3:12pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Floodwaters Begin To Recede After Hurricane Isaac

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:39 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The floodwaters have begun to recede in Louisiana and Mississippi as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac move north. Utility companies are scrambling to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers. In some places, floodwaters are hampering the recovery. That includes an area about 30 miles west of New Orleans where we find NPR's Joel Rose.

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3:11pm

Fri August 31, 2012
From Our Listeners

Letters: Women And The Republican Party

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:39 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Time now for your letters about an interview we aired yesterday. My co-host, Robert Siegel, sat down with Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to talk about women and the GOP, specifically why polls show that women favor President Obama over Mitt Romney.

SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE: One of the things that is helpful about this convention - and that's why I think Ann Romney's speech resonated - is women do want to know about the whole person, and something about the person that will lead the country.

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3:09pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Politics

Romney Tours Damage From Isaac In Louisiana

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:39 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. Mitt Romney made a last minute change to his travel plans today. On his first day as the official Republican presidential nominee, he and Paul Ryan were supposed to begin a swing state campaign tour. Instead, while Ryan headed to a previously scheduled event in Virginia, Romney flew to Louisiana.

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3:04pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Law

American Taliban Sues For Religious Freedom

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:39 pm

John Walker Lindh was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 after fighting with the Taliban.
AP

Should Muslims convicted of terrorism be allowed to gather together in prison to pray? That's the question being raised by John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban.

The U.S. citizen converted to Islam as a teenager. Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Lindh was caught in Afghanistan. He pleaded guilty to aiding the now defunct Taliban government there and to carrying a weapon.

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2:33pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Participation Nation

Recycling Bikes In Albany, N.Y.

Working on bikes at a spring event.
Courtesy of ABC

The Albany Bicycle Coalition started in my backyard in 2003 when a small group of mechanically inclined bike enthusiasts-volunteers gathered to learn bike repair skills and repair bikes that were headed to the dump. The rescued bikes were then donated to local organizations for kids.

Eventually we grew and moved into a community center basement, where the focus is on teaching kids skills while improving community relations.

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2:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Election 2012

Can Obama Supporters Keep 'Hope' Alive?

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 7:32 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, Frederic Yonnet is taking the harmonica to new places. We'll tell you more in just a few minutes.

But first, as we mentioned earlier, the Democratic National Convention starts this week, where the hope is that the president and his party can rally his Democratic base and energize voters, which they did so successfully four years ago.

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2:08pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Economy

Are Today's Millennials The 'Screwed Generation'?

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 5:18 pm

Graduates attend a ceremony at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Writer Joel Kotkin notes that many recent college grads are saddled with high debt and dim job prospects.
Butch Dill AP

U.S. student loan debt tops $1 trillion, and young people face disproportionately high unemployment. Writer Joel Kotkin points to these numbers when he claims today's millennial generation is getting the short end of the stick. Kotkin speaks with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his Newsweek/Daily Beast article on what he calls the "screwed generation."

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1:43pm

Fri August 31, 2012
U.S.

Gas Prices Expected To Retreat As Isaac Fades

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:12 pm

A man fills his gas tank Wednesday in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Gas prices surged as Isaac approached, but are expected to ease after Labor Day.
Tony Dejak AP

As a tropical storm was gathering strength last week, fears were growing that the fierce winds might knock out Gulf Coast refineries, send gasoline prices soaring and seriously damage the U.S. economy.

But when Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, it was only a Category 1 hurricane, far weaker than Katrina, the monster storm that hit seven years ago.

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1:36pm

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Debating An Empty Chair? 'Eastwooding' Was A Thing Back In 1924

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 3:39 pm

Actor Clint Eastwood speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

If you've paid any attention to the last day of the Republican National Convention, you've no doubt heard about Clint Eastwood's strange performance in which he laid into President Obama, whom he pretended was sitting in an empty chair.

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1:03pm

Fri August 31, 2012
Participation Nation

Hay Is For Horses In Tryon, N.C.

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 4:16 pm

Dedicating hay bales to the emergency food bank for horses.
Courtesy of Libbie Johnson

The Tryon area has been known as "Horse Country" for almost a century. People here take their equine economy seriously, it's a major source of jobs. Drought conditions and the economy have forced many horse owners into a predicament of how to feed their families and their horses.

So the Hay Pledge was born. Horse owners and hay growers "pledge" 10 bales of hay if asked — unless their supplies are too low to share. Calls for assistance are confidential. Some 500 bales have been delivered in 2012, but winter is coming and that number will go up significantly.

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