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Kazakhstan Celebrates First, And Only, President Kazakhstan Celebrates First, And Only, President
Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Sunday will be available at approx. 12:00 p.m. ET December 2, 2012 On Dec. 1, Kazakhstan celebrated a new holiday: "First President's Day." The central Asian country feted its long-time leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, though outside observers have criticized what appears to be a growing cult of personality around the president in the oil-rich country. ...
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397 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/2/2012 4:20:16 AM

North Korea Extends Window for Rocket Launch North Korea Extends Window for Rocket Launch
North Korea says it is extending the launch period for a controversial long-range rocket by a week, until December 29.A spokesman for the North's Korean Committee of Space Technology told the official (North) Korean Central News Agency on Monday that scientists found a "technical deficiency in the first stage control engine module of the rocket."The committee said on Saturday that it was considering readjusting the timing of the launch, originally scheduled to take off between December 10 and December...
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398 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/10/2012 2:56:49 AM

What Happens If We Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'? What Happens If We Fall Off The 'Fiscal Cliff'?
Audio for this story from Morning Edition will be available at approx. 9:00 a.m. ET December 11, 2012 iStockphoto Lines of communication remain open in an effort to avert the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff," according to the White House and House Speaker John Boehner. If no deal is reached between now and the end of the year, would the consequences be that drastic? To answer that question, let's imagine it's January and the nation has gone off the "fiscal...
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398 Hits, 5 Comments, Added On 12/11/2012 3:22:00 AM

Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion Feds Say 'No' To Partial Medicaid Expansion
Audio for this story from Morning Edition will be available at approx. 9:00 a.m. ET December 11, 2012 Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks about expanding Medicaid during a speech to the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 14. The federal government hasn't set a deadline for states to decide on their Medicaid expansion plans. Danny Johnston/AP The Affordable Care Act, as passed by Congress in 2010, assumed that every low income person would have access to health...
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398 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/11/2012 1:18:00 AM

Exit Polls Suggest Japanese Opposition Party Victory Exit Polls Suggest Japanese Opposition Party Victory
Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Sunday will be available at approximately 12:00 p.m. ET. December 16, 2012 Enlarge image i Japan's major opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba adds a rosette on the name of one of those elected in parliamentary elections at the party headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday. Junji Kurokawa/AP Japan's major opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba adds a rosette on the name of one of those...
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398 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/16/2012 5:55:00 AM

Final Round of Voting Begins on Egyptian Constitution Final Round of Voting Begins on Egyptian Constitution
Polling stations are open in Egypt for the second and final round of a referendum on a controversial new constitution. The stations opened Saturday morning.Unofficial results from last Saturday's first round of voting appeared to give a 57 percent approval for the new charter.The measure has the support of President Mohamed Morsi's former party, the Muslim Brotherhood.However, members of the liberal, secular and Christian opposition fear it will erode civil liberties because it increases the role of...
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398 Hits, 1 Comments, Added On 12/22/2012 4:45:01 AM

Pakistan Says Ties With US Improving Pakistan Says Ties With US Improving
<h1>Pakistan Says Ties With US Improving</h1><img src="http://www.voanews.com/App_Themes/VOA_en-US/img/colorLogo.gif"/>Pakistan says its political and military ties with the United States are on the upswing after nearly two years of setbacks and crises. The country&rsquo;s defense minister tells VOA that bilateral understanding has also improved on how to counter terrorism in Pakistani border regions and promote political reconciliation in neighboring Afghanistan.<br...
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398 Hits, 0 Comments, Added On 12/22/2012 10:09:58 AM

It's In The Books: 2012 Was Warmest Year On Record For Lower 48 States It's In The Books: 2012 Was Warmest Year On Record For Lower 48 States
Enlarge image i July 22, 2012: In Baltimore, John Rose tried to keep cool during one of the year's heat waves. Rob Carr/Getty Images July 22, 2012: In Baltimore, John Rose tried to keep cool during one of the year's heat waves. Rob Carr/Getty Images Last year "marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States," the National Climatic Data Center just confirmed. Enlarge image i The red dots are places that last year set records for average annual high temperatures. NOAA The...
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How Polarization Plays Out in Washington state: Voting for President and the Same-sex Marriage How Polarization Plays Out in Washington state: Voting for President and the Same-sex Marriage
Washington may be a left coast “blue” state, but the geography of the voting well illustrates the national phenomena of intensifying polarization.  The division may be among individual people,   but also expressed in geographies down to precincts and census tracts.  The Washington 2012 elections provided ample data to assess this political and geographic divide. I review here the two most polarized races, for president (Obama vs. Romney) and for R74, to reaffirm the right to same sex marriage.   Here...
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Diversity on Display at US Presidential Inauguration Diversity on Display at US Presidential Inauguration
<h1>Diversity on Display at US Presidential Inauguration</h1><img src="http://www.voanews.com/App_Themes/VOA_en-US/img/colorLogo.gif"/>Hundreds of thousands of people came to Washington, Monday, to witness President Barack Obama&rsquo;s second inauguration.<br /> <br /> The diversity of the President&rsquo;s supporters was on display at the Inauguration.&nbsp; Ramona Natera from Wisconsin is part of Latinas United for Obama that helped secure Hispanic...
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