It's All Politics
3:56 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Five Days Before New Hampshire Primary, Confident Romney Ventures South

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop with college students Thursday in Concord, N.H.
Jim Cole Associated Press

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 3:53 pm

Most of the Republican presidential candidates are focused on New Hampshire, which holds its primary next Tuesday.

But while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney began his day campaigning in New Hampshire, by the afternoon he was in South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 21.

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Budget crisis
3:53 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gregoire proposes state-run business tax system

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the state to handle local business tax collections, saying a streamlined system would save small businesses time and money.

Gregoire's proposal on Thursday would take the duties away from local jurisdictions, similar to how the state currently collects and distributes sales tax money.

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Presidential Race
2:42 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Spotlight shines on late riser Rick Santorum

Then-Sen. Rick Santorum is interviewed after a debate with his Democratic challenger, Bob Casey, in 2006. Santorum later lost the Senate seat to Casey.
Alex Wong Getty Images for Meet the Press

Originally published on Fri January 6, 2012 7:29 am

Rick Santorum has been upsetting elections from the beginning.

He was only 32 years old when he toppled a seven-term incumbent in a majority Democratic district in western Pennsylvania.

Just four years later, Santorum rode the Republican wave of 1994 into the Senate representing Pennsylvania. And from the beginning, Santorum has stood for unwavering social conservatism, especially on the issue of abortion.

"Give the baby a chance to live," said Santorum while delivering a speech on the Senate floor in 1997.

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Andrea Seabrook covers Capitol Hill as NPR's Congressional Correspondent.

Elections 2012
2:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle's Dan Savage back in the news for 'Santorum' hijinks

Dan Savage appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York in June 2011.
Charles Sykes Associated Press

(Warning some of the links in this page, as well as performing the talked about Google search, could result in the display of a NSFW website page.)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s showing in the Iowa caucus this week has put Seattle’s notorious sex blogger, political commentator and Stranger editorial director back in the news for political hijinks.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Preview: UW starts new year with new defensive staff

A scoreboard shows final of the Alamo Bowl game between Baylor and Washington. Baylor pulled out a thrilling victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history. Not long after the game, UW overhauled its defensive coaching staff.
Darren Abate AP Photo

Being part of the highest-scoring bowl game in history was hardly a distinction for University of Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt. 

The 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl was the last in a series of defensive flops that cost him his job.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:50 am
Thu January 5, 2012

A changing picture for cancer deaths in the U.S.

A cluster of malignant breast cancer cells that metastasized to the liver.
National Cancer Institute

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 10:54 am

This year, there will be 1.6 million new cases of cancer in the U.S. And, the American Cancer Society estimates, more than 577,000 people will die from the disease.

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Mount Rainier killing
11:49 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Flags lower Tuesday for Mount Rainier ranger

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings fly at half-staff Tuesday in memory of the ranger shot to death on New Year's Day at Mount Rainier National Park.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:18 am
Thu January 5, 2012

NPR explorations: Do robots have ethics?

Originally published on Thu January 5, 2012 7:06 am

Most scientists think a lot about ethics. We adhere to, and constantly work to improve, guidelines for codes of good conduct in our dealings with people and other animals.

And now, according to a new book edited by philosophers Patrick Lin and Keith Abney, and computer scientist George A. Bekey, more of us had better think about the ethics of dealing with robots, too. Robots play increasingly significant roles in medicine, recreation, and the military, among other realms.

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Education
9:06 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Washington Supreme Court to rule on school funding case

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling today on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public school education.

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