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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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  • Pa. Senator On Deficit Panel A Tea Party Favorite
    Sen. Pat Toomey's talk of cutting spending, reducing regulation and balancing the federal budget without broad tax hikes has made him a hero to many in the Tea Party movement. Some question whether he will be able to compromise with other lawmakers as they look for a reduction of more than $1 trillion.
  • Van Hollen Discusses Deficit Super Committee
    Robert Siegel talks with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). He's one of 12 members on the new congressional super committee charged with cutting the budget deficit by more than a trillion dollars over 10 years.
  • British Judges Hand Out Stiff Sentences For Rioters
    In the aftermath of the riots that spread through England, judges are handing out stiff sentences to those who took part. In one case, a man was given a four-year sentence just for drunkenly posting an invitation to riot on a Facebook page. There's no evidence anyone, other than the police, acted on his post.
  • Scientists Crack The Physics Of Coffee Rings
    Why do drops of coffee dry as a clear blob with a dark ring around the edge? Researchers say it has to do with the shape of particles in the liquid. But the new study's implications go far beyond your morning joe.
  • Ambassador Locke Picks Up His Own Coffee, Gains 'Hero' Status Among Chinese
    A columnist for China Daily says by buying his own coffee Ambassador Gary Locke has become a model for what Chinese public servants should be like.
  • 'Straight Up Revenge' Drives University Of Miami Booster
    Convicted businessman Nevin Shapiro claims he gave players thousands of dollars, hired prostitutes for them and hosted parties. Now that he's in jail after being convicted of running a Ponzi scheme, he lashing out at those he thinks abandoned him.
  • Supreme Court Ethics And Reviewing The Health Law
    In the coming term, the Supreme Court is expected to review President Obama's health care law. With that in mind, some interest groups are raising questions about the court's ethics rules that govern when a justice should be disqualified from a case. Should Justice Clarence Thomas have to recuse himself because his wife has actively and publicly opposed the health care law? Or, should Justice Elena Kagan disqualify herself because she was a top legal official in the Obama administration when the law was enacted?
  • Several Presidents Took Lumps For Their Vacations
    On Thursday, President Obama is due to start his 10-day summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Taking a vacation at such an upscale location while the country's economic woes continue has resulted in criticism of the president. But Obama is not the first U.S. president to take some lumps over his choice of a vacation getaway. Melissa Block speaks with U.S. News and World Report White House correspondent Kenneth Walsh about other U.S. presidents and their vacations. Walsh is also the author of the book From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats.
  • Four Decades Later, Country Artists Return To 'Fox Hollow'
    Patty Griffin, Duane Eddy and others perform on a new tribute to Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow, a children's record that won plenty of adult fans when it made its debut in 1974.
  • As Libyan Rebels Advance, Civilians Flee The Coast
    As opposition forces make gains in the key coastal city of Zawiya, Moammar Gadhafi's forces are battling back, trying to prevent a full rebel takeover. With more fighting expected, many civilians are fleeing the country's Mediterranean coast.

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