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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Many U.S. Lawmakers Want A Say On Taking Action In Syria

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., has gotten dozens of House members to sign on to a letter demanding that President Obama ask for the official blessing of Congress before attacking Syria.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 6:44 pm

The Obama administration appears poised to attack Syria after concluding Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons, but many members of Congress say they haven't been briefed enough about why military action is warranted.

Opinions about Syria are all over the map, with many lawmakers saying the president cannot proceed without first getting authorization from Congress.

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3:24 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Damascus Residents Stock Up As Attack Appears Imminent

Vehicles carrying Syria's national flag and playing songs in support of President Bashar Assad drive through the streets of Damascus on Wednesday.
Khaled Al-Hariri Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:37 pm

The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified for safety reasons.

The likelihood of a U.S. strike against Syria seems to be setting in among the people of Damascus.

Just a couple of days ago, many residents seemed fairly blase. Now people are beginning to react with a mixture of patriotism, fear and dark humor. People are also starting to stock up on some nonperishable items.

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Planet Money
3:17 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Photos: The Planet Money T-Shirt Goes To Indonesia

Robert Smith NPR

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:57 pm

This week, Jess Jiang and Robert Smith visited the factory in Indonesia where U.S. cotton was spun into yarn for the Planet Money T-shirt. (They also visited several other factories.) Here are some of the pictures Robert posted to our T-Shirt Tumblr.

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This Is NPR
3:16 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

NPR And Member Stations Take A Wide View Of March On Washington

Josephine Ball
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:48 am

Today the March on Washington celebrates its 50th year in U.S. history, as one of our nation's largest - and most effective - political rallies for widespread socio-economic change.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:14 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Enough Already With This 'Theory Of Everything'

Physicists searching for a "Theory Of Everything" are like kayakers paddling against the current, in search of the water's source.

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 11:23 am

Last week I wrote about some of the themes from my book A Tear at the Edge of Creation. Today, I want to briefly state the reasons why a so-called "Theory Of Everything" (TOE) is an impossibility.

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The Record
3:14 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Nine Inch Nails And Earl Sweatshirt Explore Darkness

Trent Reznor (left) of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which puts its seventh album, Hesitation Marks, out next Tuesday. Rapper Earl Sweatshirt (right) released his major label debut on Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:34 pm

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The Picture Show
3:09 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Colorizing The March On Washington

Demonstrators march through the streets. Colorized by Oliver Wistisen.
Original photo by Warren K. Leffler Library of Congress

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:47 am

Sure, color film existed in 1963. And sure, there are probably color photos of this day in history. But the vast majority of the imagery we're used to seeing is black-and-white — such as, for example, the digitized photos in the Library of Congress (LOC).

But what if we could see them in color?

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The Protojournalist
3:08 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

NeverEnding Stories: Chemical Warfare


Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 5:45 pm

While exploring the archives of American newspapers, I discovered a chilling interview — conducted more than 100 years ago — with a creator of chemical weapons.

The story, which appeared in the Atlanta Constitution on Feb. 4, 1912, was buried deep in the paper. The British chemist is not named; nor is the reporter.

Its relevance to contemporary news is remarkable.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.
Sedge LeBlang Metopolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 9:21 am

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