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8:36 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Why Does The U.S. Like Iraq's Kurds But Not Syria's?

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters take up positions around the town of Gwer in northern Iraq on Sept. 18. The Kurdish militia is aligned with the U.S. in the battle against the Islamic State.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

In Iraq, Kurdish militiamen fighting the group that calls itself the Islamic State are key American allies.

In Syria, some Kurdish fighters battling the very same Islamic State are considered part of a terrorist group, according to the U.S. government.

What gives?

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New ISIS Video Released Of British Hostage

In this still image taken from the first video released by Al-Furqan, the media arm of the Islamic State group militants, captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera.
AP

The self-declared Islamic State has released the second video in a promised "lecture series" delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in the first of the videos last week.

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Code Switch
7:16 am
Tue September 23, 2014

How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

Shonda Rhimes, left, with Scandal star Kerry Washington at a 2012 press conference.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage.

That's the reaction I usually offer these days whenever someone asks me about a race-based media firestorm – this time, in reference to the nuclear-sized backlash against New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley's bewildering commentary on Shonda Rhimes, one of the most successful showrunners in television history.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Airstrikes Move To Syria, Target More Than Just ISIS

A handout picture released by the U.S. Navy shows the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launching a Tomahawk cruise missile against Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday.
Eric Garst/U.S. Navy/Handout EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:37 am

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

In a major escalation of the air campaign against Islamic extremist groups, for the first time the U.S. and five Arab allies jointly hit targets inside Syria.

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All Tech Considered
6:42 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

A traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya. The city is the world's fourth-most congested, far worse than any in the U.S.
Din Haitao Xinhua /Landov

Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.

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Food
5:57 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Starbucks Tests Drink That Tastes Like Stout Beer

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:53 am

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Food
5:48 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Rearchers Find New Species Of Mushrooms

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:17 am

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Middle East
4:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

U.S., Allies Hit islamic State Targets In Syria

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:53 am

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NPR Story
4:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

House Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On White House Security Issues

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:53 am

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Sports
4:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Baseball's Regular Season Winds Down, Playoffs Days Away

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