Business
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

e-Book Founder Michael S. Hart Dies At 64

In 1971, computer scientist Michael S. Hart typed the text of the Declaration of Independence and made it available on a computer network so others could read it as well. It was an electronic document, and he created what you might think of as the prototypical e-book. Before his death this week at the age of 64, Hart founded Project Gutenberg, which provides free digital literature, to spread literacy.

Politics
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Perry, Romney Capture Spotlight At GOP Debate

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, Im David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And Im Steve Inskeep.

Just a few months ago, many Republicans seemed to assume that their candidate for president would be a long shot in 2012.

GREENE: But now President Obama is looking more vulnerable, so Republican candidates attended a debate last night, knowing that one of them could have a real chance to win.

INSKEEP: First, of course, they battle each other. Former front-runner Mitt Romney faced with the current front runner, Rick Perry.

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Business
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Business News

David Greene and Steve Inskeep have business news.

Africa
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Tripoli Residents Start Life Over Without Gadhafi

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DAVID GREENE, host:

And let's turn now to Libya, where the capital Tripoli is rapidly rebounding from the fighting that ousted Moammar Gadhafi from power. Less than three weeks after the rebels launched their assault on the city, shops are re-opening, the water and electricity are back on, and garbage is being picked up. Tripoli's new city officials are also working to re-establish security. NPR's Jason Beaubien is in the city and sent us this report.

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Afghanistan
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

How Jalalabad Became A Hot Bed Of Afghan Insurgency

Reporting from Afghanistan, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne looks at the city of Jalalabad. That's where top al Qaida leaders were last seen as they fled Kabul, and disappeared into the mountains of Tora Bora on their way to Pakistan.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Most Of Russian Hockey Team Killed In Plane Crash

Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 5:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, host:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Renee Montagne is reporting in Afghanistan. Im David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Russia is grieving today, along with ice hockey fans and players around the world. A private jet carrying one of Russia's top teams crashed yesterday outside Moscow, killing 43 people - most of the team's players and coaching staff.

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Public Hearing Brings Out Both Sides To Kansas Abortion Debate

Kansas is one of several states trying to increase licensing requirements and regulations for clinics that perform abortions. The state has enacted a new set of rules but a lawsuit has prevented them from taking effect. On Wednesday, Kansas officials held a public hearing to consider changes to the rules.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Lockout Behind Them, New NFL Season Starts

David Greene talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about the start of the NFL regular season. It kicks off tonight with the New Orleans Saints traveling to Green Bay to take on last year's Super Bowl champs, the Packers.

It's All Politics
12:28 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Perry, Romney Rivalry Still Shapes GOP Race After Reagan Library Debate

Candidates (L to R) Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman, Jr. take the stage before the start of the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif.
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Coming into Wednesday's Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library, many of the questions revolved around Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the newest entrant in the field and instant frontrunner.

How well would he perform his first time on the national debate stage? Would he emerge from the debate with his momentum intact or deliver up a gaffe that would stop it cold?

Also, how would he handle the inevitable questions about controversial attacks on entitlement programs in his book Fed Up, including his derision of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme?

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It's All Politics
11:01 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Amid Skepticism, Obama Prepares For Jobs Speech

President Obama unveils his jobs plan on Thursday night.
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Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 10:53 am

President Obama will attempt a Hail Mary pass when he speaks to a joint session of Congress tonight. He'll be asking for immediate help to boost job growth, after a month in which U.S. hiring came to a virtual standstill.

"The time for action is now," Obama told supporters in Detroit earlier this week. "Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs. Now is the time for them to worry about your jobs."

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