9:22am

Tue July 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Campaign Ad: Did Romney Pay 'Any Taxes At All' Some Years?

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:59 am

9:22am

Tue July 17, 2012
Afghanistan

Old Mines Bring New Casualties In Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 7:01 pm

An Afghan man rests after walking on his new artificial leg at the International Committee for the Red Cross Ortho Center in the eastern city of Jalalabad, last month. Many Afghans continue to be injured by mines.
Rahmat Gul AP

Windblown villages of mud houses surround the huge Bagram Airfield north of Kabul. These poor villagers make a living in ways that can also kill them: They graze their animals or forage for scrap metal — often on a NATO firing range.

The East River Range dates to the 1980s, when the Soviet army occupied Afghanistan. It's full of mines, grenades and other ordnance that should have detonated during training exercises over the years. It sprawls along a mountainside and grazing areas. It's poorly marked, and only small sections are clearly identified by signs and concrete barriers.

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9:16am

Tue July 17, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Laboratory Breaks Laser Record, Delivering 500-Trillion-Watt Beam

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:32 am

The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber.
National Ignition Facility

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has produced a record-breaking laser beam at its National Ignition Facility. The lab's system of 192 beams produced more than 500 trillion watts and 1.85 megajoules of laser light onto a 2-millimeter in diameter target.

And we know, those numbers sound like gibberish. But the laboratory puts it in every-day terms:

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8:54am

Tue July 17, 2012
Religion

An American Nun Responds To Vatican Criticism

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 12:18 pm

Sister Pat Farrell is the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the vice president of the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa.
LCWR

In April, the Vatican announced that three American bishops (one archbishop and two bishops) would be sent to oversee the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a member organization founded in 1956 that represents 80 percent of Catholic sisters in the United States, to get them to conform with the teachings of the Church.

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8:48am

Tue July 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Republican Lawmakers Seek To Block Funding On Black Lung Regulation

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 3:33 pm

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee have inserted into a broad appropriations bill language that would block funding for a Labor Department effort to reduce the occurrence of black lung, the disease that afflicts coal miners exposed to excessive mine dust.

The bill covers appropriations for Fiscal Year 2013 for the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. Tucked away deep inside the measure is this language:

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8:13am

Tue July 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Boy Scouts Reaffirm Ban On Open Gays; Call It 'Absolutely The Best Policy'

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 8:56 am

In Mississippi last month, scouts took part in a flag retirement ceremony.
Philip Hall / Enterprise-Journal AP

"After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America has emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays," The Associated Press reports.

According to the wire service, Scouts spokesman Deron Smith said the 11-member committee decided that is "absolutely the best policy" for the organization.

The Boy Scouts' policy states that:

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7:50am

Tue July 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Insurance Prices For Women Set To Drop

Women pay extra for the coverage, but not for much longer.
iStockphoto.com

Any woman who has bought health insurance on her own probably didn't find herself humming the old show tune, "I Enjoy Being a Girl." That's because more than 90 percent of individual plans charge women higher premiums than men for the same coverage, a practice known as gender rating.

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7:45am

Tue July 17, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 11:23 am

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7:24am

Tue July 17, 2012
Strange News

'Cluster Balloon' Daredevils Attempt Record Flight

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 9:17 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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7:19am

Tue July 17, 2012
The Two-Way

In 'Dour' Report, Fed's Bernanke Says Economy Has Decelerated

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:10 am

"The U.S. economy has continued to recover, but economic activity appears to have decelerated somewhat during the first half of this year," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells Congress this morning in testimony prepared for his semiannual report on economic conditions and monetary policy.

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