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8:25am

Wed August 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Bashar Assad: Syrian Conflict Cleanses The Nation

Screen grab from Syrian President Bashar Assad's televised interview.
Telegraph

Syrian president Bashar Assad made one of his rare, pre-recorded appearances on Syrian television today, proving that he is not dead and retains control of the Syrian government. He shows up in a carefully produced setting in the president's palace while orchestral music (not unlike Pirates of the Caribbean) swells behind him.

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8:24am

Wed August 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Navy SEAL's Account Of Bin Laden Raid Differs From Govt. Version

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 9:45 am

This image courtesy of publisher Dutton, a member of Penguin Group USA, show the cover of the upcoming book "No Easy Day."
AFP/Getty Images

The Associated Press and The Huffington Post have gotten their hands on early copies of No Easy Day. As Mark wrote earlier this month, the book is a firsthand account of the secret military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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7:13am

Wed August 29, 2012
Around the Nation

Flooding Strands Residents In Plaquemines Parish

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 2:04 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now, Greg mentioned Plaquemines Parish. Look at a map of Louisiana and you'll see that parish, a finger of land sticking far out into the Gulf of Mexico. Jennifer Hale of WVUE Television is in the parish, spent the night there. And Ms. Hale, where are you now?

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7:13am

Wed August 29, 2012
Around the Nation

Even At Category 1, Isacc Packs A Punch

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 2:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Hurricane Isaac made landfall last night in Louisiana and it is battering the Gulf Coast with high winds and a lot of rain. For the latest we turn to NPR's Greg Allen. He's in New Orleans and we have reached him by telephone. And Greg, give us a sense of this storm. It sounds like, you know, Category 1, which, you know, makes you not worry so much, but a lot of people fearing that it could just stay in one place for a good while.

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6:48am

Wed August 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Plaquemine Parish President: Damage Is Just As Bad As Katrina

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 5:08 pm

A Plaquemines Parish vehicle rides through rising floodwater behind the levee as Isaac approaches on Tuesday.
Gerald Herbert AP

The eye of Isaac made its first landfall at Plaquemines Parish, a stretch of thin land southeast of New Orleans that extends into the Gulf from Louisiana.

According to the parish president, the damage there is just as bad, perhaps even worse, than what happened during Katrina.

In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Billy Nungesser said the parish's levee had been overtopped and parts of the parish that had never flooded during a hurricane were under 5 feet of water.

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