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5:39pm

Sat September 24, 2011
It's All Politics

In Upset, Herman Cain Comes Out On Top Of Florida Straw Poll

Originally published on Sat September 24, 2011 11:58 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks before Florida's straw poll at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando on Saturday. Cain won the straw poll with 37 percent of the vote.
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Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain pulled off an upset Saturday in the Florida straw poll: He took 37 percent of the 2,657 votes cast, easily beating Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Perry came in second with 15 percent of the vote; and Romney took third, with 14 percent.

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3:51pm

Sat September 24, 2011
Economy

Can Fed's New 'Twist' Prevent Another Recession?

Originally published on Sun September 25, 2011 4:26 am

Is the United States on the verge of a double-dip recession?
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The economic news has been nothing but grim lately: weak expansion, sluggish consumer spending and unemployment holding steady at just over 9 percent.

Overseas, the picture isn't any rosier, with Greece expected to default on its debts — possibly followed by Portugal and Ireland — and the International Monetary Fund predicting a global economic slowdown.

So is the U.S. heading for a double-dip recession? Or are we there already? And what can we do about it?

Operation Twist

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3:35pm

Sat September 24, 2011
Music News

Studio On The Go: A Creative Outlet For Kids

Pharlon Randle teaching a workshop.
Mercedes Mejia

Studio on the Go is a program based out of Flint, Mich., that teaches kids the fundamentals of songwriting and music production. The idea is to not imitate the stuff you hear on the radio, but to write your own songs — and the songs the kids write are not your typical bubblegum pop. There are a few ground rules, of course: You've got to keep it positive, and no swearing.

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2:30pm

Sat September 24, 2011
Author Interviews

Drug Trafficking, Corruption At The 'Triple Crossing'

The novel Triple Crossing opens at the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, where a new border patrol officer named Valentine Pescatore is on duty.

After Pescatore chases down a family of three trying to cross the border, he does something unusual.

"He slips them money," author Sebastian Rotella tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered.

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1:00pm

Sat September 24, 2011
World

U.S. Sells Bunker Busters To Israel

Two years ago, the Obama Administration secretly authorized the sale of 55 deep-penetrating bombs — or bunker busters — to Israel. That's according to an investigation by Newsweek magazine. The bombs could potentially be used in Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Eli Lake, the reporter who broke the story.

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