Scott Neuman http://wkms.org en In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says http://wkms.org/post/iraq-coordination-iran-not-impossible-gen-dempsey-says In an interview with <em>All Things Considered</em>, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to rule out coordination with Iran and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. Dempsey also told NPR that one option in Iraq might involve U.S. air assets going after "high-value" individuals within the main Sunni insurgent group.<p>"One of the things we need to find out is whether Iran is embedded in and advising and supporting the Iraqi security forces," Dempsey said. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41647 at http://wkms.org In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions http://wkms.org/post/tennessee-gov-oks-allowing-electric-chair-executions Tennessee's governor has signed a bill that would allow the state to use the electric chair if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.<p>A spokesman for Republican Gov. Fri, 23 May 2014 14:59:44 +0000 Scott Neuman 40788 at http://wkms.org Tennessee Gov. OKs Allowing Electric Chair For Executions Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement http://wkms.org/post/ancient-skeleton-mexico-sheds-light-americas-settlement The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/ancient-skeleton-shedding-light-on-first-americans/2014/05/15/dcad1830-dc5c-11e3-a837-8835df6c12c4_story.html">nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl</a> who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.<p>The connection bolsters the prevailing theory that the sole route of human migration into North America <a href="http://ows.edb.utexas.edu/site/hight-kreitman/land-bridge-theory">took place over a Siberia-Alaska land bridge know Fri, 16 May 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 40622 at http://wkms.org Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says http://wkms.org/post/us-knew-imminent-move-crimea-top-official-says Senior U.S. officials were warned of imminent Russian military action in Crimea about a week before the troop movements that have sparked a major international crisis over Ukraine, the head of the <a href="http://www.dia.mil/About.aspx">Defense Intelligence Agency</a> tells NPR.<p>"I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian troops as we see them now in the Crimea, we were providing very solid reporting ... where we move from one level of a condition of warning, which I would just describe ... as sort of moderate to one where we believe things are imminent," Lt. 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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39112 at http://wkms.org U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle' http://wkms.org/post/creation-museum-bill-nye-debate-sparked-funding-miracle Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum who <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/04/271648691/watch-the-creationism-vs-evolution-debate-bill-nye-and-ken-ham">last month debated TV personality Bill Nye</a> "The Science Guy" pitting his Biblical literalism against Darwinian evolution, says the highly publicized showdown has been like manna from heaven for a foundering $73 million Noah's Ark theme park.<p>"It was a challenging time, one that on a human level required a miracle to overcome," Ham, who heads the Answers in Genesis ministry, said in a statement of the near collaps Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18:55:22 +0000 Scott Neuman 39000 at http://wkms.org Creation Museum: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle' Obama On Health Care Rollout: 'We Screwed It Up' http://wkms.org/post/obama-health-care-rollout-we-screwed-it President Obama, in his final news conference of the year, sought to put the best face on a difficult first year of his second term.<p>Speaking a few hours before he heads to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, Obama is meeting with reporters at the White House.<p>He touted the improving economy, saying 2 million jobs had been added in 2013, with the unemployment rate now at its lowest level in five years.<p>"2014 can be a breakthrough year," he said.<p>Obama said that despite the difficulties with HealthCare.gov, "more than a million people have enrolled for new health care coverage since Oct. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:38:37 +0000 Scott Neuman 37522 at http://wkms.org Obama On Health Care Rollout: 'We Screwed It Up' As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown http://wkms.org/post/senate-leaders-announce-budget-deal <strong>Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill: </strong><p>The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:35:49 +0000 Scott Neuman 35765 at http://wkms.org As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown After White House Meeting, Both Sides Agree To Keep Talking http://wkms.org/post/house-republicans-propose-deal-debt-ceiling-more-talk-shutdown <h6><strong>This post was last updated at 7:19 p.m. ET.</strong></h6><p>After an hour-long meeting with President Obama, Republicans said they have agreed to keep talking, in hopes of bridging a gulf that has already led to a government shutdown and is threatening the first default in U.S. history.<p>House Speaker John Boehner and 19 other Republicans came to the White House meeting with an offer to pass a temporary extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for substantive negotiations with Democrats on other fiscal matters. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:31:48 +0000 Scott Neuman 35606 at http://wkms.org After White House Meeting, Both Sides Agree To Keep Talking Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap http://wkms.org/post/apple-unveils-new-iphones-one-innovative-one-cheap Apple unveiled its replacement for the iPhone 5 — one for the top end of the market that features an innovative new fingerprint security device, a faster processor and longer battery life; and a second budget phone that will retail for as low as $99.<p>CEO Tim Cook was joined by other Apple executives at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for the long-anticipated and hyped announcement of the <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/">iPhone 5s</a> and <a href="http://www.apple.com/iphone-5c/">iPhone 5c</a>.<p>The iPhone 5s will include Touch ID, a new home button that reads a user's fingerpri Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:38:16 +0000 Scott Neuman 34768 at http://wkms.org Apple Unveils New iPhones — One Innovative, One Cheap Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning http://wkms.org/post/pentagon-papers-leaker-daniel-ellsberg-praises-snowden-manning Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who in 1971 leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers detailing the history of U.S. policy in Vietnam, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=208543541">tells NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em></a> that unlike Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, he "did it the wrong way" by trying first to go through proper channels — a delay that he says cost thousands of lives.<p>"I really regarded [it] as anathema ... leaking as opposed to working within the system," Ellsberg says, speaking to NPR's Linda Wertheimer. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33668 at http://wkms.org Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning