It's All Politics
4:48 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Obama Returns To Oklahoma Talking Oil

President Obama announces support for building an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, Thursday in Cushing, Okla.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 5:00 pm

Thursday marked the first time President Obama has visited Oklahoma since running for the White House in 2008. He didn't win the state four years ago, and he's not expected to carry the traditionally red state this November, either.

But one Oklahoma town took center stage Thursday as Obama wrapped up a two-day tour of four states promoting his energy policy.

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The Two-Way
4:45 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Afghan Suspect To Be Charged With 17 Counts Of Murder

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales during an August 2011 training exercise at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Spc. Ryan Hallock AFP/Getty Images

The Army soldier suspected of going on a shooting rampage in Afghanistan will be charged with 17 counts of murder, the AP, NBC News and Reuters are reporting.

The news organizations are pinning the report on unnamed U.S. officials.

NBC News reports Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will face six additional counts of assault and attempted murder in connection the March 11 massacre in southern Afghanistan.

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The Two-Way
4:36 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Top Executives Quit Komen After Planned Parenthood Controversy

Originally published on Fri March 23, 2012 4:46 am

There have been several high-profile resignations from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure amid calls for the group's founder and chief executive to resign, media reports say.

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Movie Reviews
4:24 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Searching For 'Bliss,' But In Desultory Fashion

Jobless and wayward, 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall) initiates a relationship with whimsical and controlling Stephanie (Brie Larson), an 18-year-old who Morris learns is the daughter of an old classmate.
7A Productions

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 3:24 pm

The hapless hero of The Trouble with Bliss, a quirky, self-consciously literary new film by Michael Knowles, has more than just one trouble. But coming in at the top of the list is that he's jobless, penniless and, at the age of 35, still entirely dependent on his father.

By all appearances, he has never strayed far from the East Village walk-up they share, and may never even have held a job. His room is stocked with classic literature and old cassette tapes, along with a world map littered with pushpins marking the places he aspires to visit.

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Movie Reviews
4:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

'The Raid': Hand-To-Hand Thrills In A Jakarta Slum

Gang enforcer Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian, right) fights off Indonesian SWAT agent Jaka (Joe Taslim) as Jaka's team invades a Jakarta tenement controlled by a brutal gangster.
Akhirwan Nurhaidir Sony Classics

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 3:19 pm

Arguably the most dynamic Asian action film since the 1990s peaks of John Woo and Tsui Hark, The Raid: Redemption works as sheer gladiatorial ballet: An Indonesian SWAT team fights its way, hand to hand and floor to floor, through a towering inferno of a tenement. But this electrifying movie isn't just a collection of gory moments. It actually goes somewhere.

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The Two-Way
4:23 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Or Maybe They're Just Throwing Darts

Lana Turner, center, is an interested listener as actress Ava Gardner leans over her to chat with Fernando Lamas, who is famous for saying, "It's better to look good, than feel good."
AP

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 5:14 pm

Why do economists keep getting it wrong?

For months, the job market's strength has been exceeding economists' predictions. It happened again today: the Labor Department's weekly report on first-time jobless claims came in at just 348,000 — the lowest level in four years.

Most economists had predicted about 355,000 people had applied for unemployment benefits in the week ended March 17. So why do they keep missing the mark?

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Law
4:03 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Canadian Asked For Death, But Now Wants Life

Ronald Allen Smith is the only Canadian on death row in the United States. Since Canada has abolished the death penalty, Canadians have been advocating for clemency for Smith.
Courtesy of Montana State Prison

The only Canadian on death row in the United States is in the Montana State Prison, about an hour and a half southeast of Missoula. After almost three decades, he is asking the governor of Montana for mercy. The request for clemency is the last chance Alberta native Ronald Allen Smith has of avoiding execution.

"I've been here for 29 years," says Smith, who has spent more of his life inside the state's maximum security block than he has spent outside of it. He has tried to think about his crime as little as possible.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:56 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Answers To Your Questions About The Health Care Overhaul Law

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Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 4:05 pm

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the health care overhaul law that President Obama championed and Republicans rejected — turns two on Friday.

The law is headed to the Supreme Court on Monday, where the Justices begin hearing three days of arguments about the constitutionality of the law. Ahead of the big day, we asked for questions from our audiences online and on air. Here's a sampling of questions, edited for clarity and length, and the answers.

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Movie Reviews
3:30 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

'Hunger Games': Mortal Combat As Appointment TV

Are You Not Entertained? TV host Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) takes the celebrity interview to new lows when chatting up the young combatants in the to-the-death Hunger Games — including Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
Lionsgate

Hungry for a good dystopia? Well, as you may be gathering from reports of the millions of tickets sold before prints were even shipped to theaters, author Suzanne Collins has a feast for you in the first movie installment of her young-adult trilogy The Hunger Games.

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