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1:51 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Ford Recalls Nearly 700,000 Vehicles To Fix Safety Problems

A Ford Motor assembly employee works on a 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid vehicle at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., on Nov. 8, 2012.
Rebecca Cook Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:14 pm

Ford has issued two recalls, each covering about 700,000 vehicles in North America.

The Associated Press reports:

"The first case covers 692,500 Escape SUVs and C-Max hybrids from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

"Ford says a software glitch can stop the side curtain air bags from inflating in some rollover crashes.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Democrats Divided Over Participation In Benghazi Panel

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that negotiations were continuing with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, over a Democratic role in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:04 pm

Update at 1:03 p.m. Boehner Names GOP Members

House Speaker John Boehner on Friday named the Republican members of a committee that will investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks: Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Peter Roskam of Illinois, Martha Roby of Alabama, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

Boehner named Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to head the panel on Thursday.

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It's All Politics
12:19 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Spinmeisters Gear Up For Big Election ... Britain's Election

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, speaks to supporters earlier this month in London. His party and the ruling Conservative Party have both hired former advisers to President Obama in advance of Britain's national election next year.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:45 pm

In 2000, Jeff Shesol was nearing the end of his stint as a White House speechwriter for President Clinton. He went to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, where he met a young staffer from Britain's Labour Party. They struck up a friendship.

"And so almost immediately after the Clinton administration had ended, I got a call to come over and begin writing speeches," Shesol says. "Before long, Labour was in the throes of its campaign, and I was stationed there along with them."

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12:18 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Controversy Over Spouses Of Tech-Saavy Immigrants Working In US

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 12:39 pm



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We'd like to begin today's program by talking about immigration. This week the Obama administration announced plans to allow the spouses of some highly skilled, temporary immigrants to work in the United States. The administration hopes this change will help keep the best and brightest technology workers and scientists in this country. But there are critics on both sides. Some say the proposal is too narrow, others say their promise leaves fewer jobs for Americans.

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The Two-Way
11:58 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Russia's President Visits Annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin lays flowers during a ceremony marking Victory Day in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday. It was his first visit to the region since Russia annexed it in March.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 8:03 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Crimea's "return to the motherland," in his first appearance in the territory since Russia annexed the Ukrainian region in March.

The visit was ostensibly to mark Victory Day, Russia's most important secular holiday that honors the 1945 Soviet victory over the Nazis. And it came just hours after Putin oversaw a parade of troops, tanks and missile launchers making its way through Moscow's Red Square.

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