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6:10 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Fifth-Grader Skips School To See President Obama

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:27 pm

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Business
5:53 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Spain's Jobless Claims Fall For 2nd Month In A Row

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

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NPR's business news starts with some good news for Spain.

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Political Junkie
5:48 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Wisconsin Recall Is Just One Of Many Highlights Of Big Tuesday Campaign Day

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 2:45 pm

Lots at stake tomorrow, June 5, with primaries in five states, in addition to what would be only the third recall of a sitting governor in U.S. history. Here's the lineup:

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Middle East
5:23 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Assad Deflects Blame In Houla Massacre

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

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Let's turn to Syria now. Syria's president gave his first public speech in five months yesterday. Bashar al-Assad told the Syrian Parliament that his government was not responsible for the massacre in Houla last month, in which more than 100 people were killed, nearly half of them children. Also, there is new Syria-related violence in northern Lebanon, near the Syrian border. And to talk about this we've reached NPR's Kelly McEvers.

Kelly, good morning.

KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Good morning.

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Europe
4:54 am
Mon June 4, 2012

River Pageant Pays Tribute To Queen's Jubilee

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:12 am

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Bad economic headlines have not stopped the celebration in Britain. Britons are in the midst of a four-day holiday celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. And yesterday the queen herself led a flotilla of a thousand boats on the Thames. It was described as the largest such river pageant in more than 300 years, and Vicki Barker was there.

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Economy
4:53 am
Mon June 4, 2012

EU Tries Keep Eurozone From Going Down The Tubes

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

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We have just come from a week when officials of the European Union openly warned of the possible downfall of the euro. Billionaire investor George Soros has gone even further. He says the euro crisis could bring down the entire E.U. Teri Schultz reports from Brussels.

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Election 2012
4:26 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Bill Clinton Campaigns As Obama's No. 1 Surrogate

Bill Clinton speaks with President Obama in the White House Briefing Room after a private meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. The former president has become Obama's highest-profile advocate this campaign season.
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Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama used to have a famously rocky relationship. But the days when Clinton tried to help his wife, now secretary of state, defeat Obama in the 2008 primaries are ancient history.

Former Clinton strategist Carter Eskew says the ex-president is almost always an asset for Obama.

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Africa
4:26 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Egyptians Unsatisfied With Mubarak Verdict

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 12:26 pm

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In Egypt, protests continue against the verdicts in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and various people in his old regime. Mubarak was handed a life sentence in connection to the deaths of protesters during last year's revolution. But critics say the judge's ruling all but ensured the former president's sentence will be overturned on appeal.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has the story from Cairo.

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Sports
4:26 am
Mon June 4, 2012

NBA Finishes Half Its Conference Playoff Series

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:08 am

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The NBA is halfway through two riveting conference final playoff series, and there's absolutely no indication how they're going to turn out. Last night in Boston, the aging and creaky Celtics proved that they are really a match for the star-studded Miami Heat. Boston beat Miami 93 to 91 in overtime to tie the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. In the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder also are tied 2-2, and they play tonight in San Antonio.

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Election 2012
4:26 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Analysts Try To Define Romney's Foreign Policy

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:10 am

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Now, one way Mitt Romney has challenged President Obama is by going after his foreign policy record. Romney has been especially critical of the president's handling of Iran and Syria. But those attacks aside, some analysts say it's been hard to define where Romney stands on key international issues and whether he differs all that much from the president.

Here's NPR's Jackie Northam.

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