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2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Overhaul Bill Criticized For Ending Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., (left) and ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. mortgage market.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:25 am

There's a fight in Washington over the future of homeownership in America. At issue is a bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry — the industry that was at the heart of the financial crisis. It's also an industry that's at the heart of the American dream — and the bill before Congress may affect who can afford to buy a house.

The Obama administration supports the bill. But civil rights groups and housing advocates say it would weaken rules that push banks to lend to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Naked Cowboy Switches From Briefs To Boxers

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:40 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Today's last word in business is: A change of underwear.

New York City's Robert Burck is a Times Square street performer known as the Naked Cowboy.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There's a bit of exaggeration in calling him naked, but only a bit. Mr. Burck performs wearing only a guitar, a 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots and a pair of white briefs. Starting tomorrow, he trades in the briefs for a set of boxers - for a fee.

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Business
2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Buffett Defends Coke Position At Berkshire Hathaway Meeting

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:29 am

Warren Buffett is under fire for not opposing Coca-Cola's executive compensation plan more aggressively. Buffett spoke about his decision at a shareholder meeting for his company Berkshire Hathaway.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Portugal To Exit EU Bailout Program

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:40 am

After this month, officials in Portugal say they will no longer need further assistance form the European Union bailout plan.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Senate May Bypass White House And Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:40 am

The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.

NPR Story
2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Eyewire: A Computer Game to Map the Eye

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 11:22 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's get an update, now, about something we heard a year ago in the series Joe's Big Idea. It's a computer game designed by a scientist to help map all the connections of nerve cells in the eye. Now, that scientist says the game is working, as we learn from NPR's Joe Palca.

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NPR Story
2:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Palestinian Perspective On Stalled Mideast Peace Talks

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 4:40 am

Steve Inskeep talks to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. An Israeli diplomat told Morning Edition last week that a unity government between Fatah and Hamas is unacceptable.

Europe
5:18 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NATO: Russia Uses Shadow Soldiers In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We'll talk now with the commander of NATO forces, the supreme allied commander in Europe. General Philip Breedlove has been watching Russia as it took over part of Ukraine and has massed troops near another part, Eastern Ukraine. He joins us on the line now. General, welcome to the program.

GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE: Good morning. Thanks for having me aboard.

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Around the Nation
4:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ohio Teenager Takes His Great-Grandmother To Prom

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

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Around the Nation
4:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Squirrel Selfie Doesn't End So Well

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Next time you think of photographing a squirrel, remember it doesn't know how to say no pictures. A teenager was in Tampa looking at colleges and spotted a squirrel. He took a selfie, himself with the squirrel. The camera flash scared the animal which leaped into a place to hide - inside the young man's shirt. It clutched his back. The teen threw himself on the ground. The squirrel ran off, possibly shaking its head about paparazzi.

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