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12:26pm

Tue March 17, 2015
It's All Politics

House GOP Budget Sets Stage For Showdown With The President

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:18 pm

Republican Rep. Tom Price, House Budget Committee chairman, said Tuesday that his budget "saves $5.5 trillion, gets to balance within 10 years, without raising taxes."
Cliff Owen AP

House Republicans unveiled a draft budget Tuesday designed to bring government spending in line with revenues over the next decade, while making significant cuts to safety net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The plan is non-binding, but sets the stage for a political showdown between the new, all-Republican Congress and President Obama.

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12:19pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Ikea To 32,000 People: No Hide-And-Seek At Our Stores

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 1:34 pm

It's not hard to find nooks and crevices to cram one's self into at Ikea.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Anyone who has meandered through an Ikea store can see the potential for hide-and-seek: the gargantuan hollow tubs, the high-hung rugs concealing whole walls, ottomans.

Well, don't get any big ideas.

Ikea announced Monday that it will no longer allow games of hide-and-seek at its stores in the Netherlands, after more than 32,000 people signed up via Facebook to play at a store in Eindhoven, Bloomberg reports.

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12:14pm

Tue March 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Secret Service Director Tells Panel: 'This Is My First Test'

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:40 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Secret Service budget Tuesday, when he responded to sharp questions about misconduct by his agents.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /LANDOV

Answering pointed questions about new claims of misconduct by his agents, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says he had a "good stern talk" with his staff about why he wasn't told sooner about an incident in which two senior agents who were apparently drunk drove a government vehicle through an area at the White House complex where their colleagues were investigating a suspicious package.

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11:43am

Tue March 17, 2015
The Salt

Meet Chef Chane, Ethiopia's Version Of The Infamous 'Soup Nazi'

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 7:18 pm

Inside Chef Chane's tiny kitchen. Every few months or years, his landlord --€” taking note of Chane's popularity — will raise the rent, or a conniving official will demand a bribe. Then, instead of bowing to the system, Chane will disappear and set up in a new location.
Gregory Warner/NPR

I didn't travel all the way to Ethiopia just to meet a character out of the sitcom Seinfeld.

But when I heard Ethiopians describe a particular popular restaurant called Chane's, I couldn't help recognize a resemblance, in its owner and lead chef, to the famously brusque soup man.

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11:23am

Tue March 17, 2015
NPR History Dept.

7 Creative Wedding Ideas From History

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:43 am

Grant and Amanda Engler celebrate in jet packs at their wedding ceremony in 2012 in Newport Beach, Calif.
Lenny Ignelzi Associated Press

Wedding websites today are aswirl with inventive suggestions, including 10 Unique Wedding Venues from Burnett's Boards; 23 Unconventional But Awesome Wedding Ideas from Buzzfeed and 21 Most Unique Ceremony Ideas from Emmaline Bride.

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