The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

With Campaign Struggling, Gingrich Will Charge $50 For Photos

In a sign that his campaign is in need of cash, Newt Gingrich began charging supporters $50 if they wanted him to pose for a picture.

The National Journal first reported the story, saying the campaign began the practice Monday.

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Education
12:33 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Strike Deal on Historical Documents

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A compromise has been struck between sponsors of an Ohio bill that would require students in grades 4-12 be taught the original texts of the state and U.S. constitutions, the Declaration of Independence and other  documents.

Different versions of the bill passed both Republican-led chambers of the state Legislature last year. But the Senate in January rejected the House changes to the bill. Lawmakers have been working out technical differences in a conference committee.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

At Supreme Court: Health Care Ruling Still Too Close To Call?

Here's some of the early word about today's Supreme Court hearing on the constitutionality of the nation's new health care overhaul law:

-- Five Justices Were Tough: Five members of the court "beat him up pretty hard," NPR's Nina Totenberg says of how the justices treated the counsel representing the government. But she also says, "I don't think you can call this," when asked about whether the court will or won't strike down the so-called individual mandate in the law. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy "seem to be in play," Nina reports.

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Education
12:30 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Study Says Ohio Making Progress in School Changes

A report says Ohio is meeting expectations for making changes to its education system that were a condition of a $400 million federal Race to the Top grant.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the nonprofit Center for American Progress cites "significant progress" in the  study released yesterday.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:27 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

High Court Justices Appear Split On Insurance Mandate

Supporters and opponents of the health care law rallied in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday, as the court considered the constitutionality of the insurance mandate.
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Today's arguments hit the core of the Affordable Care Act: the mandate that requires just about everyone to have health insurance starting in 2014.

And the U.S. Supreme Court's justices appeared split on whether the federal government can force people to buy health insurance. The court's conservatives appeared skeptical and unmoved by the government's arguments in favor of the mandate.

"The government had a hard time, and if they win, they win narrowly," NPR's Nina Totenberg reported from outside the court. "I don't think you can call this."

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World
12:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Unrest Seen In Once-Stable West African Countries

Senegal and Mali have experienced recent upheaval. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's West Africa correspondent, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the rebellion and coup d'etat in Mali, as well as the recent news that the Senegalese president conceded a very controversial election.

World
12:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Visiting Cuba, Pope Hopes To Renew Vatican Ties

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away this week. Coming up, after a successful presidential runoff in Senegal and a military overthrow in Mali, we'll talk about questions of leadership in West Africa. That's coming up.

But, first, we turn our attention to Cuba, where Pope Benedict is continuing his tour of Latin America. He's in the midst of a three day visit to the island. Tens of thousands of people greeted him in Santiago last night.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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Race
12:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

With A Black President, Harder To Discuss Race?

The Trayvon Martin case is bringing conversations about race to the front pages, the airwaves, and dinner tables. Even the president weighed in on the shooting last week. But freelance journalist Reniqua Allen writes in The Washington Post that having a black president is making those conversations harder to have, not easier.

News
12:00 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

New Reports Emerge In Trayvon Martin Case

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 12:04 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. Michel Martin is away this week. Coming up, some people say that having an African-American president has changed the way the country talks about race, but has that change been for the better? One columnist doesn't think so. That's in a moment. First we want to get an update on a case that has sparked a passionate debate about race and ethnicity.

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Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Book Nook: The Man From Primrose Lane, by James Renner

James Renner is an investigative journalist from the Cleveland area. He specializes in investigating unsolved murders. A few years ago Renner came upon a case that he describes as an "unsolved suicide."  That situation provided a seed that germinated into Renner's first novel, "The Man From Primrose Lane."

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