign against incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon in 1960, there simply were no debates until 1976. Running again with a big lead in 1968 and 1972, Nixon declined to debate and won both times. Lyndon B. Johnson also demurred in 1964 without damage en route to a landslide.

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The Salt
1:48 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

The Cost Of Saving Lives With Local Peanuts In Haiti

Alex E. Proimos flickr

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 4:05 pm

How much extra would you pay for local food? It's a familiar question. We face it practically every time we shop for groceries, either at the store or at the farmers market. But what about food that can save the lives of severely malnourished children?

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U.S.
12:22 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

Ben Blier (left) and his friend Jesse Bleckner hang out in their Yoda T-shirts. On his first day of kindergarten, Ben wore a Yoda T-shirt with "Go to Kindergarten I Must" printed on the front and "Learn Things I Will" on the back.
Courtesy of Nancy Edson

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:03 pm

Aruna Jayaraman knows where to find lemonade. Her son's friend Alexander sells it out in front of his house every weekend, hoping to earn enough money to buy a $400 Lego Death Star.

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Presidential Race
11:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Did The President Need A Sip Of Romney's Red Bull?

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we are recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month by speaking with the first Mexican-American woman to become a college or university president in the U.S. We'll hear her very interesting story in a few minutes.

But first, we turn to last night's presidential debate. An estimated 60 million Americans tuned in to watch the first face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

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Law
11:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Ca. Bans Therapy Meant To Turn Gay Kids Straight

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we turn to California. Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a landmark piece of legislation banning a controversial form of therapy that is meant to change the sexual orientation of children under 18. Supporters of the ban say the so-called gay to straight conversion therapy can psychologically scar patients in the worst possible ways and there's no medical evidence that it works.

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Education
11:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Education Pioneer Takes Border School To New Level

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, director Lee Daniels is known for provocative movie fare, like his award-winning 2009 effort, "Precious." His latest film, by his own account, will be remarkable to some and stomach-turning to others. It's called "The Paperboy," and we'll talk with him about it in just a few minutes.

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The Picture Show
11:38 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Inside Every Stormtrooper Is A Beating Heart

Sandtrooper.
Courtesy of Evan Prince

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:56 am

Full confession: This blogger is much more of a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan than a Star Wars junkie. But as long as you fall somewhere along the spectrum of sci-fi geekdom, you'll probably think these pictures are pretty cool.

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It's All Politics
11:33 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Don't Confuse Us With Facts: Why Debates Are All About Style

Romney vs. Obama. A question of style?
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Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:43 pm

If you think substance trumps style, the analysis of last night's presidential debate might come as a shock. There seems to be a lot more talk today about things like temperament and facial expressions than the facts.

Here's a sampling of opinion:

Writing in Forbes, Frederick E. Allen says President Obama "looked defensive and uncertain," while GOP challenger Mitt Romney "may have said things that were clearly untrue ... but he said them convincingly."

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Shots - Health Blog
10:18 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Chat With Jason Beaubien About Nigerian Gold: Today At Noon ET

A young boy works at an illegal gold mine in Dareta, Nigeria.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:31 am

NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien just got back from northern Nigeria, where he's been reporting on what health officials say may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.

We hosted a live chat with Beaubien Thursday — hashtag #NigeriaGold. Catch highlights of the conversation below.

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Around the Nation
6:56 am
Thu October 4, 2012

New York City Students Pay To Store Cell Phones

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

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Sports
4:56 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Major League Baseball To Begin Post-Season Play

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Major League Baseball's regular season ended yesterday with the kind of day that would warm the commissioner's heart: fans cheering from coast to coast, a towering achievement for one very good hitter, and the promise of even more excitement to come as the playoffs begin. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman has been tracking this season. He's on the line.

Good morning, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello.

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Around the Nation
4:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

L.A. County Sheriff Responds To Safety Criticism

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

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The Los Angeles County sheriff says his jails are changing and inmate safety is dramatically improving. Sheriff Lee Baca was responding to a scathing report released last week by a blue ribbon committee. It found a pattern of excessive force by deputies against inmates at the nation's largest jail system. The committee stopped short of calling for the sheriff's resignation, but concluded that the root of the violence was his failed leadership. NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.

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Politics
4:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Military Troops Request Fewer Absentee Ballots

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Compared with 2008, far fewer American troops are asking for absentee ballots this fall. A new report blames the Pentagon for failing to provide enough help. The Department of Defense says the figures do not reflect the efforts it's making. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.

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Business
4:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

HP CEO Meg Whitman Asks Wall Street For Patience

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with rough times at HP.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Hewlett Packard was once a giant among the tech firms of Silicon Valley and now it is struggling. The company's latest CEO says profits at HP will continue to plummet.

NPR's Steve Henn reports that HP's stock now trading near its lowest price in a decade.

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Election 2012
4:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Denver Debate

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

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