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10:01pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Asia

South Korean President Faces Mounting Pressures

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 6:39 am

South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak waves as he arrives for a working dinner at the G20 summit in Cannes, southern France, Nov. 3. At home, Lee faces mounting criticism over the free trade deal with the U.S. as well as North Korea policy and the economy.
Michel Euler AP

A free trade agreement with the U.S. more than four years in the making is causing a big political headache for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

On Tuesday, he was scheduled to visit lawmakers in Parliament to try to persuade them to ratify the deal, a step he has never taken before over a single specific issue. Lee is also under pressure in the polls, and facing criticism over his North Korea policy.

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10:01pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Politics

Austrian School Economist Hayek Finds New Fans

Professor Friedrich von Hayek from Austria receives his Nobel Prize in Economy from Swedish King Carl Gustaf, December 1974.
AP

Second in a three-part series

These days it can feel like the country is unsteady — politically, economically. In a search for the way forward, scholars and politicians often turn to their fundamental beliefs. NPR is taking a look at some of the most influential philosophers whose ideas molded the present and could shape the future. You might not know all their names, but you're certainly familiar with their ideas. They are woven into the fabric of our society.

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4:30pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Sarkozy Makes Amends With Netanyahu After 'Hot Mic' Comments

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 5:15 pm

President Obama, right, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy last Thursday in Cannes, France.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent a friendly letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the AFP, Reuters and Israeli news outlets are reporting.

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3:48pm

Mon November 14, 2011
The Salt

Renoir's Perfect Lunch Is Not About The Food

"Luncheon of the Boating Party" painted in 1881 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Courtesy of The Phillips Collection

Our friends over at Food & Think, a Smithsonian blog, had a nice little post not long ago about one of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's best loved paintings of a Paris café. "Luncheon of the Boating Party" is a jolly scene of men and women flirting and chatting over lunch. But if you look closely, it's hard to tell just what they're eating.

Phillips Collection Chief Curator Eliza Rathbone tells Food & Think:

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3:00pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Sports

NBA Players Decide To Disband Union

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GUY RAZ, host: From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

MELISSA BLOCK: And I'm Melissa Block. Today, the Players' Union for the National Basketball Association decided to disband and take its fight with NBA owners to the courts. The move could jeopardize the entire 2011 to '12 NBA season. The union plans to argue that the NBA lockout of players is illegal and will sue the owners under antitrust laws.

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