The Two-Way
11:15 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Obama Chooses Republicans' Words Carefully To Say They're Playing Politics

President Obama and Vice President Biden in the Rose Garden of the White House earlier today (Sept. 12, 2011).
Alex Wong Getty Images

At the White House today, President Obama criticized what he said is a view among some Republicans that they don't want to work with him on passing a jobs bill — even when many of the things he's proposing are measures they've supported in the past — because it wouldn't be good for the GOP politically:

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Woodward: It's Clear From His New Book, Cheney Didn't Learn From Iraq

Former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Feb. 10, 2011, file photo.)
Alex Brandon AP

We've been keeping up with reaction to former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir, In My Time. In it, the vice president has made some extraordinary claims, including that he was in charge during Sept. 11 and saying that he still supports water boarding as way to get detainees to talk.

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The Two-Way
11:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Rumsfeld Calls Paul Krugman's Sept. 11 Column 'Repugnant'

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in March 2011.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

"After reading Krugman's repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM."

That's the reaction on Twitter today from former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to "The Years of Shame" blog post published Sunday by New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.

In his post, Krugman argues that:

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Shots - Health Blog
10:03 am
Mon September 12, 2011

SpongeBob May Be Too Speedy For Preschool Brains

SpongeBob Squarepants may be too much for little minds.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for Nickelodeon

Parents may dote on the tragicomic adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants, but researchers say that that the cartoon's fast-based scenes may make it harder for young children to pay attention and think.

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News
10:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Lt. Gov. Of Puerto Rico Pushes For Police Reform

Originally published on Mon September 12, 2011 11:51 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, Host:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Now, to a story that has probably received far less attention than it would have, had it occurred in another major American locale. It's about the police department in Puerto Rico. It's the country's second largest department after New York City's.

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News
10:00 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Justice Denied In Puerto Rico, Says ACLU Chief

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the Puerto Rico Police Department. The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report accusing the police of violating the constitution and using excessive — sometimes fatal — force against civilians. Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union conducted its own investigation, finding similar allegations of police brutality in Puerto Rico. Host Michel Martin speaks with ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero.

Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
9:59 am
Mon September 12, 2011

An Interrogator Writes 'The Inside Story Of 9/11'

In the new book The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al Qaeda, former FBI agent and interrogator Ali Soufan says that the government missed key opportunities to prevent terrorism attacks and find Osama Bin Laden sooner because of mismanaged interrogations and dysfunctional relationships within the government's counterterrorism agencies.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Bank Of America Says 'Phase I' Of Cost-Cutting Will Eliminate 30,000 Jobs

Upcoming job cuts at Bank of America will reduce its payroll "by approximately 30,000 jobs over the next few years," the company just announced.

The financial giant describes the reductions as part of "Phase I" in its reorganization. "Phase II" covering "businesses and operations that were not reviewed in Phase I," will begin in October.

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Business
9:38 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Bank Of America Planning To Cut 30,000 Jobs

Bank of America said Monday that it will cut about 30,000 jobs over the next few years in a bid to save $5 billion per year.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank says it expects many of the job cuts will come through attrition and eliminating unfilled positions. Bank of America has been working for several months on finding ways to streamline its operations. The job cuts are part of "Phase I" in a cost-cutting program the bank calls "Project New BAC."

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Sorry, What Did You Say? SpongeBob Is Bad For Kids' Brains?

SpongeBob Squarepants.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images for Nickelodeon

The good folks over at the Shots blog will have more to report about this, but we just couldn't wait to pass on word that:

"The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds." (The Associated Press)

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