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10:35 am
Wed February 1, 2012

How Much English Is Enough To Hold Office?

An Arizona judge has deemed Alejandrina Cabrera's English language skills to be inadequate, and has struck her name from the ballot for the city council. Host Michel Martin takes a look at the election controversy in the small border town of San Luis, Arizona. She speaks with Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla and KAWC reporter Michelle Faust.

It's All Politics
10:13 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Romney's Line That He's 'Not Concerned About Very Poor' Will Linger

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney celebrates his Florida primary election win at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney's comment Wednesday about the social safety net has already been boiled down to a quick shorthand: "I'm not concerned about the very poor." It adds to a growing collection of statements that fuel charges that he has, if nothing else, a very tin ear and is an out-of-touch member of the .01 percent.

In a CNN interview with Soledad O'Brien, Romney said in part:

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The Two-Way
10:12 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Construction Spending Rises To Highest Annual Rate In 20 Months

For the fifth consecutive month, builders increased spending in December, the Commerce Department said today. The figures tempered yesterday's news that home prices in most markets tracked by the S&P/Case-Shiller index had slipped 1.3 percent in November.

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The Salt
9:44 am
Wed February 1, 2012

House Of Chicken: Chef Wins Competition With 'Fallingwater' Platter

Richard Rosendale's winning platter, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house, is on display at the 2012 Bocuse d'Or USA competition at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Keith Ferris for the Culinary Institute of America

For many chefs, especially those who still idealize French cuisine, there is no greater glory than winning the Bocuse d'Or. In a world crazy for competitive cooking, the French contest, named for legendary chef Paul Bocuse, has earned a reputation as the most fiercely competitive and prestigious showcase of cooking excellence in the world.

But in its 25-year history, no American has ever won.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Don Cornelius, 'Soul Train' Creator, Dead Of Gunshot Wound

Don Cornelius at his office in Los Angeles in 2006.
Damian Dovarganes AP

The Los Angeles Police Department says Don Cornelius, the creator of "Soul Train," has died of a gunshot wound.

A spokesperson for the department said Cornelius was found at at his Mulholland Drive home and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cornelius was 75.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:20 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Birth Control Pill Mix-Up Leads To Pfizer Recall

Packaging errors led Pfizer to recall 14 lots of these birth control pills and an equal number of a generic version.
FDA

When it comes to birth control pills, it's really important to take the right ones at the right time to prevent pregnancy.

So Pfizer is recalling two kinds of oral contraceptives because some packages had the pills in the wrong order. Others had the wrong number of different pill types in the packages.

The errors could compromise contraception and leave sexually active women at risk for unintended pregnancy. About 1 million packages are covered by the recall.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Pakistan Denies NATO Report Connecting It To Afghan Taliban

According to a secret NATO report obtained by the BBC and The Times of London, Pakistan is actively supporting the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

The leaked classified report further highlights the complicated relationship between the United States and Pakistan. If you remember, back in September the then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accused Pakistan of using extremist organizations as proxies to attack U.S. troops.

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Tech World Buzzes With Word That Facebook's IPO Filing Is Imminent

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a special event in 2010.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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It's All Politics
6:42 am
Wed February 1, 2012

After Mitt Romney's Decisive Victory, What Will Newt Gingrich Do?

The big question coming off of Mitt Romney's decisive 14-point victory in Florida is, "What's next for Newt Gingrich?" If you go by what the former speaker said during interviews and his speech last night, the campaign will extend into the summer.

But as The New York Times sees it, Gingrich might have to recalibrate, and it may all come down to Super Tuesday.

The Times explains:

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