The Two-Way
11:31 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Pelosi Names Three To Finalize Debt 'Super Committee'

The 12 members of the Debt "Super Committee" are now official, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named her three appointees Thursday. She chose Reps. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Xavier Becerra of California, and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.

As reported here yesterday, the other nine members have already been chosen. Here's the full panel lineup:

  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) - co-chair
  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI)
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Your Money
10:56 am
Thu August 11, 2011

As Markets Roil, A Rush To Gold: A Reported Poem

Lee Jin-man AP

With world markets in turmoil, many investors are turning to an age-old safe haven: gold. While the price has fluctuated this week, it has flirted with record highs. But what, exactly, makes this precious metal so valuable? We decided to explore the issue, in verse:

Economic collapse, adrift without maps, lost in a sea with no rudder,
Wall Street is jaded, the U.S. downgraded, financial reports make us shudder.

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The Two-Way
10:46 am
Thu August 11, 2011

DARPA Loses Contact With Experimental 'Hypersonic Glider'

This US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) artists rendering shows the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).
AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, launched an experimental hypersonic glider.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Japan Takes Nuclear Safety Agency Away From Trade Ministry

Japan is removing its nuclear regulatory agency from the control of its trade ministry, dissolving a relationship that was criticized in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. The new nuclear safety agency will be under the environmental agency, Kyodo News reports.

The move, coming exactly five month after a powerful earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear crisis in Japan, may help ease criticisms that regulators are too cozy with pro-nuclear interests.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:58 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Gene Therapy Breakthrough Trains Immune System To Fight Leukemia

Until now, scientists have had a tough time getting therapeutic genes to go where they need to go.
iStockphoto.com

Any time you report on promising but preliminary results about a new therapy for a lethal disease, you worry that you might be raising false hopes. So be warned: Although this is a "good news" story, it's preliminary. Don't expect to find it at a hospital near you any time soon.

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Pa. Judge Sentenced To 28 Years In Massive Juvenile Justice Bribery Scandal

A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison in connection to a bribery scandal that roiled the state's juvenile justice system. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking $1 million in bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers. The judge then presiding over cases that would send juveniles to those same centers. The case came to be known as "kids-for-cash."

The AP adds:

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Shots - Health Blog
9:03 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Can CT Scans Be Made Smarter To Use Safer Amounts Of Radiation?

Originally published on Tue August 16, 2011 9:14 am

Doctors are crazy for computed tomography, or CT scans. The medical images can help them make diagnoses quickly, and they're easy to use. The scanning devices are often housed in the emergency department, which is one reason CT use among emergency patients rose 330 percent 1996 to 2007, according to a study out this week. By 2007, 1 in 7 emergency patients got a CT scan, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Thu August 11, 2011

China Lowers Speed Of Bullet Trains; Suspend New Rail Projects

A railway employee stands next to a high speed train at Beijing south railway station.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

In reaction to last month's deadly rail crash, China has decided to slow down all of its high-speed trains. Starting Sept. 1, China's fastest trains will run at 185 mph, instead of 215 mph.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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Opinion
8:31 am
Thu August 11, 2011

The Nation: A Not So Super-Committee

Sen. Patty Murray answers a question during a brief news conference following a visit to the headquarters of Amazon.com Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Seattle. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid named Murray as part of a powerful new committee tasked to find a bipartisan plan to slash the federal budget deficit.
Elaine Thompson AP

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

On Tuesday Harry Reid announced his picks for the Congressional debt-reduction "super-committee": Senators Max Baucus, John Kerry and Patty Murray.

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Opinion
8:30 am
Thu August 11, 2011

Weekly Standard: Will Liberals Blast Reid's Picks?

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid speaks about debt ceiling legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. On Tuesday, Reid announced his super-committee picks.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Daniel Halper is the deputy online editor for The Weekly Standard.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid picked his three representatives to the twelve congressional member supercommittee Tuesday, selecting Max Baucus, John Kerry, and Patty Murray. The first two choices make sense: Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and, as his website describes, "holds senior positions on the Finance, Commerce, and Small Business Committees."

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