The Two-Way
10:27 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Sentenced To Life In Prison

A jury has sentenced polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison. The AP reports from San Angelo, Texas:

The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stood quietly as the decision of the Texas jury was read Tuesday. He received the maximum sentence on both counts.

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Your Money
10:00 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Protecting Your Money Amid U.S. Credit Downgrade

Dow Jones dropped more than 600 points Monday, and Wall Street's nerves are shaken by the risk of another recession. So what should ordinary Americans do with their stocks now, and what does the downgrade mean for savers, borrowers, retirees and job seekers? Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and Wall Street Journal Economics Reporter Sudeep Reddy.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Tue August 9, 2011

A College Professor Wants To Name A Mountain Peak After John Denver

FILE - In this May 13, 2004 file photo, clouds swirl around Mount Sopris as the peak hangs over a subdivision south of Glenwood Springs, Colo. A movement to name a Colorado mountain peak after the late John Denver has hit a snag.
David Zalubowski ASSOCIATED PRESS

A college professor says she has collected a couple of thousand signatures to name the eastern peak of Mount Sopris after musician John Denver. The would mean the second peak of Sopris, which sits at the northwest end of the Elk Mountains in western Colorado, would be known as "John Denver Peak."

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Opinion
8:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

The Nation: Gettin' Ready For Wisconsin Recalls

A voter in Glendale, Wis., casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on Thursday, July 12, 2011, as part of recall efforts against Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling. Darling is one of six Republican state senators being targeted for recall for supporting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill this winter. The recall election is Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.
Dinesh Ramde AP

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999.

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Opinion
8:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Weekly Standard: The Reality Of The Recall

Republican Wisconsin Sens. Luther Olsen and Shelia Harsdorf leave the Senate chambers Wednesday, March 9, 2011, after Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers after discovering a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats. On Tuesday Wisconsin will hold recall elections for state senators.
Andy Manis AP

John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

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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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