2:27pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Wal-Mart Pulls Out Of Group That Advocates 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:31 pm

Selina Gray of Sanford, Fla., at a protest there on March 31.
Julie Fletcher AP

Wal-Mart has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from a conservative political group that advocates the "Stand Your Ground" laws that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.

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2:18pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Salt

Bloomberg's Sugary Drink Ban May Not Change Soda Drinkers' Habits

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 10:58 pm

Will reducing the size of New York city's sodas impact the obesity problem?
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When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last night he wants to ban sodas and many other sugary drinks in 16 ounce servings sizes and up, the reaction was swift and predictable.

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2:04pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

President Obama Hosts President Bush For Unveiling Of Official Portraits

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 5:06 pm

Meetings of current, former and future presidents are uncommon, and this one, on Jan. 7, 2009, was a once-in-28-years affair. From left, George H.W. Bush joins then-President-elect Obama, then-President George W. Bush and fellow former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for lunch. It was the first time since 1981 that all living presidents had been together at the White House.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

In a rare moment of harmony in Washington, President Obama hosted former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush for the unveiling of the couple's official portraits.

It's a tradition that dates back to 1800, when the White House acquired its first work of art: a full-length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.

During a ceremony in East Room of the White House, President Obama noted that fact saying that while Washington is constantly engulfed in partisan bickering, the "Presidency transcends those differences."

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1:39pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Russia Is 'Propping Up' The Assad Regime, Secretary Clinton Says

By resisting efforts at the United Nations to bring concerted pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end the killing in his country, Russia is "in effect, propping up the [Assad] regime at a time when we should be working on a political transition," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said earlier today in Copenhagen.

Clinton also told an audience that Russia's implicit support for Assad could "help contribute to a civil war" in Syria, The Associated Press reports.

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1:19pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Elizabeth Warren Says She Told Schools Of Native American Heritage

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 10:36 am

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Elizabeth Warren.
Steven Senne AP

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who is in a tight Senate race in Massachusetts against Republican incumbent Scott Brown, acknowledged for the first time that she told the law schools at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania of her Native American heritage.

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12:25pm

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Milwaukee Archdiocese Admits It Paid Abusive Priests To Leave Ministry

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:21 pm

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, shown at Ash Wednesday services at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in 2011.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee admitted yesterday that it had paid abusive priests up to $20,000 to encourage them to leave the ministry.

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11:59am

Thu May 31, 2012
Author Interviews

The Internet: A Series Of 'Tubes' (And Then Some)

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:08 pm

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Increasingly, Internet users are working "in the cloud" — creating and sending data that isn't stored on local hard drives. It's easy to imagine our emails and photos swirling around in cyberspace without a physical home — but that's not really how it works. Those files are still stored somewhere, but you can only find them if you know where to look.

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11:58am

Thu May 31, 2012
Movies

2012: Not The Best Year At Cannes

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:08 pm

Emmanuelle Riva co-stars in the French film Amour, which won the festival's Palme d'Or.
La Festival de Cannes

John Powers, Fresh Air's critic-at-large and the movie critic for Vogue, returns from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival to share his thoughts on the films he liked and the films he didn't care for.

Though Powers says 2012 was not the best year at Cannes, the experience once again left him feeling rejuvenated about the movies.

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11:57am

Thu May 31, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Sick in America: Hispanics Grapple With Cost And Quality Of Care

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:27 pm

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In our recent poll on what it means to be sick in America, one ethnic group stands out as having special problems – Hispanic Americans.

The national survey, conducted by NPR with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, sheds new light on Hispanics' health issues. It runs counter to the widespread impression that African-Americans are worst-off when it comes to the cost and quality of health care.

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11:49am

Thu May 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Defense Of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Rules

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:05 pm

"A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court," The Associated Press reports from Boston.

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