Fri July 29, 2011

How Debt Ceiling Talks Play Out On Wall Street

Wall Street Journal economics editor David Wessel talks about where we are in terms of the U.S. credit rating and whether it may be downgraded.


Fri July 29, 2011

Where The GOP Candidates Stand On The Debt Plan

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With Republicans so divided on the debt-ceiling plan, the issue could be a major fault line in the 2012 presidential race. Only two contenders currently serve in Congress, but NPR took a look at how they all might vote on House Speaker John Boehner's bill:

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Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

Debate Continues As Debt-Ceiling Deadline Looms

For the latest developments in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.


Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Apple Overtakes Nokia As Top Maker Of Smartphones

According to numbers released today, Apple has become the world's No. 1 smartphone manufacturer. Apple overtook Nokia and Smamsung in the second quarter of this year.

The BBC reports:

The figures from Strategy Analytics also showed that 361 million handsets were shipped, up 13% on the previous year.

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Fri July 29, 2011
All Politics are Local

Balanced Budget Amendment Added to Bill

The US House and Senate still haven’t reached a deal on how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, which has some Kentucky lawmakers worried that the nation is headed towards its first default. Kentucky Democratic Congressman Chandler says the far right wing of the Republican Party is to blame for the current impasse. 

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Fri July 29, 2011
Statehouse News

Widening Interstate 64 a Top Road Priority

When officials lobby for road projects during the 2012 legislative session, widening Interstate 64 in Franklin County will be a high priority. The Bluegrass Area Development District – tasked with economic development issues – published a list of key projects this week. The agency includes officials from 15 central Kentucky counties

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Fri July 29, 2011

Kentucky Sports Venues Earn Accolades

The KFC Yum! Center was recently listed as the 24th best concert arena in the world by Pollstar.com. It was named the 10th best overall venue in the nation.

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Fri July 29, 2011

Supercomputer's Intelligence Doubled

The University of Louisville has doubled the power of its supercomputer. When it was installed in 2009, the Cardinal Research Cluster was 21 teraflops, meaning it could do 21 trillion calculations per second. Most home computers aren’t measured in flops, but rarely exceed a ten thousandth of that power. Now the cluster is 42 teraflops. It’s used for cancer research and the new capacity will be used for pediatric cancer and environmental research.

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Fri July 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Countdown To 7 Billion: A Tale of Two Worlds

Indian schoolchildren write English alphabets on slates at a primary school outside Hyderabad in June. India is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in just 16 years.

The United Nations says that sometime around Halloween the seven-billionth person will be born into this world — most likely in India, which is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in just 16 years.

This latest milestone may not come as a surprise. But it is remarkable nonetheless. It took Earth 50,000 years to reach the one billion mark. By 1960 there were three billion souls. Since then we've added another billion every decade, or less.

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Fri July 29, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Debt Plan, Revived By Balanced Budget Inclusion, May Have Votes

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OH) (L) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) (R) pretend to twist the arms of Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH), July 29. 2011.
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How does Speaker John Boehner, on Friday, get to the 216 House votes he needs to pass the debt-ceiling bill he couldn't get the votes for on Thursday?

He agrees to add a balanced-budget amendment provision to his legislation.

That addition appears to be enough to swing some Republican lawmakers to his side who had previously been against his bill or undecided.

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