Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Campaign Official: We Could Win Without Florida

There are lots of ways to get to 270 and they don't all involve Florida's 29 electoral votes, according to Rich Beeson, the national political director for the Mitt Romney Campaign.

Beeson, speaking with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, says the Sunshine State would be nice to have in the red column, but it's not a sine qua non for clinching victory in November.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Top Stories

The Last of Tennessee's Summer Fairs

Reporter Shawn Anfinson (left) and his son enjoying the Wilson County Fair

Editor's Note: Reporter Shawn Anfinson recently shared his family's summer fair experience with WMOT listeners.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (Shawn Anfinson) -- My family and I decided to take in the Wilson County Fair this past weekend. We avoided miles of afternoon traffic by arriving early, but there was no way around big crowds on the mid way.

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Tue August 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Israeli Court Rules American Activist's Death Was An Accident

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 10:28 am

Rachel Corrie, 23, stands in front of a Palestinian's home to prevent it from being demolished

An Israeli court sided with the government today, ruling that Israel was not at fault for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie.

Corrie's parents were suing for accountability and $1 in damages for the death of their 23-year-old daughter. Corrie was killed in 2003, when she stood in front of a bulldozer to try to keep the Israeli soldier manning it from razing Palestinian homes.

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Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Ann Romney, Gov. Christie & The Roll Call: Today's Convention Highlights

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:09 am

The stage is set at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Good morning from Tampa where the Isaac-delayed Republican National Convention is set to get going for real this afternoon.

It's going to be a busy day for the GOP once the delegates are called to order at 2 p.m. ET. Here are some highlights from the schedule:

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Tue August 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Isaac, On The Verge Of Hurricane Strength, Forecast For Landfall Tonight

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 10:13 pm

People sit on a bench along the seawall in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Gerald Herbert AP

The Latest At 11:06 P.M. ET Little Change In Strength

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Isaac will continue moving near or over the southeastern coast of Louisiana on Tuesday night, and move inland during the next day or so.

"Little change in strength is forecast tonight," it said at 10 p.m. CDT. "Slow weakening is expected after that."

As we reported earlier, widespread flooding was expected. Isaac was moving toward Baton Rouge, La.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Participation Nation

Books Behind Bars In Needham, Mass.

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 9:22 am

Elizabeth Jane Handel of A Book from Mom.
Courtesy of ABFM

In 2004, I started a project called A Book from Mom that provides incarcerated mothers with brand new children's books to give as gifts to their children during prison visits.

A Book from Mom helps strengthen the parent-child bond while a mother is away, seeks to increase literacy in both mother and child, and helps ease the tension of prison visits.

In its nine years, the project has placed more than 20,000 brand new books on prison shelves in Massachusetts and has inspired someone else to expand the program to a women's prison in Arizona.

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Tue August 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Forces Are In Control For Now, But Maybe Not For Long

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:38 am

In Tampa Tuesday, a colorfully dressed delegate spoke to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

When the Republican National Convention finally gets underway today here in Tampa, it will renew a civil war that's been raging — off and on — for more than a century.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Top Stories

Nissan Donates Cars to MTSU

Kevin Martin, director of Nissan Parts Quality Engineering, shows MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee the interior of a new Nissan LEAF electric car donated to the university Aug. 28.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Officials from Nissan North America were on the Middle Tennessee State University campus Tuesday to donate two electric cars and three charging stations to the school. <?xml:namespace prefix = o />

It’s part of Nissan’s efforts to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee says that the Nissan Leaf cars will go into the university's motor pool. McPhee says the donation underscores the school’s commitment to a green campus.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Election 2012

Gov. Haley Gets Prime-Time Convention Speaking Slot

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley campaigns in Ann Arbor, Mich., on July 31 for Mitt Romney.
Charles V. Tines AP

Among the speakers with a prime-time slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The speech could propel her into national politics.

The talk about Haley always mentions her gender, her age — 40 — and her race — Indian-American. She wears the labels proudly, and for $19.95 you can read all about them in her memoir Can't Is Not an Option. But there's another label Haley likes: fighter.

On Comedy Central not long ago, she mixed it up with fellow South Carolinian Stephen Colbert:

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Tue August 28, 2012

Heat Guidelines Help Keep Young Athletes Cool

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 3:07 pm

Doctoral student Brett Comstock wears a football uniform as he walks on a treadmill at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.
Craig LeMoult for NPR

As extremely hot temperatures continue to hit much of the country, high school football teams are busy getting ready for the fall season.

Last year, five high school football players died of heat stroke. Across the country, experts are trying to prevent those kinds of tragedies.

At the University of Connecticut's Korey Stringer Institute, researchers study the effects of extreme heat on athletes.

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