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Friday, October 21, 2011

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  • Obama Announces Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
    President Obama formally announces that combat troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year.
  • How Do Iraqis Feel About The Troop Withdrawal?
    How do Iraqis feel about the U.S. decision to withdraw all its remaining troops by the end of this year? The issue of a residual American force to train the Iraqi military was hotly debated in Baghdad.
  • Week In Politics: Troop Withdrawal; GOP Debate; Jobs
    Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.
  • Clinton Pushes Pakistan On Terrorism
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad on Friday for talks on counterterrorism. During the brief press conference, Clinton said that Pakistan should not allow extremists to operate on their soil, while Khar denied the charge repeatedly.
  • Scientists Find Youngest Planet Ever Observed
    Astronomers have come across the youngest planet ever observed, at just 2 million years old. It's called LkCa 15 b, and it's still in the early stages of forming. Melissa Block talks to Adam Kraus of the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy about the discovery.
  • Israel's Oz On 'Village Life' And Unhappy Endings
    Israeli writer Amos Oz rarely settles for a happy ending. His latest book, Scenes from Village Life, doesn't have one and, according to Oz, neither does the recent release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
  • Read 'Graveyard' With NPR's Backseat Book Club
    Introducing a new NPR book club ... for kids! Our first book will be The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Young readers are invited to read the book and share their thoughts and questions with us. Just before Halloween, Gaiman will be on the program to answer questions from young listeners.
  • Cain's Tweaked Tax Plan Raises Taxes For The Poor
    GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has made his reputation with his 9-9-9 tax plan, introduced the variant 9-0-9 plan for the poor, who would be exempt from the income portion of the plan. Experts said the poor, who pay little if any federal tax now, would still see a tax hike.
  • Chicago's 'Congestion Fee' Gets Chilly Reception
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently proposed a $2 fee on weekday parking in downtown public lots and garages to help pay for other transportation improvements like new bus routes and bike lanes. Other cities have had some success with similar plans, but some Chicagoans are skeptical.
  • French Appear Unfazed By Financial Troubles
    The French never let a crisis spoil a weekend — as you can tell. As the working week draws to a close in a cafe off the Champs-Elysee in Paris, there's a mood of keen anticipation. The wine's flowing with extra velocity. The French are preparing for two days of sports, food and family fun. They seem unperturbed by, or perhaps unaware of, the fact that their fate depends on what happens this weekend and the days that follow. If things go wrong, life won't be much fun any more.

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