Morning Edition for November 20, 2012
Nov 20, 2012 — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in the region Tuesday. And in Cairo, Egypt's new Islamic leadership is now serving as a mediator between the Israelis and Gaza's Hamas-led government.
Nov 20, 2012 — As diplomatic efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas intensify, analysts say Hamas appears to be in a stronger position than ever before. Diplomatically, it has received enthusiastic support from Egypt and other Arab neighbors. And, the conflict has helped to strengthen Hamas domestic political position.
Nov 20, 2012 — In New York, the city is expected to begin demolishing some of the houses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Inspectors have fanned out across the affected boroughs to determine which houses are safe to return to and which aren't. Some of the most-damaged neighborhoods are on the east side of Staten Island — next to New York Bay.
Nov 20, 2012 — Data from a soil sample on Mars have NASA scientists buzzing with excitement over a finding that could be "one for the history books." But they're not spilling the beans about their discovery yet.
Nov 20, 2012 — In the coming year, the USDA predicts that American corn exports will be at a 40-year low. That's because the U.S. drought has led to a corn shortage and high domestic corn prices. To adapt, grain exporters have had to change their business models.
Nov 20, 2012 — Low interest rates have sparked a record wave of mortgage activity, and the need for more people to process the paperwork. Mortgage employment rose by 9 percent this year, to its highest level since the financial crisis in 2008.
Nov 20, 2012 — Hostess Brands and its second-largest have agreed to a day of mediation to see if they can end a strike by bakers and prevent the company from shutting down. The parties will meet Tuesday with a bankruptcy judge. He announced on Monday that he wasn't ready to approve a liquidation.
Nov 20, 2012 — With stores opening earlier and earlier, it's not just Black Friday anymore. Then it's on to Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Mobile Tuesday.
Nov 20, 2012 — President Obama is winging his way home from Asia Tuesday. The White House insists domestic budget concerns won't affect U.S. investment in Asia, which was the point of the president's three-nation tour this week. But some in the region are not so sure.
Nov 20, 2012 — Renee Montagne talks to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and which power players stand to win or lose from the crisis.