Middle East
2:15 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

American Presidents On Palestine

In 1948, President Truman endorsed the creation of an Israeli state. Nearly three decades later, before finalizing the Camp David accords, Jimmy Carter became the first U.S. president to call for the creation of a Palestinian "homeland." Presidents have put their own spins on that effort ever since. Here's a sampling:

March 16, 1977 — Carter, at a town hall meeting in Massachusetts, said that after Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist, "There has to be a homeland provided for the Palestinian refugees who have suffered for many, many years."

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Television
1:34 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

'Mad Men's' Blankenship: Dying To Go To The Emmys

Actress Randee Heller (right) toasts Miss Ida Blankenship, the character that earned her an Emmy nomination for Mad Men.
Bobby Quillard

AMC's Mad Men is one of the big favorites at Sunday night's Emmy Awards — and this past season's most memorable character may have been Don Draper's new secretary, Miss Ida Blankenship.

Played by Randee Heller, Miss Blankenship was a departure from the attractive, attentive young girls that usually wait on Draper. She stole every scene she was in, even in death. Her passing was both shocking and comical and became one of the most talked-about moments of the TV season.

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Middle East
12:33 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Jimmy Carter: 'No Downside' To Palestinian Statehood

A Palestinian flag is raised in front of European Union headquarters in Brussels on Monday, September 12th. The Palestinians are expected to seek statehood at the United Nations next week.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 18, 2011 2:21 pm

Former President Jimmy Carter urges the United States to not veto the Security Council vote for Palestinian statehood anticipated to take place next week.

"If I were president, I'd be very glad to see the Palestinians have a nation recognized by the United Nations," Carter tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "There's no downside to it."

Carter admits that for President Obama, failure to veto "would have some adverse effects perhaps on his political future."

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Sports
11:20 am
Sun September 18, 2011

And Then There Were 8? Big 12 In Jeopardy

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman looks on from the sideline during the Cotton Bowl last fall. Texas A&M has been approved to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference but is still at risk of lawsuits from Big 12 members.
Tony Gutierrez AP

The Big 12, an athletic conference composed of 10 colleges from the Central U.S., may soon need to rebrand itself as the Big 8. The possible departure of two of its members — Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma — may destabilize not only the Big 12, but also the college football landscape.

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The News Tip On Weekend Edition Sunday
6:06 am
Sun September 18, 2011

The News Tip: Don't Get Distracted In Debates

Republican presidential candidates debate in California on Sept. 7. NBC's Brian Williams says a moderator's persistence can reveal which questions candidates want to avoid.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The Republican presidential hopefuls will meet in Orlando on Thursday for their next debate. It's an additional opportunity for the candidates to try to set themselves apart in a crowded field. It's also a chance to take stock of the debate moderators.

NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has this tip for the moderators: Don't get distracted.

He tells Weekend Edition host Audie Cornish that the "theatricality" of some debates can make people forget their purpose.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Obama's Re-Election: What Are The Odds?

With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the economy as the top issue of the 2012 presidential race, the president faces a tough fight for re-election. Still, he might find some encouragement in the history books. Host Audie Cornish chats with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about Obama's odds for re-election.

Politics
6:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Obama's Deficit Plans Make Room For Jobs

On Monday, President Obama will lay out his new plan for reducing the federal deficit. His proposal will also include specific recommendations to the bipartisan deficit Super Committee on how to offset the cost of his $447 billion jobs plan. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.

Business
6:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Customers Turn The Page On Borders

It's the final chapter for Borders. The once-dominant bookseller will close Sunday, a victim of growing online sales and other problems. NPR's Jeff Brady talks to customers in Pennsylvania making one last purchase.

Strange News
6:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

The Beatles: Fab Four AND Civil Rights Activists

An old Beatles performance contract set to be auctioned gives some new insight into the values of the Fab Four early in their career. The document is for a 1965 concert and states that the group "not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience." Host Audie Cornish has more.

Middle East
6:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Israel Braces For Palestinian Statehood Bid

Israel and the United States strongly object to the Palestinian effort to seek UN membership. Host Audie Cornish talks about the possible repercussions of the Palestinians' statehood bid with Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

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