1:22pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Music Interviews

Jason Moran Takes Fats Waller Back To The Club

Fats Waller's stride piano style was in demand at rent parties and millionaires' mansions. Somehow, he pulled everyone in and got them to dance.
Evening Standard Hulton Archive

In Depression-era New York jazz clubs, "Fats" Waller was known for getting the party jumping. Now, musicians Jason Moran and Me'Shell Ndegeocello are collaborating on a new project that transforms Waller's rollicking stride piano style into contemporary dance music.

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1:19pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Middle East

Thousands Protest Across Syria Despite Crackdown

Syrian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters Friday, killing at least six people as soldiers tried to head off demonstrations by occupying mosques and blocking public squares, human rights activists said.

A leading activist told The Associated Press that three people were killed in Homs, two in Damascus and one in a village outside Daraa, the southern city where the nationwide uprising began in March. He asked that his name not be used for fear of reprisals by the government.

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1:07pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Pornography Found At Bin Laden's Compound, Sources Tell Reuters

A Reuters exclusive:

"A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday."

The wire service says it was told that the pornography "consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive" and that the sources "said they did not know if bin Laden himself had acquired or viewed the materials."

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12:33pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Social Security And Medicare Trust Funds' Lives Shortened By Bad Economy

"The government says that a bad economy has shortened the lives of the trust funds that support the nation's two biggest benefit programs," The Associated Press writes.

The wire service says that the fund's trustees are reporting today that "the Medicare hospital insurance fund will now be exhausted in 2024, five years earlier than last year's estimate. ... [And] the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted in 2036, one year earlier than before."

As Reuters adds:

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12:30pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Politics

U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell Is Resigning

The Obama administration's special Mideast envoy, former Sen. George Mitchell, is stepping down after more than two years of trying to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told NPR.

The White House was expected to release a statement from President Obama later Friday on the resignation of the veteran mediator and broker of the Northern Ireland peace accord.

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12:30pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

President Bush: Obama Made A 'Good Call' On Bin Laden Mission

President Barack Obama listens as former president George W. Bush speaks in January.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush made his first public comments after the killing of Osama bin Laden. He talked at a hedge fund manager's conference in Las Vegas. Wednesday's event was not open to the press, but ABC News reports one of their contributors was there.

Bush, reports ABC News, said he was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with his wife, Laura, and two friends, when he got the call from President Barack Obama.

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12:10pm

Fri May 13, 2011
U.S.

Coming to America? State Department's Big Glitch

More than 22,000 would-be immigrants thought they won a visa lottery to come to the U.S. Not so fast.

The State Department said Friday that it is scratching the results because of a computer glitch. Department officials expressed regret for the mistake which is sure to disappoint thousands of people who were notified this year that they had won a chance to come and live legally in the United States.

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12:07pm

Fri May 13, 2011
The Two-Way

George Mitchell Resigning As Middle East Envoy

A U.S. official with knowledge of the situation has confirmed to NPR's Michele Kelemen that former Sen. George Mitchell (D-ME) is resigning from his post as the Obama administration's special Middle East envoy.

Word of Mitchell's decision was first reported a short time ago by The Associated Press.

NPR's Scott Horsley tells us that the White House expects to release a statement from President Obama later today.

As the AP writes:

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12:00pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Barbershop

'B-Shop': Should Common Have Been A White House Invitee?

The 'Barbershop' guys discuss President Obama's immigration reform record and rapper Common's invitation to the White House for a poetry reading. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, foreign policy analyst Mario Loyola and syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette.

12:00pm

Fri May 13, 2011
Religion

Presbyterian Church (USA) Passes Vote Allowing LGBT Ordainment

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people can now become priests or ministers in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Advocates call the passing of this vote a major milestone. Others fear it could spark a crisis within one of America's oldest mainline Protestant denominations. Host Michel Martin speaks with Rev. Janet Edwards of More Light Presbyterians, a group advocating on behalf of gays serving in the ministry.

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