The Two-Way
9:03 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Report: Syrian Government Is Tracking, Intimidating Dissidents Abroad

The Wall Street Journal has an exclusive report today that sheds light on just how far the reach of Syria's police state extends: Talking to U.S. officials and Syrian expatriates in the U.S., the paper found that the regime of President Bashar Assad is tracking and intimidating dissidents living abroad.

The Journal reports:

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Stolen Rembrandt Found In A Church

Los Angeles Sheriff lead detective Clarence Williams, left, and Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, right, display the recovered $250,000 quill pen Rembrandt drawing known as "The Judgment."
Gus Ruelas AP

Originally published on Wed August 17, 2011 11:36 am

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Shots - Health Blog
8:05 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Bargain CT Scans For Smokers: More Harm Than Good?

A CT scan of a human lung.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed August 17, 2011 12:57 pm

Hospitals around the country have started offering deeply discounted CT scans for smokers worried about lung cancer.

Their pitches point to recent findings that screening current or former heavy smokers with CT scans before they show symptoms of lung cancer could modestly reduce their risk of dying from the disease. But some experts question whether the strategy is simply a marketing ploy that could bring more harm than good.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Wed August 17, 2011

China Denies Inspecting U.S. Stealth Helicopter In Pakistan

In a statement, yesterday, China denied a report that Pakistan allowed it to inspect the remnants of the specially modified Black Hawk helicopter that malfunctioned during the Osama bin Laden raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

The BBC reports:

"Those reports are entirely groundless and very ridiculous," the Chinese defence ministry said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
7:27 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA Over Graphic Warning Labels

Coming next year to cigarette packs across the nation.
FDA

Four tobacco firms filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration arguing that new regulations that require them to put graphic warning labels on cigarette packages violate their constitutional rights.

In a statement, a lawyer who represents Lorillard, Inc., the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the U.S., said the regulations "violate the First Amendment."

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Wed August 17, 2011

White House Overstates Rural Role In Military

There they sat with the President of the United States at the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, five veterans of our two most recent wars. With a turkey sandwich on his plate, Mr. Obama acknowledged their service, and the disproportionate sacrifice small towns and rural counties have made in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the military in general.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Wed August 17, 2011

'Straight Up Revenge' Drives University Of Miami Booster

Yahoo! Sports' investigation.
sports.yahoo.com

Originally published on Wed August 17, 2011 7:40 pm

It's a story that has sent "shockwaves through the world of college sports," as NPR's David Greene said earlier today on Morning Edition:

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The Two-Way
5:25 am
Wed August 17, 2011

AP: After Labor Day, Obama To Roll Out New Ideas On Job Growth

Originally published on Wed August 17, 2011 6:31 am

Good morning.

President Obama will be in Illinois today, where he'll wind up a three-day bus tour of the Midwest that included stops in Iowa and Minnesota — key battleground states in the 2012 election.

As he wraps up that trip, The Associated Press reports that following his upcoming vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the president "will give a major speech in early September to unveil new ideas for speeding up job growth and helping the struggling poor and middle class."

According to the AP, it's been told by a "senior administration official" that:

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As NPR's correspondent covering campaign finance and lobbying, Peter Overby totes around a business card that reads Power, Money & Influence Correspondent. Some of his lobbyist sources call it the best job title in Washington.

Overby was awarded an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia silver baton for his coverage of the 2000 campaign and the 2001 Senate vote to tighten the rules on campaign finance. The citation said his reporting "set the bar" for the beat.

In 2008, he teamed up with the Center for Investigative Reporting on the Secret Money Project, an extended multimedia investigation of outside-money groups in federal elections.

National Security
10:01 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Alleged Arms Dealer's Past Debated Before Trial

A Russian businessman accused of being one of the world's most notorious arms dealers is due in a federal court in New York on Wednesday for an important pretrial hearing.

Law enforcement authorities have been chasing Viktor Bout for decades, tracking how he went from a little-known Soviet military officer in the 1980s to a multimillionaire who allegedly provided assault weapons to brutal regimes in Angola and the Congo in the late 1990s.

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