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1:41pm

Fri November 18, 2011
Politics

Panetta On Other End Of Budget Cuts As Role Changes

Originally published on Mon November 21, 2011 11:41 am

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (left) talks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Washington on Tuesday. The pair testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on security issues relating to Iraq.
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It's hard to miss the irony: Leon Panetta, as President Clinton's budget guru, backed billions of dollars in Pentagon cuts. Now, as secretary of defense, he's warning that the U.S. could become a "paper tiger" if his department's budget is further reduced.

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1:30pm

Fri November 18, 2011
The Two-Way

China Now Investigating Nude Photos Of Outspoken Artist Ai Weiwei

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 1:32 pm

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (C) posing with women in the nude in Beijing.
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The artist Ai Weiwei can't seem to catch a break with the Chinese government. His open dissension, of course, doesn't help, but the government has kept coming after him time and time again.

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1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
NPR Story

Clinton To 'Test Waters' In Myanmar

President Obama says his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Myanmar next month, the first such visit in half a century. Relations between the U.S. and Myanmar have been strained during years of rule by a secretive military junta, but its new president has started a process of reform that the U.S. wants to encourage. Michele Kelemen

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
NPR Story

LA County Sheriff Reopens Natalie Wood Case

The Los Angeles County Sheriff is reopening the investigation into the death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood. She died in 1981 while on a yacht anchored off Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. At the time, her death was ruled an accidental drowning. Karen Grigsby Bates

1:00pm

Fri November 18, 2011
NPR Story

Army Successfully Tests Hypersonic Missile

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 6:02 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Imagine flying from L.A. to New York in about 30 minutes. That's roughly eight times the speed of sound. And yesterday, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command managed to launch a missile that flew at that speed. The test missile was sent from Hawaii to hit a site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific about 2,400 miles away, and within a half hour, the missile struck its target. And the military is hoping to speed it up even more.

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