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8:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Could More Representatives Help Congressional Gridlock?

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:51 pm

We recently spoke with former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards, who had some ideas about how to fix the gridlock in Washington:

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NPR Story
8:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Rights Group: Drone Strikes Violate 'Fundamental Human Right'

In this Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 file photo, Pakistani tribal villagers hold a rally to condemn the U.S. drone attacks on their villages in border areas along the Afghanistan border, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Amnesty International calls on the U.S. to investigate reported civilian casualties from CIA drone strikes in Pakistan and compensate victims in a report providing new details about innocent citizens allegedly killed in the attacks. (B.K. Bangash/AP)

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:51 pm

The human rights group Amnesty International says an examination of U.S. drone strikes “gives grounds to conclude that U.S. polices and practices are unlawful, violating the fundamental human right not to be arbitrarily deprived of one’s life.”

Amnesty International came to that conclusion after looking closely at 45 drone strikes in Pakistan this year. Eighteen civilians were killed in one of those strikes.

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8:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Chef Daniel Boulud On 20 Years Of French Cooking In NYC

Chef Daniel Boulud is pictured in the cover image from his new cookbook.

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 1:56 pm

Daniel Boulud is the famed French chef behind 14 restaurants, including Daniel in New York City.

He released his eighth cookbook, “Daniel: My French Cuisine,” to commemorate 20 years of the restaurant’s success. In the book, Boulud describes himself as, “an American chef with a French soul, or a French chef with an American soul.”

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:12 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Debashish Bhattacharya: Tiny Desk Concert

Debashish Bhattacharya performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in September 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:29 pm

You've probably never seen or heard an instrument like this. The Hindustani slide guitar is the creation of Debashish Bhattacharya, whose creation pairs his first love — a Hawaiian lap steel guitar, a gift from his father when he was only 3 — and the sounds of India. You can see the similarities to a lap steel guitar, as Bhattacharya lays the guitar across his legs, sliding a metal bar to create the fluid, almost vocal melodies.

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NPR Story
8:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Should Fraternities Defer Recruitment For Freshmen?

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house stands near the campus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 3:51 pm

By John Hechinger & David Glovin

After a freshman died from downing beer, rum and 151-proof liquor in an initiation ritual, California Polytechnic State University in 2010 banned fraternities from recruiting newly arrived students.

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A Blog Supreme
8:11 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Soul From A Console: Jazz On The Hammond B-3 Organ

Larry Goldings is known for his skill on both organ and piano.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:23 pm

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The Two-Way
8:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Hawaii's Senate Gives Final Approval To Same-Sex Marriage

Hawaii state Sen. Clayton Hee playfully gives Gov. Neil Abercrombie a kiss on the head before he signs the Hawaii Civil Unions bill into law at a ceremony in February 2011 in Honolulu.
Eugene Tanner AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:10 pm

Hawaii's Senate has given the OK to a bill allowing same-sex marriage, which now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign.

Gay marriage is legal in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Illinois passed a similar law last week, which is awaiting the governor's signature.

Reuters says the measure in Hawaii cleared the state Senate on a 19-4 vote, with the chamber's lone Republican joining three Democrats to oppose the bill.

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It's All Politics
8:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

With Pressure From All Sides, Obamacare Vise Tightens On Dems

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the second-highest-ranking House Democrat, didn't close the door to supporting a Republican bill that would allow people to keep policies canceled under Obamacare.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:23 pm

Democrats at the White House and in Congress find themselves in an ever-tightening vise over all those canceled health insurance policies.

House Republicans plan a vote as soon as Friday on a bill that would allow people to keep health plans they like, just as President Obama said they'd be able to (until it became clear they couldn't) under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
8:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Family Rescues Kidnapped Woman; Alleged Captor Is Killed

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 6:11 pm

A woman who was abducted in Louisiana last week is recovering from her ordeal, after family members and others found her in an abandoned house. Her alleged captor was shot and killed in the confrontation that followed.

Bethany Arceneaux was allegedly kidnapped last Wednesday by her child's father, Scott Thomas, in a dramatic scene outside a daycare center, according to police in Duson, La. Her two-year-old son was left in the car she'd been driving. Arcenaux wasn't seen for nearly three days; eventually, her family got a tip that she might be at an abandoned house in a field.

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The Two-Way
8:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Does China Deserve A Seat On The U.N. Human Rights Council?

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, last year.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 7:00 pm

The United Nations elected 14 members to the Humans Rights Council on Tuesday, but some of the picks are seen as controversial.

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