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Friday Political Grab Bag: Obama Picks Dartmouth President For World Bank...

President Obama will nominate Dartmouth College president, Jim Yong Kim, to head the World Bank. A physician and anthropologist by training and global-health expert, Kim's background makes him an out-of-the-box choice. He would become the first Asian American to head the important international funding organization.

Friday is the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act whose future is poised to be decided by the Supreme Court which will hear arguments on its constitutionality next week. Some believe the law could survive even if the high court invalidates the individual mandate.

Mitt Romney took a day off the public campaign trail Thursday to meet with congressional Republicans, telling them he was running to "save the country" and vowing to repeal the health-care law.

Rick Santorum, Romney's top rival for the GOP presidential nomination, has a significant lead in Louisiana whose primary is Saturday. Public Policy Polling put support levels for the Republican candidates at 42 percent for Santorum, 28 percent for Romney, 18 percent for Gingrich, 8 percent for Ron Paul and 2 percent for Buddy Roemer, the state's former governor.

President Obama's campaign aides think their candidate has an advantage over the likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, because of the parts of Obama's personal life many voters can identify with, like his being a big basketball fan and a dog owner.

Arlen Specter, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, said he might vote for Mitt Romney in November, though "I'm going to see which Romney it is."

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First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.
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After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
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Since 2012, The Economy Has Changed — And So Has The Conversation

Since the last presidential election, a growing economy has sent the unemployment rate plunging. That improvement has changed the political conversation, but it hasn't stopped worries about wages.
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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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