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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
9:08 am
Fri February 17, 2012

It's All Politics, Feb. 16, 2012

Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 8:33 am

We're not far away from the primary in Michigan, the state where Mitt Romney was born, where his father served as governor in the 1960s — and where Romney won four years ago. But the most recent polls have the latest "not Mitt" candidate — Rick Santorum — ahead.

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Opinion
9:08 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Foreign Policy: Free Scotland?

A man is arrested where British Prime Minister David Cameron is giving a speech on Feb. 16, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prime Minister David Cameron met with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh for talks on the proposed independence referendum.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 7:01 am

Gerry Hasan is a writer for Foreign Policy.

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Opinion
9:07 am
Fri February 17, 2012

The Nation: Anthony Shadid Dies In Syria

Anthony Shadid had been had been reporting inside Syria on resistance to President Bashar Assad's regime when he died, reportedly of an asthma attack. Shadid was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and a Pulitzer prize winning journalist.
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Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 6:25 am

Greg Mitchell writes daily for The Nation.

Anthony Shadid, 43, perhaps the most respected US reporter covering numerous wars and battles zones throughout the Middle East and North Afrida in the past dozen years, died today in Syria. He reportedly suffered an asthma attack. His body was then carried across the border to Turkey by his New York Times colleague, photographer Tyler Hicks.

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Mountain Stage
9:07 am
Fri February 17, 2012

k.d. lang On Mountain Stage

k.d. lang performs on Mountain Stage, way back in 2004.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 7:00 am

When world renowned vocalist k.d. lang appeared on Mountain Stage for the second time in October 2004, she brought along a small band, a four-piece string section and songs from her album Hymns of the 49th Parallel.The album includes songs written by heralded Canadian song crafters like Neil Young ("Helpless"), Leonard Coehn ("Hallelujah"), Bruce Cockburn ("One Day I Walk") and lang herself ("Still Thrives" and "Constant Craving," both co-writes with Ben Mink).

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Opinion
9:07 am
Fri February 17, 2012

New Republic: Michigan's Primary Won't Change Race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to supporters on Feb. 16, 2012 in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Romney is campaigning in Michigan ahead of the state's Feb. 28 primary.
J.D. Pooley Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 17, 2012 7:45 am

Noam Scheiber is a senior editor at The New Republic.

A question: Does it matter who wins the upcoming Michigan primary? I can only foresee two scenarios in which it does: First, if Romney were to lose to Santorum decisively, one could imagine the GOP establishment waking up the next morning and scouring the country for a white-knight alternative. At that point all hell breaks loose, and you and I are as likely to be the GOP nominee as Mitt Romney.

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