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Tue October 4, 2011
It's All Politics

Chris Christie Loves NJ Too Much To Go; Thinks Leaders Are Born Not Made

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 1:26 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Oct. 4, 2011.

Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

At least three thoughts about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's announcement Tuesday that he's really, absolutely and definitely not running for president.

One, Christie reconsidered his earlier decision not to run for president with much more seriousness than was readily apparent from watching him. He clearly was under such intense pressure from people he respected to change his mind that in recent weeks he reopened the door to consider a run only to shut it again tightly Monday evening.

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Tue October 4, 2011
Favorite Sessions

Beirut: Soaking Up The Sound Of Home

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 1:10 pm


Courtesy of the artist

Although its members reside in Brooklyn, N.Y., it's funny to call Beirut a "Brooklyn band" — its sound, like its history, is so worldly. The story of wanderlust begins in Santa Fe, N.M., where singer-songwriter Zach Condon grew up.

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Tue October 4, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Hormonal Contraceptives May Raise HIV Risk For Men And Women

Hormone shots that are a popular form of birth control in Africa may increase the risk of HIV infection for women who use them and the men who are their sexual partners.

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Tue October 4, 2011

Obama, Banks Trade Fire In Debit-Card Debate

A man walks up to an ATM machine outside a Bank of America branch in Los Angeles on Sept. 12. Bank of America has said it will charge customers a $5 monthly fee to use its debit card — a plan that has set off grumbling from consumer advocates at the highest levels.

Jae C. Hong AP

President Obama has waded into the controversy over bank card fees, suggesting that Bank of America is mistreating its customers with a plan to start charging a $5 monthly fee for the use of its debit card.

In an interview Monday with ABC, the president seemed to suggest the fee could become a target for the federal government's new financial watchdog agency.

"This is exactly why we need this Consumer [Financial] Protection Bureau that we set up, that is ready to go," he said.

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Tue October 4, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 5:55 pm

Roseanne Cash.

Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

World Cafe has been lucky enough to feature Rosanne Cash more than once; in fact, her interview from 2006 is one of our absolute favorites of the past 20 years.

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