1:57pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Syria, Running Low On Friends, Angrily Sheds Another

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 5:23 am

Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was a close ally of Syria and lived in the capital Damascus for years. But relations soured over the uprising in Syria, and Syria's state television denounced him in withering terms. Mashaal is shown speaking at a conference in Turkey on Sunday.
Kayhan Ozer AP

As the bloodletting in Syria carries on, President Bashar Assad's government doesn't have a lot of allies left.

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1:56pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Book Talk10/7

Alex Ross

Alan talks with New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross about his book "The Rest Is Noise:Listening to the Twentieth Century. {rebroadcast from 2007] Sunday at 6:30PM

1:47pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Middle East

Panic Rises In Iran As Currency Plunges To New Lows

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 3:14 pm

An Iranian man checks the rates of foreign currencies at a currency exchange bureau in central Tehran on Sept. 29. The Iranian currency lost nearly one-third of its value in a day over the weekend.
Maryam Rahmanian UPI/Landov

Large crowds of anxious Iranians gathered in Tehran on Sunday and Monday at foreign exchange offices — some of which had shuttered their doors — as Iran's currency continues its free fall.

From Sunday to Monday, the rial lost nearly one-third of its value against the dollar — and the decline appears to have continued Tuesday.

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1:33pm

Tue October 2, 2012
It's All Politics

A Poll's Query About Partisan Bias Of Pollsters Finds The Tilt Is With Voters

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:55 pm

iStockphoto.com

You can believe this latest poll result if you'd like. Or not.

A survey released Tuesday that was conducted by Public Policy Polling asked people if they thought pollsters were rigging their results to show President Obama leading Mitt Romney (h/t Josh Voorhees at The Slatest).

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1:00pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Nope, Jimmy Hoffa Wasn't Buried Underneath That Michigan Driveway

Still Missing: Jimmy Hoffa on July 24, 1975. He disappeared six days later.
Tony Spina MCT /Landov

The 37-year-old search for Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa will continue.

As Mark reported last week, the search for Hoffa turned to a driveway in Roseville, Mich. Police took "soil core" samples after they received a "credible" tip that someone was buried there right around the time Hoffa went missing.

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12:40pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

New Report Sheds Light On Life In Solitary Confinement

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 12:43 pm

A typical special housing unit (SHU) cell for two prisoners, in use at Upstate Correctional Facility and SHU 20.0.s in New York.
NYACLU

A year-long study released today is providing insight into the effects of solitary confinement in New York state prisons.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New York talked to more than 100 people who spent time in "extreme isolation." In many cases, they received letters from those people.

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12:28pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Democrats And Republicans Differ On Medicaid Fix

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 3:14 pm

Isabelle "Simone" Svikhart, 3, has spent 13 months in the hospital for treatment of a range of health conditions. The Children's Hospital Association distributed a trading card with her picture and details of her case to lobby against Medicaid cuts.
Children's Hospital Association

Medicaid is already the nation's largest health insurance program in terms of number of people covered: It serves nearly 1 in 5 Americans. Yet at the same time it's putting increasing strain on the budgets of states, which pay about 40 percent of its costs.

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12:22pm

Tue October 2, 2012
It's All Politics

5 Myths About The Presidential Race

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:20 pm

The flaps and "fun things" that happen during a political campaign might be gifts for the media, but do they really matter?
iStockphoto.com

There's always a lot of noise around a presidential campaign — minor flaps that suck up a lot of media attention but are forgotten by Election Day.

John Sides, a political scientist at George Washington University and a founder of the blog The Monkey Cage, says there's no need to worry about a lot of the ephemera that news coverage tends to focus on.

"I'm telling you, all the fun things don't matter," Sides says.

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11:49am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Currency In Crisis: Collapse Of Iran's Rial Continues

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:56 pm

A 20,000 rial banknote, which today was worth less than 60 cents.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

One U.S. dollar was worth 35,500 Iranian rials today, The Associated Press reports, as the collapse of the Persian nation's currency continued.

Two years ago, the rial traded at 10,000 to the dollar. It has lost about a quarter of its value in just the past week, Business Insider says.

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10:40am

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Pope's Butler's Pleads Innocent, But Says He Betrayed Pontiff

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 3:14 pm

Pope Benedict XVI and his former butler, Paolo Gabriele (center), are shown at the Vatican in this file photo. The pope's private secretary, Georg Gaenswein, is on the left.
Andrew Medichini AP

Pope Benedict XVI's former butler took the stand at his trial Tuesday and offered a somewhat contradictory message: He declared himself innocent of stealing papal documents, but acknowledged betraying the trust of Pope Benedict XVI.

As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, Paolo Gabriele, 46, is charged with stealing documents pointing to corruption and power struggles with the church. Prosecutors say Gabriele has confessed to giving the material to an Italian journalist, and that his motive was to expose "evil and corruption" in the church.

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