3:06pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

In Kayla Harrison, U.S. Has Chance For Judo Gold, And A 'Comeback Kid' Story

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 10:10 pm

Kayla Harrison, who is on the U.S. judo team, is going to the Olympics for the first time.
Melanie Stetson Freeman Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

Kayla Harrison, 22, is the best chance the United States has to win its first Olympic gold medal in the sport of judo. Like many of the world's best athletes, Harrison's road to London wasn't easy.

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3:06pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

After Uproar, USDA Walks Back 'Meatless Monday' Support

Steak.
Larry Crowe AP

It was likely something that the United States Department of Agricultural didn't put much thought into. In an internal newsletter detailing agency's "greening" efforts, there's information about new lightbulbs and locally bought fruits and vegetables.

But on page three of five, there's also a passage that encourages forgoing meat on Mondays.

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2:30pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

NPR Taps Lobbying Firm To Help Make Case On Public Funding

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:47 pm

Our colleague David Folkenflik reports for the Newscast Desk that:

"NPR has hired an outside lobbying firm to help make its case with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as some House Republicans seek to make deep funding cuts to public broadcasting.

"Recent disclosure forms show NPR has paid $10,000 to Navigators Global, a firm founded by Republican political figures including strategist and pundit Mike Murphy.

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2:23pm

Thu July 26, 2012
All Politics are Local

2012 Fancy Farm Attracts Few Politicians

Many of Kentucky’s most prominent elected officials are opting to skip this year’s Fancy Farm political picnic. Governor Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson announced yesterday, that they would skip the picnic. House Speaker Greg Stumbo will speak in Beshear’s place. 

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1:53pm

Thu July 26, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Backer Explains Why Obama's Wrong, Despite Her Firm's Gov't Contracts

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:48 pm

Rebecca Smith, owner of A.D. Morgan, speaks Thursday at a Tampa, Fla., event to denounce President Obama's statements about small businesses. The event was organized by the Romney campaign. At left is Lou Ramos of Value Enterprise Solutions.
Daniel Wallace Tampa Bay Times/ZUMAPRESS.com

Rebecca Smith owns a Tampa, Fla., construction-management firm that does a lot of work overseeing the building of schools and jails, and other projects for state and local governments.

But even though much of her firm's $80 million in annual revenue comes from contracts with government agencies, she says she was "disgusted" by President Obama's thesis that government had a significant role in her business achievements.

Obama's actual words, from a July 13 speech in Virginia, were:

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1:33pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

How's Facebook Really Doing? Investors Will Soon Find Out

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:41 pm

Mobile devices are key to Facebook's growth potential. Can it deliver?
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Update at 4:33 p.m. ET. Right At Expectations:

Facebook reported slightly stronger than expected profits. For the second quarter, it reported a net loss of $157 million or 11 cents a share. But when it adjusted its earnings to remove stock compensation charges related to its IPO, Reuters reports, Facebook actually made 12 cents a share.

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1:29pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Ford Recalls 485,000 Escapes And Mavericks With Throttle Problems

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 12:16 pm

Ford Escapes sit at a Ford dealership in east Denver.
David Zalubowski AP

Ford says that 485,000 Ford Escapes and Mavericks — which are sold in Europe — may have problems with its throttles.

The AP reports Ford issued a worldwide recall for model year 2001 through 2004 small sports utility vehicles "that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control."

The AP adds:

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1:29pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Torch

Video Clip Of London 2012 Opening Ceremonies Is Released

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:13 pm

A scene from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony is seen in this screenshot, taken from a clip released Thursday.
YouTube

1:24pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Stories Of The Colorado Victims: Mom's Sure Her Daughter Stood Up To Gunman

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:56 am

Rebecca Wingo.
Facebook

As they're told, we'll point to some of the stories about the 12 people who died and the 58 who were wounded last Friday when a gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. As you see others, please share the links in the comment threads.

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1:11pm

Thu July 26, 2012
The Fresh Air Interview

Christopher Beha, On Faith And Its Discontents

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:15 pm

Christopher Beha is an associate editor at Harper's magazine and the author of The Whole Five Feet.
Josephine Sittenfeld Tin House Books

In the novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder, writer Charlie Blakeman runs into his former college love after 10 years and finds out that she has converted to Catholicism. Charlie can't make sense of her conversion, but as he finds out more about Sophie's past, he sees her life is more complicated than he previously thought. When Sophie once again disappears, Charlie sets out to discover what has happened to her.

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