Parallels
8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

Members of the Iranian band Accolade perform in an unauthorized stage performance in the capital Tehran in January 2013. Those seeking greater social freedoms are often testing the limits in Iran.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 12:49 pm

In Iran, hardline critics are waging a campaign against President Hassan Rouhani to limit his campaign pledge of opening Iran to more social and cultural freedoms.

The "culture wars" are as old as the Islamic revolution that swept conservative clerics to power more than three decades ago. The latest chapter comes as Rouhani is negotiating a nuclear deal with six world powers. He has the backing of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to continue the nuclear discussions, but cultural hardliners are stepping up the domestic pressure.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 12:42 pm

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching what experts call a new "super joint fundraising committee." The Republican Victory Fund will work under the expanded rules set by the court's April 2 ruling in the McCutcheon v. FEC case.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Armed Men Take Police HQ In Eastern Ukraine City

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 5:17 pm

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My Guilty Pleasure
6:03 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 11:03 am

The job description for a parent should be straightforward: The only requirement is the skill to do everything perfectly under the pressure of guilt.

Forget perfectly — even passably can be difficult. For a long time my older son only ate apples: apples for breakfast and apples for lunch and apples for dinner. "Offer him a variety of choices," said the pediatrician, as though I hadn't done that. Guilt. "Feed him ice cream — at least you get some protein and calcium and sugar into his body," said the pediatrician. Guilt.

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The Salt
4:06 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

These guys are gassy, and their emissions are contributing to global warming.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 2:43 pm

Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow belches.

Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

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A&M-Commerce
10:09 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

KD ladies okay after blaze

Commerce FD responds to a blaze on the first floor of the Kappa Delta house on the A&M-Commerce campus
anonymous

The Commerce fire department was dispatched to the Kappa Delta sorority house on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 7:45 on Friday night to extinguish a fire.

According to sources, the blaze was limited to a single first-floor room which has been unoccupied this semester.

All of the students evacuated the building without incident. The cause of the blaze and the extent of the damage is not yet known, though occupants are being allowed to return to their rooms.

Code Switch
6:27 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules

According to a US Army PowerPoint presentation, none of these three hairstyles would be acceptable under the new regulations.
US Army

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 1:09 pm

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus have sent a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider new Army regulations that made headlines earlier this month.

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NPR Story
6:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prescription Drug Smuggling

Prescription drugs are cheaper to buy in Mexico. Now, smuggling these legal drugs across the Texas-Mexico border has become a problem.

NPR Story
6:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Discussing the Future of Pot

To make legal or not? That is the question on the marijuana debate. Maria Hinojosa talks with drug historian and author Kathleen Frydl about the many sides of pot.

NPR Story
6:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Kumbia Queers

Six gay punk rockers walk onto the stage, play their tropical punk and pissed off other rockers. The Kumbia Queers is no punch line. They're for real. Listen.

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