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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Holder Decries 'Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentences'

The sun sets behind a guard tower at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind.
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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 2:50 pm

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Arguing that it is "well past time to address persistent needs and unwarranted disparities," Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday laid out more of the Obama administration's thinking on changes it wants to make to the way nonviolent offenders are prosecuted and how they are punished.

"Our system is in too many ways broken," Holder told the American Bar Association at its annual meeting in San Francisco. "The course we are on is far from sustainable."

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Europe
5:48 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Taxi Riders In Oslo Surprised By Who's Driving Them Around

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. It's a truism that people say what they really mean, talking politics with a cabby. This summer, some taxi riders in Oslo got a surprise when they discovered Norway's prime minister behind the wheel. It was part of his reelection campaign, recorded on a video just released. Besides politics, he got an earful on his not so great driving, prompting him to concede the country is better off with him in high office than driving a cab. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Games & Humor
5:45 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Artists Hope Aliens Have A Sense Of Humor

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:53 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

You know that feeling of relief when someone let's you borrow their phone charger? Well, a couple artists think that sense of emotion could save us. They helped design a new satellite to look like a giant gadget charger. There's an inscription: Greetings Beleaguered Space Traveler. Welcome to the Universe's First Celestial Charging Station. One designer said he hopes this will make invaders stop and say: These guys are nice - we're not going to destroy their planet.

Business
5:25 am
Mon August 12, 2013

U.S. Postal Service Reports Quarterly Losses

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:53 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with more postal problems.

The United States Postal Service posted three quarters of a billion dollars in losses last quarter, making it nearly $4 billion so far this year. These losses come despite major trims to the operating budget in 2013. One immediate impact, it looks unlikely that Postal Service will be able to make a multibillion-dollar payment to a retiree benefits fund at the end of September. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Economy
4:48 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Sequestration Has Georgia Town On Edge

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:53 am

Warner Robins, Ga., is a booming community that is entirely dependent on civilian Defense Department employment. The local Air Force Base is massive, but because it's mostly a logistics depot, the bulk of the employees are not service members.

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