The Two-Way
7:54 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Alan Simpson: If Lawmakers Can't Compromise, They Should 'Go Home'

Former Sen. Alan Simpson spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep this morning and the conversation was wide-ranging and spirited, but one thing was crystal clear: Simpson, who served as a Republican senator from Wyoming, was not happy about the Congressional "horror show" that lead to Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt.

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Since he joined NPR in 2000, Knox has covered a broad range of issues and events in public health, medicine, and science. His reports can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Talk of the Nation, and newscasts.

Among other things, Knox's NPR reports have examined the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, North America, and the Caribbean; anthrax terrorism; smallpox and other bioterrorism preparedness issues; the rising cost of medical care; early detection of lung cancer; community caregiving; music and the brain; and the SARS epidemic.

Shots - Health Blog
7:31 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Soy Pills Fail To Counter Menopause Effects Like Bone Loss

Woman who took a daily soy pill had no less bone loss after two years than others who took a sugar pill, a study found.
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Soy pills for the hot flashes and bone loss menopausal women may endure seemed like a great idea – a cheap way of getting the benefit of estrogen without the risks.

But alas, a new study concludes they don't work.

Woman who took a daily soy pill had no less bone loss after two years than others who took a sugar pill. (Women in both groups didn't know which pill they got.)

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Around the Nation
7:30 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Who's Behind The Movement To Ban Shariah Law?

Protestors outside the White House rally against Shariah law. More than two dozen states have recently proposed legislation to ban Shariah law in their courtrooms.
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In the past year, more than two dozen states have considered legislation that would prevent the use of Shariah, the Islamic code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions, in courtrooms. Several prominent Republicans, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann have all recently warned about the threat of Shariah law. In Tennessee, lawmakers recently debated whether to classify suspected Islamic terrorist groups as "Shariah organizations."

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The Two-Way
7:11 am
Tue August 9, 2011

U.S. Productivity Dips; New York Maid Sues Strauss-Kahn

Good morning!

After a day that saw historic drops in the U.S. markets, the world markets continue their volatility today. The FTSE is up slightly while Japan's Nikkei was down 1.68 percent. Stock futures are forecasting another dramatic day in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reports that in trading before opening, the Dow was up 167 points after a 300-point swing in the other direction.

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Politics
6:55 am
Tue August 9, 2011

The Books And Beliefs Shaping Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been holding multiple campaign events each day, in preparation for next week's Iowa straw poll.
Susan Walsh AP

Rep. Michele Bachman officially threw her hat into the presidential ring on June 27. Since then, the Minnesota congresswoman has emerged as a Republican front-runner, riding on a wave of Tea Party support and national media appearances.

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Opinion
6:41 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Foreign Policy: The Evolution Will Be Worldwide

Dalit Christians, or India's lowest-caste "untouchables" who converted to Christianity, hold placards as they march to the Indian parliament in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 28, 2011. The protesters demanded that the government reclassify them as members of the lowest caste, allowing them to benefit from government quotas in higher education and government jobs.
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Charles Kenny is a weekly columnist for Foreign Policy, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.

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Opinion
6:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Weekly Standard: Spending Money Left And...Left

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Washington.
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Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

President Obama's support for raising income taxes on high earners is more than a talking point. It's an obsession. In negotiations in July over a $4 trillion "grand bargain" on deficit reduction, the president proposed the tax hike as part of an agreement with Republicans. It was a clumsy mistake on his part, an unforced error. Rather than facilitate a deal, he helped kill it.

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Opinion
6:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

New Republic: Put The Money Where The Crisis Is

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in New York. The stock market plummeted following the U.S. financial downgrade from AAA to AA+.
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Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.

Did investors dump stocks on Monday because they'd lost faith in America's ability to pay its bills? Because they thought the federal government would cut spending further, slowing down the economy? Because they were adjusting to the latest news from Europe? The list of experts qualified to address those questions is long. And it does not include me.

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Diana Nyad Abandons Cuba-To-Florida Swim

Diana Nyad delivers a speech at Ernest Hemingway Nautical Club, in Havana.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

Half-way through what was scheduled to be a 60 hour swim, 61-year-old Diana Nyad had to abandon what she called her "Xtreme Dream" — a 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

"It's over. She lasted 29 hours in an heroic attempt," said Elaine Lafferty, one of Nyad's crew members, on Twitter.

On the same Twitter account, her team said that earlier in the evening Nyad was in the water, "surrounded by dolphins and a beautiful Caribbean sunset." But, they explained, a strong wind "blew her 15mph off course."

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