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Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Local & Regional
2:44 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Lorton Opening at TU

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Latin America
2:35 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Venezuelan Know-How Fuels Rise Of Colombian Oil

A view of the Campo Rubiales oil field camp in eastern Colombia, in April 2010. Colombia's oil production has doubled since 2005 with the help of oil workers who were fired nearly a decade ago by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.
Jose Miguel Gomez Reuters /Landov

Nearly a decade ago, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez fired 20,000 striking oil workers, many in highly specialized areas who had years of experience.

Venezuelan oil production has since fallen, and those banished oil workers are helping boost oil production in other countries, including one new oil frontier, Colombia.

On a recent day on Colombia's southern plains, the oil fields run by Pacific Rubiales, the country's biggest private oil producer, were a hive of activity.

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Wade Goodwyn is a NPR National Desk Correspondent covering Texas and the surrounding states.

Reporting for NPR since 1991, Goodwyn covers a wide range of issues from politics and music to breaking news and crime and punishment. His reports have ranged from weather calamities, religion, and corruption, to immigration, obituaries, business, and high profile court cases. Texas has it all, and Goodwyn has covered it.

Rick Perry
2:22 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

In Texas, Perry's Vaccine Mandate Provoked Anger

Mike Toomey (foreground), former chief of staff to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, watches primary election returns with other staffers in Austin in 2006.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 12:15 pm

The most dramatic moment of the GOP debate in Florida last Monday revolved around Gov. Rick Perry and his 2007 executive order mandating that all 11- and 12-year-old girls in Texas get the HPV vaccine. The human papillomavirus vaccine protects women and teens against a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer.

During the debate, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann called Perry's executive order an example of crony capitalism.

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Developing: Tucson Airbase On Lockdown

The Davis-Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, Ariz. is on lockdown. The AP, as well as local news outlets, report the Air Force base has confirmed that it has stepped up security, but it refused to give details of the situation.

The AP reports:

Senior Airman Timothy Dunaway says traffic has been reduced to a single point entry but he refused to elaborate.

He says the Sonoran Science Academy on the base is on lockdown.

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Local & Regional
1:58 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Coming Home

Tulsa, OK – Okmulgee soldier's remains to be returned to Okla.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The remains of an Oklahoma National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan are being returned to his family.

A ceremony will be held Friday at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base for the return of Pfc. Tony Potter, Jr., of Okmulgee.

The 20-year-old was among three Oklahoma National Guard soldiers killed Sept. 9 when enemy forces attacked their unit with small arms fire.

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Around the Nation
1:50 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails

In southwest Miami, a small subdivision is being called "ground zero" of an invasion by a destructive, non-native species.

"It's us against the snails," Richard Gaskalla, head of plant industry for Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Barack Obama
12:49 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

N.Y. Special Election Shows Obama's Trials To Come

A crowd cheers as Republican Bob Turner appears on stage during an election night party on Tuesday in New York. The traditionally Democratic and Jewish district elected Turner, revealing the problems Obama may have with political strongholds in the 2012 election.
Mary Altaffer AP

This week brought another slew of bad political news for President Obama. The Democrats lost two special elections: one in a Republican-leaning district in Nevada, and one in a Democratic stronghold in New York.

There are also new polls showing the president's support weakening among Democratic voters in blue states.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Report: Rogue UBS Trader Was The One Who Informed Bank Of $2bn Loss

Kweku Adoboli, the 31-year-old rogue trader who lost $2 billion of Swiss bank UBS' assets, was the one who alerted the bank to what was going on, reports the BBC.

To catch you up on the story: Yesterday, UBS announced that it may have to post a quarterly loss because one man made a series of bad trades. As the AP reported, yesterday, Adoboli proved that banks remain vulnerable even after safeguards against rogue traders were put in place.

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