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9:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Protesters demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo last year.
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Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:11 pm

One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: It's huge.

The trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That leaves the U.S. House, and it's unclear it has the votes yet. If it passes, though, TPP, which has angered many in the president's party, would be by far the largest free trade agreement the U.S. has in effect.

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Media
9:02 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

At Least 10 Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Forrest Huggleston and Alex Huff watch flooding at Shoal Creek after days of heavy rain in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
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Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:38 pm

Updated at 4:38 p.m. ET

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, bringing tornadoes and dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:52 pm

Warren Duffy is having a bad year. The comic book store he opened in Cardiff, Wales, has shut down, leaving him in debt to his angry ex-wife. He habris come home to Philadelphia to claim the inheritance left to him by his late father — a roofless, possibly haunted mansion that's only inhabitable in the most technical sense of the word. And he's basically broke, forced to make pocket money by drawing pictures at a comic book convention, where, because he's biracial, he's shunted into the "urban" section.

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The Salt
7:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

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Animals
6:45 am
Tue May 26, 2015

British Cities Act To Protect Ducks With Their Own Lanes

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:51 am

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

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World
5:27 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Canada Cuts Down On Red Tape. Could It Work In The U.S.?

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Politics
5:19 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Politics
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Perry Prepares To Announce Presidential Bid

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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And we turn now to politics. When Rick Perry ran for the White House four years ago, he talked a lot about cutting down the size of the federal government, including in this televised debate among Republican candidates.

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Research News
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Eating in a healthy way can be time-consuming or expensive. It's hard, but researchers have a new way to get people to do just that. Steve Inskeep got the details from NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.

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Music News
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

'Desired Effect' Reveals How Important Family Is To Rocker Brandon Flowers

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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A decade ago, you could hardly turn on the radio without hearing this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MR. BRIGHTSIDE")

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NPR Story
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Md. Episcopal Diocese Chooses Replacement For Defrocked Bishop

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Law
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

U.S. Citizen Stranded In Yemen Sues State Department

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Music News
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Swedish singer Seinabo Sey.
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Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:52 am

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Around the Nation
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Around the Nation
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Artist Makes Money Off Of Other People's Instagram Photos

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Europe
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Italy's Berlusconi Discovers Social Media As A Campaign Tool

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished serving a tax fraud conviction in March.
Luca Bruno AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:33 pm

Italy holds regional elections Sunday, and one politician trying to make a comeback is the scandal-plagued former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

Taking his cue from Italy's digitally savvy young Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Berlusconi has opened an Instagram account, posting more than 60 photos on the first day alone.

We see the 78-year-old media tycoon holding trophies of his soccer team, A.C. Milan; addressing rallies; and posing with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Francesca Pascale — as well as hugging his white poodle Dudu.

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sporting black-rim glasses, speaks at a Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center, Iowa, last week.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:59 am

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

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