12:15pm

Tue June 18, 2013
It's All Politics

6 Surprising Things About The IRS Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:24 pm

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, leaves a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in May.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Hundreds of pages of transcribed interviews reveal that IRS employees in Washington were involved at an early stage in the improper targeting of Tea Party groups — but at least so far the trail stops well short of the White House.

Based on interviews with two longtime IRS employees working in the Cincinnati field office, there's no smoking gun, no direct connection to the Obama administration or even any indication that those involved in the flagging of conservative groups had political motives.

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12:06pm

Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Boston Tops Chicago In Game 3 Of NHL's Stanley Cup

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) sends the puck past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford on Monday night.
AP

The Boston Bruins have taken the lead in the NHL's Stanley Cup championships, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 Monday night in Boston. Interestingly, last night wasn't a tense, drawn-out reprise of Games 1 and 2 and did not require an overtime.

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11:58am

Tue June 18, 2013
Education

New Report Finds Many Teachers Aren't Ready To Teach

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. If you are a parent, you might be breathing a sigh of relief or already tearing your hair out trying to find things for the kids to do. Yes, it's that time. It's summer. One thing you'll probably want them to do, though, is keep reading. So our moms roundtable will pass on some of their tried and true methods for getting even reluctant readers to keep reading through the summer. That's coming up later in the program.

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11:58am

Tue June 18, 2013
Politics

President Obama, 'Honest And Trustworthy?'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, data mining and privacy issues are in the news. But we want to talk about some data that could affect your life in ways you might not have considered. We're talking about your credit reports and we'll talk about how errors can appear and cost you plenty, and what to do about that. That's coming up later in the program.

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11:33am

Tue June 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Some States Will Make It Easier To Get Insurance Answers

Where will you go when it's time to buy health insurance.
Richard Thomas iStockphoto.com

Who are you going to call for help when it comes to figuring out your health insurance?

Next year, when insurance marketplaces open under the federal health law and many job-based and individual plans have to meet new standards for coverage and costs, chances are that lots of people are going to need a hand navigating the system.

Depending on where they live, some will probably have an easier time of it than others.

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10:31am

Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Says Talks With Taliban Could Begin In Days

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 11:37 am

U.S. officials say the Taliban has agreed to begin long-stalled negotiations with the Afghan and American governments at the group's new political office in Doha, Qatar.

The talks with the U.S. could begin in days, NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. He says the milestone agreement comes after months of "diplomatic spadework."

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9:44am

Tue June 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Men's Choice Of Mates May Have Led To Menopause

Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 12:34 pm

Darling, can we talk?
iStockphoto.com

A dapper older gentleman spurns his mate of a certain age to take a fresh-faced young lover. You've seen that movie before, right?

Well, this choice of youth may turn out to be more than a Hollywood trope. Researchers say decisions like that one may have been the evolutionary source of menopause.

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8:51am

Tue June 18, 2013
Parallels

'It's Christmas In June': China Revels In NSA Leaks Story

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:52 pm

A supporter holds a sign with pictures of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about the agency's surveillance programs, and Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong on June 15. Snowden has been holed up in Hong Kong since the leaks.
Kin Cheung AP

Earlier this year, the U.S. government accused China's military of running a massive cyberspying campaign to steal business secrets from American companies.

"We've made it very clear to China and some other state actors that, you know, we expect them to follow international norms and abide by international rules," President Obama told ABC News in March.

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8:41am

Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Mass Anti-Government Protests Swell In Brazil

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 10:39 am

Students shout slogans during a protest Monday in Brasilia.
Evaristo Sa AFP/Getty Images

What started as small protests about higher bus fares has swelled into nationwide, massive anti-government demonstrations in Brazil.

Last night, reports O Globo, more than 100,000 protesters filled the streets of Rio de Janeiro, while an additional 65,000 hit the streets of São Paulo. Nothing tells the story quite like this video of the streets of Rio posted by Lucio Amorim on Twitter:

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7:52am

Tue June 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Is That Gas I Smell, Or Cinnamon?

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. A special odor is added to natural gas. You know that smell meant to warn you of possible trouble? Last weekend, New York officials added an odor to mask the odor. They were fixing a pipeline in Harlem, and didn't want a flood of 9-1-1 calls over gas leaks that weren't considered dangerous because they were in the open.

So they masked the smell by adding cinnamon to the gas. We have no word if area coffee shops sold out of rolls.

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