12:21pm

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

In One Corner Of Syria, A Rebel Victory Results In Friction

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 5:49 pm

A Syrian rebel fighter is shown in the northeastern Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 11, several days after the rebels captured it. The rebel takeover has created friction with the town's Kurdish population.
Murad Seezer Reuters/Landov

When Syrian rebels seized the border post at Ras al-Ayn on Nov. 8, they celebrated the victory and went on to "liberate" the town, a place where both Arabs and Kurds live on Syria's northeast border with Turkey.

But the Kurdish inhabitants quickly saw their "liberation" as a disaster. Within days, dozens were dead in clashes between Kurdish militias and the rebels.

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12:15pm

Mon November 26, 2012
Planet Money

Household Debt In America, In 3 Graphs

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 7:38 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

For more, see What America Owes In Student Loans

U.S. households owe a bit less than they did at the peak of the bubble. But they still owe a lot: $11.4 trillion, give or take a few billion. Mortgage and home-equity debt is still by far the biggest chunk of that debt.

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11:15am

Mon November 26, 2012
Music Reviews

Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:20 pm

Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn).
Scott Friedlander Courtesy of the artist

Jazz reflects who we are as a people — democracy in action and all that. But a jazz tune or solo is also a portrait of the musician who makes it; the music reflects the particular background and training that influences how composers compose and improvisers improvise. Jason Kao Hwang makes that autobiographical component explicit throughout his extended composition for eight pieces, Burning Bridge. His parents made the move from China around the end of WWII, and he grew up attending Presbyterian services in suburban Chicago.

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11:14am

Mon November 26, 2012
Politics

Republicans Consider Breaking Tax Vow

Congress comes back to work this week and the fiscal cliff is its top priority. Some Republicans have said they'll break a longstanding pledge not to raise taxes. Host Michel Martin talks politics with columnist Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report and The Root's political correspondent Keli Goff.

10:03am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

SEC Chief Schapiro Is Leaving

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:15 am

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

(We updated the top of this post at 11:50 a.m. and 12:15 p.m ET):

Moving quickly after the announcement that Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro is leaving on Dec. 14, the White House just said that President Obama has designated SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to be her replacement.

In a statement, the president says:

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9:17am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal From Former Rep. William Jefferson

Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., in 2009.
Molly Riley Reuters /Landov

The congressman who became known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson appears to have run out of options in his bid to overturn a 2009 corruption conviction.

The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. So, as The Times-Picayune says:

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8:50am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: High Dives Into 'World's Biggest Pile Of Leaves'

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:49 am

Bangakang video.

7:41am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Fiscal Cliff Compromise? Egypt's Morsi Meets With Judges

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:20 am

It's a record: A sign in Atlanta about the $425 million jackpot in the Powerball lottery.
Erik S. Lesser EPA /LANDOV

Good morning.

Earlier, we posted about:

-- Outrage, Protests In Bangladesh After Factory Fire That Killed Scores.

-- 'Cyber Monday,' 'Giving Tuesday;' Then 'Weeping Wednesday?'.

Meanwhile, here are some of the other top headlines of the morning and from over the weekend:

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7:12am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Outrage, Protests In Bangladesh After Factory Fire That Killed Scores

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:19 am

Inside the factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, after the blaze.
AFP/Getty Images

Horrific is a word that quickly comes to mind about the news from Bangladesh concerning a fire Saturday in a garment factory where clothes were made for retailers around the world, including some in the U.S.

Here's how The Associated Press starts its latest report:

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6:36am

Mon November 26, 2012
The Two-Way

'Cyber Monday,' 'Giving Tuesday;' Then 'Weeping Wednesday?'

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:15 am

The scene at the registers in a Braintree, Mass., Target store on Black Friday.
Allison Joyce Getty Images

After Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and No Clever Name For It Sunday, we're on to Cyb

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