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Thu January 19, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Elbow: Success, A Lifetime In The Making

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 8:57 am

Elbow's new album is titled Build a Rocket, Boys!
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Few bands reach the height of their popularity and artistic might while simultaneously celebrating their 20th anniversary, but Elbow has done so, entering 2012 as one of Britain's most inspiring bands. With their magnificent fifth album (Build a Rocket Boys!), these five boyhood friends from Manchester — who marked their good fortune with a hearty onstage toast at every one of their 2011 shows — artfully tackle the ache of youth in hindsight and the encroaching anxiety of middle-aged regret.

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9:59am

Thu January 19, 2012
Planet Money

Carried Interest: Why Mitt Romney's Tax Rate Is 15 Percent

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 12:15 pm

As you know by now, Mitt Romney's tax rate is somewhere near 15 percent — well below the 35 percent income tax rate for the highest earners.

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9:59am

Thu January 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Perry Sees 'No Viable Path Forward': The Fall Of A Once Promising Front-Runner

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 12:40 pm

Perry prepares to speak with voters attending the West Des Moines caucus in Iowa on Jan. 3.
Jonathan Gibby Getty Images

Like the saying goes in his home state, everything about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was big.

From the start of his candidacy, when he garnered instant front-runner status in some polls, to his embarrassing debate performances and his slide to the back of the pack, Perry's bid for the Republican nomination seemed outsized. So, too, were the expectations.

On Thursday, Perry left the GOP race and strongly endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, citing his "heart of a conservative reformer."

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9:59am

Thu January 19, 2012
World Cafe

The Little Willies On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 9:57 am

The Little Willies.
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The informal nature of The Little Willies speaks to its members' chemistry and love of country-music classics; after all, their moniker is a tribute to country-music legend Willie Nelson.

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9:57am

Thu January 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Reports: Gingrich's Ex-Wife Says He Wanted An 'Open Marriage'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his then-wife, Marianne, leave their home on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997. At the time, Gingrich was in the midst of an investigation over congressional ethics violations.
MARK WILSON ASSOCIATED PRESS

If Newt Gingrich got a boost for his prospects in South Carolina on Thursday with rising poll numbers and an endorsement from rival Rick Perry, his second ex-wife, Marianne, seemed to be doing her best to dampen his prospects with an ill-timed interview on ABC's Nightline Thursday night.

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