In the last decade, population growth in Western swing states outpaced the national average, according to David Damore, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. With the Nevada Republican caucus underway, guest host David Greene talks with Damore about the electoral shift and the issues potential voters in the region view as priorities.
Many will compete, but only one will be crowned Chicken Bowl champion this Sunday.
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Lars Gotrich, assistant producer for NPR Music and winner of the 2011 Chicken Bowl.
This Sunday will mark the 16th annual installment of "Chicken Bowl," my Super Bowl party, which doubles as a grand fried-chicken-eating contest. As many as 80 friends, coworkers, enablers and hangers-on will cram into my long-suffering house for this noble occasion.
But even with all the extravagances I've cobbled together to keep them happy — large TVs, vintage arcade machines, working toilets — there has never been a shred of doubt that chicken is king.
A police officer speaks to Ukraine's former prime minster, Yulia Tymoshenko, after she was convicted of abuse of power charges in a court in Kiev on Oct. 11, 2011. She is now serving a seven-year term, but her supporters say the charges against her were politically motivated.
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Evgeniya Tymoshenko, the daughter of Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has testified on Capitol Hill and met with top U.S. officials regarding her mother's case. Here, she speaks with the media in Kiev on Oct. 12, 2011, the day after her mother was convicted.
Evgeniya Tymoshenko has her mother's looks — minus the trademark blond braid that makes her mother, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, quickly recognizable.
But the younger Tymoshenko says she's not a politician. She never imagined herself testifying on Capitol Hill, getting face time with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a prayer breakfast, or speaking to reporters at a K Street lobbying firm.
It turns out January was a surprisingly good month in the job market. U.S. employers added 243,000 jobs in January, and the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent.
That better-than-expected news from the Labor Department triggered a rally in the stock market Friday, with the Dow climbing more than 150 points. The news could also help the stock of President Obama.
Supporters look on during a campaign rally for Mitt Romney at the Elko Regional Airport Friday in Elko, Nev. The state holds its caucus Saturday.
Saturday is caucus day in Nevada, the first state in the West to vote as Republicans go about choosing their presidential candidate.
Mitt Romney is counting on another win here to keep him on the path to the nomination. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have also been campaigning across the state, while Rick Santorum is in the Midwest looking ahead to later contests next week.
Believe it or not, Nevada leads the country in: unemployment, home foreclosures and bankruptcy.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va. is one of the few homes of celebrated figures that people go out of their way to see.
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New York City's landmarks board debated whether to offer historic status to jazz legend Louis Armstrong's Queens home because the red-brick residence was so plain.
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Kansas City, Mo., is filled with sites associated with the boyhood and early career of cartoon pioneer Walt Disney. The neighborhoods where Disney lived and worked remain poor.
Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West, Fla., was recently designated as a literary landmark. He lived there from 1931 through 1939 and wrote many of his manuscripts in the studio.
Mark Twain and his family enjoyed what the author would later call the happiest and most productive years of his life in their Hartford, Conn., home.
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The Tuscan hill town of Volterra in Italy has seen a spike in traffic lately who were attracted to the spots where the Twilight movies were shot.
Among the hundreds of markers that make the claim George Washington slept here, the most unusual is on the Caribbean island of Barbados, which Washington visited in 1751.
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Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, is the second-most visited home in America after the White House.
Americans have always sought architectural brushes with greatness.
The nation's first president spent the night at so many inns and private houses that signs advertising "George Washington slept here" were regular roadside attractions even during his lifetime.
But only a few homes of celebrated figures, such as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Elvis Presley's Graceland, have become sites that people go out of their way to visit. Most such places have been torn down, or fall into neglect and disrepair.
Just three days after announcing it would no longer fund cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, the pink-ribboned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure abruptly reversed course today. But the Komen foundation's actions still leave many questions unanswered — not to mention a public relations challenge.
Ron Silver, the owner of Bubby's restaurant in Brooklyn, recently put a word on his menu you don't often see anymore: lard. The white, creamy, processed fat from a pig. And he didn't use the word just once.
For a one-night-only "Lard Exoneration Dinner", Silver served up lard fried potatoes. And root vegetables, baked in lard. Fried chicken, fried in lard. Roasted fennel glazed with lard sugar and sea salt. Pies, with lard inside and out. All from lard he made himself in the kitchen.
Federal prosecutors say they have dropped its doping case against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. For two years, prosecutors looked into allegations that Armstrong and his United States Postal squad used performance-enhancing drugs.
Ruthie Foster is from a small town in central Texas — but there's nothing small about the way she sings on her new album, Let It Burn. Zigzagging between blues, soul, gospel and rock, the album features solid originals and surprising covers, along with several stirring collaborations with The Blind Boys of Alabama.
A Syrian army tank moving along a road during clashes with the Syrian army defectors, in the Rastan area in Homs province, central Syria, on Jan. 30, 2012.
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In this photo taken during a government-organized media tour, Sister Verona, head of the Sednaya Covent, shows a room damaged by artillery fire Sunday in Sednaya, north of Damascus, Syria, Jan. 31, 2012. The Syrian government blamed the convent attack on "armed terrorists." Over the weekend, clashes broke out in several suburbs of the Syrian capital — with deadly results.
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A Syrian rebel takes his position as he points his gun during a battle with the Syrian government forces, at Rastan area in Homs province, central Syria, on Jan. 31, 2012.
This story was written and reported by a GlobalPost correspondent in Damascus, whose name has been withheld for security reasons.
When a team of foreign journalists entered the eastern Damascus suburb of Saqba last Friday, they were greeted by a sight that did not bode well for the Syrian regime.
Girls is known for its familiar, urgent, refreshingly simple music.
Girls' 2011 album Father, Son, Holy Ghost strikes a careful balance between creating music that sounds classic and writing something that's already been done. Ever since Girls' debut, Album, the band has been writing and recording music that's familiar, urgent and refreshingly simple.
A request for a delay in the Sept. 11 case at Guantanamo has been denied.
Two lawyers close to the proceedings tell NPR that a military judge denied their request to delay the arraignment of the Sept. 11 suspects at Guantanamo until the summer.
The lawyers were asking for more time to file memos on why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators should not be tried in a capital case and be eligible for the death penalty. The 911 suspects are expected to be arraigned before a military commission as early as April.
Presented on a gourmet plate or eaten out of the bag the chips came in, Frito Pie is an American standard.
This Super Bowl Sunday, millions of Americans will watch the game with bowls of corn-based snacks at their side. Whether you prefer Doritos, Cheetos, or even Funyuns, you owe the pleasure of that crunchy munchy to the humble corn curl that started it all: the Frito.
Sen. Robert Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, sent a list of questions about Freddie Mac's controversial trades to the mortgage giant's regulator, highlighting how much remains unknown even after a flurry of statements from the regulator.