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3:01pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Music Reviews

Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 11:39 am

Melody Gardot takes an understated approach to Brazilian music on her new album, The Absence.
Fabrizio Ferri

The other day, I had a conversation with Melody Gardot about space. Not outer space, but the space between notes in her music. These days, there's lots of it.

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3:00pm

Thu May 31, 2012
Europe

Battered Spanish Economy Nears Tipping Point

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 9:58 pm

A student in Pamplona, holding a sign in the Basque language, protests cuts Thursday in education and other public services by the government. Spain's financial position is weakening and there are fears the country will need a bailout.
Alvaro Barrientos AP

Spain's borrowing costs hit record highs this week and European stock markets have slumped over fears Madrid can't afford the price tag required to prop up its ailing banks. It's looking ever more likely the country will need some kind of bailout.

After watching Greece from afar for years, many Spaniards now believe Spain's number is up.

A tourist in Madrid might wonder where the crisis is. Traffic is heavy and the tapas bars are packed.

But listen in on some of the conversations, and it's clear that Spaniards are scared.

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4:30pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Middle East

Weighing The 'Yemen Option' For Syria

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 5:56 pm

In this photo from 2009, Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) stands with then-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh during a welcoming ceremony for Saleh at the presidential palace in Damascus. As the violence continues in Syria, the U.S. and other countries are hoping to convince Assad to step down from power, as Saleh did.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration says that Syrian President Bashar Assad has forfeited his right to lead Syria, and grisly murders in the town of Houla over the weekend reinforce that argument.

But despite mounting pressure, Assad isn't budging. The U.S is now trying to enlist Russia to use its influence with the Syrian leader to follow the so-called Yemen model and move out of the way.

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4:17pm

Wed May 30, 2012
It's All Politics

CEO In Chief? A Business Background Is Rare For Presidents

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 11:17 am

Mitt Romney addresses the Latino Coalition's 2012 Small Business Summit in Washington earlier this month.
Mary Altaffer AP

Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy, in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.

The transition from business to politics isn't necessarily an easy one.

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4:17pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment'

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:47 pm

Roel Smart iStockphoto.com

The things that Amy Vance does for James Prasad are pretty simple: She calls doctors with him, organizes his meds, and helps him keep tabs on his blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

These simple things — and the relationship between a health coach like Vance and a chronically ill Medicaid patient like Prasad — are a big part of a $2 billion health care experiment in Oregon.

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