It's All Politics
4:59 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Ex-Clinton Solicitor General, Colorado AG React To SCOTUS Arguments

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 6:12 pm

It was a question that seemed to be one of the most difficult for the current solicitor general, Donald Verrilli Jr., to answer persuasively, at least to the obvious satisfaction of the conservative justices: If the individual mandate for the purchase of health insurance was found constitutional, what would limit Congress from passing other laws requiring people to buy products from broccoli to cellphones?

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Recipes
4:51 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Feta And Kashkaval Spirals

Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 2:16 pm

Turkish borek can be made into beautiful shapes, turning pastry into delicate roses. Here we take a shortcut to a less involved but still somewhat floral-inspired approach, using puff pastry to create beautiful crisp cheese borek. These make addictive party snacks. Feel free to make up more than you need and freeze, unbaked, for your next party. They can be transferred directly from the freezer to the oven and will bake with just a few minutes' extra oven time.

Makes 4 dozen small spirals

1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled

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Recipes
4:51 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Minted Artichoke Cigars

Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 2:17 pm

Cigar-shaped borek are common in Turkey, usually filled with meat or cheese and often deep-fried. This somewhat lighter version, inspired by a recipe in Eric Treuille's Canapes (Dorling Kindersley 2009 in the U.K.; U.S. edition is titled Hors d'Oeuvres), pairs Mediterranean artichokes with bright fresh herbs. The lemony mayo might not be terribly traditional, but it pairs quite well.

Makes 18 cigars

1 pound canned or thawed frozen artichoke hearts/bottoms

1/4 cup kasseri* or romano cheese, grated

2 cloves garlic, minced

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Recipes
4:51 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Tart-Sweet Lamb Borek

Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 2:17 pm

This filling, adapted from a recipe in Silvena Rowe's Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume (Ecco 2011), combines rich lamb with tangy tart apple and pomegranate molasses, pine nuts, spinach and warm spices. In this version, it's folded up in phyllo for a classic triangular borek. The yogurt/egg glaze is optional, but makes a lovely finish.

Makes 3 dozen borek

12 ounces ground lamb

1/2 cup pine nuts

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and grated

4 shallots, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

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Recipes
4:51 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Creamy Phyllo Spinach Borek

Creamy Phyllo Spinach Borek: This rich borek is sliced into small squares for serving.
Deena Prichep for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 2:18 pm

Unlike Greek spanikopita where the phyllo dough is oiled between layers to make it shatteringly crisp, this Turkish version moistens the phyllo with layers of savory, cheesy custard. The pie puffs up like a souffle, its eggy softness perfectly offsetting the layer of feta-studded spinach filling. Cut this into small squares to keep its richness from being overwhelming. This recipe is adapted from Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon, by Claudia Roden (Alfred A. Knopf 2005).

Makes 12 appetizer servings

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This Is NPR
4:51 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

NPR Foreign Correspondent Honored With Murrow Award

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, at right, 2011.
NPR

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 11:36 am

Last night NPR Foreign Correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, recognizing individuals for an outstanding contribution to public radio.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

After 'Hunger Games,' U.S. Archer Shoots For Olympic Games

Archer Khatuna Lorig, seen here during the London Archery Classic last October, helped actress Jennifer Lawrence prepare for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.
Dean Mouhtaropoulos Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 9:31 am

This summer, U.S. archer Khatuna Lorig hopes to return to the Olympic Games. But she's already helped put archery into The Hunger Games this spring — by training the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence, to shoot.

In the kill-or-be-killed competition in the film drawn from Suzanne Collins' book, Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen, relies on her ability with a bow. And Lorig worked with the actress to ensure she had proper form.

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It's All Politics
4:26 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Buddy Roemer: All Americans In November Could Have A Third Choice

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, shown here last summer in Bedford, N.H., is now seeking the presidential nomination of two third parties.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 6:58 pm

Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, a onetime Republican candidate for president now seeking the nomination of both the Reform Party and Americans Elect, said he could be a problem in November for Barack Obama and the eventual GOP nominee.

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National Security
4:13 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Romney, GOP Pounce On Obama's Russia Comment

President Obama's remarks about missile defense to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were meant for his ears only. But they were picked up by a microphone, and have drawn sharp criticism from Mitt Romeny and other Republicans. Obama and Medvedev are shown here on Monday at a nuclear summit in Seoul, South Korea.
Jewel Samad Getty Images

President Obama went to South Korea to talk about nuclear security, only to find that the presidential campaign followed him there.

Obama is now facing sharp criticism from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other GOP figures following comments he made Monday, in seeming confidence, to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

As reporters gathered for a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, Obama leaned over to his Russian counterpart. Without realizing a microphone was open, he said:

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It's All Politics
3:52 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

As Court Gets To Heart Of Health Arguments, Protests Grow

An activist dressed as the Statue of Liberty participates in a protest on the second day of oral arguments over President Obama's health care law on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 4:11 pm

The talent show outside the U.S. Supreme Court continued Tuesday as activists for and against President Obama's health care law sought to outdo each other with ever more artistic forms of protest.

At one point a middle-aged group of women started singing in harmony with a young drummer at their side. "Health care for everyone, I'm gonna let it shine," they sang soulfully to the tune of the hymn "This Little Light of Mine."

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