The Two-Way
10:53 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Hot Dog Faceoff: Ball Park And Oscar Mayer In Court

America's two largest hot dog makers face off in a district courthouse in Chicago today, in a case that may determine the limits companies must observe when putting down their competition in advertisements.

The quibble started in 2009, when an Oscar Mayer ad campaign directly targeted Ball Park Franks, with the claim "We are tastier." As proof, it cited a "national taste test" — organized by Oscar Mayer. The folks at Ball Park weren't satisfied.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Egyptian Judge Bans Broadcast Of Mubarak Trial

An Egyptian judge adjourned the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak and banned live broadcasts of it, today. As NPR's Mike Shuster reported this morning, the judge struggled to maintain control of the courtroom and Mubarak, who is charged with corruption and of ordering the killing of hundreds of protesters earlier this year, said only one world: "Present."

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Economy
10:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Clyburn Hopeful In Super 12's Debt Reduction Power

The 12 members of the Super Committee are responsible for finding $1.2 trillion of savings by November. Guest host Tony Cox speaks with one of the members, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), about the committee's ability to address debt reduction. Clyburn says everything is on the table for compromise.

Election 2012
10:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

GOP Presidential Front Feels Dramatic Shake Up

Over the weekend, Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann won Iowa's Ames Straw Poll, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his White House run while former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty withdrew. President Obama is also starting his bus tour of the Midwest. Guest host Tony Cox discusses presidential politics with Republican strategist Ron Christie and Salon.com's Joan Walsh.

The Two-Way
9:31 am
Mon August 15, 2011

U.K. Says Hundreds Of Tons Of Oil Have Leaked In North Sea

A picture released by Shell shows the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea. Shell is battling an oil leak in a North Sea pipeline off the British coast.
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The oil leak at the Gannet Alpha platform off the Scottish coast has spilled "several hundred tons of oil" into the North Sea said the U.K.'s Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Royal Dutch Shell, which owns the platform, said it estimates 1,300 barrels have been spilled and said it was "significant." The AP adds:

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Closing Walter Reed
9:09 am
Mon August 15, 2011

When Will Closing Walter Reed Pay Off? Maybe 2018

BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi, and other member of the commission raise their hands in favor of closing Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington during a base closing hearing Aug. 25, 2005 in Arlington, Va.
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Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 4:08 pm

When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was slated for closure back in 1995, the goals were to improve care for wounded soldiers, and to save money. The final patients left this past week.

But with closing Walter Reed now estimated to cost more than $1 billion more than originally predicted, it could take many years before the military will realize any savings.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:03 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Coconut Water To The Rescue? Parsing The Medical Claims

Coconut water may not be the ideal replacement fluid if you're dehydrated.
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Hydration is something we're inclined to worry about in the summertime, when we sweat more and can be at risk of heat exhaustion if we don't get enough fluids. And while most doctors say water is the ideal fluid for rehydrating, coconut water, the latest faddish recovery drink, is being heavily marketed as "more hydrating" than H20.

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Motorola Acquisition Would Throw Google Into The Thick Of Mobile Hardware

Google announced this morning that it was acquiring Motorola Mobility Holdings for $40 a share in cash or $12.5 billion. It is the largest acquisition for Google and it throws Google firmly into the mobile business.

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Politics
8:24 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Summertime Politics: Bring Out The Flip-Flops

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Flip-flops are good. Flip-flops are bad. It's summertime and everybody is talking about flip-flops. Political flip-flops, that is.

As the dust settles from the recent Republican debate and straw poll in Iowa, flip-flops keep cropping up like spent corncobs. In the debate, Newt Gingrich "was asked about his position on military action against Libya," the St. Petersburg Times reported. "We explored whether he flip-flopped and rated it Full Flop."

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