Politics
2:10 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Obama Seeks To Rekindle Campaign Passion In 2012

President Obama likes to say that the American economy is facing headwinds: turmoil in Europe, the Arab spring and the tsunami in Japan. His reelection campaign is facing headwinds too: 9 percent unemployment, a U.S. credit downgrade, and a presidential approval rating slipping toward 40 percent.

Despite those daunting numbers, the President plans to convince Americans that he deserves another four years.

During the 2010 midterm campaign, Obama often told audiences that Republicans drove the economy into a ditch, and now they want the keys to the car back.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:08 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Hackers Hijack Websites In Online Pharmacy Scam

Those who search for drug information online may be "drowned out in a sea of rogue results."
iStockphoto.com

People searching for prescription drug information online are being led astray by hackers and redirected to illicit online drug sellers in one out of every three searches.

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Middle East
2:03 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Egyptians See Their Revolution As Mideast Barometer

A protester shouts as Egyptian soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire at the Defense Ministry in Cairo on July 23. Egyptians say their revolution is still not complete, but they believe they are setting the tone for the region.
Mohamed Hossam AFP/Getty Images

After Egyptians toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February, many thought that their revolution, driven by peaceful, mass demonstrations, would be duplicated elsewhere in the Middle East with the same powerful results.

All too soon, they saw on their TV screens that would not be the case, as uprisings in Libya and Syria brought bloodshed and slaughter. That led to uncertainty and fear in Egypt, because many agree with activist Hossam al-Hamalawy, who says that Egypt's revolution cannot fully succeed on its own.

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The Two-Way
1:54 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Europe Bans Short Sells, But Will It Work?

France, Spain, Belgium and Italy decided to ban short selling on some stocks for two weeks.

"Some authorities have decided to impose or extend existing short-selling bans in their respective countries," the European Securities and Markets Authority said in a statement. "They have done so either to restrict the benefits that can be achieved from spreading false rumors or to achieve a regulatory level playing field, given the close inter-linkage between some EU markets."

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Business And Economics
1:49 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

In Manhattan, Preschool Interviews Induce Anxiety

Children play with blue foam building blocks at the Blue School in New York City on March 31. The Blue School is one of many competitive private preschools in Manhattan, founded by original members of the Blue Man Group so they could send their own children to a school that they felt supported creative offerings for their children.
Mark Lennihan AP

The value of preschool isn't a surprise to one group of people in America: Some Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool.

But before you can even pay the tuition, you have to get in. Competition for a spot at some of Manhattan's most coveted schools is fierce.

And one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the process for parents is the preschool interview.

'It's Like A Sport'

When you think preschool interview, it's hard not to imagine a job interview for babies. But that's not exactly how it works.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The Lone Star State Beginnings Of Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Education Agency Administrators' Midwinter Conference in Austin, Texas, in 2001.
Deborah Cannon AP

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 4:32 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will officially make clear his intentions to run for the GOP presidential nomination during a speech on Saturday in South Carolina. But he has sounded like a candidate for a while.

"Until Washington figures out that the only true stimulus is more money in the hands of employers across all economic sectors, as well as a restrained bureaucracy that is no longer overreaching into the workplaces, our national nightmare will continue," he said in San Antonio this week.

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NPR Story
1:00 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Appeals Court Rejects Part Of Health Care Law

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled against the individual mandate contained in the new health care law, saying it is unconstitutional to require citizens to buy health insurance.

The Two-Way
12:55 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Debt 'Supercommittee' Members' Top Political Contributors Scrutinized

One day after the U.S. debt "supercommittee" was finalized, the largest political donors to Republicans and Democrats on the panel are being scrutinized — after all, lobbyists are widely expected to court the committee's 12 members, to ensure that their interests stay off the chopping block.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Fri August 12, 2011

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Health Care Law

A U.S. appeals court has ruled in favor of 26 states that filed suit to challenge a requirement in President Barack Obama's healthcare law that forced individuals to own health insurance. The law's "individual mandate" portion was declared unconstitutional, according to Reuters.

The court has apparently ruled that the remainder of the law, without the individual mandate, can stand, Reuters reports.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:30 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Regulators Grapple With Outbreaks As Salmonella, E. Coli Illnesses Grow

Ground turkey packages like this one are part of a nationwide recall and are blamed for sickening 107 people so far.
Paul Sakuma ASSOCIATED PRESS

It's been another tough week for food safety.

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