8:08am

Fri December 10, 2010
World

For China's Absent Nobel Winner, A Lasting Reward

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:39 am

Nobel Peace Prize committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland sits next to the empty chair representing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.
John McConnico AP

Clapping solemnly, dignitaries in Norway celebrated this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo -- with an empty chair -- as Beijing blocked broadcasts of the ceremony in China.

Friday's presentation marked the first time in 74 years that the award was not handed over. Liu wasn't able to collect the prestigious $1.4 million award in Oslo because he is being held in a Chinese prison.

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7:55am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Assange's Lawyers Prep For Indictment; Markets 'Defy' Fed

Good morning.

As we've already reported, there's much talk today not only about the tax deal that President Obama and Congressional Republicans reached earlier this week -- but also about his hope (as he told Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep) that the tax system can be simplified.

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7:13am

Fri December 10, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Just Thinking Harder May Help You Lose Weight

If you want to eat less, first imagine eating a lot.

The notion may be counterintuitive, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that imagining what we eat before we take the first bite may help us feel less interested in really chowing down.

To tease out the effect, psychologist Carey Morewedge and his colleagues recruited about 400 volunteers to try a series of "imagination" tasks.

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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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