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Obama needs to do more, family says

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The family of Kenneth Bae, an American who’s been sentenced to 15 years for “hostile acts” against North Korea, say they are losing faith that the Obama administration is doing enough to get the father of two released.

“I don’t see any action. … Send an envoy or do something. As a mother, I am really getting angry, really getting angry. What do they do?” Bae’s mother, Myung-Hee, tells CBS News.

A devout Christian from Washington state, Bae was based in China, traveling frequently to the North to feed orphans, friends and family members say.

No kidding

Among Iran scholars there is a joke, says Reza Aslan, an adjunct senior fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations. “Every night before going to sleep, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gets down on his knees and prays for an Israeli attack on his country.” Why? Ordinary Iranians may share a deep resentment for the clerical regime, but any attack on their country would cause a knee-jerk reaction, stifling dissent and causing them to rally round the flag, Aslan tells a high school student from Iowa in Ask CFR’s Experts series.

Healthy choices

The restaurant industry is figuring out how to comply with Obama’s health care law. “If you’re full time at White Castle, you’re going to stay full time at White Castle,” Jamie Richardson, vice president of the burger chain, tells NPR. But, Richardson says, the company is considering hiring only part-time workers when the law takes effect in 2015. ”If we were to keep our health insurance program exactly like it is with no changes, every forecast we’ve looked at has indicated our costs will go up 24 percent,” he says. NPR cites a Chamber of Commerce survey of small business owners: 71 percent say Obamacare will make it harder to hire.

Meanwhile, three Senate Republicans — including GOP Whip John Cornyn of Texas — are taking their names off a letter that demands that Obamacare be repealed before they’ll vote to raise the debt ceiling, Politico reports. Congress appears headed toward another spending showdown this fall, according to The Hill.

Sticky felines

The cat allergen “is a ‘sticky’ molecule that is carried into every building on people’s shoes and clothes,” says Maureen Jenkins of Allergy UK. It even sticks around “on the walls and ceiling or fittings even a few years after a cat has ceased to live there.” But University of Cambridge scientists have discovered how allergies to cats are triggered, the BBC reports, and a vaccine may be on the way. The research is published in the Journal of Immunology.

Compiled by M.S. Scully.

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