5:39pm

Fri June 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Jose Antonio Vargas: 'If I Didn't Tell Those Lies... I Couldn't Have Survived'

There were two words, said Michele Norris, missing in Jose Antonio Vargas' New York Times Magazine piece. Vargas, as we reported, is the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who came out as an undocumented immigrant in a detailed story to be published on Sunday.

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5:29pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Economy

Weak Jobs Market Takes Heavier Toll On Black Men

People looking for jobs wait in line to speak with potential employers at the Brooklyn Job Fair on April 13 in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

President Obama spent Friday pushing job creation in manufacturing, but he's getting increasing pressure for job results from a key part of his base: African Americans.

The unemployment rate for black men is about double the national average — and economists don't expect that number to fall to the single digits anywhere in the near future.

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4:35pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Kids, Keep Your Tongue In Your Mouth (Where It Belongs)

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This is a post for all the kids who stick their tongue in places they shouldn't, and the parents who tell them not to.

Late one afternoon last September, an EMT crew delivered a 9-year-old boy to the emergency room at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina. His problem was obvious. His tongue was stuck inside a metal drinking bottle. Really stuck.

The boy was drooling and unable to swallow. He was scared and in pain.

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4:22pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Music Interviews

Will Johnson, Man Of Many Bands, Embraces Discomfort

Will Johnson (second from right) with Centro-Matic. The band's new album is called Candidate Waltz.
Matt Pence

Will Johnson may be one of the hardest-working people in indie rock. He leads two bands, records as a solo artist and plays as a sideman in a host of other projects. Johnson is originally from Denton, Texas, and his music — be it the lonesome balladry of South San Gabriel or the rock 'n' roll machine that is Centro-Matic — is inspired by the distinctive sounds of that state.

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3:25pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Politics

For AARP, A 'Monumental' Shift On Social Security

Bob Ducharme protests changes to Social Security in front of Chicago's Social Security Administration office in 2005. Until recently, AARP had not conceded that Social Security benefits may need to change in the future.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

For decades, AARP — the nation's largest advocacy group for seniors — has been viewed as the most powerful defender of Social Security. As a result, any hint that the organization might entertain benefit cuts would be seen as an abrupt about-face.

But that's precisely what happened a few days ago, when a front page story in the Wall Street Journal proclaimed that the organization had dropped its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits.

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3:06pm

Fri June 24, 2011
News

How I Remember Whitey

An early mugshot shows James "Whitey" Bulger in 1953.
Boston Police

Irish mob boss James J. "Whitey" Bulger's scheduled arraignment in a Boston courtroom Friday after 16 years on the lam will open yet another chapter in the violent crime-and-politics family saga that has consumed Beantown reporters since the 1980s.

"I've spent half my career chasing Whitey Bulger around," says Gerard O'Neill, retired head of the Boston Globe investigative team, which in 1988 outed Bulger as an FBI informant since the mid-1970s.

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3:00pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Souris River Continues To Inundate Minot, N.D.

In North Dakota, the Souris River has reached record levels faster than anyone had expected. Already, portions of Minot, N.D., are inundated, and it's only expected to get worse. Upstream of Minot, the town of Burlington has given up sandbagging efforts. Jerome Gruenberg, the town's mayor, has said, "We're no longer able to save the city." Robert Siegel speaks with Kim Fundingsland, writer for the Minot Daily News, about the latest on the catastrophic flooding.

3:00pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Politics

Obama Announces Partnership To Create Factory Jobs

President Obama announced a new manufacturing partnership Friday with businesses and universities. It's designed to make U.S. factories more competitive — and boost the number of good-paying factory jobs.

3:00pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Commentary

Week In Politics: Deficit; GOP Presidential Field

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.

3:00pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels, Loyalists Clash In Tunisia Border Town

Until several months ago, the Tunisian town of Djerba was a placid, sun-bleached stretch of the Mediterranean coast with white-washed hotels that catered mainly to vacationers from Europe.

But the Tunisian revolution that began last December scared away the foreign tourists. And now the fighting in Libya is spilling over the border and turning the town into a place of intrigue.

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