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All Things Considered
Monday, November 14, 2011

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  • Supreme Court Sets Historic Showdown For Health Law
    A decision striking down the law in its entirety would end provisions affecting millions of Americans. Opponents and supporters of the law welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments about the law and bring a final answer on its constitutionality.
  • Police Clear Occupy Oakland Site
    Oakland police met little resistance Monday morning as they dismantled the Occupy Oakland campsite in the center of the city.
  • Monti Lends Experience, Clout To Italian Leadership
    Economist Mario Monti replaces the flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's prime minister. The austere and dignified former EU commissioner and political outsider is likely to face opposition from both left and right as he tries to implement reforms and put the debt-burdened country back on track.
  • Bill Would Leave Cell Phones Open To Robocalls
    Melissa Block speaks with Randall Stross about the "Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011." In his Digital Domain column for the New York Times, Stross writes that the act would clearly define what constitutes consent for receiving automated calls — also known as "robocalls" — on cell phones.
  • Gamers Take Advantage Of Three-Day Weekend
    The three-day weekend was important to a lot of gamers. Last Tuesday, Modern Warfare 3 was released, and on Friday, the latest Skyrim came out. That meant that gamers had the whole three-day weekend to play their new games, and they didn't have to play hooky from school or work.
  • After Banks' Mistakes, Homeowners Pick Up Pieces
    One family submitted necessary paperwork for a loan modification to Bank of America but was told it wouldn't qualify — until a letter arrived recently that admitted the bank had made a mistake. Regulators are now trying to address the problem on a large scale.
  • A Look At Mortgage Rates And Credit
    Guy Raz interviews UCLA finance professor Stuart Gabriel. Gabriel talks about how fixed mortgage interest rates have hit a historic low, but it's harder for homeowners to qualify. He says credit is cheap and tight — two things we never used to see. He explains what has happened to cause interest rates to plunge while underwriting has tightened.
  • Gangs Enter New Territory With Sex Trafficking
    Though most are known to deal with drugs and weapons, a new FBI threat assessment says street gangs have been moving into some different territory lately: human trafficking. The FBI says gang members increasingly are pushing women and children into prostitution.
  • Keith Jarrett: Alone In Rio And Ready To Fail
    The pianist says it's not getting any easier for him to perform unaccompanied — that it's both liberating and incredibly risky. But he says his new improvised solo recording, made in Brazil, is one of the best he's ever made.
  • Deadline Approaches For Supercommittee's Deal
    With the deadline for action from the deficit-cutting supercommittee just a week from Wednesday, not even the outlines of a deal have emerged. The 12-member group must approve at least $1.2 trillion in budget cuts and revenue increases — or unleash automatic cuts split between defense and domestic programs starting in 2013. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block to provide an update.

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