5:09am

Sun January 8, 2012
National Security

Panetta: 'Human Side' Makes Pentagon Cuts Tough

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 9:16 am

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon on Jan. 5.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is no stranger to budget battles.

He was head of the Office of Management and Budget and White House chief of staff under President Clinton. But now, the former congressman faces what could be some of the toughest budget decisions of his career — how to cut more than $480 billion from the Pentagon's bottom line.

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5:07am

Sun January 8, 2012
Around the Nation

A Year After Tucson Tragedies, Incivility Continues

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:09 am

Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at the White House in October.
Pete Souza The White House via Getty Images

When a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others at a shopping center near Tucson exactly a year ago — killing six people and injuring Giffords and many others — some people were quick to blame the episode on the overheated political climate.

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1:07am

Sun January 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Time Is Running Out To Knock Romney Down

Republican presidential candidates (from left) Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum participate in the ABC News, Yahoo! News and WMUR Republican Presidential Debate at Saint Anselm College on Saturday in Manchester, N.H.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Once more, the great media consensus was confounded. Saturday night's debate at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H., produced another battle among half a dozen presidential contenders, much like a dozen before it. Front-runner Mitt Romney was neither knocked out nor even knocked down. He was scarcely even knocked around.

Once again, the evening ended with the bruises pretty equally distributed among the contestants. And with the New Hampshire primary bearing down on Tuesday, virtually no time remains for Romney's rivals to bring him down.

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11:29pm

Sat January 7, 2012
It's All Politics

New Hampshire Debate Left Us Really Ready For Some Football

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 10:25 pm

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left to right) take their positions after a break in a debate in Manchester, N.H., Saturday.
Elise Amendola AP

Many of the journalists and professional political types who dutifully watched Saturday night's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire probably had the same thought occur to them at several points: "For this we missed most of the NFL wildcard game between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions?"

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3:59pm

Sat January 7, 2012
Author Interviews

'Man In The Middle': Between Faith And Politics

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 9:08 am

Timothy Goeglein (left) spent nearly eight years in the White House as President George W. Bush's key point of contact to American conservatives and the faith-based world and was often profiled in the national news media.
B&H Publishing Group

Tim Goeglein worked in the George W. Bush White House for eight years, and it was in the Oval Office that the president forgave him.

While working as an aide to Bush, Goeglein repeatedly plagiarized columns he sent to his hometown newspaper under his byline. When his actions were discovered, he went to Bush to apologize, fully expecting to be fired.

"Before I could get barely a few words out," he says, "he looked at me, and he said, 'Tim, grace and mercy are real. I have known grace and mercy in my life, and I'm extending it to you. You're forgiven.' "

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3:26pm

Sat January 7, 2012
Music Interviews

Kelly Clarkson: A Pop Star Survives

Kelly Clarkson's new album is Stronger.
Harper Smith Courtesy of the artist

3:14pm

Sat January 7, 2012
Music Interviews

Frampton's Dream Guitar, Recovered Decades Later

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 8:03 am

Frampton poses with the guitar he thought he'd lost forever.
Courtesy Gregg Roth

Peter Frampton sold millions of records with the help of a customized Gibson guitar. Three decades ago, that guitar was destroyed in a plane crash ... or so he thought.

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2:43pm

Sat January 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Political Diversity Defines Quirky New Hampshire

While people tend not to know much about New Hampshire, when it comes to presidential politics, the small state tucked into northern New England has some clout.

For the better part of the past week, all eyes have been focused on the 42nd most populous state, which holds its primary Tuesday. But who are the voters there, who play such a critical role in selecting the nation's next leader?

It's pretty easy to identify the classic stereotypes most outsiders associate with New Hampshire. Just ask long-time resident Earl Wingate:

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12:51pm

Sat January 7, 2012
The Two-Way

A Year After The Shooting, Tucson Looks Forward

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:09 am

Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at the White House in October.
The White House Getty Images
  • From 'Weekend Edition Saturday': An Emotional Year After The Tucson Shooting

The people of Tucson, Ariz., are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed six lives and left 13 people wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, community-wide events are scheduled all weekend:

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12:00pm

Sat January 7, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Metropolitan Opera: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Kate Lindsey as Hansel, Robert Brubaker (in the oven) as The Witch, and Alekandra Kurzak as Gretel.
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 noon

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