The Two-Way
1:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Powell: 10 Years Later, Americans Must Still Guard Against Fear

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, during an address in Washington, D.C., on March 1, 2010.
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"Terrorists can't change who we are," former Secretary of State Colin Powell told NPR's Steve Inskeep earlier today.

Americans, he said, will only lose touch with the freedom-loving, open society we enjoy if we "take such counsel of our fears that we change who we are."

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David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.

Having previously covered Congress over a 13-year period starting in 2001, Welna reported extensively on matters related to national security. He covered the debates on Capitol Hill over authorizing the use of military force prior to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the expansion of government surveillance practices arising from Congress' approval of the USA Patriot Act. Welna also reported on congressional probes into the use of torture by U.S. officials interrogating terrorism suspects. He also traveled with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Afghanistan on the Pentagon chief's first overseas trip in that post.

Crisis In The Housing Market
1:20 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Goldman Agrees To Halt Mortgage Robo-Signing

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 2:34 pm

Goldman Sachs and two other firms have agreed to stop some of their more controversial mortgage-signing practices, New York officials said Thursday.

Goldman's mortgage subsidiary had been under fire for what's been called robo-signing. That's when mortgage company officials sign and notarize foreclosure documents without properly reviewing them. Goldman is one of a handful of mortgage providers accused of the practice.

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1:15 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

In Jobs Debate, GOP Targets 'Regulatory Burdens'

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told members of his party that the jobs crisis would be at the top of their agenda this fall.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 4:50 pm

When lawmakers return to Capitol Hill next week, congressional debate is expected to pivot from debt and deficits to the nation's No. 1 concern: jobs.

President Obama will present his plan to boost employment next Thursday before a joint session of Congress. But the Republicans who run the House have their own ideas about what's needed for more jobs — and they've set their sights on what they call job-destroying regulations.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:07 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Efforts Founder To Track Long-Term Safety Of Silicone Breast Implants

A silicone gel implant (left) and a saline gel implant. The FDA agreed to let implants return to the market in 2006, but stipulated that manufacturers track long-term side effects.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 2, 2011 7:05 am

Silicone breast implants can cause problems for women who have them, and many have to have surgery to remove or replace the devices within 10 years. But implant manufacturers have done such a poor job of tracking problems that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel says it may be time for a nationwide database of women with implants.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

On His Summer Break, California College Kid Joins Libyan Rebels

Chris Jeon, 21, doesn't really fit in among the rebels. Reporters found the American kid in the middle of the Libyan desert, wearing a basketball jersey and converse sneakers. One of the rebels handed him an AK-47 and after toying with the safety, Jeon fired a couple of rounds in the air. Jeon, a math major at the University of California, Los Angeles, doesn't speak Arabic and he also knows little of warfare.

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Around the Nation
12:58 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

LAPD Officer Puts A Muzzle On Illegal Animal Sales

Cmdr. Andrew Smith with the Los Angeles Police Department helps enforce a city ordinance that cracks down on illegal animal sales.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Los Angeles is cracking down on illegal animal sales. Thousands are sold on downtown streets every year. Recently, an ordinance went into effect that raises fines on the buyers, but curtailing this underground economy will not be easy.

Behind the wheel of an undercover car, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith admits the nickname Dr. Dolittle isn't the toughest moniker a cop could have.

"But I guess it fit OK, and I didn't really mind," he says.

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12:26 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

The State forester is watching growing fires closely

With a number of wildfires already burning in Wyoming, State Forester Bill Crapser admits he is nervous heading into the three day weekend. Crapser says their biggest concern is a blaze near Wheatland that has grown to 4-thousand acres and is threatening some ranches. But Crapser says the warm dry conditions across southern Wyoming, makes them especially nervous.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Jerry Lewis Will Not Participate In MDA Telethon, Says Publicist

Jerry Lewis speaks during "The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis" panel at Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills.
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Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 11:55 am

Jerry Lewis will not participate in any way — live or pre-recorded — in this Sunday's telethon for muscular dystrophy. That's the final word, says the comedian's publicist, Candi Cazau. She says she spoke with Lewis last night and he dispelled rumors that he might record a song today that would air as part of the show.

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Around the Nation
11:34 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Avoiding Last Place: Some Things We Don't Outgrow

People near the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder often oppose policies that help those below them, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The phenomenon is called "last-place aversion."

Ilyana Kuziemko, one of the authors of the paper and an economics professor at Princeton University, tells NPR's Laura Sullivan that last-place aversion is what it sounds like.

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