It's All Politics
5:44 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

'We Have To Do More': Michelle Obama's Next Four Years

First lady Michelle Obama greets students at Harper High School in Chicago on Wednesday. Twenty-nine current or former Harper students have been shot in the past year, eight of them fatally.
Nancy Stone AP

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:07 pm

This week marked a new step in Michelle Obama's evolution as first lady. In her hometown of Chicago, she delivered one of the most emotional speeches of her career — about kids dying from gun violence.

"I'm not talking about something that's happening in a war zone halfway around the world," she said. "I am talking about what's happening in the city that we call home."

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Congress Repeals Financial Disclosure Requirements For Senior U.S. Officials

A tourist takes cover underneath an umbrella while snapping a photo of the U.S. Capitol on March 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 5:43 pm

Joining the Senate, the House of Representatives approved a measure today that repeals a requirement that top government officials post financial disclosures on the Internet.

The House, like the Senate, acted quietly without a vote. Instead, they sent the measure to the president's desk by unanimous consent.

The provision was part of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (Stock), which became law in March of 2012. The act was intended to stop members of congress from profiting from nonpublic information.

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Spindale Cycle
3:52 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Monday Night April 15th at 8pm: WIDESPREAD PANIC - Space Wrangler

It's our 2nd week in a row to feature an  '80's Athens, GA favorite for our Spindale Cycle.  This time it's the premier Southern rock/jamband, with their debut full-length.  Revered as their best -- or at least an essential collection -- by many fellow Spreadheads, Space Wrangler was released in 1988 on the tiny Landslide Record label, before graduating to Capricorn.  Celebrate John Bell's 4/14 birthday with an hour of Panic this Monday! 

Peak of the Week
3:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Thursday Night the 18th between 8pm & Midnight: JJ GREY & MOFRO - This River

This week, JJ Grey & Mofro release their 7th album, and they're tighter than ever.  Call it southern rock, swamp funk, Memphis soul, North Florida blues....or maybe they've coined a new one here, the Florabama sound.  As for the stories in the songs, Grey says: “Many of the new songs are about being your own worst enemy, and about normal folks pushing themselves over the edge.”  We'll spin each of the tunes over the course of Thursday night. 

programming
3:46 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Ticket Giveaway: Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues

April 18-20, 2013: Listen for your opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues 7th Annual Cornbread & Collard Greens Festival on Saturday, April 27 at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC.

programming
3:43 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Ticket Giveaway: Acoustic Syndicate

April 15-16, 2013: Tune in for an opportunity to win tickets to see Acoustic Syndicate at The Handlebar on April 19th.

The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Goat's Head Sent To Cubs Owner Not From The 'Rahm-Father'

Storm clouds pass over Wrigley Field on July 1, 2011, in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 6:54 pm

While many in Chicago immediately thought of the famous "Billy Goat curse," when a severed goat's head was delivered to Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts at Wrigley Field this week, I immediately wondered if it was a message from the "Rahm-father," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

After all, Ricketts is in the midst of intense negotiations with Emanuel's administration over renovating the iconic 99-year old ballpark, as I reported last week.

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The Salt
3:29 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

When Snacking Attacks: A Vending Machine Remembrance

Farewell: the vending machines in the cafeteria at 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Many office workers will tell you that proximity to a vending machine is both a blessing and a curse.

A walk to the automated food dispenser takes all of 11 seconds for me. It can be a welcome break from hours in front of a computer, or an antidote to absurd deadlines or gnawing hunger pains. But of course, the sugary, salty contents also shout at you, interrupting your writing and editing, in less dire situations — especially when they're so close by.

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Code Switch
3:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Six Moments Of Code-Switching In Popular Culture

Gloria from "Modern Family" does a whole lot of code-switching on the show, especially when her family comes to town to visit baby Fulgencio.
Modern Family

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Shots - Health News
3:08 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Wait For Obamacare Price Tags Could Last Months

If buying health insurance were only this easy.
iStockphoto.com

Vermont became the first state to provide a glimpse, although an imperfect one, of how much individual health insurance might cost under the Affordable Care Act.

Rates made public there last week, while of limited relevance to the rest of the country because of the state's unusual insurance market, showed little change from current prices. The prices reassured health law supporters fearing headlines about sticker shock.

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