"There's nothing like a Nobel Peace Prize to focus the world's attention on human-rights abuses.
"China's authoritarian government did not allow this year's laureate, writer and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, to leave prison and travel to Oslo to collect his prize Friday. Instead, an empty chair at the ceremony in Norway will represent the 54-year-old Liu."
President Barack Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep yesterday that "simplifying the (tax) system, hopefully lowering rates, broadening the base -- that's something that I think most economists think would help us propel economic growth."
President Obama spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about efforts to get Democrats to support the tax-cut deal, improving the economy, simplifying the tax code and ratifying a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. A transcript of the interview follows: