12:01pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Middle East

Ex-Ambassador To Iraq Weighs In On Talking To 'Monsters'

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

As the death toll in Syria climbed over the past two years, many critics charge that President Obama has not done enough to aid the opposition. In an op-ed in today's New York Times, former Ambassador Christopher Hill argues that the administration has made a serious mistake, but, quote, "The real shortcoming of the administration's policy on Syria has not been an unwillingness to engage militarily, but the ill-advised decision in August 2011 to preclude the possibility of a diplomatic resolution involving all sides."

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11:59am

Thu May 16, 2013
U.S.

Managing The $30 Million 'One Fund' To Aid Boston Victims

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money, but how do you divide it among the families of the three people killed, the dozens maimed, the hundreds who spent time in the hospital, the thousands who witnessed the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month?

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11:59am

Thu May 16, 2013
Economy

Will Strong Summer Travel Be A Turning Point For Airlines?

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 2:56 pm

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11:27am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Names New Acting IRS Commissioner

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:39 pm

Rain fell Thursday during part of President Obama's joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House.
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Update at 5:38 p.m. ET. One More IRS Official To Leave

Another official is out at the embattled agency.

The Associated Press reports that Joseph Grant, commissioner of the IRS' tax exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. The division scrutinized Tea Party groups when the applied for tax-exempt status.

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET. Obama Names New IRS Acting Chief

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11:15am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Salt

How Trace Amounts Of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:18 am

Roxarsone, a drug linked to elevated levels of inorganic arsenic in chicken meat, is no longer used in broiler chicken farming, producers say. But another arsenic-based drug is still used to raise turkeys.
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A study published online recently in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives documented slightly elevated levels of arsenic in samples of chicken purchased at grocery stores in 10 cities in the U.S.

So how did trace amounts of this toxin end up in supermarket poultry?

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