3:12am

Sun April 28, 2013
It's All Politics

House Leadership Crashes Into Outside Hurdles On Bills

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 4:40 pm

House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on April 18.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The House was set to vote this week on a bill modifying the president's health care law. The Republican bill was supported by the leadership, but ran into trouble and was pulled from the floor before the scheduled vote.

It's an example of the kind of obstacles Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, faces in getting legislation through the House. In many recent cases, his problem hasn't been the Democrats as much as members of his own party, backed by proudly conservative outside groups.

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3:12am

Sun April 28, 2013
Around the Nation

New Jersey Homeowners Say Flood Maps Will Add Huge Costs

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 4:40 pm

A home damaged by Superstorm Sandy in Union Beach, N.J., sits on a raised platform to protect it from future flooding.
Mel Evans AP

Superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast six months ago, and, as with other natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was there from day one, finding people temporary shelter and later supporting rebuilding efforts.

FEMA also has a lesser-known role. It oversees the creation of flood maps, which model the risk of flooding in different areas during storms. These maps are also used to set building codes and flood insurance rates. In New York and New Jersey, FEMA is updating those maps, and so far many homeowners don't like what they are seeing.

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3:12am

Sun April 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Vermont To FEMA: Put Our Flooding On Your Maps

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 4:40 pm

A house destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene sits in Rochester, Vt., in 2011.
John Curran AP

People in Vermont affected by floods in recent years now wish they could be included on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood maps.

The maps for the state are old and don't include flooding from fast-rising rivers and streams, the kind of flooding that tore up Vermont during Tropical Storm Irene.

Karin Hardy's house, built in 1850, once stood in Jamaica, Vt., across from the tranquil Ball Mountain Brook. But when Irene hit in August 2011, she heard boulders tumbling.

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3:39pm

Sat April 27, 2013
NPR Story

Chemical Weapons Aside, Syria Faces Daily Grind

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

And while the news out of Syria focused on the use of chemical weapons and what, if anything, the U.S. should do about it, in Syria, the war continues daily.

NPR's Kelly McEvers has been covering the conflict. She's in Washington this week. She's been on this story for over two years. Kelly, we're so glad that you could be with us today.

KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: Hi, Jacki.

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3:39pm

Sat April 27, 2013
Business

E-Cigarettes Bring Smokers Back Inside, For Now

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 5:07 pm

Actor Stephen Dorff smokes an e-cigarette in a commercial for Blu E-Cigs.
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