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4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Episode 422: Schoolhouse Rock Is A Lie (Or, How The Filibuster Ate Washington)

Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:03 am

On our show today, we tell you everything you need to know about the filibuster, including:

  • What Schoolhouse Rock didn't tell us
  • Why Aaron Burr and Jimmy Stewart are the two great villains in filibuster history
  • How Senators can now filibuster bills without having to talk for hours on end
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The Two-Way
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How President Obama 'Showed His Brother Card'

President Obama during his appearance at the White House on Friday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:25 pm

(Click here for updates we added after this post was published.)

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Business
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

New Smartphone Upgrade Plans Can Be Costly In The Long Run

Nearly 60 percent of Americans have smartphones, up from just 8 percent five years ago.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:12 pm

Three of the four major wireless companies are out with new plans for those who want the latest smartphone sooner. The plans, with names like Verizon Edge and AT&T Next, essentially let you rent a phone for six months or a year and then trade it in for a new one — but there's a catch.

"You're paying essentially twice," says Avi Greengart, who is research director for consumer devices at Current Analysis and does some consulting for the industry.

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Movie Interviews
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kristen Wiig: That Loud, Strange Lady Isn't Me

Kristen Wiig (with Darren Criss) stars in Girl Most Likely as a hard-luck case who learns how to reboot her disastrous life after she's forced to move back in with her mom.
Nicole Rivelli Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 5:12 pm

For seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, actress Kristen Wiig made us laugh — laugh hard — with her off-the-wall, over-the-top characters, from Sue, the woman who loved surprises a little too much, to the unnervingly exuberant Target Lady.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

What Bankruptcy Means For Detroit Residents, Businesses

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Swamped by 18-billion-dollars in debt, Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has filed the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy in American history.

The filing sets the stage for a battle with the city’s creditors and raises all kinds of questions about city services and whether retired city workers will get their pensions.

But Orr says the bankruptcy is the “first step toward restoring the city.”

We look at whether residents can still access city services, and how the bankruptcy filing will affect parts of the city that are seeing growth.

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NPR Story
3:18 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Aurora Shooting Survivor Stands Strong

Aurora theater shooting victim Marcus Weaver speaks with members of the media following the arraignment of Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes, at district court in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 1:47 pm

One year after the Aurora movie theater shooting, Marcus Weaver says he’s still recovering emotionally and physically, but he’s moving forward.

Weaver was shot in the arm and his friend Rebecca Wingo was killed that day, but he’s relying on his faith and his relationships with family members and other victims to heal and keep the emotional trauma at bay.

Interview Highlights: Marcus Weaver

On nightmares and PTSD

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Chicago School System Plans More Layoffs

The Chicago Public Schools system is again in the spotlight after announcing late Thursday that it will lay off more than 2,100 employees — nearly half of them teachers. The laid-off educators account for 4 percent of the system's faculty, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

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NPR Story
3:15 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Trooper Who Released Tsarnaev Photos Under Investigation

Alleged marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev emerges from a boat in Watertown as he is captured. (Courtesy Sgt. Sean Murphy, via Boston Magazine)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

Massachusetts State Police will conduct an internal investigation into a department photographer’s release of gritty images of the surviving Boston Marathon suspect after Rolling Stone ran a cover photo of him.

The photos released to Boston Magazine on Thursday by state police tactical photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy show a downcast, disheveled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the red dot of sniper’s rifle laser sight on his forehead.

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NPR Story
3:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Spiking Heat Hampers California Wildfire Containment

This July 17, 2013 image provided by Meagan Greene shows wildfire smoke near Idyllwild, Calif. (Meagan Greene/AP)

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 3:45 pm

More than 6,000 residents and tourists have been evacuated from a community in the San Jacinto Mountains, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles and only two miles from Palm Springs, as a massive wildfire burns over 35 square miles.

The blaze has destroyed seven homes and cabins, as fire crews carve fire lines around Idyllwild — an artist community and hiking destination — to block flames which have have been shooting up to 100 feet into the air.

Officials estimate that 4,100 homes, hotels, condos and cabins are currently threatened.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

John Kerry: A 'Basis' For New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Friday. Shortly afterward, Kerry announced a "basis" for the Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.
Fadi Arouri Pool/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 7:45 am

Nothing ever seems to come easy in the Middle East, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was "a basis" for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which would be the first such talks in several years.

Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, after a series of discussions with Palestinian and Arab leaders.

"We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Kerry said. "This is a significant and welcome step forward."

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