Federal officials warned Tuesday that an especially dangerous group of superbugs has become a significant health problem in hospitals throughout the United States.
These germs, known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, have become much more common in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the risk they pose to health is becoming evident.
It was never supposed to happen, but now it has. With President Obama's signing of the order to commence the sequester spending cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year's federal budget, what was once unthinkable is now hard reality.
The indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts to the Defense Department and domestic programs were supposed to be so odious and harebrained that, of course, the president and Congress would agree on a more reasonable path to deficit reduction.
President Obama minced no words when he talked about how the looming budget cuts known as sequestration could hurt the Justice Department.
"FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go," Obama said.
Starting late Friday, if Congress and the White House can't come to an agreement, the Justice Department will face $1.6 billion in cuts — about 9 percent of its budget. Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of state law enforcement officials who met in Washington this week that the situation looks ugly.
Punkin, who belongs to NPR Senior Publicist Emerson Brown, decides whether to get moving or not based on news from local station WAMU. Good or not, she usually sleeps in.
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Oregon-born kitty Mercedes was the family pet of This Is NPR Editor Emily Hellewell and an advocate for her choice station, OPB. And while she's no longer with us, it should be noted that Mercedes was in fact an early adopter of podcasting, tuning in on what some may recognize as an iPod from the early 2000s. This may make you wonder, which came first, this photo or the idea for this giveaway?
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Fashion forward feline Tyler not only makes color blocking accessible for men, but also debunks superstition by serving as a good-luck charm for public radio and his Member Station, WAMU. Tyler can thank his owner Claire Mueller, a Junior Designer with NPR Creative Services, for making sure to capture his good side for his NPR.org debut.
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Skout is a familiar face around NPR HQ and quite popular on social media as well. But those of us who are close to this guy know where his true passions lie: soaking in the news and notes of his local pubcaster, WAMU, and looking angelically at his favorite person, NPR Director of Creative Services and Branding Kathie Miller.
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Punkin, pictured here, belongs to NPR Senior Publicist Emerson Brown. Disclaimer: Punkin always sticks her tongue out; it's no slight to the sweet sounds of Washington, D.C., NPR Member Station WAMU pulsing through his headphones.
Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:06 am
Many of us here at NPR have pets or are animal lovers, and recently discovered that National Dress Your Pet Day is in January. We were inspired by this to ask you to show your appreciation for public media by accessorizing your pet.
To have a little fun with it, we want you to snap a picture of your pet listening to your favorite public radio station.
President Obama is officially sworn in Sunday by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha.
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President Obama is officially sworn-in Sunday by Chief Justice John Roberts, as first lady Michelle Obama holds the Robinson family Bible.
Originally published on Sun January 20, 2013 12:04 pm
President Obama's second term officially begins Sunday: He took the oath of office in an intimate ceremony at the White House, fulfilling the constitutional requirement to take the oath before noon on Jan. 20.
NPR's Ari Shaprio reported on the swearing-in for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:
"Family and a few close friends gathered in the Blue Room of the White House. The president placed his hand on a family Bible and recited the oath with Chief Justice John Roberts.
WKU Public Radio would like to share with you some news we learned today regarding several NPR show hosts.
NPR Senior VP of News Margaret Low Smith notified members stations that Michele Norris will be returning to NPR in a new role of Host/Special Correspondent. According to Smith, Norris will produce “signature profiles of leaders in politics, pop culture, business and other fields.”
“While on sabbatical, Michele has spent a good deal of time traveling the country and developing two successful initiatives: The Race Card Project and NPR’s Backseat Book Club. Her new role will allow her to continue this work while producing in-depth segments for all NPR programs," said Smith.
Norris stepped down from her ATC hosting duties in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential campaign, due to the fact her husband took a job working with President Obama’s re-election efforts.
Smith says Audie Cornish will become a permanent co-anchor on All Things Considered, and Rachel Martin will stay on as host of Weekend Edition Sunday.