KSJD http://ksjd.org en House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama http://ksjd.org/post/house-votes-ok-lawsuit-against-obama The House voted Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama, claiming that he has overstepped the limits of his executive authority.<p>The vote to allow Speaker John Boehner to sue Obama was 225 to 201. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 13343 at http://ksjd.org House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others http://ksjd.org/post/why-your-small-batch-whiskey-might-taste-lot-others It's a good time to be a whiskey maker, and craft whiskeys are all the rage, with names like Bulleit, Redemption, Templeton and George Dickel.<p>But according to a <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/your-craft-whiskey-is-probably-from-a-factory-distillery-in-indiana.html">report</a> on The Daily Beast, some of those producers tossing off hazy, golden adjectives like "hand-crafted," "small-batch" and "artisanal" are, well, not. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 13342 at http://ksjd.org Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good http://ksjd.org/post/job-worries-linger-economy-looking-good Five years after the Great Recession ended, where are we with this recovery?<p>On Wednesday, the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve both answered by saying, in effect:<p>We're in a sweet spot — growing at a decent rate with good reason for optimism.<p>Or as the Fed blandly put it, "economic activity will expand at a moderate pace."<p>President Obama, speaking on the economy in Kansas City, Mo., was more effusive.<p>After a brutal recession, "we have fought back. We have got back off our feet, we have dusted ourselves off," Obama said. "Construction is up. Manufacturing is back. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 13338 at http://ksjd.org Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza http://ksjd.org/post/amidst-confusion-17-killed-shelling-market-gaza It may have been a tragic case of confusion.<p>The Israel Defense Forces declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire on Wednesday. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 13339 at http://ksjd.org Amid Confusion, 17 Killed By Shelling At Market In Gaza Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment http://ksjd.org/post/moldovas-winemakers-seize-upon-regions-geopolitical-moment Consider, for a moment, the misfortunes of winemakers in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in southeastern Europe, tucked in between Ukraine and Romania.<p>Their country is the poorest in Europe, with a per capita GDP about the same as Honduras. They'd love to sell their product — which has gotten approving nods from foreign critics<strong> --</strong> in wealthier countries. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0000 Dan Charles 13340 at http://ksjd.org Moldova's Winemakers Seize Upon Region's Geopolitical Moment Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway? http://ksjd.org/post/why-are-theater-tickets-cheaper-west-end-broadway It's a Wednesday afternoon in London and a bunch of kids are standing outside a West End theater, giddily unaware that their parents have just shelled out a lot of money for the experience they're about to have. A giant sign over their heads shows a silhouette of a girl standing on a swing, her hair flying behind her in the wind — it's a matinee performance of <em>Matilda</em>.<p>More than 3,000 miles away on the same Wednesday afternoon, the same scene plays out on Broadway. It's the same show, with equally excited kids. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 13341 at http://ksjd.org Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses http://ksjd.org/post/gazas-network-tunnels-major-hole-israels-defenses Israeli officials say the country's deadly ground offensive won't end until its soldiers destroy a vast network of Hamas tunnels the militants use to try to attack Jewish communities outside the Gaza Strip.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/30/336497615/gaza-conflict-shell-strikes-un-school-killing-up-to-19-who-sought-shelter">Three more soldiers died Wednesday</a> when explosives detonated as they uncovered one of those tunnels. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 13336 at http://ksjd.org Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back http://ksjd.org/post/grocery-chain-workers-want-their-ceo-back If your boss was fired, would you walk off the job in protest?<p>That's what's happening at the New England grocery store chain Market Basket, which has 25,000 employees. Business at Market Basket stores has slowed to a trickle as workers disrupt operations, stage protests and ask shoppers to stay away.<p>They say CEO Arthur T. Demoulas treats them well, and they want him reinstated.<p>Outside the Market Basket store in Somerville, Mass., a dozen workers wave protest signs as cars honk in support. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:04:00 +0000 editor 13337 at http://ksjd.org Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine http://ksjd.org/post/judge-orders-bank-america-pay-13-billion-fine A federal judge has ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion fine for fraud perpetrated by Countrywide Financial Corp., a mortgage company the bank acquired in 2008.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/23/240311295/bank-of-america-liable-for-fraud-in-countrywide-mortgages" target="_blank">Last October</a>, a jury held Bank of America liable for bad loans Countrywide sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of its "Hustle" mortgage-lending program as the housing market soured in 2007 and 2008.<p>In his ruling Wednesday, Federal District Judge Jed Rakoff did not mince Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:27:00 +0000 editor 13335 at http://ksjd.org Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine A Tour Of The Tower That Fell Into Squatters' Hands http://ksjd.org/post/tour-tower-fell-squatters-hands <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=A+Tour+Of+The+Tower+That+Fell+Into+Squatters%27+Hands&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: <p>If you're caught up on the TV show "Homeland," you've seen a fictionalized version of a building known as the Tower of David. It's an unfinished skyscraper in middle of downtown Caracas, Venezuela. It's named after a real-life banker who commissioned it. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 editor 13334 at http://ksjd.org