The Two-Way
11:23 am
Tue September 18, 2012

To Celebrate A New Cub, Listen Again To NPR's Ode To The 'Panda Cam'

A composite of images from the panda cam, showing Mei Xiang during and after giving birth.
National Zoo Xinhua/Landov

The birth this week of a giant panda cub at Washington's National Zoo brings back fond memories and generates new excitement for Morning Edition supervising senior editor Kitty Eisele.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Famed Barcelona Footballers Will Only Fly With Female Flight Attendants

Lionel Messi (second from left) and some of his Barcelona teammates during a match last weekend.
Javier Soriano AFP/Getty Images

For the past few years, Turkish Airlines has been the official airline of soccer's FC Barcelona, home to such famous footballers as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Well, apparently the Barca boys haven't been happy with the service.

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It's All Politics
9:54 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Obama Backers Battle For Dominance On Denver Airwaves

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:01 pm

Watching the first 20 minutes of Saturday Night Live's season premiere in Denver, I counted at least four ads by the Obama campaign and liberal groups backing the president. Just one ad countering their message was aired in the same span by the Romney campaign.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

French Magazine Ordered To Hand Over Photos Of Topless Kate, Not Republish Any

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was visiting the Polynesian island of Tuvalu earlier today.
Tony Prcevich AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 10:12 am

The French magazine Closer must hand over all digital files of photos containing snapshots of a topless Kate Middleton and refrain from republishing any of them or face fines of $13,000 a day.

According to France 24, a French court ruled today that:

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Romney's Wrong And Right About The '47 Percent'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talking to reporters Monday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told supporters that "there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" because they are "dependent upon government ... believe that they are victims ... believe the government has a responsibility to care for them ... these are people who pay no income tax."

Who was he talking about?

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Nature
8:40 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Poor Will's Alamanck: September 18 - 24, 2012

Bursting milkweed pod
Flickr Creative Commons user lahvak

Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of Early Fall.

When the day’s length falls below 12 hours this week, then the sugar beet, pear, cabbage and cauliflower harvests commence in the Great Lakes region. In Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington State, the cranberry harvest begins, berries darkening in the cooler weather.

As autumn leafturn accelerates all along the 40th parallel, the deciduous trees lose all their leaves in northern Canada. In New England and in the Rocky Mountains, foliage colors are approaching their best.

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Food
8:11 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Golden Arches Adds McNoodles To Austrian Menu

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Politics
8:07 am
Tue September 18, 2012

GOP Senatorin Columbus to Counter Obama’s Message

The Romney campaign sent an up-and-coming Senator from Florida to Ohio to counter the twin visits of President Obama. Marco Rubio spoke to about three hundred people at the Statehouse at almost the same time Mr. Obama was speaking about a mile away. Rubio talked about the concerns of unemployed college graduates and workers with dwindling savings. And Rubio said things can get better only by returning to what he called the principles that made Americans prosperous and different - limited government and the free enterprise system, which he praised as offering huge opportunity.

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Politics
8:06 am
Tue September 18, 2012

President Obama Campaigns in Columbus

President Obama touted his plan to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and shift defense spending to help pay down the deficit. The president made his comments yesterday in one of two stops he made in the buckeye state.

President Obama says Republican Mitt Romney is promising to cut income taxes and spend trillions more on defense while, at the same time, reducing the deficit.  Mr. Obama says it’s important to note that Romney isn’t saying what he’ll cut from the federal budget in order to be able to do that.

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