Morning Edition for Monday, November 4, 2013

The partial government shutdown could deliver its first political victim in Tuesday's elections. Republican Ken Cuccinelli is trailing in the Virginia governor's race. Opponents have tried to tar Cuccinelli with the shutdown and other unpopular Tea Party policies. Cuccinelli is linking Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe to the troubled rollout of Obamacare.

Rep. Shuster To Face Tea Party Challenger Next Year

Republican Congressman Bill Shuster was among the 87 House Republicans who voted to end the government shut down. That's just one reason the veteran House member will face a Tea Party primary challenger next year. Shuster has huge advantages in money and name recognition but incumbent Republicans can't take anything for granted.
Conditions are deteriorating in the Central African Republic, where Islamist militants overthrew the government last spring. There's been sectarian violence and a growing humanitarian crisis. Reporter Kristen van Schie of South Africa's Star newspaper has just returned from a reporting trip to the republic, and talks to David Greene about what she has learned.
Over the weekend, most areas of the U.S. observed Daylight Saving Time. The clocks were turned back one hour, and an hour of daylight was moved from the evening to the morning. New research indicates the time change has a big downside: an apparent increase in crimes.

Prime-Time TV Shows Need Winning Time Slot

Viewers are a few weeks into the fall television season and the axe has already fallen on some new shows — while others are starting to demonstrate star power. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans about fall TV winners and losers.
Scientists are asking people to contribute samples of their gut microbes to help figure out how those microbes affect human health. But ethicists say sharing that information, as well as the personal health data that makes it useful to researchers, poses risks. That's especially true for children.

Online Gambling To Be Allowed In Delaware

Starting this week, Delaware gamblers will be able to play poker, roulette, blackjack and slots from the comfort of their homes — as long as they're registered through one of the state's three casinos and are physically in Delaware.

iPhone Users Face Dilemma Of When To Upgrade

David Greene talks to Bloomberg technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about when to update an Apple smartphone. Jaroslovsky explains why if you own an older model iPhone and upgrade to the new operating system, your experience can be much slower than if you have the newest iPhone.

German Officials Locate Lost Artwork

It's been publicly announced that authorities in Munich uncovered a huge art collection in 2011 that was thought to have been lost forever. Seized by the Nazis in the 1930s and 40s, the collection reportedly includes more than 1,500 pieces — by masters like Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. The collection could be worth more than a billion dollars.
A group of hardliners in Iran plans a "Grand Day of Death to America" on Monday, which is the 34th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Steve Inskeep talks to New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink about the conservative effort to dampen a new wave of openness and optimism ushered in by President Hassan Rouhani.

Politics:Mixed Messages Regarding Iran, U.S. Elections

As Iran is set to hold nuclear talks with world powers, the Obama administration is working to convince senators to hold off on additional sanctions. And on Tuesday, voters across the country will go to the polls to elect mayors, governors and other officials.
Roosevelt described the power of the presidency to shape public opinion as "The Bully Pulpit." That's also the title of a new book from presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, in which she explains the unique relationships Roosevelt forged with reporters.

LAX Shooting Prompts Calls For Security Overhaul

Last week's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport is leading to calls for a broad re-examination of TSA security policies, and coordination with local law enforcement at the country's busiest airports. Paul Ciancia, 23, faces charges of murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport.

Syria's Moderate Rebels Fight A Battle On Two Fronts

On one side, they are battling forces loyal to the Assad regime; on the other, Islamist rebels from among their own ranks. But while the Islamists and the regime are both well-funded, the moderate rebels are looking to the U.S. for aid – and getting little in return.
The trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi got off to a raucous start in Cairo on Monday. The country's first democratically-elected president is charged with inciting violence and murder. The judge adjourned the case until January.

Tan Weaves Family Mystery Into 'Valley Of Amazement'

Amy Tan's latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be released on Tuesday. The new book, set in Shanghai and San Francisco, focuses on a critical period in Chinese history.

Something Fishy Is Going On In Michigan

A 29 pound carp is campaigning as a write-in candidate for the City Council in Ann Arbor. The fish tweets: "since I have no actual feet, I don't have to stand for anything."

Sen. Rand Paul Responds To Plagiarism Accusation

Senator Rand Paul is not happy to be accused of plagiarism, and he dismissed the claims. He told ABC if dueling were legal, he might challenge one of his critics.
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