2:25pm

Sun November 18, 2012
Politics

Debt Talks A 'Roosevelt Moment' For Obama

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 2:53 pm

President Obama leaves the White House Saturday for a trip to Southeast Asia.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

President Obama is now about to enter into a series of difficult talks on the so-called debt ceiling and the impending fiscal cliff. Lawmakers have until Dec. 31 to come up with a deal to prevent $700 billion from being cut from the federal budget.

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11:04am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Lawmakers Have More Questions On Benghazi Talking Points

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 4:27 am

Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Lawmakers want to know who made changes to the intelligence assessment of the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Congress had asked the White House to explain the Obama administration's talking points in the aftermath of the attack.

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9:57am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Three Dead In Egypt Clashes Over Plot Of Land

At least three people were killed as Egyptian troops clashed with protesters Sunday in Cairo in a dispute over a plot of land on an island in the Nile River.

Kimberly Adams reported on the clash for NPR's Newscast Unit. Here's what she said:

"Egyptian state media reported several army troops and protesters were injured in the four-hour gunfight in southern Cairo. Army troops arrested more than a dozen of the protesters.

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7:24am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Diplomatic Efforts Mount As Death Toll Rises In Gaza

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:45 am

Smoke billows from the local Al-Aqsa TV station in Gaza City Sunday after an Israeli airstrike.
Marco Longari AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli bombardment of Gaza continued Sunday — with one missile strike flattening a two-story building in Gaza City, killing at least 11 people, including women and children; another hit a media building and injured six journalists. Israel says its actions have been prompted by a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, targeting Israeli cities. Meanwhile, diplomatic negotiations are under way, but Israel is continuing preparations for a ground invasion.

Update at 7:42 p.m. ET: State Department Comments

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5:59am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Austin Hosts The World With The Return Of F1 Racing

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 5:39 am

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso during qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Paul Gilham Getty Images

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET: Lewis Hamilton of the legendary McLaren team wins the inaugural F1 race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Hamilton — the 2008 series champion — also won the race the last time it was run in America, five years ago in Indianapolis. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel placed second today in a closely fought race.

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3:24am

Sun November 18, 2012
The Two-Way

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A ... Guy In A Giraffe Suit?

Armstrong Baillie, in costume.
YouTube

"Scotland Is Growing To Love The Good Giraffe's High Ideals:

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2:50am

Sun November 18, 2012
Politics

GOP Governors Say Party Lost On Strategy, Not Issues

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 11:22 am

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (left), Indiana Gov.-Elect Mike Pence (center) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, participate in a panel discussion during the 2012 RGA Annual Conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.
Ronda Churchill AP

Republican governors got together in Las Vegas last week to take stock of the election results, which continue to sink in.

Going into Election Day, Republican confidence was high that the Grand Old Party would sweep President Obama aside, retake the U.S. Senate and reshape the country in the aftermath.

So on Nov. 6, when the results came in, many if not most Republicans were shocked by the president's victory. Pat McCrory, the newly elected governor of North Carolina, however, saw it coming.

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2:50am

Sun November 18, 2012
Business

Tesla Revived The Electric Car, But Can It Sell It?

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 11:13 am

Tesla workers cheer on the first Tesla Model S cars sold during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., in June.
Paul Sakuma AP

The American auto industry has a new darling, but it doesn't come from the Big Three or even Motor City. Instead, it comes from the West Coast — Silicon Valley, to be precise.

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2:10am

Sun November 18, 2012
Politics

'It Takes Generations': Sen. Boxer On The Gender Gap

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 12:29 pm

California Sen. Barbara Boxer says women are still making progress on closing the gender gap in Congress.
Ben Margot AP

Sen. Barbara Boxer says we can finally stop using the term "Year of the Woman" once the Senate reaches a 50-50 split of men and women. "That's the goal," she says.

We're not quite there yet. But in 2013, more women will be serving in Congress than ever before. There will be 20 women in the Senate. When Boxer took her seat in 1993, there were six — and that was after tripling from two the term before.

So what does the California Democrat have to say about the fact that there's still a gender gap? Let's put this in perspective.

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2:09am

Sun November 18, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Staten Island Relief Efforts Are A Community Affair

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 3:09 pm

Volunteers bring food to residents of homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy earlier this month in the Staten Island borough of New York City.
John Moore Getty Images

On a street corner in Midland Beach on Staten Island, volunteers have set up a makeshift stand. There's no tent here, no corporate logos — just a couple of folding tables and cardboard boxes full of food, clothing and cleaning supplies.

Ross Decker is the guy in charge.

"Anytime we run out of something, I tell the people just come back in 20 minutes, it'll be here," he says.

Decker says the site, badly flooded during Superstorm Sandy, was picked by a handful of local churches. This volunteer operation seems to be stocked mainly through the kindness of strangers.

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