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All Things Considered
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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  • Stayed Executions Revive Lethal Injection Debate
    The Supreme Court plan to consider in a case later this term whether a drug combination that's used in many state lethal-injection executions causes the prisoner so much pain that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is banned by the Constitution.
  • Mukasey's Torture Comments Give Panel Pause
    Prospects for Senate confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general seem to be suffering because he's not giving Democrats the answer they want on waterboarding. That's the interrogation technique that makes the subject feel like he's about to drown.
  • Philadelphia, Baltimore Battle Over Edgar Allan Poe
    Philadelphia and Baltimore are locked in a dispute over which city has the better claim to Edgar Allan Poe. The writer, novelist, editor and critic is buried in Baltimore, where he died 158 years ago, but he produced much of his best work while living in Philadelphia.
  • Where Do the Candidates Stand on Social Security?
    Social Security's financial problems are fodder for the 2008 presidential candidates. Sen. Barack Obama is trying to gain traction with a proposal to fix the retirement system and he's criticizing Hillary Clinton for not offering any specific solutions.
  • Debates Do Little More Than Attack Front-Runner
    Do presidential candidates derive any benefit from participating in debates? Lately, candidate debates have focused on attacking the frontrunner, but candidates often fail to draw attention to their own attributes.
  • Southern Governors Convene to Solve Water Fight
    Severe drought is gripping Georgia, Alabama and Florida, and the states' governors, who meet Thursday in Washington, have been engaged in a rhetorical battle over how much water the Army Corps of Engineers should be releasing downstream from reservoirs in northern Georgia.
  • FEMA Trailers May Be Making Residents Sick
    Many people living in FEMA trailers since Hurricane Katrina suffer from headaches, skin rashes, nosebleeds and asthma. There's no scientific proof that formaldehyde is to blame, but some say that elevated levels found in trailers are likely contributing to the illnesses.
  • Digital Clocks 'Fall Back' Too Early
    Clocks on computers, VCRs and other reputedly "smart" devices left a lot of people confused when they automatically switched from Daylight Savings to standard time before they were supposed to. That's because Congress moved the changeover by a week.
  • Ghost Story: Coma Gives Injured Biker New Insight
    Storyteller Kevin Kling tells us of ghosts, but not the scary kind. After a motorcycle accident almost took his life six years ago, Kling recalls, his coma kept him in what he thinks of as two worlds.
  • Pelosi: Lack of Progress in Iraq Eclipses Dems' Work
    In an interview with Robert Siegel, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi touts Democratic accomplishments in Congress in the past 10 months, but acknowledges that the lack of action on changing the course in Iraq has eclipsed everything they have achieved this year. She also discusses the ongoing negotiations with the White House on SCHIP.

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