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5:48 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister

Iraqi lawmaker Haidar al-Abadi, shown here in 2010, was appointed Monday to become Iraq's prime minister. However, Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister since 2006, has so far refused to step down.
Karim Kadim AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 6:33 pm

Haider al-Abadi is an affable Shiite politician who has been close to the center of power in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. He may soon be the most important political figure in the troubled country.

Iraqi President Fuad Masum, whose position has traditionally been ceremonial, on Monday nominated Abadi to be prime minister, a job that requires him to form a new coalition government based on parliamentary elections that were held in April.

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Fine Art
5:46 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

As Museums Try To Make Ends Meet, 'Deaccession' Is The Art World's Dirty Word

Deaccessioning — the permanent removal of an object from a museum's collection — has been a big issue in Detroit. When the city declared bankruptcy, it had to put all of its assets on the table. Turns out, the most valuable asset was the art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 5:57 pm

Sometimes museums get in trouble. Deep trouble. Not because they damage art, or let it get stolen ... but because they sell it. The Delaware Art Museum is the latest target of the art world's ire — for selling one painting from its collection to try and tackle a debt, and for revelations in the past few days that two more paintings are up for sale.

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Men In America
5:29 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

After Factory Layoffs, Struggling To Stay On The Economic Ladder

Lynn Eldredge works as a facilities manager for several fast-food restaurants in Utah. At 50, he has no benefits and no retirement savings.
Courtesy of Lynn Eldredge

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:51 pm

Lynn Eldredge has worked hard for the past three decades. But somehow, it's still not quite enough.

Eldredge started his working life in the Air Force, and eventually found a steady job in a factory in Kansas. But then, in 2000, he was laid off — and has had six different jobs since then.

Over the past several decades in the U.S., wages have stayed flat or even gone down, while the cost of living has gone up. Economists say that's because jobs went overseas, technology replaced human labor and labor unions have seen their influence decline.

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The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Obama Calls Nomination Of New Iraqi Prime Minister A 'Step Forward'

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:05 pm

President Obama said Iraq had taken a "promising step forward" by nominating Haider al-Abadi as a replacement for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is refusing to give up his position.

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All Tech Considered
5:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:37 pm

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Sports
4:56 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Charting The Course Of Today's Golfing Titans

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

Rory McIlroy's victory at the PGA Championship Sunday felt to many observers like a passing of the baton — from Tiger Woods, who once ruled the golfing world, to young superstar McIlroy. Tom Watson, a former superstar in his own right, speaks to Robert Siegel about the state of golf today.

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Goats and Soda
4:51 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Graphic Warnings: Ebola Posters Keep The Virus On People's Minds

How do you prevent the spread of Ebola? Wash your hands, avoid bush meat and don't touch corpses.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:24 pm

The campaign is called "Kick Back Ebola." But the posters pack a punch.

Sierra Leone has reported over 700 suspected Ebola cases, more than any other country this year. To help stop the outbreak, health workers have put up Ebola awareness signs all over Sierra Leone's seaside capital of Freetown.

Posters are pasted on hospital walls and outside clinics. Banners flutter along main streets. The goal of the campaign is to keep the reality of Ebola — and how to detect it — very much alive in people's minds.

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Iraq
4:47 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Assessing The Scope And Scale Of American Aid For Kurds In Iraq

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:09 am

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The Salt
4:45 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Dahlia

The Dahlia.
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Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:29 pm

Out on the sidewalk in front of the Denver Biscuit Co., a curling-stone-size cinnamon roll covered in frosting and bacon sits on a table where you check in. The greeter has gone inside, so it's all alone. You understand at this moment what it's like to be a fish spotting a worm on a hook. You know it shouldn't be there, but man that worm looks good. And, what's the worst that could happen?

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Politics
4:44 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Two Ways President Obama Could Act On Immigration

Immigration advocates from Fort Lauderdale, Florida demonstrate outside the White House in April 2014.
AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

Sometime before the end of summer, President Obama is expected to take executive action to address the nation's broken immigration system.

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Education
4:38 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

New Orleans Charters Prepare For A Big First Day Of School

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:34 pm

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Iraq
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Turmoil At The Top Raises The Specter Of A Coup In Baghdad

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

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Music News
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

'Calling All Fans': Korean Pop Invasion Rallies Americans In LA

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

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Iraq
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Witness To Iraq's Yazidi Exodus

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

The heart of Iraq's refugee crisis lies in the country's north, where the Yazidi people, a religious minority, are fleeing the approach of Islamic State militants. Matthew Barber is in the northern city of Dohuk, and he speaks speaks of Yazidis and others being targeted.

Music Reviews
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Album Review: 'Beware The Fetish'

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado Democrats.

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Law
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

FBI Opens Probe Into The Police Shooting That Roiled St. Louis

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippman reports on the aftermath of rioting in the city's suburb of Ferguson, where police shot and killed an unarmed teenager on Sunday. The community is reeling from riots some consider the worst in recent memory. The FBI has opened an investigation into the fatal shooting that preceded the riots.

Men In America
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why Are Men Leaving The American Workforce?

It was a great time to be an American man in the workplace after World War II. Hiring was strong for both white-collar jobs and factory work while industries like autos, aviation and steel were booming. By the 1960s, that started to change.
Three Lions Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 11:45 am

There's a long, unfolding story about work in America that often gets overlooked. It's the story of men opting out of work altogether. These are men who have vanished from the labor force — men who don't have a job and aren't looking for one.

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Economy
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Snapshot Of The Spike In Inequality, As Seen From Dayton

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:27 am

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Law
4:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Strapped And Stretched, Non-Profits Struggle To Defend Immigrant Minors

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 8:51 pm

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