PI: Steve Inskeep http://northernpublicradio.org en Leaders' Meeting Boosts India-Pakistan Relations http://northernpublicradio.org/post/meeting-signals-momentum-india-pakistan-relations Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A brief encounter between two leaders has raised hope for better relations between India and Pakistan. India's prime minister hosted Pakistan's president and accepted a return invitation to travel to Pakistan. We talk here of two nuclear-armed rivals whose relations were even worse than usual, after Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in 2008. And the meeting came as disaster struck Pakistani troops facing Indian soldiers in the Himalayas.<p>NPR's Julie McCarthy is going to talk us through all this. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 9830 at http://northernpublicradio.org Why Compromise Is A Bad Word In Politics http://northernpublicradio.org/post/why-compromise-bad-word-politics Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's one thing that many people mean when they say Washington is broken. They may mean that politicians from different parties seem unable or totally unwilling to compromise, and many voters hate that. And yet many voters also hate it if politicians from their own party should compromise with the other side. That could be considered giving in. NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly to talk about social science research, and he's found some that relates to this political problem. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 8398 at http://northernpublicradio.org Afghan Violence Continues Over Quran Burning http://northernpublicradio.org/post/afghan-violence-continues-over-quran-burning Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's go next to Afghanistan, where a car bomb exploded outside a U.S. air base today. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which killed nine people. This latest wave of violence follows reports of American soldiers burning several copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran.<p>U.S. officials say the Qurans were burned because detainees were using them to spread radical messages, and President Obama apologized for what he called an accident. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 7562 at http://northernpublicradio.org White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception http://northernpublicradio.org/post/white-house-offers-accommodation-contraception Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday morning, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>For those just waking up, a bitter political fight has changed in the last few hours. President Obama is offering what the White House is calling an accommodation to the Catholic Church and other critics. The administration generated intense opposition with a ruling on contraception. That ruling says employers must fully cover birth control in employee health plans. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:18:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 6756 at http://northernpublicradio.org Diplomatic Community Struggles To End Syrian Violence http://northernpublicradio.org/post/diplomatic-community-struggles-end-syrian-violence Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Activists and human rights groups in Syria contend the government has now killed hundreds of civilians this week alone. It's hard to verify that number, but it is clear that mortars, rockets and tanks continue firing into the city of Homs. That gunfire has served as a week-long punctuation mark on the United Nation's failure to approve a resolution against Syria. NPR's Kelly McEvers is following the situation from Beirut. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 6724 at http://northernpublicradio.org Syrian Troops Strike Neighborhoods In Homs http://northernpublicradio.org/post/syrian-troops-strike-neighborhoods-homs Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Here's the latest on the crisis in Syria. The U.S. State Department says it has closed the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, and evacuated its diplomats. The U.S. also issued a warning for all American citizens to leave the country immediately. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 6465 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pakistan Update http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pakistan-update Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>The civilian government of Pakistan has been under absurd amounts of pressure ever since it won election about four years ago. It's squeezed by the army - which reluctantly surrendered power - by the United States, by a host of insurgents and also by Pakistan's Supreme Court.<p>That court has now initiated contempt of court proceedings against the prime minister. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 5507 at http://northernpublicradio.org Romney Maintains The Style Of A Front-Runner http://northernpublicradio.org/post/romney-maintains-style-front-runner Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Now, this past Sunday, Mitt Romney's campaign reserve a school gym in Exeter, New Hampshire. The details of that event tell you the style in which the Republican candidate is presenting himself. The campaign selected a small gym, far too is small for the crowd had arrived.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: The next president of the United States, Mitt Romney.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)<p>INSKEEP: Romney stepped up on stage, with a gigantic American flag on the wall behind him. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 5168 at http://northernpublicradio.org Politics In the News http://northernpublicradio.org/post/politics-news-3 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's hear one more number. In a CBS/New York Times poll released on Friday, more than half the respondents, 54 percent, said that President Obama does not deserve to be re-elected.<p>The president appeared on CBS last night, telling "60 Minutes" why he thought he would win the job again, despite that number. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 3669 at http://northernpublicradio.org Delegates To Durban Agree To Climate Treaty http://northernpublicradio.org/post/climate-talks-update Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's report, next, on a surprise agreement on climate change. United Nations climate talks in South Africa were not expected to produce much, but negotiators for many nations did make a deal, one that could lead to a major new climate treaty at the end of the decade. NPR's Richard Harris is in Durban, South Africa covering the story. Hi, Richard.<p>RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So what is the agreement?<p>HARRIS: Well, first let me give you just a little background. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 3670 at http://northernpublicradio.org