7:55am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Assange's Lawyers Prep For Indictment; Markets 'Defy' Fed

Good morning.

As we've already reported, there's much talk today not only about the tax deal that President Obama and Congressional Republicans reached earlier this week -- but also about his hope (as he told Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep) that the tax system can be simplified.

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7:13am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Absent The Honoree, Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony Is Under Way

As our colleague Alan Greenblatt writes:

"There's nothing like a Nobel Peace Prize to focus the world's attention on human-rights abuses.

"China's authoritarian government did not allow this year's laureate, writer and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, to leave prison and travel to Oslo to collect his prize Friday. Instead, an empty chair at the ceremony in Norway will represent the 54-year-old Liu."

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7:13am

Fri December 10, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Just Thinking Harder May Help You Lose Weight

If you want to eat less, first imagine eating a lot.

The notion may be counterintuitive, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found that imagining what we eat before we take the first bite may help us feel less interested in really chowing down.

To tease out the effect, psychologist Carey Morewedge and his colleagues recruited about 400 volunteers to try a series of "imagination" tasks.

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7:02am

Fri December 10, 2010
The Two-Way

Obama's Goal Said To Be Simpler Tax Code With Broader Base, Lower Rates

President Barack Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep yesterday that "simplifying the (tax) system, hopefully lowering rates, broadening the base -- that's something that I think most economists think would help us propel economic growth."

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6:50am

Fri December 10, 2010
Strange News

Alaska Makes Snowball Fighting A Team Sport

This winter, team snowball fighting comes to Anchorage, Alaska. Each team has seven players -- with helmets and face guards -- 270 machine-made snowballs and 9-minute periods to hurl them. The object is to capture the other team's flag while dodging snowballs.

6:44am

Fri December 10, 2010
Strange News

Man Decked 7-Foot Marijuana Plant For Christmas

Police in Germany were questioning a drug suspect when they noticed his Christmas tree. It was a 7-foot-tall marijuana plant, decorated with lights.The man told officers he had planned to decorate it with ornaments and spread presents underneath it, he said, "according to tradition."

6:00am

Fri December 10, 2010
Politics

Obama Talks Of Lowering Tax Rates

In part two of Steve Inskeep's Oval Office interview, President Obama lays out how he hopes to change America's tax code over the next two years.

5:01am

Fri December 10, 2010
Health

Doctors Urge Cholera Vaccine For Haiti, Neighbors

Leading public health officials and researchers are calling for a crash vaccination campaign against cholera in Haiti and neighboring countries.

A vaccine is needed, they say, to control what researchers say is a more lethal strain of cholera circulating widely in Haiti and starting to affect the Dominican Republic.

Until now, experts felt that there wasn't enough vaccine to be effective and that a vaccination campaign would distract from efforts to treat the thousands with the disease.

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5:01am

Fri December 10, 2010
Politics

Obama 'Confident' Congress Will Pass Tax Deal

In the face of strong opposition from members of his own party, President Obama says that he's confident lawmakers will eventually approve a tax cut deal he negotiated with congressional Republicans.

"Nobody -- Democrat or Republican -- wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act," the president said Thursday in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition.

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5:00am

Fri December 10, 2010
Politics

Transcript: Obama On Taxes, Economy And START

President Obama spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about efforts to get Democrats to support the tax-cut deal, improving the economy, simplifying the tax code and ratifying a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. A transcript of the interview follows:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, fire away.

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