PI: Steve Inskeep http://kcur.org en Why Compromise Is A Bad Word In Politics http://kcur.org/post/why-compromise-bad-word-politics Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's one thing that many people mean when they say Washington is broken. They may mean that politicians from different parties seem unable or totally unwilling to compromise, and many voters hate that. And yet many voters also hate it if politicians from their own party should compromise with the other side. That could be considered giving in. NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly to talk about social science research, and he's found some that relates to this political problem. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 14097 at http://kcur.org Syrian Government Accused Of Repriasal Attacks http://kcur.org/post/syrian-government-accused-repriasal-attacks Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We're following news this morning of more killings in the Syrian city of Homs. That's the city where rebel neighborhoods came under artillery fire for weeks and where two Western journalists were killed. Rebels later retreated, but residents and activists say pro-government militias have massacred dozens of civilians, mainly women and children. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 14094 at http://kcur.org Afghan Violence Continues Over Quran Burning http://kcur.org/post/afghan-violence-continues-over-quran-burning Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's go next to Afghanistan, where a car bomb exploded outside a U.S. air base today. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which killed nine people. This latest wave of violence follows reports of American soldiers burning several copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran.<p>U.S. officials say the Qurans were burned because detainees were using them to spread radical messages, and President Obama apologized for what he called an accident. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 13219 at http://kcur.org White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception http://kcur.org/post/white-house-offers-accommodation-contraception Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday morning, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>For those just waking up, a bitter political fight has changed in the last few hours. President Obama is offering what the White House is calling an accommodation to the Catholic Church and other critics. The administration generated intense opposition with a ruling on contraception. That ruling says employers must fully cover birth control in employee health plans. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:18:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 12320 at http://kcur.org Diplomatic Community Struggles To End Syrian Violence http://kcur.org/post/diplomatic-community-struggles-end-syrian-violence Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. That gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria. NPR's Kelly McEvers is following the situation from Beirut. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 12291 at http://kcur.org Pakistan Update http://kcur.org/post/pakistan-update Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>The civilian government of Pakistan has been under absurd amounts of pressure ever since it won election about four years ago. It's squeezed by the army - which reluctantly surrendered power - by the United States, by a host of insurgents and also by Pakistan's Supreme Court.<p>That court has now initiated contempt of court proceedings against the prime minister. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 10871 at http://kcur.org Romney Maintains The Style Of A Front-Runner http://kcur.org/post/romney-maintains-style-front-runner Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, this past Sunday, Mitt Romney's campaign reserve a school gym in Exeter, New Hampshire. The details of that event tell you the style in which the Republican candidate is presenting himself. The campaign selected a small gym, far too is small for the crowd had arrived.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The next president of the United States, Mitt Romney.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)<p>INSKEEP: Romney stepped up on stage, with a gigantic American flag on the wall behind him. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 10495 at http://kcur.org Politics In the News http://kcur.org/post/politics-news Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's hear one more number. In a CBS/New York Times poll released on Friday, more than half the respondents, 54 percent, said that President Obama does not deserve to be re-elected.<p>The president appeared on CBS last night, telling "60 Minutes" why he thought he would win the job again, despite that number. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 8807 at http://kcur.org Delegates To Durban Agree To Climate Treaty http://kcur.org/post/climate-talks-update Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's report, next, on a surprise agreement on climate change. United Nations climate talks in South Africa were not expected to produce much, but negotiators for many nations did make a deal, one that could lead to a major new climate treaty at the end of the decade. NPR's Richard Harris is in Durban, South Africa covering the story. Hi, Richard.<p>RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So what is the agreement?<p>HARRIS: Well, first let me give you just a little background. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 8808 at http://kcur.org Russian Election Protests Biggest In 2 Decades http://kcur.org/post/russian-election-protests-biggest-2-decades Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We begin this morning with the events that unfolded in Russia over the weekend. Tens of thousands protested in Moscow and dozens of other cities. They alleged widespread fraud in last week's parliamentary elections and had angry words for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose party dominates the parliament. The demonstrations may have been the largest the country has seen since the Soviet Union collapsed two decades ago. 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