The Two-Way
9:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

If You Think The French President Is 'Stupide,' Just Say So

France's President Francois Hollande. His predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, reportedly thinks he's "a ridiculous little fat man."
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Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 11:27 am

The French are famous for their insults, but traditionally they haven't taken it well when the target is the president of the republic.

A vote in parliament on Thursday has changed that. For the first time in 130 years, it's now legal to say how you really feel about the French leader.

So, if you think that French President Francois Hollande is "a ridiculous little fat man who dyes his hair," as Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly said (in private) of his successor, you're free to say so — in public.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Lincoln Memorial Closed After Being Splattered With Paint

A police officer stands near the statue of the 16th president at the Lincoln Memorial, which was splattered with paint Friday morning.
Shawn Thew EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:38 pm

"The chamber of the Lincoln Memorial is shut down Friday morning because of vandalism. U.S. Park Police tell WTOP the Lincoln statue and the floor inside the memorial was splattered with green paint," the radio station reported. "They think the vandalism occurred at about 1:30 a.m."

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Call Clouseau! 'Pink Panther' Thief Escapes From Swiss Jail

Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) would surely crack the case.
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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:01 am

David Niven's been dead for 30 years, so he can't be behind this:

"A Bosnian from the 'Pink Panther' gang of international jewel thieves escaped from a Swiss prison in a dramatic break-out involving a fellow inmate and two armed accomplices, police said Friday." (Agence France-Presse, via GlobalPost)

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Book News: Amazon Posts Loss As It Focuses On Long Game

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

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Fri July 26, 2013

San Diego Mayor Says He Will Enter Treatment Clinic

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) on Thursday.
Sam Hodgson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:19 pm

Update at 3:07 p.m. ET. Entering Treatment Clinic:

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The Two-Way
5:43 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Report: Feds Have Asked Web Firms For Users' Passwords

NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:09 pm

"The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders," CNET News is reporting.

It adds that:

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Europe
5:36 am
Fri July 26, 2013

In Germany, A Car Pool That Actually Involves Water

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 6:33 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. What better way to beat the summer heat than jumping in a pool? That's what some guys in Germany did, but their pool was a converted an open-top BMW - complete with tiki decorations - still drivable. The fun, though, dried up when they passed a motorcycle cop. They pulled over, abandoned the vehicle and jumped into a nearby river. The investigation is still ongoing, but the police did say this car pool probably didn't have a road permit. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
4:32 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Insulting The French President Is No Longer Always A Crime

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 6:33 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

Next time you're in France, if you're moved to call the country's president stupid, it's OK. It's no longer a crime. Yesterday, the French parliament got rid of an old law from the 1880s that made insulting the president in public an automatic criminal offense. That's good news for former President Nicolas Sarkozy. He apparently called his successor, President Francois Hollande, a, quote, "ridiculous little fat man who dyes his hair."

State Poet Laureate
4:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Max Garland and How Poetry Affects Our Lives

Max Garland is Wisconsin's 2013-2014 poet laureate.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s current poet laureate is Max Garland, former mail carrier and current Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He joined WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski in our studios.

Hear more of our conversation, plus Max Garland reading "The Muffins."

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NPR Story
3:52 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Dispute Between Military, Morsi Supporters Flares In Egypt

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 6:33 am

Mass demonstrations are expected in Egyptian cities Friday amid fears of an imminent crackdown by security forces on supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi. The military chief who ousted Morsi urged Egyptians to come out in force to give the army a mandate to deal with "violence and terror." Muslim Brotherhood leaders have called for rival protests, after accusing the military chief of calling for civil war.

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