8:46am

Fri June 29, 2012
Planet Money

A Baby Step Toward A United States Of Europe

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 9:20 am

Spot the metaphor.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

If the euro is to survive, the eurozone needs to be more like one country, and less like a bunch of different countries that happen to sit on the same continent.

European leaders just took a baby step in that direction. They agreed to create a banking union. Like many things in global finance, this sounds boring but is actually a pretty big deal.

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8:40am

Fri June 29, 2012
Local

Shreveport imagines 2050 through Oxford Fellows program

The University of Oxford's Angela Wilkinson has led exercises to envision the future for more than 100 cities and organizations around the globe.
Centenary College

Dozens of business and civic leaders from the Shreveport-Bossier area attended a two-day workshop at Centenary College to conceive various scenarios that could play out in the region decades from now. Centenary College's Frost School of Business and the University of Oxford facilitated the exercise.

8:37am

Fri June 29, 2012
Movie Reviews

A Boy And His Bear, At Large In A Man's World

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:26 pm

Ted (voiced by writer-director Seth MacFarlane) and Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) share a laugh in Ted. The talking teddy bear got his powers when 8-year-old Johnny wished upon a falling star for Ted to speak.
Universal Pictures/Tippett Studio

Seth MacFarlane is known mostly for creating, writing and directing the animated TV show Family Guy. In the show, he also voices Peter and Stewie Griffin, and their dog, Brian.

With his new movie, Ted, he has moved to the big screen for the first time, again creating, writing and directing. And though it's a live-action picture, he has again voiced one of the characters — the titular teddy bear, whom I tried to resist but couldn't.

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8:04am

Fri June 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Roberts' Ruling Recalls Other Moments When High Court Shocked The Nation

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:41 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on the eve of a hearing about the Florida presidential election recount, Nov. 30, 2000. The justices later ruled 5-4 in the case of Bush v. Gore, effectively deciding the outcome of the presidential race.
Alex Wong Getty Images

You may already have made a mental note as to where you were when you heard the Supreme Court had upheld the health care law known as Obamacare. It's one of those moments that become touchstones of our memory, personal connections to the history we have witnessed in our lifetimes.

The Supreme Court may not be the source of such moments very often, but when its rulings reach this level of our awareness, they alter the course of our lives.

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7:36am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Opposition Says 190 Civilians Killed In Deadliest Day So Far

"Syrian opposition groups that track casualties reported on Friday that the previous day was the deadliest so far this year, and possibly in the entire Syrian uprising, with as many as 190 civilians killed in a 24-hour period," The New York Times is reporting.

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7:11am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Europe's New Deal Has Markets Cheering

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:25 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (left) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti (right) during the summit of European leaders in Brussels.
Bertrand Langlois AFP/Getty Images

"European stocks rallied after policy makers eased repayment rules for Spanish banks, relaxed conditions for possible aid to Italy and unveiled a $149 billion growth plan for the region's economy," Bloomberg News reports this morning. "U.S. index futures and Asian shares also rose."

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6:58am

Fri June 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Recent Rulings Show How Hard It Is to Predict High-Profile Court Decisions

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 10:59 am

Chief Justice John Roberts, shown in 2010, is still "finding his role as chief justice," says one law professor.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Pessimism swept over advocates of the Affordable Care Act after oral arguments this spring seemed to go decidedly against the Obama administration. But the Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday — and its decision in another high-profile case this week — suggest oral arguments aren't as predictive of final outcome as some believe.

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6:19am

Fri June 29, 2012
Around the Nation

Twitter Was On Fire After Court's Health Decision

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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6:11am

Fri June 29, 2012
World

Train Offered For Auction Is Not A Toy

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. Much excitement about a big bid on a New Zealand public transit train offered on an online auction. The broken-down train has close to three million miles on it. It's over 60 years old. That's significantly older than the highest bidder, who is four years old. The tech-savvy toddler's $30,000 bid has been removed, and the posting now reads: Adults only. This is not a toy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:10am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

First Death Confirmed From Colorado Springs Wildfire

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 1:32 pm

This aerial photo taken Thursday shows the destructive path of the Waldo Canyon fire in the Mountain Shadows subdivision area of Colorado Springs, Colo.
RJ Sangosti / Denver Post AP
  • Jeff Brady reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Though there's been welcome news about progress in fighting the wildfire that has now destroyed about 350 homes in and around Colorado Springs, Colo., there's also the sad news that at least one person has died.

Here's this morning's lede from The Denver Post's coverage:

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