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12:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Hagel Becomes First Filibustered Defense Nominee

Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 31.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 6:01 pm

Updated on 2/14/2013 @ 5:20 pm

Thursday brought the latest twist in the saga of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Obama's second-term defense secretary.

Hagel's nomination came two Senate votes short of the required 60 that would have allowed it to proceed to a final vote. The vote, largely along party lines, was 58 to 40 with one senator voting present.

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This Is NPR
12:40 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

With Love From NPR

Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 12:43 pm

Love NPR? Love someone who loves NPR? Share that feeling in the language of public radio with one of our new NPR Valentine cards. From syncing lips at the Tiny Desk to a Science Friday kind of chemistry, here are six designs that will appeal to your public radio sweetheart.

Got an idea for more NPR-inspired love notes? Email us at

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12:40 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Uses For Latin (If You're Not The Pope)

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 2:07 pm

Annalisa Quinn writes about books for

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12:38 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A Valentine's Campaign To End Violence



This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan.

This morning, hundreds of Somali men and women gathered in a community center in Mogadishu after a flash mob. Campaigners in Parliament Square in London held up one finger while MPs debated violence against women inside Westminster. And hundreds of Egyptian sang and danced after 10 a.m., Cairo time, all that from live coverage provided by The Guardian. Events all marked V-Day and its One Billion Rising campaign, designed to boost awareness of violence against women all over the world.

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The Salt
12:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

When Resistance Is Futile: Bring In The Robots To Pull Superweeds

An illustration imagines what a weed-seeking robot could look like, armed with different tools to attack different problem plants.
Courtesy Steve Young

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:08 pm

A future without weeds would be a kind of farmer utopia, but currently, herbicide-resistant "superweeds" are part of today's reality. Some researchers, though, are looking for a solution that seems ripped from science fiction: weed-seeking robots.

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Author Interviews
12:13 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:30 pm

As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the 1960s, Ku Klux Klan activity boomed. That fact itself may not be surprising, but in the introduction to his new book, Klansville, U.S.A., David Cunningham also reveals that, "While deadly KKK violence in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia ha[d] garnered the lion's share of Klan publicity, the United Klan's stronghold was, in fact, North Carolina." North Carolina, Cunningham writes, had more Klan members than the rest of the South combined.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Airstrike In Afghanistan Renews Concerns Over Civilian Casualties

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the new U.S. and International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, commander in Afghanistan, has only been in charge for a few days, and already he's been summoned to Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office for what looks like a dressing down, according to a press release from the president's office.

Dunford was called in to discuss what was initially reported as an ISAF airstrike in Kunar province that killed 10 civilians late Tuesday night.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Thu February 14, 2013

New Documents Provide Insight Into Relationship Of Presidents Clinton, Nixon

Former President Richard Nixon visits with President Bill Clinton in the family quarters of the White House, March 8, 1993.
Bob McNeely White House Photo Office via Wikipedia

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 2:20 pm

Toward the end of his life, President Richard Nixon found some redemption by secretly advising President Bill Clinton on foreign issues.

New declassified documents, on display at the Nixon Library, released by the Clinton Library and obtained by the Associated Press, show that Nixon sent Clinton a letter after he won the presidency.

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Music Reviews
11:39 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Richard Thompson's New Album Examines 'Electric' Love

Richard Thompson's new album is titled Electric.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 12:23 pm

Delicate phrasing, with both voice and guitar, has always made Richard Thompson a musician worth hearing — and sometimes even liking on a personal level. For a man who can make such pretty music, it's to his credit that he prefers to show his thorny, stubborn, cranky, even mean side in many of the songs in his solo career.

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Around the Nation
11:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Pain Is 'Deep,' 'Indescribable' For Gun Victim Pendleton's Mother

Cleopatra Pendleton (left) is consoled by her sister Kimiko Pettis on Jan. 30.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:24 pm

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton was leading a meeting at work last month when she got a phone call any mother would call horrific. Her 15-year-old daughter, Hadiya Pendleton, had been shot while with friends on Chicago's South Side.

"I went into temporary shock, I grabbed my nearest coworker ... [and said] 'Help me understand what they're saying, because clearly they're not talking about my baby,'" she tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More. When she got to the hospital, a nurse told her Pendleton had died.

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