The Two-Way
7:25 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Soda Or Pop? Which Do You Drink?

Blue is for "pop." Red is for "coke." Other colors show where "soda" is supposedly preferred.
popvssoda.com

Having grown up in "pop" country, gone to college in a "soda" city and lived for nearly 30 years in a place where the two cultures mix, this blogger is well aware that folks can get excited when they start debating about what to call carbonated beverages.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Condoleezza Rice Resents Cheney's 'Attack On My Integrity'

When they were on the same team: Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2008.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Top officials from President George W. Bush's administration continue to fire back at former Vice President Dick Cheney for things he says in his new memoir.

First it was former Secretary of State Colin Powell who accused Cheney of taking "cheap shots" with some of his criticisms of former colleagues.

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Jobless Claims Dipped Last Week

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 12,000 last week from the week before, to 409,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It adds that "the 4-week moving average was 410,250, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 408,500."

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Thu September 1, 2011

How Bad Was The Disaster? Check The 'Waffle House Index'

One staple of economics and business reporting is the "odd indicator" story.

Having done a few in our time, we know a good one when we see it.

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U.S.
6:12 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Texas Wildfire's New Path Helping Firefighters

A wind-whipped wildfire that destroyed more than three dozen cliff-top homes in North Texas was expected to burn through most of the tinder-dry trees and shrubs in its path by daybreak Thursday, helping firefighters contain the late-summer blaze during the state's severe and seemingly endless fire season.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Thu September 1, 2011

New Details About Secret Flights To 'Black Sites' Revealed In Court Case

Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

A business dispute that's now in court has brought to light some more details about the secret flights that took terrorism suspects and U.S. officials to CIA-operated "black sites" and prisons around the world in recent years.

As The Associated Press reports:

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Today's Top Stories: Speech Flap; CIA Flights; Libya

Good morning.

The story that the news media seem to believe is this morning's important news is word that the back-and-forth over which night next week President Obama will address a joint session of Congress has ended with the White House agreeing to do it on Thursday (the 8th) instead of Wednesday, which it had requested.

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Politics
3:29 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Obama Changes Speech Date After Dust-Up With GOP

What should have been a simple matter of scheduling turned into a Washington political incident Wednesday. At issue: when and where would President Obama give a policy speech about jobs.

The date and place have been set. But before it was, there was much drama in the nation's capital. All the major players said the matter had nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with logistics.

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Food
10:01 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

In Soda Revival, Fizzy Taste Bubbles Up From The Past

Phosphates and bitters, a mixture of herbs steeped in alcohol, are part of the revival of old-timey soda fountain drinks at places like PS7's in Washington, D.C.
Maggie Starbard NPR

If you're hankering for something new to drink — something more interesting than the usual cocktail or soda — you may want to look to the past. Way back in the 19th century, pharmacists and soda-jerks created all sorts of exotic, lip-smacking sensations by mixing fizzy mineral water with unique blends of sweet syrups and bitters.

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Asia
10:01 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Pakistan's Biggest City Torn By Ethnic Violence

A man walks past a burning van in Karachi, Pakistan, on Aug. 4. Hundreds of extra paramilitary troops have been deployed in Pakistan's economic capital, which is struggling to end violence that has killed more than 300 people in recent weeks.
Asif Hassan AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan's long list of problems has a new addition this summer: vicious communal violence in Karachi.

More than 300 people have been killed in recent weeks, some under grisly circumstances that include decapitations, torture chambers and bodies placed in gunnysacks and dumped on the side of the road.

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