2:33am

Wed July 4, 2012
Afghanistan

U.S. Troops Become American Citizens ... In Kandahar

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 4:08 am

U.S. soldiers and Marines pose after being sworn in as U.S. citizens in a service at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan on Friday.
Sean Carberry NPR

Forty-four soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan are celebrating this Fourth of July as American citizens for the first time after their naturalization ceremony at Kandahar Air Field.

As the morning sun beat down on the desert base last Friday, hundreds gathered inside the air-conditioned assembly hall for the ceremony. American flags lined the walls, patriotic music played, and smiles were everywhere.

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2:32am

Wed July 4, 2012
Religion

Feeling Under Siege, Catholic Leadership Shifts Right

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 1:05 pm

Protesters in Baltimore rally against the kick off to "Fortnight for Freedom," sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops say the effort is a response to government attacks on religious liberty, but critics say the campaign is an attack on the Obama administration.
Patrick Semansky AP

The Catholic Church is drawing a line in the sand.

Perceiving its core beliefs to be under threat from popular culture, the White House and even Catholics themselves, the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are pushing back.

In recent months, the church leadership has been cracking down on liberal theologians, disciplining nuns and emphasizing a more orthodox theology.

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2:31am

Wed July 4, 2012
Business

Office Stress Dogging You? Try Punching In With Fido

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Ginger, an English bulldog, comes to work each day with Will Pisnieski. She's one of several dogs who are regular fixtures at dog-friendly Authentic Entertainment in Burbank, Calif.
Grant Hindsley AP

Most dog lovers will insist a canine friend makes for a happier home. A number of studies back that up, too, touting the health benefits of four-legged companions.

But there's new evidence that dogs can make for a better workplace as well, making employees happier and more productive.

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2:29am

Wed July 4, 2012
History

Stated: The Declaration Of Independence

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 12:45 pm

Doby Photography NPR

Twenty-four years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

It was 236 years ago this Wednesday that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Below is the original text of the Declaration, alongside photos of the NPR staff members and contributors who performed the reading.

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2:29am

Wed July 4, 2012
Those Who Serve

Grandfathers' Stories Inspire Military Service

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 9:04 am

Capt. Jared Larpenteur plans a combat mission at the 82nd Airborne's Delta Company command center in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, earlier this year.
Amy Walters NPR

A very small percentage of Americans are now serving in the military — fewer than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction. Others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. On this Independence Day, we continue with an occasional series, Those Who Serve, a look at the men and women wearing their country's uniform during a time of war.

Capt. Jared Larpenteur is from Cajun Country in Louisiana. His family never expected he'd make the military his career.

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9:03pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Joe Paterno's Legacy: Protect Players At All Costs

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 7:39 am

Joe Paterno walks the sidelines during warm-ups before a game between his Penn State Nittany Lions and the Temple Owls in Philadelphia last September. Paterno, who died in January, was fired on Nov. 9, four days after Jerry Sandusky was initially arrested on charges of sexually abusing 10 boys.
Chris Szagola AP

It is not facetious to say that dying may not have been the worst thing to happen to Joe Paterno this past year.

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6:06pm

Tue July 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Did Roberts Flip On The Health Care Decision?

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 1:00 pm

Since the Supreme Court's health care ruling, there's been a lot of speculation about whether Chief Justice John Roberts changed his mind during the course of deliberations.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

In the days since the Supreme Court's historic health care ruling, there has been a good deal of speculation about whether Chief Justice John Roberts changed his mind in the course of deliberations, deciding late in the game to uphold the constitutionality of most of the law.

Even before the decision was announced, conservative writers railed that liberals and the so-called mainstream media were trying to intimidate the chief justice.

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6:00pm

Tue July 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Michigan's GOP Governor Keeps To Middle Of The Road, Vetoes Voter ID Law

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 6:15 pm

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed voter ID legislation on Tuesday.
John Flesher AP

At first blush, it seems like a man-bites-dog story: a Republican governor vetoing voter ID legislation decried as voter suppression by Democratic critics of the bills.

But when you consider that the chief executive who wielded the veto pen Tuesday was Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, the news becomes somewhat less surprising.

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5:04pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

New Home Test For HIV May Cut Down New Infections

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 9:38 am

The Food and Drug Administration just approved the OraQuick test, which detects the presence of HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab.
Chuck Zovko AP

No infectious disease has ever been detectable by a test that consumers can buy over the counter and get quick results at home. But HIV isn't just any infection. It's a stubborn pandemic virus that's still making people sick and killing them 31 years after it first appeared – even though infection is easily prevented and effectively treated.

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4:59pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Law

Did The Chief Justice 'Evolve' On Health Care?

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 5:57 pm

Chief Justice John Roberts has been called to task by conservatives for siding with the more liberal justices to uphold President Obama's health care law. This week a CBS reporter said Roberts switched his views after at first siding with conservatives. Justices sometimes change their minds after the initial conference on a case as they circulate draft opinions, consult with colleagues and think about the issues. What's unusual was the leak which was an apparent attempt to undermine the chief justice. Nina Totenberg talks to Robert Siegel.

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