1:50pm

Wed January 4, 2012
It's All Politics

McCain Endorses Romney

Saying he's there "to make sure we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America," 2008 Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain just returned to New Hampshire to endorse the White House bid of his one-time rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

McCain and Romney fought a hard battle for the GOP nomination n 2008, after which Romney endorsed the Arizona senator.

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1:38pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Number Of Twins Soars As Older Moms Turn To Fertility Treatments

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 1:40 pm

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The number of twins born each year in the United States has more than doubled since 1980, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

For most of the last century the rate at which American women gave birth to twins remained steady at about 2 percent of all births.

But the rate increased steadily between 1980 and 2009, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And by 2009, more than 3 percent of all births produced twins.

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1:33pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

As EU Mulls Oil Embargo, Iran Remains Defiant

Reuters and Bloomberg are both reporting that the European Union is close to imposing an embargo on Iranian oil. The Wall Street Journal goes a step further, saying that now that Greece has dropped objections to the ban, the EU has reached a preliminary agreement.

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12:49pm

Wed January 4, 2012
All Politics are Local

Lexington Mayor Reacts to Galbraith's Death

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reacting to the sudden death of perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith. This morning Gray said Galbraith's campaigns were always genuine and born of conviction. "That represented the kind of democratic process, the kind of campaigning that is often something we don't see anymore. He brought color, he brought conviction. And an unfiltered, unvarnished way of looking at the democratic process," Gray said.

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12:47pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Boeing Says It Will Close Wichita Plant That Employs 2,160 Workers

Boeing plans to close its Wichita plant, where in 2005 members of the Machinists Union voted to go on strike, seen in this file photo.
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Boeing Co. says it will shut down its Wichita facility, which specializes in maintaining and modifying the company's planes for military or government use. The plant is slated to close by the end of 2013.

The closure could devastate a portion of the local economy, according to The Wichita Eagle:

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12:46pm

Wed January 4, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Reacts to Galbraith Death

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear praised perennial candidate Gatewood Galbraith as an outspoken advocate following the announcement of the Lexington attorney’s death. During the 2011 gubernatorial campaign, Galbraith challenged Behsear on several issues and called the governor’s Fancy Farm speech the worst in the picnic’s history.

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12:41pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Opinion

Will Charlie Rose Rise And Shine For CBS?

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 5:19 pm

TV personality, and new CBS anchor Charlie Rose poses on Oct. 22, 2009, in New York City.
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Andrew Wallenstein is an editor at Variety.

Charlie Rose may very well be the best interviewer on the planet. If there's something important in the news, chances are he has left his mark on the story — from the events unfolding in North Korea to the modern relevance of Shakespeare.

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12:40pm

Wed January 4, 2012
The Two-Way

How Close Was It? Iowa Result Was .003 Tighter Than Bush-Gore In Fla.

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 1:15 pm

Some of the caucus ballots from a GOP gathering Tuesday night in Des Moines.
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When it comes to close political races, the recent Gold Standard in the U.S. is the 2000 presidential vote in Florida.

So we were wondering how last night's result in the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses compares to that famous hanging-chad contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

Let's walk through the math:

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12:20pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Presidential Race

U.S. Politics: Hurrah For The Red, White And Screwy

Voters register to cast their ballots during Republican caucuses at a school in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday.
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The American political system — as corny, eclectic, chaotic and screwed up as it is with its straw polls, caucuses, primaries and contested elections — somehow gets the job done time after time.

It's weird, really: In this country that celebrates unity and national spirit, a president is chosen via quirky, jerky state-by-state (sometimes precinct-by-precinct) methods. In this society that seeks perfection, the leader is selected in a painfully imperfect process.

But, to paraphrase the old saw: Our funky form of democracy may just be the least worst way to govern.

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12:18pm

Wed January 4, 2012
Presidential Race

Iowa A Virtual Tie For Romney, Decisive For Bachmann

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum finished virtually even in Iowa's caucuses Tuesday, but after Rep. Michele Bachmann's sixth-place finish, she announced Wednesday that she is suspending her campaign. For more on the GOP race and the next contest — Tuesday's New Hampshire primary — Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Brian Naylor, who's in the city of Manchester.

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