1:33pm

Mon December 17, 2012
It's All Politics

What Shut The Back Door To Congressional Compromise

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 1:50 pm

President Kennedy speaks with Senate GOP leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois in March 1961. Dirksen's support was critical to passing civil rights legislation through Congress.
Harvey Georges AP

Remember the important contributions Republicans made to civil rights legislation back in the 1960s?

They've almost been lost to memory. When Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the GOP presidential nominee that year, Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, opposed it, and Republicans have never recovered their former share of support among African-Americans.

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11:29am

Mon December 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Open-Government Watchdogs OK With Closed-Door Fiscal Cliff Talks

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:48 am

House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Thursday for a meeting with President Obama. The two men met again in private on Monday in an effort to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

If President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's closed-door meetings aimed at solving the fiscal cliff crisis trouble anyone, you'd expect it to be the open-government watchdogs who routinely bark their outrage at public officials who work overtime to avoid public scrutiny.

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11:10am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Schools Across Nation Step Up Or Assess Security After Newtown Killings

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 11:30 am

Friday afternoon: As a bus took some students home in Newtown, Conn., the flag was already at half-staff to honor the first-graders and school staff killed that morning.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Schools across the nation are adding security or assessing their safety procedures after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six teachers or administrators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

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10:44am

Mon December 17, 2012
News

Profiling A Shooter: 'Needle In A Haystack'

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we are going to revisit a story that caught our attention about poverty in a place that often seems overlooked. We'll hear about a young woman in the Rust Belt trying to figure out a path to a better life.

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10:44am

Mon December 17, 2012
News

The Politics And Psychology Of Gun Culture

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation on America's gun culture. She speaks with author Paul Barrett, journalist Craig Whitney and psychiatrist Carl Bell.

9:56am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Salt

Cheese And Raw Veggies May Be Antidote To Kids' Mindless Eating

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:11 am

It's hard to eat just one potato chip. The salt, the fat, the crunch — no wonder we mindlessly munch away, especially if we're parked in front of the TV.

So is there something better for children to snack on in the afternoon, especially if we're looking to limit their calories? It turns out that the combination of cheese and raw veggies like broccoli, carrots and sliced peppers may be the best option from both a nutrient standpoint and a satiety one.

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9:24am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Details Of Newtown Shootings 'Too Difficult To Discuss' Now, Police Say

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:51 pm

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

As new pieces of information come in about Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead, we'll post them here.

The day began, just after 10 a.m. ET, with Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance telling reporters that most of the emerging evidence is "too difficult to discuss ... I'm not going to lie to you."

Update at 6:49 p.m. ET. Dogs Try To Comfort Students.

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9:12am

Mon December 17, 2012
Top Stories

Helping Children Process the Connecticut Tragedy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  As the nation continues to wrestle with the shootings in Connecticut, a mid-state professor is offering suggestions on how to help children process the tragedy.

Dr. Kathy Burriss is a professor of Early Childhood Development in the  Middle Tennessee State College of Education. She suggests that the amount of news coverage about the tragedy children are exposed to should be limited, and that what they do watch should only be viewed as a family so that parents can answer any questions that may arise.

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8:24am

Mon December 17, 2012
Top Stories

Burriss on Media: Newspaper

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  It seems almost an article of business faith that as revenues shrink you make the product smaller in an effort to save money. And for years it seems that newspapers have followed that model: as advertising revenue has gone down, newspapers have gotten smaller and smaller, with fewer stories, fewer reporters and, as a result, fewer reasons to buy the paper in the first place.
 

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8:03am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

S.C. Governor To Name Sen. DeMint's Replacement Today

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 12:02 pm

Gov. Nikki Haley named Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. In this file photo, Scott makes brief remarks after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the U.S. Capitol on June 2, 2011.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Saying that her choice understands the business sector and is the "right U.S. senator for our state and our country," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley named Republican Rep. Tim Scott to replace the retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (also a Republican) at a noontime news conference today.

After asking those gathered at the state capitol to pause for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn., Scott said he's honored and excited "for many, many reasons."

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