9:15am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

LIVE: Murdoch, Others Testify On U.K. Tabloid Scandal

For those who want to follow as News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch takes questions from members of the British Parliament about the "hacking scandal" that has engulfed some of his company's newspapers in the U.K.:

Britain's Channel 4 News is webcasting the morning's hearings here, and has made the feed available to other news sites.

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8:53am

Tue July 19, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: The Feminine Realpolitik

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, smiles as she talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the OSCE Summit at the Palace of Independence in Astana, Kazakhstan in December.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert AP

Heather Hurlburt is the executive director of the National Security Network.

The think-tank world — the double-X chromosome part of it, anyway — is buzzing with Micah Zenko's July 14 piece in Foreign Policy examining statistics and anecdotes that prove, once again, the woeful underrepresentation of women in the U.S. national security policymaking establishment.

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8:40am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Housing Starts Gained In June

There was a 14.6 percent increase in housing starts in June from May, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development just reported.

Construction (at an annualized rate) was begun on 629,000 homes and apartment buildings.

Bloomberg News points out that starts rose to "the fastest pace in five months."

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8:05am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

MUST-SEE VIDEO: Chihuahua Chases Armed Robbers Out Of California Shop

Don't mess with the little guy with the big bark at the Ace Smoke Shop in Altadena, Calif.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's office released some amazing surveillance video on Monday, showing what happened when armed robbers stormed into the shop on July 7.

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7:44am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

'Cut, Cap And Balance' Heads To House Vote

Though the legislation is said to have "little chance in the Senate," the Republican-controlled House today is expected to easily approve the "Cut, Cap and Balance" plan that advocates say would put lawmakers on record as supporting moves to put the federal government's fiscal books in order.

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7:22am

Tue July 19, 2011
Europe

Murdochs Face U.K. Grilling Over Tabloid Scandal

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:38 am

News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch (right), testifying alongside his son James, said his appearance Tuesday before a British parliamentary inquiry in London was "the most humble day of my life." Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, watched from the gallery.
Parbul AFP/Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire is the subject of a corruption and phone-hacking investigation, was briefly accosted Tuesday by a protester at a British parliamentary inquiry as he answered questions about his role in the scandal.

The man ran toward Murdoch and tried to attack him with what appeared to be white foam in a foil pie dish. Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, rose from her seat and slapped the protester, who was handcuffed by police and removed from the room. Murdoch was apparently unharmed, and the hearing resumed after a brief recess.

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7:18am

Tue July 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Tar Heel. N.C. Seeks Mayoral Candidates

The current mayor of Tar Hell, N.C., is moving away, and no one in the town of 117 people has filed to run in the next election. All three town council seats are wide open too. One catch: You have to live within Tar Heel town limits to be elected.

7:14am

Tue July 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Some Photo Ops Work Out Better Than Others

Two New Jersey men spotted a police van and climbed in to get a picture while pretending to be arrested. But they locked themselves in and were arrested for real. In California, when I-405 was closed for repairs, three people pretended to have dinner on it. They posted the photo on Facebook sitting around a table with candles in a passing lane.

6:55am

Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

U.K. Tabloid Scandal: How To Watch The Murdochs Testify

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:38 am

The scandal in the U.K. over how some News Corp. newspapers invaded the privacy of perhaps thousands of people, from the royals to murder victims, is front-and-center in Parliament this morning as company chief Rupert Murdoch appears before the Media and Sport Committee to answer questions about what his company allegedly did.

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6:53am

Tue July 19, 2011
Asia

Pakistan's Insurgency Begins At Red Mosque

Pakistan faces a devastating insurgency. Pam Constable, a reporter for The Washington Post, recalls the moment when that insurgency began. She talks to Steve Inskeep about clerics preaching against the U.S. and Pakistani governments. By 2007, the Red mosque was stockpiling weapons.

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