8:58am

Tue July 5, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Prices Drop For High-Risk Insurance

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Will lower premiums for health insurance to cover people with pre-existing conditions make the policies more attractive? We're about to find out.

Experts agreed that high prices for the coverage created under the health care overhaul were partly to blame for anemic enrollment in the plans, which reached just 21,454 after several months. Hundreds of thousands of people had been expected to sign on.

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8:49am

Tue July 5, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Stop Experimenting With Science

President Barack Obama presents a National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Steven J. Sasson of Eastman Kodak Company during an East Room ceremony on Nov. 17, 2010 at the White House. The president's budget proposal for 2012 offers $900 million to The National Science Foundation, an amount some think is too small.
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Stephen Wunker is the Managing Director of New Markets Advisors

Congressional Republicans keep insisting that deep cuts to government spending will help boost growth, and create jobs, in the short term. But that claim doesn't make a lot of sense. Most economists think that federal spending on public works and aid to the states kept the recession from being much worse.

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8:35am

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

'Go To Work!' Minnesotans Vent As State Government Shutdown Continues

In Minnesota, where the state government has been shut down since Friday while the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled legislature remain at odds over how to fill a $5 billion budget gap, some lawmakers got an earful on Monday as they marched in July 4th parades.

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8:16am

Tue July 5, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Constitution Confusion? Ask A Kid

The United States Constitution sets the framework for how U.S. government is organized.
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Tony Woodlief is president of the Bill of Rights Institute.

Time magazine is nothing if not direct. Featuring a picture of the Constitution, the bottom half of which has been run through a shredder, today's cover asks: "Does it Still Matter?"

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8:04am

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

'NYT': Pakistani Spy Agency Ordered Journalist's Killing, U.S. Believes

Syed Saleem Shahzad (July 2008 file photo).
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From the top story on the front page of today's New York Times:

"Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country's military, according to American officials."

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7:45am

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

'Global Race' Under Way To Develop Drones, 'Washington Post' Reports

2007 file photo of a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone.
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"More than 50 countries have purchased surveillance drones, and many have started in-country development programs for armed versions because no nation is exporting weaponized drones beyond a handful of sales between the United States and its closest allies," The Washington Post

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7:37am

Tue July 5, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: America Is Not An Empire

Among all the foreign policy decisions President Obama has made, the most surprising may be the one to go to war in Libya without either requesting a declaration of war from Congress, as required by the Constitution, or obtaining legislative authorization, as required by the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Some have suggested that authorization could have been easily obtained at the time the war was launched, when public sentiment against the murderous Qaddafi regime was running high. In that case, the decision not to ask for it seems an especially gratuitous insult to Congress.

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7:19am

Tue July 5, 2011
The Two-Way

More Than 30 Said To Be Dead After Bombings In Iraq

"Iraqi officials have raised the toll from a combined car bomb and roadside bombing north of Baghdad to 35 people killed," The Associated Press reports from Baghdad. Around 50 other people are said to have been wounded, according to the wire service.

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7:15am

Tue July 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Retired Marine Fights HOA Over Flag Pole

Retired Marine Mike Merola flew an American flag on a 20-foot pole in Houston. The Lakeland Village Community Association sued, saying the pole violated community design rules. The case inspired Texas to pass legislation protecting the flag.

7:08am

Tue July 5, 2011
Europe

Driver Fined In Spain For Going To Slowly

A driver in Valencia, Spain. thought he would beat the system. Suspecting the presence of speed cameras, he slowed way down. A few months later, he was shocked to get a ticket in the mail for driving too slowly.

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