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All Things Considered
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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  • Obama Pitches Plan To Overhaul Financial System
    President Obama unveiled Wednesday a plan to overhaul regulation of the nation's financial institutions. Blaming a culture of irresponsibility on Wall Street, Main Street and in Washington for the current economic crisis, Obama also said the government had to do more to protect consumers.
  • Obama's Consumer Protection Agency Explained
    A key component of President Obama's plan to overhaul the financial regulatory system is the creation of a consumer protection agency. The agency would oversee consumer financial products, which have been regulated in the past, but whose oversight was exposed as lax.
  • NASA To Launch Two Moon Missions
    NASA will launch Thursday two missions to the moon. One spacecraft will orbit the moon and create an unprecedented high-resolution map of the lunar surface. The other mission will send a spent rocket part on a collision course with a permanently shadowed lunar crater.
  • 'Vanity Fair' Writers Break Down Madoff Saga
    Confessed swindler Bernard Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme measured in the tens of billion of dollars. Mark Seal and David Margolick have both written in-depth articles about the disgraced financier for Vanity Fair. They discuss what they found.
  • Attorney General Faces Scrutiny On Capitol Hill
    Attorney General Eric Holder heard complaints Wednesday from both Democratic and Republican senators when he testified at a Judiciary Committee hearing. Democrats said Holder has not done enough to reverse Bush-era policies, and Republicans said he has gone too far.
  • Sotomayor Shaped By Her 'Nuyorican' Roots
    Growing up in a largely Hispanic neighborhood in the Bronx, Sonia Sotomayor has said, she never saw herself as a minority. But the culture shock of being one of the first Latinas to attend Princeton helped forge her commitment to community service and social justice.
  • In Iran, A Struggle Over Cyberspace
    In Iran, tyranny has run afoul of technology in the form of the Internet, turning a protest into a movement. It is not the first time in history that the impulse for freedom has scaled borders by electronic means, but Iran is now the latest arena in the struggle for control in cyberspace.
  • Dodgers Win Without Manny Ramirez
    The Los Angeles Dodgers have been able to keep their winning ways going despite the loss of slugger Manny Ramirez to a steroids suspension. With Ramirez out, veteran outfielder Juan Pierre stepped in and stepped up, helping Los Angeles maintain the best record in baseball.
  • OMG! Txting Teen Has Awsm Sklls
    Kate Moore, 15, from Des Moines, Iowa, has the mightiest thumbs in the nation, at least when it comes to text messaging. She has beaten thousands of contestants from across the U.S. to win the National Texting Championship in New York City, which comes with a prize of $50,000. She talks about her mad text skills and what she had to do to win.
  • In Iran, Election Protests Continue
    In Iran Wednesday, thousands of people marched in protest of last weekend's election results. The ongoing support for reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi is the most dramatic political uprising in Iran since 1979. The Iranian government is trying to block media coverage of the protests. Newsweek's Middle East correspondent Babak Dehghanpisheh offers his insight.

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