9:55am

Wed July 20, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: 'Cut, Cap And Balance' Is Sabatoge

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the Republican Study Committee chairman, center, is surrounded by fellow House GOP members after passage of the conservative deficit reduction plan known as "Cut, Cap and Balance" in the GOP-controlled House, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Ed Kilgore is a special correspondent for The New Republic.

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9:51am

Wed July 20, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: That's A Lot Of Zeros

President Barack Obama discusses the continuing budget talks, Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in the the briefing room of the White House in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Jeffrey H. Anderson was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services.

President Obama repeatedly insists that the debt ceiling must be raised by at least $2.4 trillion. Why this particular amount, rather than, say, an even $1 trillion or $2 trillion? Because $2.4 trillion is Obama's estimate for what it would take to get him through the next election without needing to deal with another debt ceiling battle. In other words, $2.4 trillion is a politically generated figure.

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9:24am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

'Triangle Of Death' In Horn Of Africa; Famine Grips Southern Somalia

Monday (July 18, 2011): At a refugee camp near Mogadishu, a Somali woman cries after the death of one of her children.
Mustafa Abdi AFP/Getty Images

As the United Nations escalates its dire warnings about what's happening in the Horn of Africa, declaring today that drought and famine in southern Somalia threaten millions of people, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports from a refugee camp in Kenya that an area straddling Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya has been dubbed "the triangle of death."

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9:04am

Wed July 20, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Organic Foods Have Broad Appeal, But Costs Temper Demand

Are organic foods all they're cracked up to be?

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8:10am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

American Airlines Places 'Largest Aircraft Order In Aviation History'

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport. April 5, 2011, file photo.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Saying it's the "largest aircraft order in aviation history," American Airlines just announced that it plans to buy at least 460 fuel-efficient "narrowbody" passenger jets between 2013 and 2022.

The purchases are to be split between Boeing and Europe's Airbus, the company says:

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7:49am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

Taliban: We Were Hacked; Mullah Omar Is Alive

There was a surprising text message sent to reporters in Afghanistan today from a cell phone number that has been used by the Taliban's public relations office, NPR's Quil Lawrence reports from Kabul.

It reported the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

But Taliban spokesmen claim Omar is alive and "told NPR their phones and website had been hacked," Quil says. They "accused western forces of psychological warfare."

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7:37am

Wed July 20, 2011
Europe

Britain's Cameron Defends Ex-Aide In Tabloid Scandal

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

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a public admission of regret Wednesday over the phone-hacking crisis during Wednesday's emergency session of the House of Commons.
Parbul AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron defended a former aide embroiled in a major phone-hacking and bribery scandal but told Parliament on Wednesday that in "20/20 hindsight" he would not have hired the tabloid editor as his communications chief.

In a special session before the House of Commons, Cameron rebuffed catcalls from the opposition to defend Andy Coulson, who is one of nearly a dozen people arrested in an investigation of phone hacking and corruption at the now-shuttered News of the World.

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7:29am

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Mass. Man Savors Court Victory Over Parking Ticket

In 2009, Michael D. Rivers parked at a meter in Springfield, Mass., and received a $25 parking ticket. Rivers said he put 50 cents in the meter, which was broken. He chose to fight it in court, representing himself. Two years and hundreds of dollars in filing fees later, a judge threw out the ticket.

7:19am

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Pittsburgh Celebrates Getting Its 'H' Back

This week marks 100 years since the city got its "H" back. A federal agency had stripped Pittsburgh of its silent, final letter. It wanted a standard for all cities ending in berg.

7:15am

Wed July 20, 2011
The Two-Way

British Lawmakers Trade Jabs Over Hacking Scandal

There's a remarkable scene playing out right now in the British Parliament, where Prime Minister David Cameron has been laying out a defense of his — and his staff's — actions related to the "hacking scandal" and the leader of the opposition has accused Cameron of ignoring warnings about some of the News Corp. executives hired to work for the government.

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