NPR News Investigations
3:26 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

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John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 2:48 pm

Part two of our "Secret Persuasion" story reported with the Center for Responsive Politics. Read the first part here.

As tax-exempt organizations become a vehicle of choice for big political donors, one powerful appeal is the anonymity. Federal laws allow tax-exempt groups — unlike political committees — to withhold their donor lists from disclosure.

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National Security
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Lunch At The Pentagon: Hagel Meets With Military Personnel

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:50 am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel oversees the U.S. military as it moves women to frontline combat. Every month, Hagel has lunch with rank and file members of the armed services to hear what's on their minds. This month, Steve Inskeep sat in on that lunch at the Pentagon.

Europe
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Neo-Nazis In Germany Use Music To Attract Followers

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Given its dark history, Germany prohibits, in its constitution, Nazi glorification, and forbidden speech includes neo-Nazi songs. The government is tracking more than 180 right-wing bands, an underground scene they say helps recruit young people to extremist groups. But officials say censoring neo-Nazi music to protect young Germans is not as easy as it once was.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has the story from Berlin.

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Business
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Twitter's IPO Managed Differently Than Other Tech Stocks

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:38 am

What makes an initial public offering a success? Twitter is going the old school route, pricing its shares modestly in hopes of a pop in early trading. The company will go public on Thursday, and the banks they've hired to help are some of the oldest and most well established in the country.

Business
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Google's Barge Provokes Wild Expectations

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:25 am

A mysterious barge stacked with shipping containers is docked at a pier on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. It's owned by Google but Google isn't revealing the reason the barge is there. The barge has captured the imagination of people around the globe.

Business
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Seattle Suburb Backs Higher Minimum Wage

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:54 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

A pay hike for thousands is at the top of NPR's business news.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, supporters of a ballot initiative implementing a $15 hourly minimum wage are declaring victory. The measure would benefit some 6,300 workers in the travel and hospitality industries around Seattle's main international airport.

Business
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Copy Of Napoleon's Will To Be Sold At Auction

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:21 am

The last will and testament of the man who once conquered much of Europe is being auctioned in Paris. It is expected to go for more than $100,000. The original letter in Napoleon's illegible handwriting is in France's National Archives.

Politics
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Christie, McAuliffe, De Blasio Win Election Day Races

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:21 am

In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie coasted to re-election as governor on Tuesday. In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe prevailed in the governor's race, although by a smaller margin than most pre-election polls had indicated. In New York City, voters elected their first democratic mayor in 20 years, choosing Bill de Blasio in a landslide.

Politics
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Democrats, Republicans Split Election Wins In Virginia, N.J.

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 am

In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the state's gubernatorial race. In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie was re-elected.

Business
2:42 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Sprecher Slams High-Speed Electronic Exchanges

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:26 am

The CEO of the firm that's about to take over the New York Stock Exchange has criticized alternative market trading. Jeffrey Sprecher said equity markets, including the NYSE, allow sophisticated traders to take advantage of small investors. He added such models are destined to fail and that people outside the markets have a sense things aren't fair.

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