Tue March 19, 2013

An 'Absolute Will To Forget': Iraq Casts Shorter Shadow Than Vietnam

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 1:30 pm

A soldier in the last American military convoy to depart Iraq, from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, waves after crossing over the border into Kuwait on Dec. 18, 2011.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Sometimes the whole country wants to forget.

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. The last U.S. troops didn't leave that country until the end of 2011.

But Iraq, which dominated much of the nation's political discourse over the past decade, already seems largely forgotten.

"The Iraq War casts a shadow, but not a very large one," says Richard Kohn, a military historian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Tue March 19, 2013
Top Stories

Rutherford County Deputy Caught in Drug Sting

Former Rutherford County deputy Luis Reynoldo Parra-Flores, 36, joined the department in January 2008
Credit courtesy Rutherford County Sheriff's Department

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Rutherford County Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Deputy Luis Reynoldo Parra Flores was charged by federal authorities yesterday after a joint DEA, Nashville Police operation arrested Flores when he tried to take possession of five kilograms of cocaine from a drug courier at Nashville International Airport on March 13.

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Tue March 19, 2013
It's All Politics

Rand Paul Reaffirms Support For Path To Citizenship

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 1:02 pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks Tuesday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky doubled down Tuesday on a previous call for a path to citizenship, telling a major Hispanic business group that his message to the nation's illegal immigrants is: "If you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you."

Conservatives, he told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, must "become part of the solution" to immigration, including dealing with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now living in the U.S. In his Washington speech, Paul said:

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Tue March 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Sorting Out The Mammogram Debate: Who Should Get Screened When?

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:21 pm

A woman gets a mammogram in Putanges, France.
Mychele Daniau AFP/Getty Images

Mammography outcomes from nearly a million U.S. women suggest which ones under 50 would stand the greatest chance of benefiting from regular screening: those with very dense breasts.

That's been a bone of contention ever since a federal task force declared nearly four years ago that women younger than 50 shouldn't routinely get the test.

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Tue March 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Has The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Been Downgraded?

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 8:18 am

With President Clinton presiding, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left) and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed an interim peace accord at the White House in 1993. Twenty years later, President Obama is heading to the region with peace efforts in the deep freeze.
Ron Edmonds AP

Every American president since Harry Truman has wrestled with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to no avail. Yet they keep trying based on the notion that the Middle East will never be calm until there's peace between these protagonists.

But as President Obama heads to Israel and the West Bank, expectations could hardly be lower. What's more, this long-standing feud, often seen as the holy grail of American diplomacy, no longer seems to hold the same urgency, according to many analysts.

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Tue March 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Lululemon Vows To Get To The Bottom Of Its See-Through Pants Problem

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 12:51 pm

Perhaps not the moment when you want "increased sheerness."

The buns ... er, puns ... seem endless:

Lululemon, the yoga and running clothier, concedes in a letter to its customers that some of the black "luon women's bottoms" it has been selling since early March aren't quite covering their "guests" the way they should.

As Lululemon puts it, there's been some "increased sheerness."

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Tue March 19, 2013

Can Arizona Demand Voters' Proof Of Citizenship?

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 11:29 am



I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, the president of Xavier University of Louisiana has been on the job for 45 years now and he's guided the school through many storms, including Hurricane Katrina. Norman Francis will be with us in just a few minutes to share his wisdom about higher education and other issues. But first, a hot button issue we've been following had its day in the Supreme Court yesterday.

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Tue March 19, 2013

Breast-feeding Mothers Living In First Food Deserts

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 11:34 am

Most people are aware of the positive effects of breast-feeding. But in many areas of the country, breast-feeding is not the cultural norm, and there's little support available for mothers. Host Michel Martin talks with Kimberly Seals Allers, the co-author of a new report on so-called "first food deserts," and a nursing mother, Areti Gourzis.


Tue March 19, 2013
Top Stories

Tenn. ACLU Holds Annual Rights Conference for Students

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  High school students from all around the mid-state will converge on Nashville Wednesday to explore their constitutional rights.

The gathering is an annual event sponsored by the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and is open to all public and private high school students.

Sruthi Madhu, a student at Brentwood’s Ravenwood High, will be attending the conference, and says she finds the topics to be addressed timely.

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Tue March 19, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

How To See The World In A Grain Of Sand

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 8:55 pm

Christophe Simon AFP/Getty Images

This is the first in a series of commentaries by Adam on the theme of "How To See The World In A Grain Of Sand." Stay tuned to All Things Considered and 13.7 for future installments!

More than two centuries ago, the great poet William Blake offered the world the most extraordinary of possibilities:

To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

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