1:35pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Planet Money

The Last Time Congress Built A Doomsday Machine

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:30 pm

Sequester 1.0
Lana Harris AP

After years of tax cuts and a big hike in defense spending, deficits were rising. Then came a bitter battle over the debt limit. Three senators came up with a plan: Unless Congress and the White House could get the deficit under control, this thing called "sequestration" would do it for them.

The year was 2013 1985.

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1:35pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

'I Love Him,' Dennis Rodman Says Of North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:55 am

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, seated next to former NBA star Dennis Rodman (in black cap), at a basketball game Thursday in Pyongyang.
VICE media

Update at 7:45 a.m. ET, March 1. Kims Are "Great Leaders," Rodman Says:

On his way home Friday from North Korea, former NBA star Dennis Rodman said Kim Jong Un, his father and grandfather have been "great leaders." According to The Associated Press, Rodman also said of the young North Korean leader that "he's proud, his country likes him — not like him, love him, love him. ... Guess what, I love him. The guy's really awesome."

Our original post — Dennis Rodman To Kim Jong Un: 'You Have A Friend For Life':

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1:26pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Music Interviews

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Emerges From Behind The Counter

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 2:31 pm

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's debut album is titled Ripely Pine.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

When Aly Spaltro began writing music, she was literally the girl next door. After recording 12 solo songs with her 8-track, she left a stack of free CDs on the counter of the local record store next to the DVD rental shop where she worked in Brunswick, Maine. Nervous about the public's reaction to her music, she chose to remain anonymous and only put her email address on the label.

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1:14pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

In Maui, Wild Chicken Spurs Power Outage At Airport, Surrounding Area

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 3:31 pm

Why are so many feral chickens crossing the road in Maui? To get a rental car, of course.
Stephanie Federico NPR

A roaming chicken's close inspection of a transformer caused a power outage and brief delays at Maui's Kahului Airport this week. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, when the bird wandered into a transformer at the airport's rental car area, leaving parts of the facility without power for more than an hour.

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1:01pm

Thu February 28, 2013
It's All Politics

$85 Billion Versus $42 Billion: The New Sequester Argument

Just how much will the sequester cut? It depends on whom you ask.

The White House has been saying spending will be reduced by $85 billion this year, unless the automatic spending cuts set to take effect Friday are averted.

The Congressional Budget Office, however, just released a new report saying the cuts will only amount to $42 billion.

Why do they differ so much?

They don't, really. It's a technical difference, more than anything.

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12:57pm

Thu February 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Federal Gay Marriage Ban Hurts The Bottom Line, Businesses Argue

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 2:13 pm

Starbucks is among the companies urging the Supreme Court to strike down the federal government's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

After years of legal wrangling, the Defense of Marriage Act — the law that prevents the federal government from recognizing marriage as anything but a "legal union between one man and one woman" — comes before the Supreme Court next month.

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12:26pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate In Mississippi Found Dead

Marco McMillian, thought to be one of the first openly gay men to seek political office in Mississippi, was found dead near a levee, yesterday.

McMillian was running for mayor of the town of Clarksdale, a town known for its rich artistic history. (At one point or another it was home to the likes of Sam Cooke and Tennessee Williams.) The AP reports that McMillian was considered to be "a man on the rise."

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12:13pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Movie Interviews

'The Gatekeepers' Offer Candid Assessment Of Israel's Security

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 12:30 pm

Director Dror Moreh was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary The Gatekeepers.
Mika Moreh Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Six former heads of the Shin Bet — Israel's security agency — speak to director Dror Moreh in his Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers. They are men who have signed off on brutal interrogations and targeted killings. They have given their lives to the cause of Israeli security.

What is striking is that all articulate their shared conviction that the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories will not lead to peace or a political solution for the future of the state of Israel.

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12:09pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Nintendo Wii Helped Budding Surgeons Move To Head Of The Class

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 4:34 pm

Kid, you might just have a future as a surgeon.
iStockphoto.com

How's this for a tough assignment?

A group of Italian researchers forced 21 surgical residents to play video games on a Nintendo Wii for an hour a day, five days a week, for four weeks. Whew!

Then the researchers had the residents perform a simulated keyhole surgery. They found that the gamers performed significantly better than another group of residents who didn't undergo this grueling video game training.

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12:05pm

Thu February 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Chrysler Plans To Add 1,250 Jobs, Invest $374 Million In Indiana

Chrysler's 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press MCT /Landov

There's major business news in Indiana today:

"Chrysler will hire 1,250 new workers and spend $374 million to upgrade transmission plants in central Indiana — the only place in North America where the automaker makes transmissions," the Detroit Free Press reports from Kokomo.

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