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6:56 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Homestead Act Sewed Its Way Into U.S. Fabric

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 7:36 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Of course, the Homestead Act was born during troubled times in American history. It passed during the Civil War, but just barely. And it came at the expense of Native Americans, who were displaced from lands they have settled for generation. We spoke to Jonathan Earle, an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, and asked him why the Homestead Act was so difficult to pass.

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Kee Facts: A Few Things You Didn't Know
7:14 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Antietam 'Death Studies' Changed How We Saw War

Alexander Gardner's original caption for this image: "A Lone Grave, on Battle-field of Antietam."
Alexander Gardner Library Of Congress

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 2:08 pm

In mid-September 1862, the Civil War was only a year and a half old, and many Americans in the North and the South still clung to the view that this war was a noble, glorious, even romantic undertaking. That notion was shattered forever when Alexander Gardner and his assistant James Gibson, working for photographer Mathew Brady's firm, came to Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Md.

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Isaac Federal Assistance
5:02 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Most Of Ala's Isaac Request For Beach, Sand Work

Most of Gov. Bentley's federal assistance request following Hurricane Isaac is for beach repair and sand removal.
governor.alabama.gov Office of the Governor

Most of Alabama's request for $9.4 million in federal assistance following Hurricane Isaac would pay for beach repair or sand removal.

The state released to The Associated Press a copy of an aid request that Gov. Robert Bentley wrote to President Barack Obama this week.

About $6.2 million is being sought to repair beaches in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach or to remove sand that covered roads on Dauphin Island.

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September Budget Referendum
3:53 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Alabamians To Vote On Amendment to Balance the General Fund Budget

Voters head to the polls Sept. 18th to vote on a constitutional amendment to balance the state's General Fund budget.
Trance Mist Flickr

The Alabama Nursing Home Association is proud of the fact that at least one nursing home is available in every county in the state. But if the budget referendum taking place tomorrow fails that effort could be in danger. John Matson is a spokesman for the Alabama Nursing Home Association. He says a vote of "no" tomorrow could spell deep cuts on the horizon.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Obama, Clinton Receive The Bodies Of Americans Killed In Libya

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton return to their seats after speaking during the transfer of remains of the four Americans killed in an attack this week in Benghazi, Libya.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 4:42 pm

In a somber ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland a short time ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the bodies of the four Americans killed in an attack on the American consulate in Libya.

"They didn't simply embrace the American ideal they lived it," Obama said.

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It's All Politics
2:04 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Romney Struggles To Find Foreign Policy Footing

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally Thursday in Fairfax, Va.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 3:32 pm

Mitt Romney has sought to distinguish his views on foreign policy and the world from positions held by President Obama. So far, it hasn't gained him much traction.

The Republican presidential nominee has insisted that Obama has not done enough to promote America's values and interests, instead "apologizing" and appeasing the nation's enemies.

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Politics & Government
8:12 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Council Meets to Discuss Recovery of Ala Coast

Workers remove oil from the beach at Gulf Shores on June 12, 2010. The Coast Guard and EPA are tightening oversight of waste disposal from the Gulf oil spill
Kate Mercer/Press-Register The Press-Register

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council is gathering in Mobile to discuss the region's future after the BP oil spill.


Gov. Robert Bentley's office says he will be on hand for the meeting Friday afternoon.


A statement from Bentley's office says the council is officially beginning its work of long-term restoration from the spill.


The panel will decide how to spend fine money paid by BP.

U.S.
3:24 am
Fri September 14, 2012

California Online Sales Tax Faces Enforcement Hurdle

An Amazon worker sorts packages at a fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 10:43 am

It's not hard to find online shoppers these days. Take the hipster cafe in San Francisco's Mission District where Shirin Oskooi opens her laptop and ticks off her latest Amazon purchases.

Next to her is Craig Sumner. He opens an Amazon invoice to see how much sales tax he was charged on his latest pair of Levis: none.

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The Two-Way
5:54 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Was The American Consulate Attack In Benghazi Planned?

Broken furniture outside the U.S. consulate building in Benghazi on Thursday, following an attack on the building late on September 11.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

One of the biggest questions still outstanding about the attack on a United States consulate in Libya is whether it was planned or whether it was the result of a protest against a U.S.-made film that criticizes the Prophet Muhammad.

The attack killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The bottom line is that nothing is firm. But NPR's Leila Fadel reports that Libya's Deputy Interior Minister, Wanis al Sharef, said this was a sophisticated two-prong attack.

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Sept. Budget Referendum
5:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Critics Urge 'No' Vote On Sept. 18 Ala. Referendum

Protestors are encouraging people to vote "no" on the Sept. 18 budget referendum.

About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Alabama Capitol to urge residents to vote "no" Tuesday on a constitutional amendment to allow the transfer of $437.4 million from the Alabama Trust Fund to be used for Medicaid, prisons and other state services.

Holding signs urging voters to not "bust" the trust fund, the demonstrators Thursday listened to representatives of grassroots groups who said the principle from the fund, established by former Gov. Fob James, was never meant to be spent.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

The First Amendment: Why The Muhammad Film Is Protected Speech

Protesters carry an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday.
Nasser Nasser AP

The First Amendment guarantee of free speech is in the spotlight this week. If you haven't kept up, a U.S.-produced film depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a less than flattering way has inflamed the Arab world.

In a lot of ways, the story is showing how the sweeping nature of the First Amendment puts the United States at odds with most of the world.

That rift was perhaps most evident when you compare the statements of Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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It's All Politics
3:54 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Romney Tempers Foreign Policy Criticism After Flap Over Libya Remarks

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks Thursday in Fairfax, Va.
Molly Riley UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 4:41 pm

Appearing in Virginia on Thursday, Republican Mitt Romney tried to bring his campaign back to the issues he has focused on before in the swing state: the nation's economy and strengthening the military.

A day after Romney ignited a debate over his criticism of President Obama's handling of events in Libya and Egypt, the Republican presidential nominee largely steered clear of discussing unrest in Egypt and the attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

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It's All Politics
3:02 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Can A Republican Win A Senate Seat In Blue Hawaii?

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle gives a victory speech in Honolulu after winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Aug. 11.
Marco Garcia AP

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 10:19 pm

Republican hopes of capturing the Senate in November rest on a handful of tossup races in states like Montana, Missouri and Virginia.

Surprisingly, some analysts also are putting Hawaii in the tossup column.

Hawaii is the bluest of blue states; it hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1970. But with the retirement of 22-year incumbent Daniel Akaka, Republicans believe they have a chance.

And regardless of who wins, the state will have its first female senator come January.

In Hawaii, the language of politics is a little different.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Welcome To The New Middle East

Security guards were deployed outside the graffiti-covered walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which came under attack Tuesday.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 2:56 pm

The three attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions this week have a common theme: all took place in countries where autocratic rulers were ousted last year and where new governments are still struggling to keep order.

Last year, many Americans were cheering on Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Now the U.S. is the focus of violent anger over an anti-Islamic film produced in this country.

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Politics & Government
9:01 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Ala Historian to Address Hate Crimes Symposium

Alabama historian Wayne Flynt
ethicsdaily.com

The U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham is sponsoring a daylong meeting on civil rights and hate crimes.


The symposium being held Thursday will focus on legal protections that are available as the nation nears the 50th anniversary of events that made the city a national landmark for civil rights in 1963. Those include demonstrations led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a racist church bombing that killed four black girls.

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