The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Obama Nominee As Ambassador To Iraq Withdraws

Brett H. McGurk.
Harvard Institute of Politics

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:08 pm

Revelations that President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq had an extramarital affair with a reporter have cost Brett H. McGurk his nomination.

As The New York Times reports, a series of leaked racy e-mails between McGurk and Gina Chon, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, caused Republican opposition to his nomination as ambassador.

The Times reports:

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The Two-Way
3:42 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Venezuela Demands Return Of Mythical Boulder From Germany

The Global Stone Project in Berlin.
Frank M. Rafik via Flickr

The 35-ton boulder commands attention. The whale-shaped rock was brought to Berlin from Venezuela in 1998 by German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld who inscribed it with the word love written in seven languages. It's a work of art that sits in Tiergarten park.

But during the past few weeks, the boulder has become the subject of an international dispute.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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Studio B
2:17 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sara Watkins INTERVIEW

Interview with Sara Watkins in Studio B on June 13, 2012.

Middle East
2:17 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled

The Italian Jesuit priest Paolo Dall'Oglio, shown here at the Syrian Maronite monastery of Deir Mar Musa in 2007, lived in Syria for 30 years before he was expelled Saturday. Dall'Oglio has spoken out in support of protesters who oppose President Bashar Assad.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 11:05 pm

Syria has expelled an Italian Jesuit priest for his outspoken criticism of the government's crackdown on a popular uprising. The Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio has lived in Syria for 30 years, helping to restore a 1,000-year-old monastery that became a center for Muslim and Christian understanding.

Dall'Oglio's departure from Damascus on Saturday was sudden. More than a year ago, the government ordered him out, but a campaign on Facebook — "No to the Exile of Father Paolo" — delayed his expulsion.

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Studio B
2:14 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sara Watkins BE THERE

Studio B on June 13, 2012 with Sara Watkins.

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2:12 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sara Watkins YOU AND ME

Sara Watkins in Studio B on June 13, 2012.

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programming
2:00 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Morning Edition 6/19 at 8:50am: THE 2012 INDIANAPOLIS PRIZE FOR GLOBAL ANIMAL CONSERVANCY

The Indianapolis Prize is an award given to an individual conservationist who has made significant achievements across the globe in advancing the sustainability of an animal species or group of species. The award was created to honor them, their stories, and inspire others to join them on a lifelong quest to save what can never be replaced. The prize is awarded every two years, and the $100,000 award represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world.

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Studio B
1:50 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sara Watkins WHEN IT PLEASES YOU

Studio B on June 13, 2012 with Sara Watkins.

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1:48 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Sara Watkins THE FOOTHILLS

Sara Watkins in Studio B on June 13, 2012.

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