6:43am

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Pakistan: 'The Ally From Hell' That Hides Its Nukes From The U.S.

On the Afghan side of the border with Pakistan, a U.S. soldier stood guard last month as a boy walked by in Nangarhar province.
Tauseef Mustafa AFP/Getty Images

The headlines this morning on the websites of The Atlantic and National Journal certainly grab your attention:

-- "The Ally From Hell." (The Atlantic)

-- "The Pentagon's Secret Plans To Secure Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal." (National Journal)

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6:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobs Report May Offer Glimmer Of Good News

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 6:01 am

The most-anticipated economic news of the week — word about the October unemployment rate and, hopefully, how many jobs were added to payrolls last month — is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

A month ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the jobless rate in September was 9.1 percent and that 103,000 jobs were added to private and government payrolls.

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4:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials

Millennials Uncertain Of Loyalty Toward Obama

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:25 am

Millennials cheer for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally in Roanoke, Va., in 2008. Young voters are poised to play a key role in choosing the next president.
Jae C. Hong AP

It felt like 2008 all over again in Philadelphia this week. A DJ played a song by the Black Eyed Peas to warm up a crowd of about 500 students from local colleges. President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, exhorted the crowd at the University of Pennsylvania to volunteer, to apply for internships and, of course, to vote.

"There's 8 million registered voters who are 18 to 21 who weren't old enough to vote last time, who are going to cast their first vote, and they're going to do it for Barack Obama," Messina said. "Raise your hand if you're 18 to 21!"

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3:25am

Fri November 4, 2011
Europe

Housing, Banks Weigh On Spain's Fragile Economy

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 11:22 am

A broker uses a phone in front of the main screen at the Stock Exchange in Madrid, Spain. The country's central bank recently warned of "troubled exposure" to real estate, heightening fears about the stability of Spain's banks.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

With Greece in flux over whether it'll remain in the eurozone, other weak economies like Spain are feeling the heat.

The worst could be yet to come in Spain — not because of public debt, but because its banks are still laden with unpaid real estate loans, putting both the banks and the housing market in jeopardy. Real estate prices in Madrid are still high, though salaries are frozen and unemployment soars. When Ireland's housing bubble burst, prices dropped more than 40 percent. But in Spain it's an 18 percent drop on average.

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3:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
World

Details Unearthed On America's 'Ally From Hell'

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Ever since the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a fresh layer of tension has crept into relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. The Navy Seals who landed undetected in Abbottabad left Pakistanis wondering if they might land somewhere else next. Some Pakistanis ask if the U.S. might seize Pakistan's nuclear weapons.

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3:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghan Security Under Fire As Troops Leave

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Last weekend brought the deadliest attack yet on NATO forces in Kabul, one of a series of attacks bold enough to make headlines, beginning with the 20-hour siege of the American embassy. Those attacks over several weeks raised new concerns about security in Afghanistan's capital. One militant group in particular, the Haqqani Network, is thought to have orchestrated the most spectacular attacks. Seth Jones is the author of "In the Graveyard of Empires." Good morning.

SETH JONES: Good morning, Renee.

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3:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
Economy

Europe's Debt Dominates G-20 Summit

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the political and economic drama in Greece this week has moved to a glamorous resort in the South of France. European Union leaders are gathered in Cannes as part of a meeting of the world's most important economies. The group of 20 would have preferred a broad agenda, but Europe's troubles have overshadowed everything else at Cannes.

President Obama is there meeting with EU leaders and urging them to resolve the financial crisis. NPR's Eric Westervelt is also at the G-20 meeting and joined us. Good morning.

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3:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
Economy

Greek Prime Minister Struggles To Retain Power

Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed down from a referendum on the European Union bailout package and he faces a vote of confidence Friday. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells host Steve Inskeep his future is uncertain.

3:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
Economy

Expectations For October's Jobs Numbers

Friday morning, the Labor Department releases its unemployment report for October. The unemployment rate has been stuck above 9 percent for most of the past three years, and it's not expected to dip below that this month. Host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR's Jim Zarroli about the numbers and the outlook for the U.S. economy.

3:00am

Fri November 4, 2011
Business

Airline Prices Stay Up Despite Fewer Travelers

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 9:20 am

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The sluggish economy means fewer travelers will be heading home for Thanksgiving this year, although it hasn't brought down prices. And as NPR's David Schaper reports, those who do fly will still find their flights packed.

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