The Two-Way
9:04 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Reputed Klansman Imprisoned For 1964 Killings Dies In Prison

In 2007, James Ford Seale was belatedly convicted for his role in the 1964 abduction and killing of two black men in rural Mississippi. Seale died in jail Tuesday, while serving three life sentences. He was 76.

The AP has some background:

Seale was convicted of two counts of kidnapping and one of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the 1964 deaths of Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19.

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Opinion
8:34 am
Wed August 3, 2011

The Nation: A Heavy Hearted Deal

This video image provided by Senate Television shows the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, after the Senate has approved an emergency bill to avert a first-ever government default with just hours to spare.
AP

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

Following in uneasy but steady lockstep behind the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, the Democrat-controlled US Senate voted 74-26 Tuesday to endorse the deal between President Obama and Congressional Republicans that will impose massive cuts in federal programs in return for a temporary hike in the debt ceiling.

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Opinion
8:33 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Weekly Standard: Resilient Boehner Bounces Back

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, to discuss the debt ceiling legislation.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

For House speaker John Boehner, Tea Party Republicans weren't the problem as he sought support for a package of spending cuts attached to an increase in the debt limit. The biggest impediment to a House majority was Republicans fearful a primary opponent would use a vote to boost the debt limit against them.

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Krulwich Wonders...
7:46 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Living Very, Very Narrowly

Courtesy of Jakub Szczesny Centrala

There are two apartment buildings in my Manhattan neighborhood that share a block. They sit very close. One is about nine inches from the other. In the small vertical space between them, a horde of finches have built themselves nest upon nest upon nest rising for nine human floors. It's a finch skyscraper. In March and April you can see finches busily flying in and out of this vertical crack, bearing twigs, grasses and nest-building material.

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Shots - Health Blog
7:42 am
Wed August 3, 2011

First Death In Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak Tied To Ground Turkey

Cases of salmonella linked to the Heidelberg strain of the bacterium.
CDC

Seventy-seven people have gotten sick and one has died in a salmonella outbreak that's appears to be caused by tainted ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

And the bacterial strain investigators are closing in on — Salmonella Heidelberg — is potentially quite bad because it's resistant to a lot of common antibiotics. That complicates treatment for people who get sick from it.

So why hasn't the government issued any turkey recalls?

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Opinion
7:22 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Foreign Policy: In China Apple's Got A Rotten Core

A man walks past Beijing's newly open Apple store Saturday, July 19, 2008. A chemical used on the glass screens of Apple products is causing health problems for employees.
Oded Balilty AP

Christina Larson is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy and a fellow at the New America Foundation.

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Africa
7:21 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Mubarak Arrives In Cairo To Face Corruption Trial

This video image taken from Egyptian state television shows former President Hosni Mubarak laying on a hospital bed inside a cage of mesh and iron bars in a Cairo courtroom as his trial began Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Wed August 3, 2011 12:17 pm

Hosni Mubarak, the man who ruled Egypt with an iron fist for nearly three decades, was wheeled into a Cairo courtroom on a hospital bed and placed in a metal cage as his trial opened Wednesday on charges of corruption and conspiracy in the killing of protesters who sought his ouster.

The ailing 83-year-old lay ashen-faced as he pleaded not guilty from inside the defendants' cage. His two sons, also on trial, stood beside him in white prison uniforms.

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Economy
7:15 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Private Hiring Up, But So Are Layoffs

Two reports sent mixed signals about the job market Wednesday.

Companies added 114,000 jobs in July, but job cuts rose to a 16-month high, according to two private reports. The numbers come two days before Friday's official July jobs report from the Labor Department.

Payroll processor ADP said employment in the services sector rose 121,000 last month, but goods-producing jobs fell by 7,000. The report "suggests that employment continued to advance at a moderate pace in July," but employment is decelerating, ADP said.

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Wed August 3, 2011

ABC News: New D.B. Cooper Clues Come From 'Niece'

ABC News has a report out this morning that claims to name the source of the new information in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking. ABC says unnamed and unspecified sources have confirmed that a woman named Marla Cooper provided the FBI with a guitar strap for fingerprint testing.

NPR is trying to independently confirm ABC's claim. The FBI has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Mubarak Trial Begins; Tropical Storm Emily Threatens East Coast

Egyptians walk past a poster of Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak shown behind a noose outside the court set up in the Cairo Police Academy, on August 3.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Good morning!

The story dominating the morning is that six months after his ouster, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is standing trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the deaths of protesters. The ailing 83-year-old was in a hospital bed inside a metal cage. The AP reports:

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