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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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  • Petraeus To Replace McChrystal In Afghanistan
    A day after Gen. Stanley McChrystal's derogatory comments about the Obama administration were made public, President Obama ousted him as the top commander in Afghanistan and replaced him with Gen. David Petraeus. The president said he did not make the decision "out of any sense of personal insult," but that it was the right decision for "our national security."
  • Troops Surprised About Gen. McChrystal's Ouster
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal is being replaced as commander of forces in Afghanistan by the former top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman, who is in Kandahar province, tells Michele Norris troops did not expect McChrystal to be fired.
  • U.S. Advances In World Cup After Late Goal
    Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Landon Donovan's goal in stoppage time against Algeria on Wednesday, allowing the U.S. to advance to the second round of soccer's World Cup. The 1-0 win put the U.S. in first place in its group, just ahead of England, which also advanced after its 1-0 win over Slovenia.
  • Judge Who Struck Down Moratorium Invests In Oil
    The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling has a number of investments in oil- and gas-related companies. Questions are now being raised about whether Judge Martin Feldman's decision Tuesday could have been influenced by those investments.
  • BP Suffers Setback With Oil Containment Cap
    BP removed the cap collecting oil from the blown-out well in the Gulf today, and as a result, the flow of oil into the ocean has increased substantially. Officials say an underwater robot may have accidentally shut one of the valves on the cap, creating a hazard on the Enterprise drill ship. It's not clear when BP will be able to replace the cap and resume collecting oil. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Richard Harris.
  • Push To End Secret Holds In Senate Gains Steam
    Secret holds are an obscure tradition in which senators anonymously threaten to filibuster executive and judicial nominations. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who is leading the drive to abolish the practice, says she has the support of two-thirds of the Senate to get the Rules Committee to stop them.
  • Politicians Suffering From 'Foot In Mouth' Disease
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr reflects on "weapons of mass distraction" -- the words and phrases politicians say, often accidentally, that create an uproar.
  • Cassey Affleck Drawn To Conflicted Characters
    Michele Norris interviews actor Casey Affleck, who plays the lead character in the new film The Killer Inside and whose understated career belies one of Hollywood's most talented young stars.
  • Gospel Singer Makes 'Guinness Book Of World Records' With Lowest Note
    The F-sharp, at .393 hertz, is inaudible to human ears, Menees told NPR's Robert Siegel.
  • Turning The Public Into Performers With 'Street Pianos'
    "Play Me I'm Yours" is an art installation in New York by British artist Luke Jerram. It features 60 painted pianos in parks, on sidewalks and on street corners, left for anyone to play. Though they sometimes sit idly, the pianos occasionally inspire average people to become street musicians.

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