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Friday, September 11, 2009

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  • Sen. Levin Seeks Major Changes In Afghan War
    Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Friday he is against sending more troops to Afghanistan, calling first for serious changes in strategy. But Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is expected to seek more troops.
  • 9/11 Volunteers On Day Of Service
    Jay Winuk, founder of, has seen his campaign to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001, victims with an official day of service become a reality. Winuk, whose brother died in the attack, and Teresa Mathai, whose husband died while attending a meeting in the World Trade Center, share their stories.
  • Labor Unrest Looms Over NFL
    The Pittsburgh Steelers took the first step to repeating as National Football League champions Thursday, beating the Tennessee Titans. But the backdrop for the 2009 NFL season looks like it will be labor unrest, with the players union and the league getting set to negotiate a new contract. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his insight.
  • Week In Politics Examined
    This week, President Obama took his pitch for a health care overhaul to Congress. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times offer their insight on this and other development in politics.
  • U.S. To 'Test' Iran's Willingness On Nuclear Talks
    State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that the major powers will "seek an early meeting" with Iran to attempt to steer talks toward the nuclear issue. But Iranian officials have said the country's uranium enrichment program is not open for negotiations.
  • Post-Sept. 11, Colleges Take On Law Enforcement Role
    Since the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. colleges have assumed new responsibilities for reporting information about foreign students. Some school officials feel a tension between a university's mission of openness and Homeland Security's mission of keeping out problematic people.
  • Study Surveys Immigrant Experience
    Most immigrants who live in the U.S. came with little money, felt part of the community within five years of coming, and would do it all over again. Those are some of the findings of a survey of immigrants conducted by the research group Public Agenda. Scott Bittle, one of the authors of the study, says Mexican immigrants are much more likely to say there is discrimination, while Muslim immigrants are less likely to perceive it.
  • An Open Letter To Tyler Perry
    Tyler Perry's latest movie I Can Do Bad All by Myself opened in theaters Friday. Commentator Jamilah Lemieux wants the prolific TV and film producer to move beyond the stereotypical characters that have made him famous.
  • At U.S. Open, Grunting Reigns
    Those watching the U.S. Open might find themselves listening to the rhythmic soundtrack of grunting. Bud Collins, tennis commentator for ESPN and a columnist for the Boston Globe, says he doesn't think the grunting helps the game.
  • Doctors Prep For Influx Of Swine Flu Cases
    Health workers are anticipating overcrowded emergency rooms as swine flu ramps up this fall. Now doctors have come up with a decision tree for patients with flu-like symptoms to help them decide whether to stay home or visit the ER.

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