The Two-Way
7:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Chinese Year Of The Dragon Postage Stamp Deemed 'Too Ferocious'

What A Difference A Year Makes: China's Year of the Dragon stamp, left, is decidedly more fearsome than last year's model, of a rabbit.
Webo/China Post

To welcome the Year of the Dragon, China's postal service plans to release commemorative postage stamps featuring the fabled beast. But many customers are finding the image to be a little over the top.

Here are some reactions cited by China's Xinhua news agency:

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Education
6:35 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Rise In Spanish Speakers Has School Trying To Adapt

Fifth-graders Miquel Vasquez, Luis Hernandez, Erica Medrano and Victor Vasquez are part of Vardaman Elementary School's growing Hispanic student population.
Annie Gilberson for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:52 pm

Year over year, the number of Spanish-speaking kindergarteners at Vardaman Elementary School in northeast Mississippi has been on the rise.

Census numbers show the South has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the country. Now, Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi's first predominantly Latino primary school, and that's posing special challenges when it comes to finding teachers who can help Spanish-speaking students adapt to the American classroom.

Vardaman Takes Its Own Approach

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Presidential Race
6:17 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Iowa's Caucus Results Ripple Into New Hampshire

After Mitt Romney's narrow win in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the GOP presidential hopefuls move on to New Hampshire, where voters cast their ballots in a primary next week. For more on the Republican presidential race, Steve Inskeep speaks to NPR's Brian Naylor, who is in New Hampshire.

StoryCorps
6:15 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Help Running the Olympic Torch: Deborah L. Smith and Jack Tollefson

Deborah L. Smith and Jack Tollefson
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Have you or a loved one struggled to overcome illness?  Walla Walla teacher Deborah L. Smith watched her husband Troy battle brain cancer for several years.  Smith tells Troy's childhood friend, Jack Tollefson, about Troy's efforts to be part of the 2002 Olympic torch run despite his cancer, and the help his family gave him.

It's All Politics
6:07 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Michele Bachmann Ends Her Presidential Bid

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann waves from her bus after a campaign stop at Valley High School on Tuesday in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 8:41 am

Update at 11:29 p.m. ET. 'People Of Iowa Spoke':

Saying "the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice," Michele Bachmann announced she was ending her bid to become the Republican nominee for president.

Bachmann started her announcement with a litany of grievances against President Obama. She said she was inspired to run for president the day Obama passed his healthcare reform.

She knew, she said, that "Obamacare endangered the very survival of the United States of America."

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The Two-Way
5:26 am
Wed January 4, 2012

The Republican Race, Beyond Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:28 am

We've been helping our friends at It's All Politics on the big story of the morning, which, as you've no doubt heard, is that after a nail-biter of a night, Mitt Romney took the Iowa primary by eight votes. Rick Santorum pulled a surprising turn around to end up second.

Here's some of the territory we've covered on IAP:

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It's All Politics
5:13 am
Wed January 4, 2012

McCain Expected To Endorse Mitt Romney

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 9:26 am

Several news outlets, including the AP and The New York Times, report that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will endorse Mitt Romney.

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It's All Politics
4:46 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Poll: Iowa Gives Santorum Small Boost In N.H.

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 9:38 am

Rick Santorum's impressive turnaround in Iowa has given him a slight boost in New Hampshire, according to a "flash" poll conducted last night.

The CNN/ORC International poll talked to 554 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire first in December, and then last night. It found that Mitt Romney's sizable lead remained the same: 47 percent of those polled said they'd vote for him, followed by Ron Paul at 17 percent.

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It's All Politics
4:41 am
Wed January 4, 2012

'Iowa And Beyond': Listen To A Special NPR Podcast

  • Iowa And Beyond: A Special NPR Podcast

NPR News has prepared a special podcast on the first presidential contest of the year — and where the race goes from here.

The podcast includes highlights from NPR's reporting from the Iowa caucuses as well as analysis of the potential impact. You'll hear from the candidates — several of whom count themselves among the winners — plus others who are reassessing their chances. Republican caucusgoers weigh in on how they made up their minds, and we hear from Democratic caucusgoers preparing for battle in the fall.

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