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3:24pm

Fri November 22, 2013
Book Reviews

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Senate

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 5:30 pm

Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech 28 July 1965 in the White House in Washington, D.C.
AFP/Stringer Getty Images

On Thursday, the Senate passed a historic rules change. Invoking the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats used a rare parliamentary procedure to limit the power of the filibuster — a key method often used by minority parties to check the majority. Now, a simple majority vote will be required to confirm presidential nominees, rather than the 60-vote super-majority once necessary to bypass the filibuster.

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3:24pm

Fri November 22, 2013
NPR Story

Old Political Feud In Philippines Fuels Rage Over Typhoon Response

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 6:21 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

While international relief efforts in the Philippines are in high gear, efforts by the Philippine government have been hampered. There are bitter rivalries among the country's political clans. And two major political families - including that of the president - are sparring over the response to the disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has that story.

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3:24pm

Fri November 22, 2013
Planet Money

What's The Best Way To Tax Marijuana? It Depends On What You Want

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 6:21 pm

Marijuana at a Denver dispensary.
Ed Andrieski AP

A basic tenet of economics: Tax things you want less of. If you want people to, say, eat less candy, tax candy.

Economists, given that they are economists, have traditionally assumed that it doesn't matter when the tax is added to the price. Whether people see the tax reflected in the price of the candy when they grab it off the shelf, or whether the tax is added at the cash register, like sales tax, shouldn't make a difference.

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5:15pm

Thu November 21, 2013
The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later

Moved By Kennedy's Death, The Boston Symphony Played On

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 8:08 pm

The Boston Symphony Orchestra was mid-performance when the news of President Kennedy's assassination broke.
AP

A visit to the symphony: It's often a solitary experience that can, in truly important moments, become communal — as it did in Boston on Nov. 22, 1963.

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5:11pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Science

'Ghost Particles' In Antarctica Offer Glimpse Of Deep Space

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 5:54 pm

The average temperature in winter is about -72 degrees Faharenheit. The IceCube Lab is illuminated in the moonlight.
Emanuel Jacobi NSF

A new kind of telescope buried deep beneath the ice of Antarctica has, for the first time, seen a signal from distant, violent events. In doing so, it is beginning to paint a picture of a part of our cosmos that has never been observed before.

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