Opinion
6:48 am
Wed August 10, 2011

New Republic: Risky Approach On Education Reform

President Barack Obama walks with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the White House in Washington in May. Duncan wants school to meet a set of condition in order to take advantage of the president's education waivers.
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Simon van Zuylen-Wood is a reporter-researcher at The New Republic.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Whole Foods: Ramadan Promotion Has Not Been Canceled

A Whole Foods store in San Rafael, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2010, file photo.)
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Looking to set the record straight, the Whole Foods grocery chain says it is "still carrying and promoting halal products for those that are celebrating Ramadan this month."

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Mark Memmott is one of the hosts of NPR's "The Two-Way" news blog.

"The Two-Way," which Memmott helped to launched when he came to NPR in 2009, focuses on breaking news, analysis, and the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.

Before joining NPR, Memmott worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor at USA Today. He focused on a range of coverage from politics, foreign affairs, economics, and the media. He's reported from places across the Unites States and the world, including half a dozen trips to Afghanistan in 2002-2003.

The Two-Way
5:25 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Markets On Rise; London Calmer, But Rioting Elsewhere In U.K.

A woman walks past a broken cafe window in London earlier today (Aug. 10, 2011).
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Good morning.

Financial markets in Asia and Europe have rallied today, extending the rebound that began on Wall Street Tuesday afternoon after the Federal Reserve said it plans to keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels for the next two years in a bid to help keep ailing economies from weakening further.

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Andrea Seabrook covers Capitol Hill as NPR's Congressional Correspondent.

Business
10:01 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Economic Turmoil Rattles Unsettled Housing Market

For most people, their biggest investment is their home. Following Standard and Poor's downgrade of U.S. credit, as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, there may be even more uncertainty about buying or selling a home right now.

Russell Zanca, 47, has a three bedroom, one and a half bath vintage brick Georgian house on the market. The anthropology professor's home is on a quiet tree-lined street on Chicago's North Side.

"It's just a nice solid house," Zanca says.

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Around the Nation
10:01 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Assateague's Wild Horses Get Too Close To Company

The first thing visitors notice about Assateague Island National Seashore is this: The 114 wild horses that inhabit the beachfront park along the Atlantic Ocean have full run of the place.

Summer is peak season for some 2 million tourists who visit Maryland's Assateague Island, famed for those wild horses. But increased interaction between man and beast is causing problems with the horses' diets and behaviors.

A Taste For Junk Food

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Science
10:01 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Polar Bear Scientist Faces New Questions

A Polar Bear walks on the frozen tundra on the edge of Hudson Bay waiting for the Hudson Bay to freeze-over 14 November 2007 outside Churchill, Mantioba, Canada. Polar Bears return every year to Churchill, the Polar Bear capital of the world, where they remain hunting for seals on the icepack until the Spring thaw.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

A wildlife biologist is continuing to face questions about an influential paper he wrote on apparently drowned polar bears, with government investigators reportedly asking whether he improperly steered a research contract to another scientist as a reward for reviewing that paper.

"They seem to be suggesting that there is some sort of conspiracy that involves global warming and back scratching that appears to be frankly just nuts," says Jeff Ruch, a lawyer with Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

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Economy
10:01 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Oil Prices Plummet In Uncertain Market

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 6:04 am

Oil prices are falling, as traders dial back their expectation for the global demand for oil. But drivers are still waiting for the price of gasoline to drop as well.

The price of oil closed on Tuesday at about $79 a barrel — the lowest since last September.

Crude oil prices were on the rise in the beginning of the year. Unrest in the Middle East put pressure on supplies, and traders had a more optimistic outlook about the demand for oil, explains Richard Soultanian, an oil industry analyst with NUS Consulting Group.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Debt Downgrade: A Spark For Political Compromise?

In the wake of the U.S. debt downgrade, the markets have been volatile, but the political fallout has been less clear so far. With Congress on its August recess, party leaders are lying low while they gather their rank-and-file and make plans for what's next.

When Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's credit rating, it was clear about why: Its statement said it "reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges."

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