The Two-Way
7:44 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Jobless Claims Fell By 8,000 Last Week; Superstorm Sandy Might Be Factor

Job-related booklets at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn.
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There were 355,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down by 8,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

But a measure designed to show the trend edged up: "The 4-week moving average was 370,500, an increase of 3,250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 367,250."

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Politics
7:27 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Libertarian Mo. senate candidate garners 6 percent of the vote

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Jonathan Dine, the Libertarian candidate for Missouri senator, took 6 percent of the vote in his race against Democratic Sen.  Claire McCaskill and Republican congressman Todd Akin.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Three More Stories That Help Explain Why Obama Won

Some of the faces of those who supported the president, at his victory rally Tuesday in Chicago.
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NPR.org's Scott Neuman wrote earlier about how "a mixture of demographics, superior organization and a few tactical missteps from Republicans" helped President Obama win the battleground states.

From this morning's post-election analyses of the presidential campaign, here are three more looks at why Obama was re-elected Tuesday:

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Politics
7:19 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rape remark defined Akin's campaign, McCaskill win

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Missouri congressman Todd Akin called it his "six-second mistake." But his brief remark about "legitimate rape" was more than enough to sink his U.S. Senate campaign.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated her Republican challenger with nearly 55 percent of the vote to Akin's 39 percent in Tuesday's election. It was the largest margin of victory in a Missouri Senate race since 1994.

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Politics
7:17 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Boone County approves quarter cent sales tax increase

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Boone County voters Tuesday passed Proposition 1, a quarter cent sales tax increase in response to problems outlined in an assessment of local mental health services for youth in Boone County. Supporters say the goal is to diminish the stigma around mental health issues by providing early intervention and prevention services.

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Politics
7:10 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Mo. chamber touts success in legislative elections

At the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., a senator has introduced legislation that would push back the state's time period for candidates to file for public office.
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Some Missouri business leaders are hoping that a newly enlarged Republican majority in the state House can help them enact their agenda.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says 99 of the 103 candidates endorsed by its political action committee won election Tuesday to the state House and Senate.

Republicans already held a veto-proof majority in the Senate. As a result of Tuesday's votes, the GOP also will hold the two-thirds majority needed to override gubernatorial vetoes in the House.

The Two-Way
6:36 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Texas Judge Who Beat His Daughter Is Reinstated To Bench

Hillary Adams (left) as her father was striking her with a belt. She set up a video camera to record what she says was one of many such beatings.
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There was outrage across the nation last November when video of a 2004 beating that a local judge in Texas gave to his 16-year-old daughter went viral.

Within days, Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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Around the Nation
6:27 am
Thu November 8, 2012

App Lets You Write Poetry Like William Shatner

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:46 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Fans of William Shatner out there with a yen to write poetry, there's an app for you. The Shatoetry app allows users to compose poems from 400 words recorded by the former Star Trek captain in his signature staccato voice, like this example on YouTube.

WILLIAM SHATNER: She who lives with caffeine joyously fears not the dark.

MONTAGNE: Shatoetry on MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:21 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Brothel Owner Wins County Commissioner Election

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 9:46 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with congratulations to Lance Gilman. He's a newly elected member of the county commission in Storey County, Nevada. Mr. Gilman is a business owner, who won 62 percent of the vote. But as he takes office, Gilman is unlikely to be one of those people who disparages politics by, say, comparing it to a brothel, because Gilman runs a legal brothel, one of the most famous in the country: Nevada's Mustang Ranch. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
6:08 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Nor'easter Adds Fear To Misery In N.Y. And N.J.

The snow this morning in Manhattan's Central Park, where several inches fell.
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Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:25 am

  • Martin Kaste on 'Morning Editon'

Still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, parts of New Jersey, New York City and surrounding regions are today digging out from a Nor'easter that dropped several inches of snow (more in some places) and caused more power outages.

We're following the news about the impact of the latest storm.

Update at noon, ET. Getting The Power Back On In New Jersey:

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