2:03pm

Wed September 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Welfare Wasn't Always A Dirty Word In The Romney Family

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 12:24 pm

Mitt Romney reads on his campaign bus earlier this year. A 1960s campaign poster supporting his father, George, is behind him.
Gerald Herbert AP

1:59pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Introducing A New Commenting System

As many of you have no doubt noticed, within the past few hours our technology team has introduced a brand-new commenting system.

The transition should be painless — meaning that there is nothing to do on your end to continue participating in the comments.

The good news is that this new system allows for many modern amenities the other system lacked. Those include: Threaded comments and the ability to use HTML formatting. The new system also allows you to delete your own comments.

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1:48pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Election 2012

6 Quirky Tie-Ins To The 2012 Election

Spirit Halloween political masks
Spirit Halloween PR Newswire

This being America, the Galactic Capital of Capitalism, it's no wonder folks try to cash in on just about everything — including the presidential election.

Give us a big event — the Olympics, the World Series, a blockbuster movie — and we will offer you all kinds of foodstuffs and folderol that are linked, however loosely, to the occasion.

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1:42pm

Wed September 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Republicans Race To Reframe Romney Comments As Campaign Opportunity

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:43 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at a fundraiser in Dallas on Tuesday.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Republicans scrambling to turn Mitt Romney's videotaped aspersions cast on 47 percent of Americans into a campaign opportunity are hoping for a "Chick-fil-A moment."

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1:35pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Book Reviews

'Life Of Objects' Tells A Cautionary WWII Fairy Tale

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 11:25 am

Knopf

Susanna Moore's latest novel, The Life of Objects, is a slim World War II saga that reads like a cautionary fairy tale: It's packed with descriptions of ornate furniture and paintings, lavish banquets, demons and diamonds. At the center of the story is a young girl bewitched by her own desire to live a larger life, a wish that's granted with grim exactitude.

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1:13pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Chick-fil-A Welcome In Chicago, Alderman Says, After Renewed Pledge Of Respect

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 3:23 pm

A Chick-fil-A in Fort Worth, Texas, on "appreciation day" last month.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Chicago Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, who led the opposition in his city to the opening of a Chick-fil-A restaurant there because of company President Dan Cathy's outspoken stand against same-sex marriage, now says he won't stand in the fast-food chain's way.

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1:08pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Department Inspector General To Release 'Fast And Furious' Report

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:54 pm

Update at 2:01 p.m. ET. 14 U.S. Officials Cited For Possible Discipline:

The Justice Department's Inspector General has released the results of an investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive's failed gun-walking operation known as "Fast and Furious."

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12:31pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Two-Way

Teachers, Students Head Back To School In Chicago

Students at Frazier International Magnet School wait outside before the start of school on Wednesday in Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Tens of thousands of students are back in school this morning in Chicago.

As we told you yesterday, the Chicago Teachers Union voted to end the seven-day walkout. This morning, reports The Chicago Sun-Times, everyone was excited to get back to normal — the teachers, the students and even the mayor.

The Sun-Times reports:

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12:18pm

Wed September 19, 2012
The Dew Was Gone That Made Her Blade So Kean

Local Artist Creates Portraits with Morning Dew

Hollie Berry using her roller for the portrait

Can you use morning dew as an artistic tool? Hollie Berry does. She calls her creations "dew"dles.

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12:11pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Media

'Bleak' Picture For Minority Managers In Newsroom

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, we're going to focus on a new study about the people who decide what you see on America's television news. The National Association of Black Journalists, or NABJ, has just released its latest diversity census. The group says the picture is bleak for journalists of color who hope to get into television newsroom management. That's journalists who belong to all different ethnic groups.

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