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1:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

What Putin's Latest Election Says About Russia

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 1:37 pm



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1:03 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Greek, French Voters Hope For Fresh Start

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 1:19 pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and a number of Greek incumbents in parliament became the latest victims of growing frustration among voters across Europe over the ongoing debt crisis and widespread austerity measures. President-elect Francois Hollande has promised France a "fresh start."

All Songs Considered Blog
12:28 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Mumiy Troll's 'Hey Tovarish': Channel Surfing in Russia

Courtesy of the artist

I can pinpoint the exact moment that I decided I loved "Hey Tovarich," the new music video from Russia's Mumiy Troll. About halfway through the video, there's a quick clip of singer Ilya Lagutenko bewigged and looking like a very mellow Bob Ross. On his canvas aren't happy little trees, but gigantic explosions.

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Monkey See
12:19 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tyrrany Of Character: Will The Real Sacha Baron Cohen Please Stand Up?

Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen in The Dictator.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:13 pm

If you've had an eye on pop culture recently, chances are you've seen Admiral General Aladeen, the subject of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie The Dictator.

You might have seen him on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, trading quips with Seth Meyers (and prisoner Martin Scorsese!).

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The Picture Show
12:16 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Visual South, Part I: Unseen Scenes Of Gitmo

Christopher Sims

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:49 am

The current issue of Oxford American magazine (known as "the Southern magazine of good writing") is titled the "Visual South Issue." In its 100 under 100 list, the magazine identifies "the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South." This week, we'll take a look at five of the photographers on that list.

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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Early Report: U.S. Highway Deaths Fall To Lowest Number Since 1949

Skid marks left by a van are visible on a highway after a van plunged over both the concrete and iron railing, killing three generations of a Bronx family, in New York.
Louis Lanzano AP

If a preliminary report holds true, the number of road deaths fell again in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 32,310 people died on highways last year, down almost 2 percent from the 32,885 people who died in 2010.

The Detroit News reports:

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Political Junkie
11:49 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar May Not Survive Tuesday's GOP Primary

Both Democrats come off unsuccessful gov. campaigns; Barrett lost to Walker in 2010, and Falk lost the primary in 2006.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:03 pm

When Richard Lugar, the mayor of Indianapolis, first ran for the Senate, against Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh in 1974, a big part of his problem was that he was a partisan Republican.

In fairness, there was nothing wrong with being a partisan Republican in good GOP years ... in, say, 1972, when President Richard Nixon was on his way to a landslide re-election and Lugar was the keynote speaker at the GOP national convention.

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It's All Politics
11:36 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Some U.S. Conservatives Look At France's Hollande, See Obama

President-elect Francois Hollande waves from a Socialist Party headquarters balcony in Paris Monday May 7, 2012.
Michel Spingler AP

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:17 pm

The election of socialist Francois Hollande as France's new president has leached into the U.S. election as some conservatives view it as giving them an opening to attack President Obama who, along with his agenda, has been labeled socialistic by many on the right.

U.S. Senate candidate from Florida, George Lemieux, for instance, took the opportunity of Hollande's win to tweet a warning:

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Planet Money
11:19 am
Mon May 7, 2012

How An Investor's Gain Can Be Your Loss

Ethan Miller Getty Images

In Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson writes about Ed Conard, a friend of Mitt Romney's and a defender of extremely wealthy investors. Conard argues that investors contribute far more to society than their own bank accounts. Dean Baker, an economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, disagrees.

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