11:15am

Fri December 7, 2012
BackTalk

What Rep. Allen West & Obama Have In Common

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is with us once again. What do you have for us today, Ammad?

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11:15am

Fri December 7, 2012
Barbershop

Manhood, Football And Tragedy

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our weekly visit to the Barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds.

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11:15am

Fri December 7, 2012
Faith Matters

Gay Orthodox Jews Prepare For Hanukkah

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we'll dig into our mailbag to hear from you about some of our recent stories. That's BackTalk and it's just ahead.

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11:15am

Fri December 7, 2012
Economy

Crunching The Job Numbers

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 1:52 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we'll crack open the mail bag to hear what you have to say about stories we covered this week. That's Backtalk and it's coming up. But first, we want to talk about the latest unemployment numbers which are now out. The Department of Labor says that unemployment is down to its lowest level since December 2008.

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11:02am

Fri December 7, 2012
Economy

A Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad For The Jobless

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:49 pm

Judy Smith, of Dalton, Ga., looks over paperwork as she files for unemployment benefits in August after being laid off from a catering job. More than 2 million people who get extended benefits may lose them if Congress doesn't act soon.
David Goldman AP

The Labor Department's glad tidings Friday about the uptick in job creation last month might morph into bad news next month for many of the long-term unemployed.

That's because the boost in November hiring, with employers adding 146,000 jobs, might make it more difficult for Democrats to argue in favor of having Congress renew the extension of benefits for people out of work more than six months.

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10:49am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Salt

When It Comes To Boxed Wine, The Cooler, The Better

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 12:22 pm

If you're picking a boxed wine for your party this season, be aware that temperature is everything.
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Bag-in-the-box wine doesn't have the classiest of reputations. It's usually cheap and in the past at least, has been aimed at less sophisticated consumers. But in recent years, boxed wine has tried to buck the stereotype, whether by gussying up the product packaging or simply putting higher-quality wine in the box.

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10:17am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

George Zimmerman Sues NBC, Says He's A Victim Of 'Yellow Journalism'

George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, at a court hearing last June in Seminole County, Fla.
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Former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman says NBC Universal's editorial decisions made him look like a racist when the network covered the shooting and killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

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10:14am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Nurse Who Transferred Prank Call About Pregnant Kate Middleton Is Found Dead

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:11 pm

Two Police Officers stand guard in the early morning at the King Edward VII Private Hospital in London, England.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

A prank call by two Australian DJs pretending to be Queen Elizabeth has ended in tragedy this morning: The nurse who transferred the call that led to the divulging of information about a pregnant Kate Middleton was found dead in an apartment today.

The Guardian reports that the woman, Jacintha Saldanha, worked at the King Edward VII hospital, where Middleton was admitted, suffering from severe morning sickness.

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9:45am

Fri December 7, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTO: Obama Receives Concession Call From Mitt Romney

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:19 am

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.
Pete Souza The White House

The White House just released a picture by Pete Souza that shows President Obama taking a concession call from Gov. Mitt Romney on election day.

It shows Obama taking the call on a cellphone from the Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.

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9:43am

Fri December 7, 2012
Economy

Why A 'Fiscal Cliff' Failure Could Help The Economy

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 11:11 am

If President Obama and Congress fail to reach a deal on tax and spending changes, the nation would feel a lot of fiscal pain. But it also may benefit from the long-term fiscal restraint that would come from keeping tax hikes and spending cuts in place.
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It wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to the country.

If President Obama and Congress can't come to agreement on new tax and spending policies by the end of year, the U.S. could slip into recession, defense and domestic programs will see damaging cuts, and the American people may become convinced that Washington can't govern the nation.

On the other hand, the lack of a deal would do a lot to help erase the federal deficit.

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