Politics
8:55 am
Tue August 9, 2011

The Books And Beliefs Shaping Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been holding multiple campaign events each day, in preparation for next week's Iowa straw poll.
Susan Walsh AP

Rep. Michele Bachman officially threw her hat into the presidential ring on June 27. Since then, the Minnesota congresswoman has emerged as a Republican front-runner, riding on a wave of Tea Party support and national media appearances.

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Opinion
8:41 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Foreign Policy: The Evolution Will Be Worldwide

Dalit Christians, or India's lowest-caste "untouchables" who converted to Christianity, hold placards as they march to the Indian parliament in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 28, 2011. The protesters demanded that the government reclassify them as members of the lowest caste, allowing them to benefit from government quotas in higher education and government jobs.
Gurinder Osan AP

Charles Kenny is a weekly columnist for Foreign Policy, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation.

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Opinion
8:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Weekly Standard: Spending Money Left And...Left

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in Washington.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

President Obama's support for raising income taxes on high earners is more than a talking point. It's an obsession. In negotiations in July over a $4 trillion "grand bargain" on deficit reduction, the president proposed the tax hike as part of an agreement with Republicans. It was a clumsy mistake on his part, an unforced error. Rather than facilitate a deal, he helped kill it.

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Opinion
8:40 am
Tue August 9, 2011

New Republic: Put The Money Where The Crisis Is

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in New York. The stock market plummeted following the U.S. financial downgrade from AAA to AA+.
Jin Lee AP

Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.

Did investors dump stocks on Monday because they'd lost faith in America's ability to pay its bills? Because they thought the federal government would cut spending further, slowing down the economy? Because they were adjusting to the latest news from Europe? The list of experts qualified to address those questions is long. And it does not include me.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Diana Nyad Abandons Cuba-To-Florida Swim

Diana Nyad delivers a speech at Ernest Hemingway Nautical Club, in Havana.
Adalberto Roque AFP/Getty Images

Half-way through what was scheduled to be a 60 hour swim, 61-year-old Diana Nyad had to abandon what she called her "Xtreme Dream" — a 103 mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

"It's over. She lasted 29 hours in an heroic attempt," said Elaine Lafferty, one of Nyad's crew members, on Twitter.

On the same Twitter account, her team said that earlier in the evening Nyad was in the water, "surrounded by dolphins and a beautiful Caribbean sunset." But, they explained, a strong wind "blew her 15mph off course."

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The Two-Way
7:54 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Three Nights In, U.K. Riots Escalate To 'Breathtaking Scale'

Prime Minister David Cameron cut his vacation short and parliament was recalled as riots went into their third night in England. Last night, for the first time, the mayhem spread outside of London to Birmingham and Liverpool. The BBC reports that 450 people have been arrested.

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Senator: Ohio paying twice for same building

Leo Reynolds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio may be paying $6.3 million to purchase a building that it helped pay to construct.

That's the amount Cuyahoga Community College requested Monday from a state legislative panel to buy a Cleveland building from the Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio.

Except Senate Finance Chairman Chris Widener, who sits on the board, pointed out the state gave the nonprofit association $1.6 million to help build the building in the first place. He says the state is essentially paying for the building twice.  Widener was the only no vote.

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Environment
7:17 am
Tue August 9, 2011

EPA gives out $4.5M for Lake Erie cleanup

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The federal government is giving out $4.5 million to clean up Lake Erie.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say the grants handed out Monday are part of nearly $30 million that will be announced for the Great Lakes over the next few weeks.

Just over $1.3 million will go to the University of Toledo so that it can build a wetland.  Money will also go to state and local agencies to combat invasive plants and fish and cut down on pollutants.

Around the Miami Valley
7:15 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Man gets 1 year, 1 day in Ohio marijuana case

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A man who was among 11 charged in the cultivation of thousands of marijuana plants in Ohio has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

Court records show that U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton sentenced Saul Vargas-Garcia on Monday.  He is among nine defendants who have pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from a year to 18 months in prison. Two other men await sentencing on Aug. 17 th.

Defense attorneys say the men were poor day laborers trying to earn money for their families and didn't know what they were being hired to do.

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Environment
12:01 am
Tue August 9, 2011

Why Cleaned Wastewater Stays Dirty In Our Minds

Brent Haddad studies water in a place where water is often in short supply: California.

Haddad is a professor of environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. About 14 years ago, he became very interested in the issue of water reuse.

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