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President Obama with Paul Volcker at the White House in 2009. Volcker, who headed the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, lent his name to a new measure aimed at curbing risk-taking on Wall Street.
Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 3:43 pm
The Volcker rule, a centerpiece of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law aimed at barring banks from the kinds of risky practices that contributed to the economic meltdown, was approved by five key regulators on Tuesday, clearing the way for its implementation.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission became the fifth and final body to approve the rule. The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. were also among the agencies that gave the green light.
Precious snack: In Tolkien's books, lembas was a special bread made by elves that could stay fresh for months — perfect for sustaining travelers on a long journey (or engaging in an all-day movie marathon.) Try it for elevenses.
Credit Beth Accomando for NPR
First breakfast: Beorn's Honey Nut cake, served with orange marmalade
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These lavender and lemon muffins smell heavenly and will draw hobbits to the table for afternoon tea.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." — J.R.R. Tolkien
Each year, I swear I will never do this again.
And yet, for the third year in a row, I am preparing to host a day-long Lord of the Rings movie marathon – and cooking up a seven-course hobbit-themed feast, plus dessert, to serve my guests. Maybe it's because, like Tolkien, I too would like the world to be a merrier place.
The recent, very public ouster of North Korea's Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of Kim Jong Un and formerly the country's No. 2 leader, has been noted with some concern in China, which is more or less Pyongyang's only friend in the region.
A batch of internal documents recently leaked to The Guardian has revealed new insights into the goals and finances of the secretive group called ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together, they develop model bills that lawmakers introduce and try to pass in their state legislatures.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, second from right, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with House Speaker John Boehner on Jan. 3. Stockman made the surprise move Monday to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the 2014 Texas GOP primary.
This time, it's John Cornyn of Texas, the number two Republican in the Senate, who's receiving a challenge from the right in 2014. Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand, made the surprise move to enter the March 4 race Monday evening just before the state's filing deadline.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar on Tuesday morning, the last leg of a tour that has also taken him to Bahrain, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
The day when a simple blood test or saliva sample can identify your risk for medical conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's disease seems tantalizingly close.
But genetics specialists say the hype around many of these tests has outstripped the science. Insurers generally only cover a test if there's strong scientific evidence that it can provide a health benefit to patients.
A person walks on a deserted walkway on a snowy morning in New York City on Tuesday. People who live along the East Coast and the Appalachians woke up to snow Tuesday, forcing school closings and closed roads.
Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 2:05 pm
The Eastern U.S. is getting a second dose of winter Tuesday, as forecasters call for 2 to 7 inches of snow in areas from southwest Virginia to the coast of New England.
"Snow is falling from Tennessee Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and New England Tuesday," the National Weather Service says. "The fast moving system is creating a swath of 2 to 7 inches of snow," according to the agency, adding that the snow should stop falling by Tuesday night.