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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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  • Republicans Stall Crucial Vote On Financial Rules
    Senate Republicans have successfully blocked Democrats from bringing up a sweeping overhaul of the rules governing Wall Street. But Majority Leader Harry Reid joined them in voting no, giving himself the right under Senate rules to call for another vote to end the GOP filibuster. He could do that as soon as Tuesday afternoon.
  • Mine Deaths Stir New Debate On Federal Oversight
    A Senate panel on Tuesday holds the first hearing into the April 5 explosion that killed 29 miners in a West Virginia coal mine. Questions have surfaced over whether the Mine Safety and Health Administration needs to make better use of its regulatory powers.
  • In 1898, Satisfying A National Appetite For War
    In The War Lovers, Evan Thomas tells the story of how a few men, led by future President Theodore Roosevelt, helped to provoke in the American public a fervor for combat that led to the 1898 Spanish-American War.
  • Scandal Envelopes Cricket League In India
    One of the biggest stories in India right now involves the country's favorite sport: cricket. Millions of fans are watching to see what happens to the glitzy Indian Premier League. The league has been rocked by allegations of tax-dodging and back-room deals. Vikas Bajaj, of The New York Times, tells Renee Montagne that the league's commissioner has been suspended.
  • Afghan Peace Talks Await A Karzai-Obama Confab
    Afghanistan has postponed a massive national peace meeting until after Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington next month for talks with President Obama. On the agenda will be Karzai's plans for reconciliation talks with the Taliban and other militants.
  • Marines Stabilize Afghan Town Of Marjah
    U.S. forces have been focused on southern Afghanistan in recent months. Earlier this year, the military drove the Taliban out of their stronghold in the town of Marjah. About 20,000 Marines are trying to make the town and surrounding areas more stable. Marine Major Gen Richard Mills gives Renee Montagne an update on how the operation is going.
  • Wal-Mart To Face Massive Discrimination Lawsuit
    A federal appeals court ruled that a landmark sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart may proceed as class-action case. More than 1 million women could be included in the class, after the 6-5 ruling by the Ninth Circuit court on Monday.
  • Dodging Social Pressures, Renters Enjoy Flexibility
    The housing bust has more people reconsidering the merits of renting. Despite the effects of the recession, some people deliberately choose not to buy a home. They say renting gives them greater flexibility in their lives.
  • 'Great Reset' Argues Against 'House Passion'
    Urban thinker Richard Florida agrees that owning a home is not always better than renting. In his new book The Great Reset, Florida quotes an economist who believes "America needs to get over its house passion." Florida talks to Steve Inskeep about new ways to live and work post-recession.
  • Drop In Sales Leads To Floppy Disks Demise
    Sony has announced it will stop selling floppy disks because of falling sales. Demand has dropped off as consumers turned to CDs, USB sticks and other devices that hold more data.

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