9:55am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

Comparing Job Plans: No Shortage Of Ideas

A giant sign reading "jobs" hangs outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

In the 2012 election cycle, "Job No. 1" for any political candidate will be to lay out persuasive plans for generating more middle-income jobs.

In the more than two years since the Great Recession ended, job growth has been exceptionally slow. Today, 14 million U.S. workers cannot find jobs and the unemployment rate hovers at 9.1 percent. That's nearly twice the level that would reflect a healthy labor market.

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9:50am

Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Road To Sept. 11: Saudi Arabia's Highway 15 Revisited

A detour along Saudi Arabia's Highway 15.
Charles M. Sennott GlobalPost

The road to Sept. 11 began here on Highway 15 in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, which stretches from Mecca into a barren desert landscape and up into the winding, rocky passes of the Asir province bordering Yemen.

Osama bin Laden's father, a Saudi construction magnate, built this highway in the 1960s connecting the kingdom to his ancestral homeland of Yemen, and it was along this same stretch of asphalt that Osama bin Laden recruited 12 of the 15 Saudi youths who were among the 19 hijackers to carry out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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9:15am

Fri September 9, 2011

9:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Chief Turns 65 And Qualifies For Coverage He Oversees

Today is a big day for Medicare Chief Donald Berwick. He turns 65. And now he is the first head of the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled to also be a beneficiary.

"I'm excited," he told Shots in a pre-birthday interview Thursday. "I feel like I'm in my 20s still. I don't feel 65. It's going to be a great day to celebrate."

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8:35am

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

President's Plan Would Have 'Substantial, Powerful Effect,' Geithner Says

Moments ago on Morning Edition, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that if the Obama administration's latest jobs plan is enacted it should have a "substantial, powerful effect" on the economy.

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8:10am

Fri September 9, 2011
Economy

Geithner: 'Hundreds Of Thousands' Of Jobs Under Plan

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 11:42 am

Treasury Tim Geithner said the president's proposal to spend on roads and other infrastructure would give a lift to the labor market over a longer stretch of time.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Friday defended President Obama's new jobs plan. In a Morning Edition interview, Geithner said that if passed, the plan unveiled Thursday night "would have a substantial, powerful effect on strengthening the economy." He said that tax cuts aimed at small businesses who hire new workers would boost employment quickly.

The $447 billion package of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and aid to states "is designed to make the economy stronger now and get more Americans back to work," Geithner told host Steve Inskeep.

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8:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Interpol Issues Arrest Warrants For Gadhafi And His Son

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 8:01 am

Interpol's online "wanted" poster for ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Interpol

The international police agency Interpol today issued "red notices" — arrest warrants, in effect — for ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, his son Saf Al-Islam Gadhafi, and Libya's former director of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi.

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7:54am

Fri September 9, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Settlement in Water Pollution Case

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is proposing a settlement with a coal company over thousands of alleged violations of the Clean Water Act in eastern Kentucky. The deal will set a new record for pollution penalties in Kentucky, but environmental groups say it still falls short. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet filed a consent agreement earlier this week with Bardstown-based coal company Nally and Hamilton to address numerous violations of the Clean Water Act. They’re proposing the violations be settled for $507,000.

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7:54am

Fri September 9, 2011
It's All Politics

Did Obama's Jobs Speech Seize The 'Big Moment'?

President Obama's jobs speech on Thursday had been characterized in the wide world of punditry as his "Moment of Truth." His "Last Chance." His "Big Speech." His ... well, you get the picture.

There was a lot riding on the president's address to a joint session of Congress, in which he laid out an expansive and expensive — nearly $450 billion — plan to "jolt" the nation's anemic employment market.

To gauge Obama's performance in a speech pivotal to his efforts to win re-election next year, we turned to a couple of political media consultants for their takes.

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7:40am

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Exhibit Gets Under Human Skin

A skeleton perched on a bicycle as part of Bodies Revealed, the inaugural exhibit at the Lexington Center Museum and Gallery. The exhibit runs from Saturday through Jan. 8.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

A sometimes controversial exhibit opens this weekend in a new venue at the Lexington Center.  “Bodies Revealed” allows for close study of human anatomy through human cadavers.  Also, the Norton Center in Danville opens its season with a blues performance.  Previewing both is Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader newspaper.

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