The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Capitol Hill Police Not Amused By Tweets From 'The Onion'

J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 10:36 am

A fake story and a series of tweets this morning by the satirical folks at The Onion "reported" that members of Congress had taken schoolchildren hostage inside the Capitol Building.

Officials at the U.S. Capitol Police don't find any of it funny.

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Planet Money
10:23 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Germany Approves A Bailout That's Way Too Small To Solve Europe's Problems

By a wide majority, Germany's parliament just agreed to expand Europe's bailout fund. This sounds like a big deal: Germany's rescuing Europe!

But Germany isn't rescuing Europe. It's just signing off on a bailout plan that Europe's leaders agreed to months ago — a plan that clearly won't be enough to solve Europe's problems.

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It's All Politics
10:04 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Romney Withstands Perry Surge To Retake GOP Lead In National Poll

Mitt Romney may be back on track to the Republican presidential nomination.

It's still early and nothing is certain, of course. But the signs are that Romney has resumed what seemed, until a few weeks ago, his steady march towards becoming his party's standard bearer against President Obama in the 2012 presidential race.

If that Obama-Romney race should happen, by the way, Harvard Law School couldn't lose since it would be the first time two of its graduates faced each other as major-party nominees for the White House.

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10:01 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Deadly Insurgents With Ties To U.S. Dollars

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 12:08 pm

Last week, Adm. Mike Mullen, the departing head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sat in front of Congress, where he described the Haqqani Network as a "veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency."

The militant group has long been considered one of the most dangerous insurgent forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. Their estimated 5,000 to 15,000 fighters, led by militant Jalaluddin Haqqani, roam the mountainous region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they carry out deadly roadside bomb attacks, kidnappings and extortion plots.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:55 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Global Ambitions For A Bulgarian Pill To Help Smokers Quit

For decades, smokers behind the iron curtain had special help when it came to quitting smoking. A pill derived from the seeds of the Golden Rain acacia tree helped lessen cravings for nicotine.

A Bulgarian pharmaceutical company has sold the drug in Eastern Europe as under the brand name Tabex since the 1960s. In Poland, where it remains popular, a course of treatment costs about $15. It's not approved for use in the U.S.

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Around the Nation
9:52 am
Thu September 29, 2011

The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

Water plant operator Torrey Jones checks the clarity of a sample of treated water at the Beaver Falls Municipal Authority water treatment plant in Beaver Falls, Pa.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Fri September 30, 2011 9:36 am

Susan Wallace-Babb lived on a ranch in western Colorado. One summer night in 2005, she drove her truck down the road into a field out past her neighbors. She stepped out of her truck, felt woozy and immediately passed out.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Five More High Profile Inmates Sent To 'Guantanamo North' Prison Units

Five men convicted in a recent wave of high profile domestic terrorism cases are now in special communications management units (CMUs) in the American Midwest, where their conversations are monitored 24 hours a day by counterterrorism analysts at the U.S Bureau of Prisons in West Virginia.

A new analysis by NPR's Investigations unit shows several new arrivals into the secretive CMU units, based in Terre Haute, Ind. and Marion, Ill.:

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Syrian Government Supporters Throw Stones, Tomatoes At U.S. Ambassador

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 10:26 am

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was on his way to meet an opposition figure, when government supporters threw stones, eggs and tomatoes at his convoy.

The BBC reports:

Veteran politician Hassan Abdul Azim said about 100 protesters tried to get into his office as Mr Ford arrived and then surrounded it. Mr Ford, who has been accused of inciting protests, was trapped inside the building for at least two hours.

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Offered Special Treatment, Medal Of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer Declines

President Barack Obama applauds former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, 23, on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, after awarding him the Medal of Honor at the White House.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 9:57 am

Dakota Meyer, the Marine sergeant who received the Medal of Honor this month from President Obama at the White House, has turned down an opportunity to apply to be a New York City firefighter. The city's application deadline expired on Sept. 19 and Meyer — who was honored at the White House on Sept. 15 — missed the deadline. His attorney asked whether New York could briefly re-open the application process and a federal judge agreed — but only if Meyer was the sole applicant.

That's why Meyer said no thanks.

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Middle East
9:27 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Bahrain To Execute Protester For Killing Policeman

Bahrain's special security court handed down a death sentence Thursday for a protester who killed a policeman at an anti-government rally and gave lengthy sentences to doctors and nurses who treated injured protesters.

A government statement said the man was given the ultimate penalty for "intentionally" hitting the officer with his car. Another defendant who faced the same charges received life in prison.

Earlier this year, the same special court sentenced two other protesters to death for killing a police officer in a separate incident.

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