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It's All Politics
5:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Financial and General Government subcommittee in early June.
Win McNamee Getty Images

That "be on the lookout list" used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exemption applications?

It turns out it wasn't the only one the Internal Revenue Service had been using.

There were also other lists, covering a "broad spectrum" of categories and cases, according to a preliminary IRS report released Monday.

"Once we came to that conclusion, we took immediate action to suspend the use of these lists in the Exempt Organizations unit within IRS," said Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, in a conference call with reporters.

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The Two-Way
4:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rafael Nadal Loses In First-Round Upset At Wimbledon

Steve Darcis of Belgium, left, shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain Monday, after winning their first-round match at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Mike Hewitt Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has been bounced from Wimbledon, after being dismissed in three sets by Belgium's Steve Darcis, who is ranked No. 135 in the world. Nadal's upset loss by 7-6(4), 7-6(8), 6-4 stunned tennis fans, shook up the men's bracket, and raised questions about the Spanish star's health.

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This Is NPR
4:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

'Talk Of The Nation' Memories: Interview That Made Us Blush

Jacques Coughlin NPR

All this week, we are remembering our favorite moments from the 21-year-run of Talk of the Nation. With so many driveway moment-inducing interviews, hours of live breaking news, segments with familiar voices, and insights from audience members, it's hard to know where to start. So we asked a few Talk of the Nation staff and alumni to share a story or two.

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The Record
3:35 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, in 1989.
David Redfern Redferns

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

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Parallels
3:06 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Why Would Ecuador Want Edward Snowden?

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (left) and Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino appear on a window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 16. Assange has been living at the embassy for the past year. Patino announced Sunday that Ecuador would consider giving asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Frank Augstein AP

Ecuador says it is considering Edward Snowden's request for asylum.

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All Songs Considered
3:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Question Of The Week: What's Your Stereo?

We asked readers what system they listen on, here is reader Andrew Limpic's music listening set up.
NPR Audience

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 8:55 pm

My first stereo had a built-in 8-track player, a turntable and a radio. My parents bought it at a local discount store for what probably seemed like a fortune to them at the time, and I used it for years. My mom eventually sold it at a garage sale. It wasn't that nice of course, but I'd love to have it back.

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World Cafe
2:58 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Next: Houndstooth

Houndstooth.
Jaclyn Campanaro Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:45 pm

An indie-rock quintet based in Portland, Ore., Houndstooth features singer Katie Bernstein and guitarist John Gnorski — both of whom are originally from Austin, Texas. The band's sound reflects both hometowns, with Gnorski's loping guitar riffs hinting at bluesy Southern influences.

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The Salt
2:57 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

The menu at Zombie Burger is printed on the other side of a post-zombie-apocalypse newspaper.
NPR

It's a testament to the food at Zombie Burger that it's named the place after a species best known for eating human brains — and yet, still trusts that you'll keep your appetite.

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Sports
2:44 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New Pro League Tosses Its Disc Into The Frisbee Game

Major Ultimate Frisbee team the DC Current faced the New York Rumble on Sunday. The rule changes in Ultimate, such as including referees, give the players the opportunity to concentrate on playing.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:56 pm

You know that flying disc you threw around in college or use to play fetch with your dog? Well, now people are being paid to throw that same disc professionally. They aren't paid much, around $25 a game, but all of the expenses — travel, lodging, uniforms and insurance — are covered by Major League Ultimate.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Patty Griffin: Tiny Desk Concert

Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:25 pm

Patty Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. Her warm, wise voice is comforting, inviting and relatable, even — perhaps especially — as she tackles weighty subjects like middle age and the death of a parent.

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The Two-Way
2:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Twinkies, Ho Hos, Other Hostess Cakes To Return On July 15

Scott Olson Getty Images

According to the countdown clock, at 2 p.m. ET Monday we were just 490 hours away from fresh Twinkies.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

White House: We Expect Russia To Expel Snowden

After expressing "frustration and disappointment" because Hong Kong and China did not block "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden from flying to Moscow, the White House said Monday that it expects Russia will decide "to expel Mr. Snowden for his return to the United States."

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NPR Story
11:47 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Macy Gray: 'I Still See My Voice As Odd'

Macy Gray has one of the most distinct voices in the music industry: powerful, raspy and yet sweet. She's gone multi-platinum, earned a Grammy Award and put out six albums. Host Michel Martin talks with Macy Gray about her creative process, and why she doesn't like the sound of her own voice.

The Two-Way
11:41 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi Found Guilty In Sex-For-Hire Case

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in May of 2013.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:00 pm

A court in Milan found former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi guilty Monday in a sex-for-hire case, La Repubblica reports.

The court sentenced Berlusconi to seven years in prison and barred him from public office indefinitely.

The AP has a bit of background on the charges:

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The Picture Show
11:18 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Around The Earth, That Moon Was Pretty Super

Taking photos on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, June 22
Desiree Martin AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:23 pm

As if "supermoon" isn't cool enough, the technical term for the moon when it's closest to the Earth is: perigee-syzygy.

It happens about once a year, and this year it fell on June 23, though the day prior wasn't bad, either. According to NASA, this year's supermoon was "14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon."

It's not easy to photograph with a smartphone, but that's what photographers with nice lenses are for.

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The Protojournalist
11:18 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Colonial America's Oldest Unsolved Murder

Preservation Virginia (Jamestown Rediscovery Project)

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:51 pm

When archaeologists in Virginia uncovered the skeletal remains in 1996 of one of Jamestown's first settlers — a young European male designated as JR102C in the catalog — they said he was the victim in what was perhaps Colonial America's oldest unsolved murder.

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All Tech Considered
11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Rebooting The All Tech Blog, With Your Help

This blog may contain cats.
Flickr

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:36 pm

Perhaps it's fitting, in this time of information overload in the vaunted information age, that there's too much news about tech and it's wearing us down. The world needs another tech blog like it needs another Kardashian spinoff show. But in the flood of headlines about fresh funding for startups or Xbox versus Sony, we do think there's room for context and explanation.

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Law
11:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Read The Ruling: Inside The Affirmative Action Decision

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision upholding a race-based admissions program at the University of Texas. Explore the ruling.

13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:33 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Don't Blame Your Unconscious Mind For Your Own Actions

Does one look better than the other? Why? Are you sure you know why?
Juan Monino iStockphoto.com

We often feel like our actions result from deliberate reasoning and explicit, carefully-orchestrated intentions, but psychologists have been telling us otherwise for decades.

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Pakistan's Premier Says Musharraf Should Be Tried For Treason

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the country's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf should be tried for high treason, the BBC reports.

Musharraf is currently under house arrest after returning from a self-imposed exile earlier this year. The BBC adds:

"[Musharraf] is fighting a series of charges relating to his time in power, which began with him ousting Nawaz Sharif in a 1999 military coup.

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