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Politics
4:26 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Health Care Ruling To Fuel Presidential Campaigns

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:16 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The Supreme Court surprised almost everyone yesterday when it upheld the heart of President Obama's health care law: a requirement that everyone either have insurance or pay a fine or tax. It's a big victory for president. It also gives his challenger, Mitt Romney, some important opportunities.

Here's NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson.

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Business
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Financial Markets React To Health Care Ruling

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 5:46 am

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Yesterday's ruling on health care took the financial markets by surprise. Stocks were mixed with some shares finishing the day sharply higher. By the end of the day, stock traders seemed to shrug off the ruling.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

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Economy
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

European Union Summit Convenes For Second Day

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 12:30 pm

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And European leaders worked through the night last night, at a summit in Brussels aimed at tackling the eurozone's worsening debt crisis.

PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: NPR's Philip Reeves is there and says they've reached an agreement on at least some issues.

Spain and Italy are among the largest economies in Europe. Their borrowing costs have been spiraling towards unsustainable levels. Spain has warned that it can't afford to pay them for much longer.

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Business
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 6:30 am

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Our last word in business today comes from a giant in the advertising industry. Her name is Shelly Lazarus. The Brooklyn native began working at the ad agency Ogilvy and Mather at a time when the industry looked much like the one portrayed in the TV show "Mad Men."

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An industry run mostly by men. It was 1971 when Shelly Lazarus arrived at the company, fresh from Columbia University, with an MBA - a time when few women were earning business degrees.

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Politics
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Undeterred, GOP Vows To Repeal Health Care Law

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 5:38 am

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Just last week, Republican leaders were warning their rank and file not to gloat if the health care law were overturned. Well, after the decision came yesterday, GOP leaders regrouped and vowed to keep fighting. NPR's Andrea Seabrook reports.

ANDREA SEABROOK, BYLINE: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stepped up to the microphone.

REPRESENTATIVE ERIC CANTOR: If for nothing else, today's health care decision underscores the importance of this election.

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Law
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Revisiting Some Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 5:29 am

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The Supreme Court's decision on health care yesterday was just one of several handed down this week. The justices also struck down mandatory life sentences for juveniles, citing cruel and unusual punishment.

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There are more than 2,000 inmates serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as minors. The high court said judges should be allowed to consider mitigating factors such as a young defendant's immaturity or the circumstances of his or her upbringing.

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Business
4:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

World's Biggest Brewer Acquires Another Company

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 6:01 am

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NPR's business news starts with a new owner for Modelo.

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MONTAGNE: The world's biggest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, announced today it's becoming bigger. The Belgian company says it's buying the rest of the Mexican brewer known for the beer, Corona. InBev had already owned a non-controlling stake and is paying more than $20 billion for full control. Analysts say the buy will help InBev move into new markets. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

NPR Story
3:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Health Care Ruling Is A Mixed Bag For Insurers

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 4:57 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer sitting in for Steve Inskeep.

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StoryCorps
2:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Stories, Old Friends, A Good Time 'Til The End

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez visited StoryCorps in in Mesilla, N.M., to remember his grandmother, Panchita Espitia.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:15 pm

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez's grandmother lived a long and full life. But it was the way Francisca Espitia approached her final years that may have impressed her grandson the most.

Ramirez, 75, recently visited StoryCorps to remember his grandmother, whom he called Panchita, in a family story that begins in 1981. That's when he was elevated to bishop in the church. The occasion called for a reception — so Ramirez called his grandmother.

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Crime In The City
12:51 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Sleuth Keeps His Good Eye On Mexico City's Crime

In heavily polluted Mexico City, crime writer Paco Ignacio Taibo II describes his exhausted detective Hector Belascoaran Shayne as looking out at his hometown and seeing "a city that was trying to hide itself in the smog."
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Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 3:16 pm

In the crowded heart of the Mexican capital, a fictional one-eyed private investigator shares a dingy flat with a flock of ducks and a rotating cast of lovers.

The central character in Paco Ignacio Taibo II's crime novels is Hector Belascoaran Shayne, a former engineer who got a "certificate in detection" through a correspondence course. Belascoaran is a cynical, bumbling private eye who marvels at the chaotic street life unfolding around him in Mexico City.

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