Morning Edition for Friday, October 11, 2013

The partial government shutdown has entered its 11th day. The White House and Republican leaders met on Thursday. And for the first time, there's a sense of optimism that the parties might get the budget standoff settled.
There's been a lot of loose talk about how House Speaker John Boehner could lose his job if he doesn't stay on the right side his Tea Party caucus. But House rules actually make it very difficult to get rid of a speaker in the middle of a congressional term.
Journal editors would usually require researchers to disclose the genetic sequences needed to make a toxin that is the subject of a scientific paper. But the requirement was waived in the case of a new botulinum toxin because of the security risk.

Snowden's Leaks Lead To More Disclosure From Feds

Leaks by Edward Snowden prompted the intelligence community to declassify details about super secret phone and Internet surveillance. But with every detail government lawyers release comes the pressure and the legal obligation to release more.
Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on a real-life case of a freighter overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009. You might know the story, but critic Kenneth Turan says this film will exceed your expectations. Plus, Morning Edition investigates what it takes to have a convincing Boston accent.
Boulder, Colorado, is home to a large number of non-essential workers furloughed by the government shutdown. The economic impact is beginning to be felt in the city as the political standoff has continued. It is now in its 11th day.
The government shutdown has some American Indian tribes bracing for the worst. They've seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance. At the same time, a handful of northern Arizona tribes are seeing an unexpected spike in tourists who were turned away from nearby national parks.

Shutdown Is A 'Necessary, Unfortunate Tool'

Patricia Rucker is the president of her local Tea Party branch in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Her husband is an essential federal employee who hasn't been paid since the government partially closed. While Patricia is worried how her family will pay their bills if the closure persists, she fully supports the shutdown if it means change in Washington.

North Dakota Farmer Finds Major Oil Spill

A farmer was harvesting when he found crude oil spewing out of the ground and covering an area the size of seven football fields. More than 20,000 barrels have been contained. The oil came out of a pipeline owned by Texas-based Tesoro Logistics.
Steve Inskeep talks to David Evans about his investigative piece appearing in the November issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine. The story, "Fleeced by Fees," is about consumers losing profits on their financial investments due to fees and commissions.

One National Park Remains Open During Federal Shutdown

Because of the budget impasse in Washington, D.C., most national parks have been closed. In New Jersey, one remains open: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. It is being cared for by the city of Paterson.

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Group Wins Peace Prize

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. It won "for its extensive efforts" to rid the world of such arsenals, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

Syrian Rebels Accused Of Atrocities In Latakia

Human Rights Watch issued a report on Friday that focuses on the shootings of fleeing women and children, hostage taking and more on the coastal city of Latakia. Anne Barnard of The New York Times has just finished a reporting stint in Syria, and she talks to Steve Inkseep about what she saw.

3-D Printing A Masterwork For Your Living Room

It's now possible to create an impressive copy of Michelangelo's David or Rodin's The Thinker with a 3-D printer. Rather than object, some museum curators see this high-tech replication as a way to bring near-real versions of classic works to the masses.
Growing up, Barbara Handelsman often felt out of step with her family. She says she has always been shy and isolated, but with her grandson, Aaron, she says she's free to be herself. "I think we bring out the best in each other," Aaron says.

Egypt Denounces U.S. Decision To Withhold Aid Package

Washington is withholding delivery of Apache helicopters and other things to show its displeasure with the Egyptian military's bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The Obama administration says aid can be restored, if Egypt returns to a democratic path.

Reason For Optimism? Two Sides Talking On Debt Ceiling

There were talks at the White House on Thursday between President Obama and Republican leaders. House Speaker Boehner proposed a six-week extension on raising the debt ceiling. He did not mention anything about completely reopening the federal government.
California opted to run its own health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. That makes it one of only 16 states and Washington, D.C. to do so. Enrollment is going well, but some trained outreach workers are still waiting to be put to work.
Mississippi is one of 34 states that has let the federal government run its health insurance exchange. It has had the same glitches and long wait times as other states. Despite the trouble, people are slowly signing up.

Denver Mayor To Propose Outlawing Free Marijuana

Opponents of a proposed marijuana tax have been handing out free joints at rallies. An ethics group insists the pot must be disclosed as a campaign contribution. Now the mayor of Denver wants to act. He tells Colorado Public Radio he's proposing to outlaw handouts of free weed in city parks.
Ludwig Bemelmans' first introduced the plucky heroine back in 1939. Now, his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano carries on the tradition of the little girls in two straight lines. And if there was any confusion, Marciano would like to set the record straight: It's not an orphanage, Miss Clavel is not a nun, and Madeline isn't French.

Your Chance To Lash Out At Congress

Amid the federal shutdown, the website drunkdialcongress.org offers an outlet. You can call a randomly chosen member of Congress, though you must supply alcohol yourself.

Vatican Recalls Pope Medallions Because Of Typo

The Vatican minted thousands of medallions in gold, silver and bronze. A portrait of the pope was on one side and on the other, the Latin phrase that inspired Pope Francis to join the Jesuit order. The medals were promptly recalled after the Vatican discovered Jesus was misspelled as Lesus.
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