Mon August 15, 2011

Obama Tours Midwest To Talk About Economy

President Obama speaks Monday at the town hall-style meeting at the Lower Hannah's Bend Park in Cannon Falls, Minn. Obama is on a bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois where he is scheduled to speak with people about economic issues.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

After a weekend dominated by Republican White House hopefuls, President Obama hit the campaign trail Monday.

The president kicked-off a three-day tour of the Upper Midwest in a specially outfitted bus with plans to visit small towns in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, listening to voters' frustration with Washington, and venting some of his own.

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Mon August 15, 2011

Germans Debate The Cost Of Keeping A Eurozone

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 6:36 pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Berlin last month for negotiations on the European debt crisis. They meet again on Tuesday in Paris in another attempt to stabilize the faltering economies in the eurozone.
Ferdinand Ostrop AP

Within weeks, Europe's spreading debt crisis will force Germany to decide on one of the most critical questions in the Continent's postwar history: Will currency union be strengthened or weakened?

Germany, with the biggest and healthiest economy, has to make the call, and this has prompted a fierce national debate.

The 17 European countries that use the euro as their common currency have such widely varying debt burdens that they cannot survive as a single eurozone unless the strongest rescue the weakest.

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Mon August 15, 2011
It's All Politics

A Different Kind Of Party Bus For Obama

"The Beast" has a new big brother.

"The Beast" is the nickname for the hulking limousine that carries the leader of the free world. Next to the new bus that the Secret Service debuted today for President Obama's Midwestern tour, though, the Beast looks downright puny.

When Air Force One arrived in Saint Paul, Minn., the vehicle was waiting at the bottom of the stairs. It has pitch black windows, Washington, D.C. tags, and communications equipment sprouting off the top like weeds.

Call it "Beast Bus,"or perhaps, "Mega-Beast."

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Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Somalia: Stolen Food Aid, And All To Blame

Originally published on Mon August 15, 2011 4:11 pm

Bisharo Hurow, 10, lays on a cot at a hospital in Mogadishu while suffering from severe diarreah and vomiting on August 15. A cholera epidemic is spreading in famine-stricken Somalia.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Two heart-wrenching stories are making headlines from Somalia, today: First, an Associated Press investigation found that thousands of sacks of food aid meant for victims of famine have been stolen.

The AP reports that the same food is then being sold in markets where children don't have enough to eat:

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Mon August 15, 2011

Bill Puts Ethics Spotlight On Supreme Court Justices

At times of partisan stress in American Politics, the Supreme Court often becomes part of the game, and the ethics of individual justices become a focus of criticism.

Liberal groups are leading the charge now.

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Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

For Slice Of Fame, Pizzerias Spar Over 'Oldest' Title

Pizza before it is put in a coal-burning oven at Lombardi's. Lombardi's opened its doors in 1905 in Manhattan's Little Italy neighborhood.
courtesy of Lombardi's Pizza

For years, a New York restaurant has claimed to be the oldest pizzeria in the country, but now a rival from Trenton, N.J., says it deserves the crown.

A Trenton tomato pie starts out like any other pizza, with the dough, which has to be flattened by hand. Then things are a little different.

"We put the dough out first, then we put cheese on, then we put the tomatoes on the top because it tastes better," says Nick Azzaro, the owner of Papa's Tomato Pies. "I can tell you a lot of reasons, but that's the basic."

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Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

British Police Arrest Man For Planning Water Fight Over Blackberry Messenger

Essex Police arrested a man for planning a water fight in Colchester, England. Police said on Twitter that the man tried to organize others using Blackberry's messaging service. Police presented the news on its website in the context of last week's riots.

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Mon August 15, 2011

Europe's Economic Crisis Claims Political Victims

European leaders are shown here at an EU summit June 23 in Brussels, Belgium. The continent's economic crisis has helped bring down two governments so far this year and several are in danger of being ousted from power.
Michel Spingler AP

Europe's economic problems are having real political consequences.

A declining euro and government austerity measures have set off regular rounds of street protests and even riots. Political parties in Portugal and Ireland have been ousted from power this year. Spain seems likely to change governments in early elections called for November, while leaders in France, Italy and Greece remain at risk.

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Mon August 15, 2011
Middle East

Yemeni Protest Movement Darling Frustrated By Pace Of Change

Tawakkol Karman is the darling of the protest movement in Yemen. A longtime human rights activist and defender of the freedom of expression, she was a natural choice as a leader of a student movement that quickly grew into a nationwide revolution to remove Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh from power. But now, six months on, Saleh is still clinging to power, divisions are forming among the opposition, and pockets of the country are turning violent. Karman hasn't lost her resolve, but she admits she's frustrated by the grinding pace of change.


Mon August 15, 2011

Mubarak Makes Second Court Appearance

In Egypt Monday, former President Hosni Mubarak made his second appearance in court. And much like his first appearance earlier this month, the day proved more dramatic than substantive. The judge once again delayed any testimony against the former president. Mubarak is charged with complicity in the deaths of hundreds of protesters earlier this year — and with corruption. His two sons are also on trial.