6:55am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: Rumors Of My Demise Are Exaggerated

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:02 pm

President Obama during his news conference Tuesday at the White House.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov
  • President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

(We updated the top of this post with a recap at 11:45 a.m. ET.)

Joking that a reporter's question Tuesday about whether he has "any juice" left to get things done in Washington made it sound like "I should just pack up and go home," President Obama paraphrased Mark Twain:

"Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated," the president said, as he predicted that an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws will be among the things that get accomplished in his second term.

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5:53am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Orange Is Everywhere As Dutch Welcome New King

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 10:12 am

New Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters wave to the crowd Tuesday from the balcony of the royal palace in Amsterdam.
Patrick Van Katwijk DPA /LANDOV

5:50am

Tue April 30, 2013
Europe

40,000-Piece Puzzle Has A Great Fall

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:19 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The day after British jigsaw puzzle maker Dave Evans finished his 40,000-piece puzzle, it was leaning on a wall and suddenly had a great fall. This biggest ever hand-cut wooden puzzle is a montage of images form the queen's jubilee and it's due to be displayed in one of the queen's ballrooms next week.

So Evans is asking for help, hoping that some of the queen's men and women can help him put it back together again. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:49am

Tue April 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: 'Winnie-The-Pooh' Author Wrote WWI Propaganda

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 8:38 am

British author A.A. Milne looks positively Bond-esque in this photo from 1952.
Associated Press

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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5:37am

Tue April 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Colorado To Tax Legalized Marijuana

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:19 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The debate over taxes now extends to pot. Colorado voted to legalize marijuana but lawmakers have been debating how to tax it, and that debate is partisan. Democrats want taxes high, saying consumers will gladly pay. Republicans want lower taxes, saying otherwise a black market will develop. But to their credit, lawmakers took a deep breath, inhaled, and let the system work. After considering a 30 percent tax, the State House trimmed it to 25.

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