8:32am

Wed January 9, 2013
Top Stories

Harwell's bill limit dialed back to 15 per year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On its first day of business yesterday the Tennessee House voted to dial back Republican Speaker Beth Harwell's proposal to limit the number of bills each lawmaker can file in a session.

Harwell had sought to set an annual cap of 10 bills per lawmaker, but the panel instead voted to recommend a 15-bill limit.

The move could result in 485 more bills being filed than under Harwell's original proposal if approved by the full House on Friday.

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8:30am

Wed January 9, 2013
Top Stories

Kyle wants GOP Senate caucus meetings open

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of Tennessee’s top Democrats is calling on Republicans in the state Senate to make their caucus meetings public.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis wants the Open Meetings Act to apply to the Senate.

During the first day of session yesterday, Kyle made a motion to amend Senate rules to apply the act, but he withdrew the motion after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris agreed to take up the issue at a rules committee meeting today.

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8:28am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Two-Way

India, Pakistan Trade Accusations Over Border Killings

Wednesday in Rajouri, India, officers paid their respects at the coffin of one of two Indian soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish with Pakistani troops.
AFP/Getty Images

India reacted angrily today at what it called the "inhumane treatment" of one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish along the de facto border with Pakistan.

Pakistan challenged the Indian army's allegations and said it is prepared to hold an investigation through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) into recent ceasefire violations along what is known as the Line of Control (LOC).

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7:10am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Two-Way

AIG Would Be 'Hard Pressed' To Join Lawsuit Over Its Federal Bailout

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 4:00 pm

Manhattan: The headquarters of American International Group Inc. (AIG).
Shen Hong Xinhua /Landov
  • From 'Morning Edition'

Update at 4:50 p.m. ET. AIG Board Confirms Its Stance:

AIG's board of directors say they've rejected calls by Starr International Company to contest part of the federal rescue of AIG in September of 2008.

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6:30am

Wed January 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Talk Of Delaying Brennan Nomination 'Unfortunate,' White House Says

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 8:49 am

John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

While the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be secretary of defense has drawn opposition from groups who question his views on policy toward Israel and Iran, the nomination of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director may be delayed by senators who want to know more about last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:

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3:46am

Wed January 9, 2013
Around the Nation

NRA Vows To Stop Tuscon From Destroying Guns

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:14 pm

Guns are piled inside a crate outside a police station in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday during a buyback. Tuesday marked the second anniversary of when a gunman opened fire on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as she met with constituents in 2011, killing six people and leaving 12 others injured.
Brian Skoloff AP

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, have formed a political action committee to support prevention of gun violence. The announcement came Tuesday, the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Tucson that left six dead and wounded 13, including Giffords.

Churches and fire stations around the city rang bells in memory of the victims and in commemoration of other mass shootings since Tucson.

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2:32am

Wed January 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Lobbying Battle Over Hagel Under Way Before Obama's Nod

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 8:03 am

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., speaks at the White House on Monday after President Obama nominated him to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Weeks before President Obama officially nominated Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, the lobbying battle was well under way. The fight might be bigger than any other Cabinet nomination in history as the former Republican senator's friends and foes prepare for modern combat on TV and the Internet.

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2:31am

Wed January 9, 2013
Education

Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 5:26 am

Top schools like Harvard, seen here in 2000, often offer scholarships and other financial incentives, but they are finding it hard to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Across the United States, college administrators are poring over student essays, recommendation letters and SAT scores as they select a freshman class for the fall.

If this is like most years, administrators at top schools such as Harvard and Stanford will try hard to find talented high school students from poor families in a push to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus and to counter the growing concern that highly selective colleges cater mainly to students from privileged backgrounds.

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2:31am

Wed January 9, 2013
Law

Can Police Force Drunken Driving Suspects To Take Blood Tests?

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 12:32 pm

A photographic screen hangs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is undergoing renovations. On Wednesday, the justices will hear arguments in a case that asks whether police without a warrant can administer a blood test to a suspected drunken driver.
Greg E. Mathieson MAI/Landov

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing whether police must get a warrant before forcing a drunken driving suspect to have his blood drawn.

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2:29am

Wed January 9, 2013
Education

Promoting Hinduism? Parents Demand Removal Of School Yoga Class

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 8:46 am

Third-graders at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School in Encinitas, Calif., perform chair pose with instructor Kristen McCloskey last month.
Kyla Calvert for NPR

During first period at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary School in Encinitas, Calif., Kristen McCloskey leads about two dozen third-graders through some familiar yoga poses.

"All right, so let's do our opening sequence A," she says, instructing the kids. "Everyone take a big inhale, lift those arms up. Look up."

At the end of the half-hour class, 8-year-old Jacob Hagen says he feels energized and ready for the rest of the day. "Because you get to stretch out and it's good to be the first class because it wakes you up," he says.

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