The Two-Way
6:57 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Postal Service Considering 120,000 Job Cuts

A U.S. Post Office in Bristow, Virginia.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The United States Postal Service, which has been facing tough financial times, is proposing to cut 20 percent of its workforce and moving its retired workers out of federal health and retirement programs.

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Opinion
6:44 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Weekly Standard: NY Times' Well-Deserved Backlash

Dave Channon of Shandaken, N.Y., shouts during a rally against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of the state, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. in April. Pundits and news organizations have become critical of recent New York Times coverage of the fracking controversy.
Mike Groll AP

The Scrapbook is a special section from The Weekly Standard.

While the New York Times can barely conceal its glee at the phone-hacking scandal embroiling the rival Murdoch empire, The Scrapbook confesses to a certain schadenfreude of its own at the Gray Lady's latest embarrassment. The Times's slanted coverage of the natural gas industry continues to generate radioactive fallout.

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Opinion
6:44 am
Fri August 12, 2011

The Nation: Biased Slant Misses Point On Education

Primedia chairman and CEO Tom Rogers, left, talks with Steven Brill after a New York news conference announcing Brill as the chariman and CEO of a new subsidiary, Media Central, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001. magazine publisher Primedia Inc.
Ed Bailey AP

Dana Goldstein is a Puffin Foundation writing fellow at The Nation Institute and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Steven Brill, the journalist and media entrepreneur, has come a long way since he helicoptered onto the education beat in 2009.

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Opinion
6:44 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Foreign Policy: Deja Vu — UK Riots Nothing New

Burnt out cars are seen following attacks on police and firefighters in Tottenham in London, October 1985. Riots in London in August 2011 seem to mirror attacks like this.
Robert E. Dear AP

Sophia Jones blogs for Foreign Policy.

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Opinion
6:43 am
Fri August 12, 2011

New Republic: Iowa Might Actually Be Influential

The Iowa Straw Poll kicks off this week in Ames, Iowa. GOP presidential hopefuls debated Thursday and the mock election results will be announced on Saturday.
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Jonathan Bernstein writes at aplainblogaboutpolitics.com

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Opinion
6:42 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Weekly Standard: Ame'n For The Wrong Target

Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty look to the audience before the start of the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate at the CY Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Fri August 12, 2011

'I Deserved To Get Shot,' Sis In Dougherty Gang Tells Police

Pueblo County (Colo.) Sheriff's Department photos of (L-R): Ryan Edward Dougherty, Lee Grace Dougherty and Dylan Dougherty Stanley.
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Though she reportedly claims she and her brothers weren't trying to hurt anyone, the sister in the so-called Dougherty Gang has told investigators that "I deserved to get shot," The Pueblo Chieftain and other news outlets in Colorado are reporting.

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Europe
4:41 am
Fri August 12, 2011

European Central Bank Orders Italy To Reduce Debt

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 10:29 am

With Italy in the crosshairs of the eurozone debt crisis, the European Central Bank is dictating to Rome the measures it should take to reduce its massive debt mountain.

But the government is divided over draconian measures that go against the grain of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's populist policies.

MP's of the Budget and Constitutional Affairs Committees were summoned back to Rome from their vacations for an emergency session — many of them tanned and fitter than usual.

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Robert Smith is a correspondent for NPR's Planet Money where he reports on how the global economy is affecting our lives.

If that sounds a little dry, then you've never heard Planet Money. The team specializes in making economic reporting funny, engaging and understandable. Planet Money has been known to set economic indicators to music, use superheroes to explain central banks, and even buy a toxic asset just to figure it out.

Smith admits that he has no special background in finance or math, just a curiosity about how money works. That kind of curiosity has driven Smith for his 20 years in radio.

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