6:29am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Both Sides 'Ready To Escalate' As Israel And Hamas Fire Away

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 8:26 am

Israeli tanks on the border with the Gaza Strip earlier today. Israeli officials have said they are prepared to mount a ground offensive.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images
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Even though there were talks of a ceasefire to coincide with the visit of the Egyptian prime minister to Gaza, today, the fighting has instead escalated.

Avital Leibovich, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that for the first time, rockets fired from Gaza hit an area outside Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who leads the West Bank, said that the "escalation is at its peak," both in Gaza and out of Gaza.

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2:37am

Fri November 16, 2012
Planet Money

It's Legal To Sell Marijuana In Washington. But Try Telling That To A Bank.

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 1:03 pm

David McNew Getty Images

Voters in Washington and Colorado just approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But businesses that want to sell marijuana in those states will face a problem: No bank wants to do business with them.

I called several banks in Washington. I called a local credit union, a tiny bank in the San Juan islands. Everybody said basically the same thing. Even if selling marijuana is legal under state law, it's still illegal under federal law. And banks and credit unions worry that this could get them in trouble.

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2:26am

Fri November 16, 2012
It's All Politics

In California, 'Republican' Is Becoming A Toxic Label

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:12 pm

Citizens vote in Los Angeles County on Nov. 6.
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2:25am

Fri November 16, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Want To Help Sandy Victims? Send Cash, Not Clothes

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 3:47 am

Volunteers sort through donated clothes in Sea Bright, N.J.
Pam Fessler NPR

Whenever there's a disaster, people want to give, and Hurricane Sandy is no exception. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, U.S. charities collected more than $174 million in donations as of Nov. 9 to help respond to the storm.

But it's not only money that has been pouring in. Relief programs have also received mountains of clothes, food and other supplies, not all of which are needed.

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5:15pm

Thu November 15, 2012
The Salt

Oh Goodies: Wal-Mart Goes Mail-Order Gourmet

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 1:51 pm

The November box from Wal-Mart's Goodies Co. certainly looks festive, but only time will tell if it survives the scrutiny of the foodie community.
Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is throwing its hat in the gourmet food ring just in time for the holidays this year. Wednesday, the megastore company launched a monthly food subscription service that sends customers a sampling of novel food products each month.

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5:13pm

Thu November 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Israeli Ambassador: 'We Hope It Doesn't Come To Ground Operations'

Family and friends of Aaron Smadja, one of the three Israelis killed by a rocket fired from Gaza, mourn during his funeral at a cemetery in the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malachi on Thursday.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

In an interview with All Things Considered's Melissa Block, Israel's Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said that Israel's calling of 30,000 reservists "signals a preparation for possible land action, which we may need to defend our citizens."

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5:10pm

Thu November 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House

A man votes on Nov. 6 in Chicago.
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Some Democrats complain that Republicans in recent decades have had the edge in House races because GOP state legislatures have been better at the gerrymandering game. Except that may not be true.

Some political experts believe there's an easier explanation, and perhaps a tougher one for Democrats to overcome: Voters supporting Republican House candidates, they say, are spread over more congressional districts than those who support Democrats. It's that simple. It's merely a matter of geography.

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5:07pm

Thu November 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Pregnant Woman's Death Sparks Abortion Debate In Ireland

People hold pictures of Savita Halappanavar during a vigil outside Belfast City Hall, Northern Ireland, on Thursday. Halappanavar died Oct. 28 in Galway, Ireland, just days after she was denied an abortion.
Peter Morrison AP

The death of an Indian woman is prompting Ireland to examine the conditions under which abortions can be permitted in the country.

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist, died last month after she began to miscarry her 17-week-old fetus. Doctors denied her an abortion, a procedure that is illegal in the predominantly Catholic country, because the fetus had a heartbeat. The story gained traction this week after Halappanavar's husband took her body back to India for cremation and went public with the events that led to her death.

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4:38pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Shots - Health News

Health Exchange Activity Heats Up As Deadline Is Extended

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 6:45 pm

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman announced Thursday that his state will choose the federal health insurance exchange program.
Nati Harnik AP

There's nothing quite like a deadline to focus the mind. Even a deadline that's not quite real.

Friday was originally the day that states were supposed to not only tell the federal government whether they planned to run their own health exchanges but also how they planned to do it.

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4:30pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

In Sandy's Wake, A Reshaped Coastline

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 10:55 am

Sandy punched a hole in the barrier island that holds the affluent borough of Mantoloking, N.J., temporarily splitting the community in two. The storm also destroyed several multimillion-dollar homes and erased the island's protective system of dunes.
Doug Mills AP

New Jersey's most affluent community, Mantoloking, sits on a narrow barrier island 30 miles north of Long Beach. As Sandy approached, most of the residents fled inland. But Edwin C. O'Malley and his father, Edwin J. O'Malley Jr., hunkered down in their 130-year-old house.

They tied a boat to their porch and then watched the storm surge break over the dunes and flood the streets.

"Overnight that night, lying in bed, I could actually hear waves hitting the side of the house — which obviously made it more difficult to get to sleep," the younger O'Malley says.

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