12:00pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Economy

Financial Recovery Looks More Like 'Man-covery'

In the last two years of financial recovery, women and teens have struggled as men steadily gained jobs. To learn why, host Michel Martin speaks with Employment Policies Institute Research Fellow Michael Saltsman and the National Women's Law Center's Joan Entmacher.

11:54am

Tue July 12, 2011
News

Obama Cracks Down On Medical Marijuana

Ryan Cook reaches for a jar of medical marijuana at one of his clinics in Denver, Colo. on June 24.
Ed Andrieski AP

In many ways, things have been looking up for supporters of medical marijuana. Opinion polls now suggest that the American public is swinging behind the idea — and it's already legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. But the Obama administration has been taking a very different view lately.

Marijuana has been cropping up all over the country, becoming legal for medical use in places like Montana and Colorado, where the drug's so available that it became a target on Saturday Night Live this year.

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10:49am

Tue July 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

The Fix Analyzes RGA’s Kentucky Ad

The Washington Post blog The Fix says the Republican Governors Association‘s attack ad targeting Democratic Governor Steve Beshear in the 2011 Kentucky gubernatorial election is meant to assess whether Republican challenger David Williams has a chance this November. On Monday, the group launched the 30-second commercial criticizing the governor’s record in an effort to buoy Williams, who is trailing Beshear by 21 points in the latest poll.

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10:32am

Tue July 12, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: All Homework And No Play

Several schools across the country are making decision to lessen the homework load on students.
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Britney Wilson is a writer, best-known for her poetry which was featured on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents: Brave New Voices. She is currently pursuing her B.A. in English at Howard University.

In an era when many schoolchildren are "waiting for superman" to save them from the inadequacies of the education system, some people seem to think that students are working too hard.

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10:27am

Tue July 12, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Let The Little Light Shine

Indian workers pull a rope to tug an electrical cable at a construction site in New Delhi, India on Sunday.
Gurinder Osan AP

Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.

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10:26am

Tue July 12, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Parties Flip-Flop Through Debt Talks

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday as debt talks continued.
Susan Walsh AP

Lawrence F. Kaplan is a contributing editor for The New Republic.

The Obama administration has managed to upend the laws of ornithology. The simple fact of a Democratic commander-in-chief has transformed yesterday's Republican hawks into today's doves. No less miraculously, and certainly for no more high-minded reasons, Democratic doves have metamorphosed into something like hawks.

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10:26am

Tue July 12, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: A Bit Of An Economic Conflict

President Barack Obama talks about the ongoing budget negotiations, Monday in the briefing room of the White House in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Stephen F. Hates is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard. Before joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal's Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University.

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10:21am

Tue July 12, 2011
Economy

Why Prosecutors Don't Go After Wall Street

Louise Story is a business reporter for The New York Times. She has also contributed to The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe and The Hartford Courant.
New York Times

When the energy giant Enron collapsed 10 years ago, top executives of the company faced criminal prosecution and many served lengthy prison terms. In the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s, hundreds of bankers went to jail.

But the financial meltdown of 2008 hasn't generated a single prosecution of high-level Wall Street players — even though the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought civil cases against some companies and reached financial settlements.

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10:17am

Tue July 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

McConnell Cites Casey Anthony Trial to Justify Gitmo Tribunals

Citing the verdict in the Casey Anthony case to justify trying terror suspects in military tribunalssounds like a stretch, but that was what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggested Sunday and it’s put the commonwealth’s senior Senator under increased criticism. “We found with the Caylee Anthony case how difficult it is to get a conviction in a U.S. court,” McConnell said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

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10:14am

Tue July 12, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Heat Index Hits 112; More Misery Today

Lexington might not have experienced the 100-degrees-plus temperatures that swept the Midwest and Southern United States on Monday, but it felt like it. Lexington's heat index exceeded expectations and hit 112 degrees Monday, prompting the National Weather Service in Louisville to issue a heat advisory until 8 p.m. in Central Kentucky. Hot and humid weather was expected to continue into Tuesday, although scattered showers and thunderstorms could help cool things down late Tuesday afternoon, meteorologist Mike Crow said.

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