The Two-Way
7:42 am
Mon August 8, 2011

From Cuba To Florida: A 61-Year-Old Starts The 103-Mile Swim

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

Diana Nyad attempted it once before. It was 1978 when she was 28, but 42 hours into what's supposed to be a 60-hour swim, her team pulled the plug. Nyad, a world-class endurance swimmer, had been defeated by nature: the water temperature was a tad cool and the wind produced sizable waves.

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Opinion
7:05 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Foreign Policy: History Doesn't Quite Repeat Itself

Members of a pro-Islamic human rights group and Syrians living in Turkey gather, one holding a placard that reads, "we did not forget Hama" as they stage a protest against the Syrian regime and its leader Bashar Assad during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.
AP

David Kenner is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

Something was stirring in the Syrian city of Hama. The Assad regime appeared to be losing control; it had issued vague warnings about an Islamist takeover, but had gone ominously silent for over a week. A government-planned trip to the city was canceled. Syrian officials warned privately that any attempt by intrepid journalists to visit Hama would be "life-threatening."

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Opinion
6:54 am
Mon August 8, 2011

New Republic: A Lesson From The Great Depression

A family of migrant workers flees from the drought in Oklahoma camp by the roadside in Blythe, California, during The Great Depression.
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John B. Judis is a senior editor of The New Republic and a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Opinion
6:53 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Weekly Standard: Time To Celebrate Health Care?

President Barack Obama speaks about efforts to prepare veterans for the workforce, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington. On Friday the president also declated Aug. 7-13 as National Health Center Week.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeffrey H. Anderson was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Riots In London Over Police Shooting; Saudis Recall Ambassador From Syria

People walk past a burned van Sunday, a day after riots in the Tottenham area of London. A peaceful protest against the police killing of a 29-year-old man degenerated into a rampage.
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Good morning!

As we said earlier, we'll be watching the markets as they react to the United States' rating downgrade and the greater worries about the global economy. But, here are some other stories making headlines:

-- London Riots: For the first time in decades, London witnessed intense riots this past weekend. The riots started after police shot and killed Mark Duggan a 29-year-old father of four. The AP reports:

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Business
6:30 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Uneasy Financial World Awaits Wall Street Reaction

Wall Street was poised Monday for a day of potential turmoil after global stocks slid in the wake of a first-ever downgrade of U.S. credit and major intervention by the European Central Bank to help stave off defaults in Spain and Italy.

European markets lost early momentum and moved sharply lower amid mounting concerns over eurozone debt woes and the pending opening of U.S. markets, when traders will have their first chance to respond to Standard and Poor's decision Friday to lower its triple A rating for the U.S.

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NPR correspondent Chris Arnold is based in Boston. His reports are heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. He joined NPR in 1996, and was based in San Francisco before moving to Boston in 2001.

The Two-Way
5:57 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Developing: In Wake Of S&P Downgrade, Watching The Markets

The markets are trying to digest a lot, this morning: First, is the news from Friday that Standard & Poor's downgraded the United States' credit rating. Second, is that this morning the European Central Bank started buying Italian and Spanish government bonds.

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Economy
4:34 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Economists Cast Opinions During Fishing Trip

Turmoil in the financial markets has coincided with an annual fishing trip for economists and top executives deep in the woods of Maine near the Canadian border. While the economists were together, Standard and Poor's took the unprecedented step of downgrading the U.S. government's credit rating.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:30 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth

Want your child to love veggies? Start early. Very early. Research shows that what a woman eats during pregnancy not only nourishes her baby in the womb, but may shape food preferences later in life.

At 21 weeks after conception, a developing baby weighs about as much as a can of coke – and he or she can taste it too. Still in the womb, the growing baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid daily. That fluid surrounding the baby is actually flavored by the foods and beverages the mother has eaten in the last few hours.

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