The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

SEALs' Chopper Was On A Rescue Mission, NATO Says

New details are emerging about the downing of a Chinook military helicopter in Afghanistan early Saturday that killed 30 U.S. service members and 8 Afghans. Of the American casualties, 22 were Navy SEALS. The NATO mission in Afghanistan released a statement about the crash Monday.

For Newscast, Ahmad Shafi reported:

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World
12:15 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Debt Downgrade Weakens U.S. Stature Abroad

In the rest of the developed world, the downgrade of United States debt is seen as an important marker in a long process that will likely harm both the world economy and America's reputation as a fiscal steward.

"There's real fear that, given the mounting challenges facing the administration and the stand-off in Congress, this could really weaken U.S. influence and the U.S. role in the world," says Simon Tilford, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform in London. "For most Europeans, that's not a prospect they welcome."

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Mon August 8, 2011

ABC News Questions Report On Contents Of New Jackie O. Tapes

Today, British tabloid The Daily Mirror published a report that alledged new recordings of Jackie Onassis reveal that she believed President Lyndon B. Johnson had a hand in the assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:01 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Kids Can Work Out In The Heat, As Long As They Play It Safe

Pediatricians recommend that kids acclimatize to the the heat by taking it easy the first two weeks of practice.
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Parents often worry about sending children out into the heat, but also know that spending the summer holed up in the basement with Nintendo isn't ideal, either.

Fear not. The nation's pediatricians say that children can handle workouts in the heat just fine. But they warn that coaches and student athletes don't always play safe when it's sweltering.

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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Syria Is Hacked By Anonymous, And Pressed By Gulf Allies

The hacking group Anonymous took over Syria's defense ministry site Monday.
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Syria's President Bashar Assad has removed the country's defense minister and replaced him with the army chief of staff, according to Syria's state-run news agency. The change, one of several in key government posts, comes during Syria's "brutal crackdown on a five-month-old uprising" against Assad, the AP reports.

That crackdown is bringing pressure on Syria and Assad from nearly all quarters. As Eyder reported earlier, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have now recalled their ambassadors. Here's a quick rundown of other developments:

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Mon August 8, 2011

President Obama To Speak; Expected To Address S&P Downgrade

The White House announced that President Obama will deliver a speech today at 1 p.m. ET.

The AP reports that Obama will likely address the first downgrade of the country's credit rating in history. And the president is also expected to talk about the 30 U.S. troops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday.

You can listen to the president live on NPR.org and CSpan will stream video of it. We will live blog it here, too.

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Obama Administration Will Override Key Component Of 'No Child Left Behind'

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that faced with outcry from the sates about the unrealistic requirements of the education law No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration will grant waivers to states.

The Washington Post reports:

"The states are desperately asking for us to respond," Duncan said in a conference call with reporters Friday.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Treasury Secretary Geithner: S&P Has 'Shown Really Terrible Judgement'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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In an interview with CNBC, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Standard& Poor's "has shown really terrible judgment and they've handled themselves very poorly," when it downgraded the United States' rating.

"They've shown a stunning lack of knowledge about basic U.S. fiscal budget math. And I think they drew exactly the wrong conclusion from this budget agreement," Geithner added.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:36 am
Mon August 8, 2011

The End Of A Physics Worldview: Heraclitus And The Watershed Of Life

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said "the world bubbles forth," suggesting a natural magic beyond the entailing laws of modern physics.
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At the dawn of Western philosophy and science, some 2,700 years ago, Heraclitus, declared that, "the world bubbles forth." There is, in this fragment of thought, a natural magic, a creativity beyond the entailing laws of modern physics. I believe Heraclitus was right about the evolution of the biosphere and human life. We live beyond entailing law in a natural magic we co-create.

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Opinion
8:13 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Weekly Standard: Finger-Pointing Pundits Go Crazy

The arguments in Washington are enough to drive anyone crazy.
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Zack Munson writes for The Weekly Standard.

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