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Oil Companies Oppose Ben Cardin's Financial Reform Provision

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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin was one of the authors of a provision in the larger Wall Street financial reform bill that makes oil, gas, and mining companies disclose payments they make to host governments where they do business.

That bill was passed in 2010, but it took two years for the SEC to write the rules to enforce the law. That was finished over the summer, but industry groups quickly filed a lawsuit over the rules. And this week, the same groups asked for a stay to prevent the law from being enforced in the meantime.

Opponents feel the rules will hurt the industry because some firms may not have to follow them, as the law only pertains to companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.

Supporters are asking the SEC to go ahead enforcing the law, saying the industry just wants to keep the public and investors in the dark.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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