3:36pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Neil Munro, Of Daily Caller, Interrupts President During Rose Garden Address

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 7:52 pm

Neil Munro of the Daily Caller (center) interrupts U.S. President Barack Obama with questions as he delivered remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama grew very angry when Neil Munro of the website Daily Caller shouted a question in the middle of his address at the Rose Garden.

The first time he was interrupted, Obama said, "Excuse me sir. It's not time for questions, sir. Not while I'm speaking."

The president was issuing a statement about his administration's decision to delay the deportation of some young immigrants. Toward the end of his speech, Obama addressed Munro directly.

Here's a bit of audio from that moment:

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3:20pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Food

African Land Fertile Ground For Crops And Investors

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Rei do Agro cleared trees from this land over the past 18 months. It previously looked like the land on the right.
Belchion Lucas for NPR

Second of a two-part story. Read Part 1

In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush under way as investors claim farmland, establish mega-farms and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers.

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3:11pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Salt

Salmonella in Dog Food Is Making Humans Sick

Dogs are cute, but they can give Salmonella to their owners.
Harkamal Nijjar iStockphoto.com

A lot of people share everything with their dogs — a long walk, a bed, even people food. But one thing you might not want to share is a nasty bug called Salmonella.

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1:51pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Know The Enemy: Scientists Use Genetics To Get Ahead Of Malaria

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:20 pm

A micrograph shows red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
John C. Tan AP

Like the proverbial mosquito that buzzes in your ear but won't die, a lasting solution to malaria has been maddeningly elusive to health experts.

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1:43pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

An L.A. Preschool Graduation Turns Into A Brawl

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:09 pm

A screen shot of a Youtube video.
Youtube

As the father of an almost 3-year-old, I know the preschool years can get pretty rowdy.

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1:07pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hoax No. 2: 'Kindness In America' Memoir Writer Shot Himself

We were very tempted earlier this week to post about the guy who said he's writing a memoir called Kindness in America and had gotten shot while hitchhiking across the country. Many sites picked up that oh-so-ironic story.

Then we got distracted. Probably by our shoes.

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12:48pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Citizen Science

Ivy Academy Students Measure Tree Growth for Smithsonian

Ivy Academy student Conner Phillips reads instructions for placing a dendrometer on a tree as Trent Walker looks on.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

The Smithsonian Institution is collecting data from around the globe to see how climate change affects tree growth, and students at Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy are helping. 

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12:34pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Politics

In Washington, Leaking As A Way Of Life

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 2:27 pm

President Richard Nixon tells reporters he will not allow his legal counsel, John Dean, to testify before Congress in the Watergate investigation, March 15, 1973. Leaks about the Watergate break-in eventually helped lead to Nixon's resignation. And his administration fought and lost a Supreme Court battle over leaking of the so-called Pentagon Papers about Vietnam.
Charles Tasnadi AP

A leak — in a pipeline, at a nuclear plant, within a top-secret agency — can be dangerous, disastrous, deadly. But sometimes a leak can also be a good thing — drawing attention to a larger systemic problem.

The debate over news leaks bubbled up again this week after reports that The New York Times relied on information from top-tier and unnamed U.S. officials to reveal details about the U.S. cyberbattle against Iran.

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12:30pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Planet Money

An Austerity Wedding, With No Money For A Dress

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Elias Tilligadas and Katerina Margeritou are getting married next week.
Nikolia Apostolou NPR

Katerina Margaritou and Elias Tilligadas live in Athens. They're getting married next Wednesday — three days after the Greek election that has the global economy on edge.

Katerina is a chemist, and she works for a company whose main customer is the Greek government. The Greek government, of course, is broke. So Katerina hasn't been paid since last year.

"I'm very happy because I'm getting married," Katerina told me this week. "But I'm very sad because at the moment I cannot buy a dress. My boss promised me that he's going to give money to buy a dress. So I'm waiting."

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12:16pm

Fri June 15, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, June 14, 2012

David Karp AP

June already has brought a strong dose of bad news for President Obama, from the monthly jobs report to questions about his Cabinet. So, how much can an incumbent blame on his predecessor?

Plus, Gabby Giffords' annointed successor wins the House seat in Arizona's special election. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin discuss.

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