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The Torch
9:15 am
Sun August 12, 2012

'No One-Hit Wonder': For Gold, Team USA Beats Spain In Men's Basketball

LeBron James of the United States celebrates winning the Men's Basketball gold medal game between the United States and Spain with teammate Kobe Bryant.
Pascal Le Segretain Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 7:23 am

The United States now has back-to-back golds in men's basketball, after beating Spain 107-100 in the finals.

The team celebrated midcourt, and we saw something unexpected: Kobe Bryant, the superstar, one of the best basketball players in the world, wept during what he said was his last Olympic appearance.

"Team USA is not a one-hit wonder," the commentators on NBC said. "Like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, they come to London and put out more gold."

It wasn't easy. The AP reports:

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The Torch
9:01 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich Wins Men's Marathon

Athletes run along Westminster Bridge next to the Palace of Westminster as they compete in the Men's Marathon in London.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 9:18 am

Earning his country's first Olympic medal in track and field, the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich won the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:08:11.

Reuters reports that Kiprotich took the lead with a little more than three miles to go and finished just ahead of his compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who won the 2012 London marathon.

Reuters adds:

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It's All Politics
7:41 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Baseball Caps And Rented Cars: How Romney's Team Kept VP Pick A Secret

Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan speak with media aboard a charter airplane from Sterling, Virginia to Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

That Rep. Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate wasn't a complete surprise. Still, it was a closely guarded secret and it took quite a bit of planning to keep it under wraps until the name was unveiled yesterday.

Last night, NPR's Ari Shapiro and other reporters received a briefing from team Romney detailing the lengths they went through to keep their vetting — and Romney's ultimate choice — secret.

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The Torch
7:32 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Michael Phelps Exits The Olympics, And Enters Retirement At 27

Phelps dives into the pool for his last Olympic race. He says that his plans for post-Olympic life include finally seeing the cities he's competed in.
Al Bello Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 7:36 am

When Michael Phelps came to London for the 2012 Summer Games, he had 14 Olympic gold medals. He's leaving with 18 and a record 22 overall. And now he's retiring at 27, leaving the sport in which he always said he wanted to do things that had never been done before.

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It's All Politics
6:47 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Romney, Ryan Surrogates Trade Shots On Sunday Talk Shows

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 8:41 am

We're keeping our ear on the Sunday talk shows this morning. Obviously the topic of the day is Rep. Paul Ryan, whom the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen as his running mate.

Both parties have already traded hard shots, but it appears there is agreement that the addition of Ryan, who has led the GOP on matters of budget, focuses this presidential election. It is now focused on a broader narrative about the size and role of government.

We'll update this post with the highlights as the morning progresses:

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Presidential Race
6:40 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Ryan Pick Was Shrouded In Secrecy

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Ari just mentioned a couple of the details the Romney campaign provided about their vice presidential selection process. There are many more twists to this real-life cloak and dagger story that have been kept under wraps for months. Ari joins us now to describe exactly how the Romney campaign maintained the secrecy of the vice presidential pick.

Ari, let's start with the day that Mitt Romney offered Paul Ryan the job. The campaign says this was August 5th. What happened?

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Sports
6:40 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Saying Goodbye To The 2012 Olympic Games

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And now, a final check-in, alas, from the Olympics.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOLD")

SPANDAU BALLET: (Singing) Gold. Always believe in your soul, you've got the power to know you're indispensible. Always believe in you are gold...

WERTHEIMER: Gold, and a handful of other precious metals are what the U.S. Olympic team has racked up. For more on the final tally, we're joined by NPR's Mike Pesca, who is in London. Mike, welcome.

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Economy
6:40 am
Sun August 12, 2012

"Dr. Doom" Takes A Look At The Economy

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And now another gloomy financial message. Nouriel Roubini is a New York University professor and former economic advisor to the Clinton administration. And he has the nickname Dr. Doom. Roubini is next in our series of conversations with topnotch economists. But unlike some of his colleagues, he does not claim to have a crystal ball; he makes warnings, not predictions. Nouriel Roubini joins us from New York.

Welcome. So why do they call you Dr. Doom?

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The Salt
5:33 am
Sun August 12, 2012

On The Road To Olympic Gold, Kenyan Marathoners Fuel Up On Carbs

Every day at 9 a.m. sharp in Iten, Kenya, 200 or so runners train on the dirt roads surrounding the town.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:38 am

For a couple of days last month, I ate the same foods as some of the fastest people on the planet — the Kenyans.

I stayed at the same hotel and ate in the same dining room as the Kenya Olympic Marathon team while working on a radio story about how this impoverished nation produces some of the best endurance runners in the world.

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Obama Ad Buys Ensure 'No Escape' For Tampa During GOP Convention

The Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention began installing banners on Wednesday.
Edmund D. Fountain AP

At the end of August, the eyes of the political world turn to Tampa, Fla., for the Republican National Convention. It promises to dominate the national and local news in Tampa Bay that week and suck all the political air out of the room.

So if you're the Obama campaign, what do you do? How do you counterprogram Romney-palooza?

Apparently, by buying lots of TV airtime on The Bachelor, Dr. Oz and Rachael Ray.

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