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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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  • A 'Good Deal' For BofA, A 'Great Deal' For Buffett
    Warren Buffett is investing $5 billion in Bank of America and says he could buy more shares down the road. The famous investor's decision to buy into the banking giant sent its share price higher, though the company still has to contend with big challenges.
  • Schneiderman Removed From Mortgage Abuse Panel
    Robert Siegel talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Ruth Simon about the removal Tuesday of New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman from a committee of state attorneys general investigating mortgage abuses. In recent months, Schneiderman voiced concerns over a proposed settlement between major banks and a coalition of federal and state officials over claims of foreclosure abuses. He has come under increasing pressure to approve the deal.
  • Can Apple Fly As High Without Steve Jobs?
    Experts say it's hard to pinpoint what lies ahead for Apple, now that its visionary chief has left the helm. The company's history proves it is not as successful without Steve Jobs, but it is better-positioned this time around.
  • Jenkins Discusses Summitt's Dementia Diagnosis
    Melissa Block talks with Washington Post sports writer Sally Jenkins about her friend, basketball coach Pat Summitt. This week, Summitt, the winning-est NCAA basketball coach in history, announced that she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at 59.
  • In Summer Of Angry Voters, Whither The Town Hall?
    Some lawmakers have solved the usual August problem of rowdy town hall meetings: They're skipping those open, unregulated forums, and instead appearing before smaller, select audiences.
  • Pew Poll Finds Public Has Low Opinion Of D.C.
    The latest political poll from the Pew Research Center paints a grim picture of the American public's view of Washington. Both political parties have seen their approval ratings slip since the beginning of the year, and nearly nine out of 10 Americans say they're frustrated or angry with the federal government. Melissa Block speaks with Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, about that poll — and what those numbers mean.
  • Iranian Exile Group Lobbies To Get Off Terrorist List
    Supporters of the Mujahedeen-e Khalq see it as a potentially useful group in countering Iran. Others see it as a dangerous cult, saying support for the MEK could undercut peaceful democracy activists in Iran.
  • Review: 'In Praise Of Reading And Fiction'
    The remarks of Mario Vargas Llosa at the Nobel lecture celebrating his receipt of the prize for literature in 2010 have been published. The speech praises the value of fiction. Alan Cheuse, who teaches writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., has a review — and contrasts Llosa's thoughts with those of novelist Phillip Roth, who's been quoted recently as having lost his interest in fiction.
  • A Dwindling Trust Puts Free Concerts On The Rocks
    For years, the American Federation of Musicians has used part of the royalties its members earn to sponsor free concerts across the country. But as sales stagnate in a tough economy and the music industry as a whole faces an uncertain future, the fund is in trouble.
  • Tripoli's Abu Salim District Faces Heavy Fighting
    In Tripoli, Libyan rebels are continuing to battle Gadhafi loyalists in parts of the city. The Abu Salim district just south of Gadhafi's former compound has been the focus of the heaviest fighting, and there is speculation that Gadhafi — or one or more of his sons — may be holding out in the district.

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