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1:33 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

Jimmy Carter: 'No Downside' To Palestinian Statehood

A Palestinian flag is raised in front of European Union headquarters in Brussels on Monday, September 12th. The Palestinians are expected to seek statehood at the United Nations next week.
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Originally published on Sun September 18, 2011 3:21 pm

Former President Jimmy Carter urges the United States to not veto the Security Council vote for Palestinian statehood anticipated to take place next week.

"If I were president, I'd be very glad to see the Palestinians have a nation recognized by the United Nations," Carter tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "There's no downside to it."

Carter admits that for President Obama, failure to veto "would have some adverse effects perhaps on his political future."

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Sports
12:20 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

And Then There Were 8? Big 12 In Jeopardy

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman looks on from the sideline during the Cotton Bowl last fall. Texas A&M has been approved to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference but is still at risk of lawsuits from Big 12 members.
Tony Gutierrez AP

The Big 12, an athletic conference composed of 10 colleges from the Central U.S., may soon need to rebrand itself as the Big 8. The possible departure of two of its members — Texas A&M and the University of Oklahoma — may destabilize not only the Big 12, but also the college football landscape.

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Local & Regional
9:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

AG Finds No Conflict

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Oklahoma City, OK – AG opinion: No conflict in work by gov.'s husband

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma attorney general's office says the husband of Gov. Mary Fallin is not prohibited by state law from doing legal work for the University of Oklahoma or the state's workers' compensation agency.

Fallin asked for the opinion after her husband Wade Christensen resigned from his law firm because it represents OU and CompSource Oklahoma. The state constitution prohibits a governor's spouse from receiving any payment from public funds.

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Local & Regional
8:54 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Service Set

Oklahoma City, OK – Services set for Oklahoman killed in Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Funeral services have been scheduled for an Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

The Guard says services for 26-year-old Sgt. Bret Isenhower of Seminole will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

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Local & Regional
8:48 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Undated – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Kenny Stills reached high to grab a 37-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones in the fourth quarter and the top-ranked Sooners beat Number 5 Florida State 23-13 Saturday night. Javon Harris picked off two passes for the Sooners in Tallahassee. Overall the OU defense forced three turnovers and harassed the Florida State quarterbacks all night. Oklahoma faces Missouri next weekend in Norman.

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The News Tip On Weekend Edition Sunday
7:06 am
Sun September 18, 2011

The News Tip: Don't Get Distracted In Debates

Republican presidential candidates debate in California on Sept. 7. NBC's Brian Williams says a moderator's persistence can reveal which questions candidates want to avoid.
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The Republican presidential hopefuls will meet in Orlando on Thursday for their next debate. It's an additional opportunity for the candidates to try to set themselves apart in a crowded field. It's also a chance to take stock of the debate moderators.

NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has this tip for the moderators: Don't get distracted.

He tells Weekend Edition host Audie Cornish that the "theatricality" of some debates can make people forget their purpose.

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Medical Treatments
7:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

The Facts About The HPV Vaccine

There was a bit of a dust-up at last week's Republican candidate debate. It had to do with Texas governor Rick Perry's 2007 mandate that middle school girls in his state receive the HPV vaccine. Host Audie Cornish gets the facts on that vaccine from Dr. Jessica Kahn of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Politics
7:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Obama's Re-Election: What Are The Odds?

With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the economy as the top issue of the 2012 presidential race, the president faces a tough fight for re-election. Still, he might find some encouragement in the history books. Host Audie Cornish chats with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about Obama's odds for re-election.

Politics
7:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Obama's Deficit Plans Make Room For Jobs

On Monday, President Obama will lay out his new plan for reducing the federal deficit. His proposal will also include specific recommendations to the bipartisan deficit Super Committee on how to offset the cost of his $447 billion jobs plan. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.

Business
7:00 am
Sun September 18, 2011

Customers Turn The Page On Borders

It's the final chapter for Borders. The once-dominant bookseller will close Sunday, a victim of growing online sales and other problems. NPR's Jeff Brady talks to customers in Pennsylvania making one last purchase.

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