The Two-Way
8:28 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Look Up! It's A Star In The Midst Of A Violent, Bright Death

These images show Type Ia supernova PTF 11kly, the youngest ever detected—over the past three nights.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Something violent is going on the night sky, right now. And scientists studying the phenomenon said yesterday that with a pair good binoculars or a telescope you can see a star in its final throes causing a spectacular explosion called a supernova.

Even though the star is 21 million light years away from Earth, the explosion is the closest and brightest astronomers have found in decades. Today will be its brightest night.

Reuters reports:

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Europe
7:43 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Europe's Shaky Finances Rattle U.S. Economy

In 1999, the core European Union countries created a common currency, the euro, which is used by about 327 million Europeans.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

For nearly two years, the Greek debt crisis has been causing financial and political turmoil in Europe.

Now, the widening European troubles are undermining U.S. stock prices and increasing the odds of a global recession.

The crushing debt loads incurred by Greece, as well as Italy, Ireland and others, have "badly rattled global financial markets," Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm, said Wednesday.

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It's All Politics
7:41 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Perry's Debate Debut Suggests Texas-Sized Hurdles Ahead

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (right) takes the stage with Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann before Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
David McNew AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 1:22 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has always had a mantra of sorts that he would frequently resort to when taking heat from opponents during political debates back home.

It went something like this: Texas is great. People want to live here. Businesses want to move here. And, by the way, Texas is great.

Unfortunately for Perry, he couldn't play the card that served him so well in his three terms as governor during his first presidential debate Wednesday night.

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Top News: Gadhafi Says He's Still In Libya; Nevada Mourns Shooting Victims

Good morning!

The news we've already posted about, today:

-- Texas Wildfires Rage On With More Than 1,000 Homes Destroyed

-- The Day After: Who Came Out On Top In The GOP Debate

And here some other stories making headlines:

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
7:00 am
Thu September 8, 2011

After Sept. 11: The Not-So-Brave New World

An Amtrak Police K-9 watches while commuters depart for rush hour during "Operation Railsafe" at Union Station in Washington, D.C., last October.
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 5:56 pm

Midmorning on a recent Tuesday in Washington and life is a-bustling at Union Station, the railroad terminal just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. People come and go, sidestepping the Jersey barriers at the entrance, making for the platform gates, some talking on cellphones, others to each other, still others moving in purposeful silence.

Not a soul seems to be paying attention to the security signs or videos.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Texas Wildfires Rage On With More Than 1,000 Homes Destroyed

Hillary Polly looks through the family belongings as Thomas Polly tries to pry open a fireproof gun safe with his father Louie Polly in the background amongst the rubble of their burned house near Bastrop, Texas.
Erich Schlegel Getty Images

Texas authorities said today that the wildfires that began Sunday in Bastrop have destroyed 1,386 homes. The Austin American Statesman reports that officials came to that number by going "house by house and driveway by driveway."

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Shots - Health Blog
6:39 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Weight-Loss Program Beats Doctor's Advice To Shed Pounds

This might be a good time for the doctor to talk about the benefits of shedding a few pounds.
iStockphoto.com

Doctors are supposed to help overweight patients lose weight, since those extra pounds boost the risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other illnesses. But those patients might be better off going to Weight Watchers, according to new research. And, a second study finds, paying for weight-loss programs now may reduce health care costs over the long haul.

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The Two-Way
6:11 am
Thu September 8, 2011

The Day After: Who Came Out On Top In The GOP Debate

Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney (L) looks at Texas Gov. Rick Perry as he speaks at the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Debate.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

The reviews are in of last night's Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library. The short of it is that the debate was all about Texas Gov. Rick Perry — the newest in the field and presumed "front runner" — and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Our friend Frank James at It's All Politics has analysis. But here's what others are saying this morning:

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It's All Politics
11:28 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Perry, Romney Rivalry Still Shapes GOP Race After Reagan Library Debate

Candidates (L to R) Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman, Jr. take the stage before the start of the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Wednesday in Simi Valley, Calif.
David McNew Getty Images

Coming into Wednesday's Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library, many of the questions revolved around Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the newest entrant in the field and instant frontrunner.

How well would he perform his first time on the national debate stage? Would he emerge from the debate with his momentum intact or deliver up a gaffe that would stop it cold?

Also, how would he handle the inevitable questions about controversial attacks on entitlement programs in his book Fed Up, including his derision of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme?

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It's All Politics
10:01 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Amid Skepticism, Obama Prepares For Jobs Speech

President Obama unveils his jobs plan on Thursday night.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 8, 2011 9:53 am

President Obama will attempt a Hail Mary pass when he speaks to a joint session of Congress tonight. He'll be asking for immediate help to boost job growth, after a month in which U.S. hiring came to a virtual standstill.

"The time for action is now," Obama told supporters in Detroit earlier this week. "Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs. Now is the time for them to worry about your jobs."

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