5:49 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Obama's Hope: A Younger, More Diverse Electorate

The American electorate is getting more diverse, more educated and younger. These demographic trends seem to suggest that voters could, in theory at least, be more Obama-friendly in 2012, especially in some key states. But it's not clear whether these shifts can outweigh the dragging economy and the president's dismal approval ratings.

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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Chrome Surpasses Firefox To Become Second Most Popular Web Browser

By one measure, the browser landscape was reshaped last month: According to data released today by StatCounter, which measures browser usage, Google's Chrome has taken over the No. 2 spot, sending Mozilla's Firefox to third place.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still king.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Pew: 63 Percent Of Undocumented Immigrants In U.S. For More Than 10 Years

A Pew Hispanic Center study released today finds that two-thirds of undocumented immigrants in the United States have lived in the country for more than 10 years. The study also found that 46 percent of undocumented immigrants had minor children.

In its press release, Pew says this research is important because it comes on the heels of a hot debate on immigration during the Republican presidential debates.

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Shots - Health Blog
4:00 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Foster Kids, Even Infants, More Likely To Be Given Psychotropic Drugs

Children in foster care are significantly more likely than other kids to be given mind-altering drugs, according to a study of five states released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

The report, which focused on children in the Medicaid program, also found that foster kids were more likely to be prescribed five or more psychotropic drugs at an age and at doses that exceed the maximum FDA-approved levels — both of which carry serious health risks.

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The Salt
3:25 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

The Case For Peeking Inside The Slaughterhouse

Former Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, right, follows the work of USDA inspectors at a Cargill meat packing plant in Schuyler, Neb., in 2008.

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 3:37 pm

This is just a guess, but the single part of America's food system that inspires the most horrified fascination is probably the slaughterhouse. One reason may be that these factories that turn cattle, hogs and chickens into packaged meat are generally off-limits to the public and photographers.

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Ina Jaffe is a National desk correspondent based at NPR West, NPR's production center in Culver City, Calif.

Covering California and the West, Jaffe has reported on nearly all of the major news events, elections, and natural disasters in the region. Currently, she covers issues related to aging. She also reports on regional and national politics, contributing election coverage in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Election 2012
3:17 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

GOP Candidates Step Up Attacks On Each Other

From left, GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney participate in the Fox News/Google GOP debate at the Orange County Convention Center in September. Since then, the candidates have gotten tougher on each other.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 6:02 pm

Once upon a time, the Republican presidential contenders seemed to be mostly on the same page. They agreed on who the real enemies were — as Newt Gingrich explained at a debate in September.

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The Two-Way
3:10 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

A 'Comedy Of Errors': Italians Appoint Wrong Minister

University of Guelph professor Francesco Braga.

The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera called it a "comedy of errors."


Imagine you're a professor in Canada, 28-years removed from Italy and one day you get a call: While forming its new government, Italy wants you to be its junior agriculture minister.

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2:55 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

New redistricting plan would keep Owensboro in 2nd, move Taylor County to 1st

Sen. Damon Thayer (R) Georgetown

Bowling Green, Ky – An influential Kentucky Senator is out with a Congressional redistricting plan that makes only minor changes from the current map. It comes on the heels of a plan released by House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Kevin Willis has this story.

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2:35 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

In U.S. And Europe, Pensions At Risk

Demonstrators in London marched outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday to protest against pension cuts. The issue has stirred demonstrations in many parts of Europe and the U.S.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

Despite boasting one of the highest per-capita incomes in the country, San Jose, Calif., is running large and growing deficits. And next Tuesday, the city council is expected to declare a state of "fiscal emergency." The main reason is pensions and other benefits for retired city workers, such as health insurance.

San Jose's problems are severe, but hardly unique. In recent years, pension costs have become a central concern both in the U.S. and in Europe.

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