11:12am

Tue April 23, 2013
It's All Politics

Bush Sees Approval Hike, But Trumanesque Recovery? Unlikely

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:45 am

Former President George W. Bush gives a tribute for Van Cliburn at his March 3 funeral in Fort Worth, Texas. This week, Bush's presidential library will open in Dallas.
Joyce Marshall AP

A poll released days before the opening of George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas is serving as fodder for some sequestered GOP nostalgia about his two terms in the White House.

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11:10am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Court Approves Anheuser-Busch InBev Deal To Buy Grupo Modelo

A federal court has approved a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Anheuser-Busch InBev that will allow the mammoth beer company to complete its purchase of Grupo Modelo, a Mexico-based brewer that produces Corona, Pacifico and other beers.

The deal, which requires AB InBev to sell all of Modelo's U.S. business, clears the way for the $20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining portion of Modelo that AB InBev did not yet own. Terms of the deal were announced Friday.

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11:05am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Pew: Wealthiest Experience Big Boost In Post-Recession Worth

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:40 pm

Falling home prices from 2009-2011 contributed to the disparity.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Some 93 percent of Americans saw their mean net worth fall in the first two years of the post-recession recovery, while the remaining 7 percent increased net worth by nearly a third, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.

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11:02am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

AP Twitter Account Hacked, Tweet About Obama Shakes Market

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 6:56 am

A Twitter account from The Associated Press was hacked Tuesday afternoon and the erroneous message — to be perfectly clear, it WAS NOT TRUE — sent stocks down sharply for a few moments.

The false message claimed there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Obama had been injured. Again, none of that happened.

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10:58am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Suspect In Ricin Letters Is Released On Bond

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:40 pm

An image from a video on a YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as Elvis.
YouTube.com

Update at 6:02 p.m. ET. Charges Dropped:

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against a Mississippi man they accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and two other public servants, according to a court order obtained by the AP.

"In a court order calling for the charges to be dismissed, prosecutors said the 'ongoing investigation has revealed new information' without providing any additional detail," Reuters reports.

Paul Kevin Curtis was released from custody earlier Tuesday.

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10:41am

Tue April 23, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Will The GOP Die If It Doesn't Seize The Center?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 11:41 am

Laura Ingraham and Ralph Reed argue against the motion "The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Following the Republican Party's losses in the 2012 elections, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about what the party should do to improve its electoral fortunes.

Some argue that the GOP should moderate its positions on social issues, as well as policies that affect income inequality and social mobility, and that it should embrace compromise as a way to attract more voters. But others say that changing its positions risks alienating the core Republican base and diluting the party's conservative message — doing more damage in the end.

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10:34am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel: Syria Has Been Using Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 6:51 am

A top Israeli military official on Tuesday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of using chemical weapons in recent fighting in Syria. Syria has denied using such weapons. Assad is shown here at the Opera House in Damascus in January.
Anonymous SANA/AP

Israel's top military intelligence official said Tuesday that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons repeatedly, and he criticized the international community for not taking tougher action against the Syrian leadership.

Israel and the Syrian opposition have on multiple occasions accused President Bashar Assad's government of using chemical weapons in the country's civil war, but have not offered much in the way of evidence.

Israeli Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, speaking at a security conference in Israel, gave the most definitive statement so far by an Israeli official.

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10:16am

Tue April 23, 2013
It's All Politics

Montana's Max Baucus To Retire; Republicans Eye 2014 Chances

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, will not seek a seventh term in 2014.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, an influential red-state Democrat who helped craft Obamacare but bucked his party last week in voting against expanded background checks for gun sales, will retire in 2014, he announced Tuesday.

The chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, Baucus was expected to face a potentially tough race for a seventh term after four decades on Capitol Hill. He becomes the sixth Senate Democrat to announce his retirement, as Republicans look for an opportunity to retake Senate control in the midterm elections.

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9:09am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Hackers Tweak FIFA On Corruption, As Reform Advocate Quits

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:22 pm

Even before FIFA President Joseph Blatter announced the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries in December, 2010, accusations of corruption were rampant. A panel meant to restore FIFA's image lost a member Monday, as Alexandra Wrage said it was accomplishing nothing.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

FIFA's efforts to rehabilitate its tarnished public image were dealt twin setbacks Monday when the international soccer federation's Twitter account was hacked and used to send messages joking about corruption. And a member of its reform committee quit, saying they were making no progress.

Update at 3:20 p.m. ET. FIFA Executive Resigns:

Paraguay's Nicolas Leoz resigned from FIFA's executive committee Tuesday, the same week an extensive report on bribery from the group's ethics investigator is to be released.

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9:00am

Tue April 23, 2013
Movie Interviews

Matthew McConaughey, Getting Serious Again

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:30 pm

Matthew McConaughey stars as a man on the run from authorities in Jeff Nichols' Mud.
Jim Bridges Roadside Attractions Publicity

Matthew McConaughey earned early attention as a sensitive actor with his turn in the 1996 legal drama A Time to Kill -- but since then he has mostly made a career with leading-man roles in romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days, Failure to Launch and The Wedding Planner.

He calls these "tomorrow roles," and he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he appreciates them for what they are: parts he could land one day and walk on set to film the next day.

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