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Thursday, June 25, 2009

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  • Lobbyists Jockey For Position In Health Care Debate
    As Congress this month began its legislative work to overhaul health care, the hearing room was packed with lobbyists. Billions of dollars are at stake, and interest groups are pouring millions into Capitol Hill to make sure their concerns are represented.
  • National Pollinator Week Marked
    Melissa Block talks to Steve Buchmann, the international coordinator of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, about National Pollinator Week, which is marked by the federal and most state governments.
  • Letters: 'Transformers,' Spelling Rule
    Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters, including one listener who takes issue with a story that called the original Transformers" cartoons of the 1980s "lame" and another who is indignant that the British have decided to stop teaching a golden rule of spelling: "i before e except after c."
  • High Court Eases Oversight Of English Program
    The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday that lower courts need to take another look at whether Arizona schools are providing enough English-language programs. The lower courts had said the schools' programs were not meeting federal requirements.
  • Holder Urges Congress On New Hate Crimes Bill
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on senators to expand federal statutes against hate crimes to include protections for gays, women and people with disabilities. The law now provides for federal prosecution and increased penalties for violent crimes motivated by race or religion.
  • Bernanke Denies Strong-Arming Bank Of America
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke denied Thursday that he strong-armed Bank of America into a costly taxpayer-supported acquisition of Merrill Lynch. The comments before a House panel come weeks after Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis said his job was threatened after he expressed reservations about the deal.
  • Taxing Imports, One At A Time
    Every time a car or a T-shirt or an apple comes into the U.S., it's taxed. But determining how much is quite complicated. Import specialists, like Bret Ewing in Seattle, use an old, enormous book to figure it out.
  • For U.S. Intelligence, Few Clues To Iran Turmoil
    Everyone in Washington has an opinion about what has gone on in Iran and what U.S. policy should be in response. But the real experts say no one really knows what is going on, least of all U.S. intelligence analysts who have few reliable assets on the ground.
  • Stonewall At 40: Gay Rights Hits Middle Age
    June 28 is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, when patrons at a Greenwich Village gay bar fought back against a police raid and launched the gay liberation movement. Commentator Marc Acito says now is the time for the movement to see how it got where it is, and figure out where it's going.
  • Summer Song Favorites: 'Brandy'
    The song "Brandy" by Looking Glass was No. 1 in 1972. For singer-songwriter Todd Snider, the song is a reminder of happy times. He was 6 years old when he first heard the song, but it left a lasting impression.

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