Planet Money
10:32 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Why The Postal Service Doesn't Want To Be Rescued

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Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:02 am

A bill passed by the Senate yesterday would help U.S. Postal Service keep post offices around the country open, NPR reports.

The Postal Service is not pleased.

The key issue: The Postal Service, which loses $25 million every single day, wants to save money by closing hundreds or thousands of post offices and shifting services to places like grocery stores.

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Opinion
10:19 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Weekly Standard: Borrow And Spend Vs. Austerity

Students gather on front of riot policemen protecting the main entrance of the Mobile Word Congress during a student's demonstration against austerity measures in Education on Feb. 29, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. Police beat and arrested youths, while rioters smashed windows and fires were lit in the streets of Barcelona.
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Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 6:57 am

Irwin M. Stelzer writes for The Weekly Standard.

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Opinion
10:13 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New Republic: The Misuse Of The German Example

Demonstrators march from Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament to protest against austerity measures as the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne prepares to leave 11 Downing Street on Budget Day March 21, 2012 in London, England. Great Britain has re-entered a recession.
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Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 10:44 am

Alec MacGillis is a senior editor for The New Republic.

I don't usually wade into global economic policy here on the Stump, but as Mitt Romney reminded us in his speech last night, the 2012 presidential race is "still about the economy — and we're not stupid." So after coming across a particular pet peeve of mine just now, I'm going to wade on in.

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Opinion
10:06 am
Thu April 26, 2012

The Nation: Wars Of Attrition

Marine One with President Barack Obama onboard prepares to land on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 2012.
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Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 7:55 am

Nick Turse is the associate editor and research director of Tomdispatch.com.

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Opinion
10:04 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Weekly Standard: Waiting For The U.N.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn upon returning at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2012 from a two-day trip.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 7:56 am

John Yoo is a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Law
9:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Sybrina Fulton: 'I Can Wait A Year' For Justice

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin, walk with attorney Benjamin Crump and others as they leave the Seminole County courthouse after the bond hearing for George Zimmerman.
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Days after George Zimmerman was freed on bail to await a second-degree murder trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, says she's "willing to wait for justice to be served" in her son's case.

Speaking with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Fulton also says that she feels like "I have a little hole in my heart. And that little hole is caused by the tragedy of Trayvon's death."

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Business
9:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Is Bribery 'Business As Usual' South Of Border?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now, we turn to a business scandal that could have repercussions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Wal-Mart, America's biggest retailer, is also Mexico's largest retailer and there, the company has been accused of paying more than $24 million in bribes to Mexican officials to obtain construction permits to build new stores.

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Education
9:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Boehner: House Will Vote On Student Loans

The House is set to vote Friday on a GOP proposal to keep some student loan interest rates at current levels. Many students have been concerned at news that the current 3.4 percent rate could double if Congress fails to extend the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Host Michel Martin talks with Jason Delisle of the New America Foundation.

The Two-Way
9:26 am
Thu April 26, 2012

VIDEO: Norwegians Stand Up To Killer's Hate By Joining In Song

People gathered in Oslo today to sing Children of the Rainbow, in a demonstration against the views of killer Anders Behring Breivik.
Kyrre Lien AFP/Getty Images

Anders Behring Breivik, who last summer killed 77 people in Norway, thinks a folk song called Children of the Rainbow is brainwashing young Norwegians.

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Thu April 26, 2012

New Allegations Surface Of Secret Service Misbehavior In El Salvador

U.S. Secret Service

Originally published on Thu April 26, 2012 11:24 am

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pledged on Wednesday the investigation into Secret Service agents who allegedly hired prostitutes this month in Cartagena, Colombia, "will be complete and thorough and we will leave no stone unturned."

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