1:32pm

Fri June 29, 2012
World Cafe

M. Ward On World Cafe

M. Ward.
Courtesy of the artist

In recent years, indie-folk singer-songwriter M. Ward has dabbled in the retro pop sounds of She and Him with Zooey Deschanel and joined forces with Conor Oberst and Jim James in Monsters of Folk.

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12:31pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Chief Justice's Critics Don't Understand What Judges Do, Gonzales Says

Sept. 29, 2005: Then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, at lower right, watches as Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks after being sworn in.
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Conservative critics who say that Chief Justice John Roberts is some kind of traitor to their movement because he was the deciding vote in favor of upholding the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act "don't understand how these judges are supposed to discharge their responsibilities," Bush-era Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told NPR this morning.

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12:31pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

House Passes Bill That Will Keep Student Loans Interests From Rising

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 1:19 pm

By a vote of 373-52, the House passed a massive bill that among other things keeps the interest rate on student loans from doubling on July 1.

"The U.S. House of Representatives passed a massive bill on Friday combining funding for transportation programs, low-interest student loans, and the National Flood Insurance Program," the Reuters reports.

The Washington Post reports:

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12:18pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Assange Will Stay In Ecuadorian Embassy, Ignoring Surrender Notice

Julian Assange will defy a British Police notice to surrender. A member of his defense fund said the WikiLeaks founder will remain in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London because asylum law take precedence over an extradition order.

Saying he was afraid of persecution from the United States government and that his extradition to Sweden could hasten that, Assange has sought refuge and asylum from Ecuador.

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12:00pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Regional Symphony Broadcast: The 2012 Shreveport Summer Music Festival

Airs Friday, June 29 at 12:00 noon. The first concert of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Classical Series, a memorial for music patron Wayne Hall, took place on Sunday, June 3 at the Church of the Holy Cross. The concert featured scores written by Kermit Poling and Thomas Hundemer. Leonard Kacenjar and Kermit Poling conduct.

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11:53am

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Chief Justice Roberts Jokes He's Headed To 'An Impregnable Fortress'

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts surprised the country yesterday by siding with the liberal wing of the court in the health care decision.

Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush and has reliably taken conservative positions. But after yesterday's decision, you can bet his welcome from conservatives who saw him as a hero has chilled.

Speaking to a conference of judges and lawyers outside of Pittsburg, Roberts acknowledged his predicament.

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11:52am

Fri June 29, 2012
World

Will Reforms End Myanmar Monks' Spiritual Strike?

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

Buddhists donate food and other necessities to monks as a way of earning merit for future lives. Monks have refused donations of alms from the military as a political protest in 1990 and 2007, a boycott that some monks insist is still in effect.
Ye Aung Thu AFP/Getty Images

In response to political reforms in Myanmar — also known as Burma — the U.S. and other Western countries have eased some sanctions targeting the country's former military rulers.

But so far, one of the most powerful institutions inside the country has kept its sanctions in place. For some time, Myanmar's Buddhist clergy have effectively been on a spiritual strike by refusing to take donations from the military — a serious blow to the former regime's legitimacy.

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10:56am

Fri June 29, 2012
Latin America

Is Drug War Issue Overrated In Mexico Elections?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to presidential politics in Mexico. Americans are not the only people electing a new president this year. Mexicans are heading to the voting booth on Sunday. The frontrunner is Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, also known as the PRI. That party dominated politics in Mexico for decades until a relatively recent time. The candidate in second place is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. He is with the Democratic Revolution Party.

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10:56am

Fri June 29, 2012
Politics

Former AG On Eric Holder Contempt Vote

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we're going to take a look at elections in Mexico, but first, we're going to continue our conversation on some of the big news in this country.

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10:56am

Fri June 29, 2012
Law

Gonzales On Chief Justice's Surprising Decision

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We want to get another angle on yesterday's Supreme Court decision on health care. The health care law would not have survived without the support of Chief Justice John Roberts. That support was surprising to many people, perhaps even shocking. He'd been seen as a solid conservative vote in the court but this week two opinions are making people rethink that: yesterday's health care decision and one earlier this week striking down much of Arizona's immigration enforcement law.

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