7:13am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Absent The Honoree, Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony Is Under Way

As our colleague Alan Greenblatt writes:

"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."

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7:02am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Obama's Goal Said To Be Simpler Tax Code With Broader Base, Lower Rates

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."

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5:01am

Fri December 10, 2010
Politics

Obama 'Confident' Congress Will Pass Tax Deal

In the face of strong opposition from members of his own party, President Obama says that he's confident lawmakers will eventually approve a tax cut deal he negotiated with congressional Republicans.

"Nobody -- Democrat or Republican -- wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act," the president said Thursday in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition.

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5:01am

Fri December 10, 2010
Health

Doctors Urge Cholera Vaccine For Haiti, Neighbors

Leading public health officials and researchers are calling for a crash vaccination campaign against cholera in Haiti and neighboring countries.

A vaccine is needed, they say, to control what researchers say is a more lethal strain of cholera circulating widely in Haiti and starting to affect the Dominican Republic.

Until now, experts felt that there wasn't enough vaccine to be effective and that a vaccination campaign would distract from efforts to treat the thousands with the disease.

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5:00am

Fri December 10, 2010
Politics

Transcript: Obama On Taxes, Economy And START

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:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, fire away.

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