Morning Edition for November 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012 — The subject of the hearings on Capitol Hill is the CIA's role in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Friday's hearings are former CIA Director David Petraeus' first public appearances since he resigned over a sex scandal.
Nov 16, 2012 — Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray about going over the fiscal cliff. As the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Murray helped the Democrats maintain their Senate majority. She has said that if Republicans do not agree to let tax cuts expire for those making over $250,000 per year, the country should go over the fiscal cliff.
Nov 16, 2012 — In yet another installment of a long-standing NPR tradition, Susan Stamberg sneaks her (in)famous family recipe for cranberry relish on the air. This year, she talks to Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table — who isn't fooled for a second.
Nov 16, 2012 — This year, the number of registered Republicans in the state dipped below 30 percent of voters. Some GOP candidates are re-registering as independents to avoid having "Republican" next to their names.
Nov 16, 2012 — Lots of people and companies are making donations to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, but food and clothing aren't always the most helpful things. Most charities would prefer money so they can target help to the greatest needs.
Nov 16, 2012 — Voters in Washington and Colorado just approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But businesses that want to sell marijuana in those states will face a problem: No bank wants to do business with them.
Nov 16, 2012 — The next victim of the foreclosure crisis could be the Federal Housing Administration. The agency is on the verge of burning through its cash reserves and will eventually ask for taxpayer assistance, according to Rep. Spencer Bachus, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. The FHA insures many of the nation's low-down-payment mortgages.
Nov 16, 2012 — Linda Wertheimer talks to Daisuke Wakabayashi, who covers the tech industry from Tokay for The Wall Street Journal, about the new Wii U videogame console, which hits the market this weekend. Many stores, however, have already sold out of pre-orders.
Nov 16, 2012 — Honda, which has long aspired to launch off the road and into the skies, is one step closer to that goal. It has started production on its HondaJet. It's a twin jet engine aircraft, being assembled in North Carolina, aimed at the business market. Industry insiders call it the "Honda Civic of the skies."
Nov 16, 2012 — When Egypt's prime minister visits the Gaza Strip, he's expected to express solidarity with the Palestinians. The area, controlled by Hamas, has been the source of rocket fire against Israel. Israeli officials have responded with airstrikes.