9:08am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

ABC News: New D.B. Cooper Clues Come From 'Niece'

ABC News has a report out this morning that claims to name the source of the new information in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking. ABC says unnamed and unspecified sources have confirmed that a woman named Marla Cooper provided the FBI with a guitar strap for fingerprint testing.

NPR is trying to independently confirm ABC's claim. The FBI has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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8:48am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Mubarak Trial Begins; Tropical Storm Emily Threatens East Coast

Egyptians walk past a poster of Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak shown behind a noose outside the court set up in the Cairo Police Academy, on August 3.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

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The story dominating the morning is that six months after his ouster, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is standing trial on charges of corruption and complicity in the deaths of protesters. The ailing 83-year-old was in a hospital bed inside a metal cage. The AP reports:

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8:41am

Wed August 3, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Yes, He's The Great Disuader

President Barack Obama walks out to deliver a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, following the Senate's passing of the debt ceiling agreement. The president's approval rating fell during this most recent economic debate.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Mathew Continetti is an opinion editor for The Weekly Standard.

The talks were going nowhere. It was July 13, the fifth straight day of negotiations between President Obama and congressional leaders over an agreement to increase the debt ceiling. The hour was late when House majority leader Eric Cantor repeated the Republican preference for a short-term increase. But the president wasn't having it. "Eric, don't call my bluff," Obama said. "I'm going to the American people on this."

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8:41am

Wed August 3, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: For GOP It's A Far-Right Turn Only

As the Tea Party's presence in the political spectrum grows, some are wondering if the GOP will be forced away from the center.
iStockphoto.com

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic.

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8:21am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Local New Jersey Politician Resigns Amid Sexting Scandal

Louis N. Magazzu.
Cumberland County

Yet another politician has given up his seat because explicit pictures of themselves ended up on the World Wide Web and in this case on the site of a political adversary.

Louis N. Magazzu, 53-year-old Democrat, had been a New Jersey freeholder, or county commissioner, for nearly 14 years. He resigned, yesterday, amid a controversy that's becoming very familiar: Magazzu texted naked pictures of himself to a woman he'd never met in person and then those pictures went public.

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7:45am

Wed August 3, 2011
Politics

Sen. Reid Issues Warning To GOP On Taxes

Steve Inskeep reports on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's remarks about possible taxes in an interview on Tuesday's All Things Considered.

7:40am

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Joining Fitch, Moody's Also Affirms U.S. Credit Rating

Echoing what Fitch Ratings said yesterday, Moody's Investor Service said it is keeping a triple-A credit rating for the United States. Bloomberg reports that the announcement also came with a warning that a downgrade is still possible if the country doesn't take on debt reduction:

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7:00am

Wed August 3, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Left in the Cold by United Way

Among programs threatened by United Way cuts is the Boys and Girls Club administered by the Salvation Army in Lexington.
Salvation Army of the Bluegrass

Social service agencies that have long received funds from United Way of the Bluegrass this year lost that support.  Funding cuts have programs at organizations like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities scrambling for cash.  United Way, with collects donations and then distributes the funds among such charities, has narrowed the list of programs that qualify.

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6:14am

Wed August 3, 2011
U.S.

Woman Treks The Appalachian In Record 46 Days

People sometimes spend six months hiking the Appalachian trail, but Jennifer Pharr Davis hiked the whole thing in record time: from Maine to Georgia in just under 46 1/2 days, beating the old record by about a day. She walked more than 2,000 miles, about 47 miles per day — and spotted 36 bears.

6:11am

Wed August 3, 2011
Strange News

Jordan's King Funds Star Trek Theme Park

Longtime fan King Abdullah II is putting up $1.5 billion for the Star Trek-themed park, beckoning fellow Trekkies to a place where few have gone before: a town on the Red Sea. It's a new frontier for a king who's actually been on board the starship USS Voyager — during a cameo on the show in the '90s.

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