Geraldo Rivera of the Fox News Channel once described David Folkenflik as "a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter." Others have been kinder. The Columbia Journalism Review, for example, gave him a "laurel" for his reporting that immediately led the U.S. military to institute safety measures for journalists in Baghdad.

The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Volatile Market Week Brings Promise Of Cheaper Gas

U.S. stock markets finished Friday with a mix of gains and losses, ending a volatile week of steep declines on Wall Street. The release of better-than-expected July job numbers helped early in the day, but the data only seemed to pause, not end, the blood-letting.

But for drivers, there's an upside to the market's losses: The price of gasoline is going to fall, as well, dragged down by the same fears that prompted the flight from stocks.

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4:01 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Will The Budget 'Supercommittee' Accomplish Anything?

This Aug. 16, 12 lawmakers — six Democrats and six Republicans from both houses of Congress — will become among the most influential figures in Washington.

The lawmakers will be part of a bipartisan joint committee formed under the recent debt-ceiling deal, the result of nearly three months of unending gridlock on Capitol Hill.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Small Beer Brewers Hit With '50 Percent Local' Rule In Massachusetts

Cellarman Cooper Reid packs cases of beer at the Ipswich Ale Brewery in July. New rules put out by the state's alcohol commission require "farmer-brewers" like Ipswich to grow 50 percent of their own grains and hops, or get it from domestic farms.
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Small beer brewers in Massachusetts were shocked this week, when the state alcohol commission announced a new rule that any "farmer-brewers" in the state must grow at least 50 percent of their beer's hops and grain themselves, or get them from a domestic farm they've contracted with for the purpose.

When it announced the advisory, the commission emphasized that farmer-brewer licenses were created to encourage development of the state's domestic farms. But the license also costs far less money than a full "manufacturer" permit.

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Barbara Bradley Hagerty is the religion correspondent for NPR, reporting on the intersection of faith and politics, law, science and culture. Her New York Times best-selling book, "Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality," was published by Riverhead/Penguin Group in May 2009. Among others, Barb has received the American Women in Radio and Television Award, the Headliners Award and the Religion Newswriters Association Award for radio reporting.

1:50 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Heat Wave Tests Muslims During Ramadan

Muslims pray together on the evening of the first day of Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami.
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As a heat wave grips large parts of the country, ask yourself this: Would you turn down a glass of water? If you're Muslim, you probably would, because it is the month of Ramadan, when Muslims can't eat or drink from sunup to sundown.

It's a bit of a challenge, says Omar Shahin, an imam in Phoenix. At that moment, it was 105 degrees outside, and he was cleaning the pool in his backyard. The water was so close, yet so far.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

$8 Billion: What This Week's Market Losses Cost The World's Richest Man

Anyone who has a 401K knows that market fluctuations of the kind that have rattled world markets this past week show up significantly on quarterly statements.

Well, imagine what it does to the wealth of the wealthiest man in the world. According to analysis conducted by Bloomberg, Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom magnate, lost $8 billion in past four days. Bloomberg reports:

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Shots - Health Blog
1:08 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Americans Support Bans On Food Allergens In Public Places

Peanuts were a problem for 9 percent of households that reported someone with a food allergy or intolerance.

If some foods really don't agree with you or someone you live with, you've got plenty of company.

In the latest NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll, we asked people across the country about food allergies and intolerance. The bottom line: 1 in 5 households across the country has at least one person who is allergic or intolerant to at least one food.

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Middle East
1:02 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

In Syria, Hama Residents Document Fierce Crackdown

A screen grab of a YouTube video shows smoke rising in what appears to be a contested part of Hama, Syria.
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Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:35 am

The residents of Hama, a religiously conservative city in central Syria, have a bitter history with the Assad family that has ruled the country for four decades.

Government opponents rose up in 1982 against Hafez Assad, the former president, and he responded with massive military force that reduced parts of the city to rubble. It took weeks for details to reach the wider world, and there has never been a full accounting. But human-rights groups estimate that anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 people were killed.

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1:00 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

CNN's Morgan Under Pressure Amid Hacking Scandal

CNN's Piers Morgan is under growing pressure to return to the U.K. to face questions about whether the Daily Mirror engaged in hacking voicemails while he was editor.
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For years, CNN's Piers Morgan has alternately prospered and flopped on the basis of how readily his roguish charm could get him out of scrapes.

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