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10:24 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Government Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Spill

Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon in April of 2010.
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Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 12:31 pm

"The first criminal charges in connection with the BP oil spill have been filed against a former BP engineer named Kurt Mix," NPR's Carrie Johnson reports exclusively.

Carrie just told our Newscast unit that Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages after the spill. The texts were related to the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf. Mix will make his first appearence in court today.

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9:41 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Does Arizona's Immigration Law Have A Chance?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on Arizona's hotly debated immigration law. The court's decision will affect Arizona and other states that have adopted similar legislation. Host Michel Martin talks with one of its authors, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and law professor Gabriel Chin.

9:19 am
Tue April 24, 2012

New Republic: Obama's Anti Romney Rhetoric

U.S. Secret Service agents shadow President Barack Obama after he finishes kicking off the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House April 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:45 am

Alec MacGillis writes for The New Republic.

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9:18 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Press-Play Poetry: 'Failing And Flying'

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Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 9:27 am

Some poetry is meant to be heard as well as read. Press-Play Poetry is an occasional series that celebrates the power of the voice to bring lines on a page to life.

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9:17 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Weekly Standard: The Businessman Vs. The Professor

New England Patiots owner Bob Kraft and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talk as the Boston Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays April 16, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Ma.
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Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 7:44 am

James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

With the Republican nomination now settled, electoral analysts are rolling out their models of voter behavior to predict the outcome of the general election. These "scientific" efforts at prophecy, which have become increasingly elaborate and arcane, boil down in the end to gauging voters' evaluations of three simple questions for each candidate: What have you done? What will you do? and Who are you?

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