Week of Aug. 25 - Aug. 31
3:46 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

This Week in the Civil War - 647

As September 1863 dawned, Abraham Lincoln seemed assured of ultimate Union victory, while Jefferson Davis focused on rallying the Southern masses to avoid defeat.  On their respective homefronts, the public responded in differing ways. 

In the North, many realized that despite Gettysburg and Vicksburg the war was not about to end; stopping Lee’s invasion of the North constituted a defensive, rather than offensive, victory.  Vicksburg was a strategic victory, disrupting internal commerce within the Confederacy but not necessarily blunting Confederate military activity. 

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

N.D. Town Mulls Over Threat Of White Supremacist Takeover

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 6:05 pm

A tiny town in North Dakota is considering handing its governance over to the county to prevent a small group of outsiders from declaring a "white supremacist haven."

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Poll: Americans Want Obama To Seek Congressional OK On Syria

Demonstrators march in protest during a rally against a possible U.S. attack on Syria.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Nearly eight out of every 10 Americans want President Obama to seek congressional approval before launching an attack on Syria, according to an NBC News survey released on Friday.

The survey paints a complex picture of the American electorate. While a majority would prefer to "provide only humanitarian assistance" in Syria and 50 percent say the U.S. should not take military action, survey respondents gave conflicting responses on other questions.

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All Tech Considered
3:03 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Facebook's Latest Privacy Changes: Tag, You're You

A bigger facial recognition database could allow Facebook to collect more data about whom we are interacting with in the real world.
Dado Ruvic Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:11 pm

Writing a post about Facebook changing its privacy policies can feel like a fool's errand.

Nearly everyone who has a pulse — and lives part of his life online — most likely knows how Facebook makes its money and understands why this service, which connects 1.1 billion people, is free.

But here we go again.

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Heaney's Poems — Great, Dangerous, Healing — Live On

Poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, is seen here in a file photo from 1991, when he was a professor at Harvard. Heaney has died at age 74.
Joe Wrinn AP

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:57 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:20 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Brain Changes May Explain Stroke Risk In Migraine Sufferers

Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 7:57 am

It was hard to ignore those headlines saying that people with migraine have brain damage, even if you're not among the 12 percent or so who do suffer from these painful, recurring headaches.

Don't panic, says the neurologist whose work sparked those alarming headlines. "It's still not something to stay up nights worrying about," says Dr. Richard Lipton, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York.

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Syrian Civil War
2:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Doggett Wants Obama To Get Congressional Approval Before Any Action In Syria

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

San Antonio Congressman Lloyd Doggett is splitting with President Obama on what could soon be the bombing of Syria.

Doggett is a democrat party loyalist and was outspoken over President George W. Bush’s drive to invade Iraq without United Nation’s approval.

Now that Obama, a fellow Democrat, is in the White House, he said his views have not changed and Obama must get approval from Congress before using military force against Syria.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Obama Says He's Not Made Final Decision On Syria

President Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite at the White House in Washington on Friday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:17 pm

Speaking during a photo op with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania today, President Obama said he has not made a final decision on launching a military strike on Syria.

But Obama echoed the case made earlier by Secretary of State John Kerry that chemical weapons in Syria threaten U.S. national security interests and that the use of chemical weapons is the "kind of offense that is a challenge to the world."

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Texas Matters
1:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The American Maternity Crisis Hits Home In Texas

2012 Rally to Improve Birth at the capitol building in Austin.

Texas Matters: The United States is ranked next to Iran and Hungary in maternal death rate worldwide, a surprising position for a country proud of its modern medicine. So what is causing this and what can be done to make birth safer for women and babies? Also on this show: Fast-food workers protest for increased wages and an Austin couple is appealing the ruling in their "satanic ritual" case.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

What's Next In Syria? A Sampling Of Opinion

A Tomahawk cruise missile lifts off from the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) in 2011. If a U.S. strike against Syria goes ahead, what comes next?
U.S. Navy Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 3:36 pm

As a U.S. military strike on Syria looks increasingly likely in the next few hours or days, various publications are weighing in on what such an attack would accomplish and what would happen next.

Here's a sampling of opinion:

The BBC's Tara McKelvey says:

"The US military would most likely use Tomahawk cruise missiles for an attack on the Syrian government forces. These missiles are now stored on destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean.

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