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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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  • House Bill Would Make Health Care A Right
    The on-again, off-again progress on a bill to overhaul the nation's health care system is on again. The first of five Congressional committees completed work on a bill Tuesday. Meanwhile, House Democratic leaders unveiled the first measure that includes a full financing mechanism.
  • 'Public Option' Sticking Point For Health Insurer
    Many of the nation's health insurers are opposed to a key part of the Democrats' plan to overhaul health care. Supporters call it the "public option" — which means the government would offer a health insurance plan for individuals. Dr. Sam Nussbaum is chief medical officer for WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurer. He explains to Steve Inskeep why his organization is against the public option.
  • California Budget Held Captive By State Prisons
    Being tough on crime is tough on California's budget. From revolving-door parolees, to powerful unions to the three-strikes law, many challenges are facing the state's overburdened system.
  • 'Half-Blood Prince': A Franchise Flick, But With Mojo
    Director David Yates is a good steward of the material — respectful but not overly reverential — which means audiences should be happy, even as the darkness gathers around Harry Potter and his Hogwarts friends.
  • Obama May Change International Health Funding
    Public health experts from Afghanistan were on Capitol Hill Tuesday warning about the dire health problems facing women and children in that country. The Obama administration is considering refocusing international funding to address the health problems of women and children worldwide. Critics say that could mean no growth for AIDS treatment even as the epidemic increases.
  • Israeli Group: Army Used Reckless Force In Gaza
    Israel is rejecting charges by human rights groups that its invasion of the Gaza Strip last winter included acts of excessive violence. An activist group called Breaking the Silence, recorded testimony from some Israeli soldiers who describe acts of gratuitous destruction and disregard for civilian life.
  • Region Reconsiders China's Economic, Military Might
    China's growing economic and military power is causing countries in the Asia-Pacific area to reconsider their own positions in the region. Australia is a key case. It's trying to find a new balance between the region's current dominant power, the United States, and the area's re-emerging power, China.
  • Goldman Sachs: Better-Than-Expected Earnings
    The Wall Street financial firm reported profits of nearly $3.5 billion in the second quarter. It has set aside $6.6 billion for compensation. The investment bank has paid back the government money it borrowed during the height of the financial crisis, so it's not subject to limits on pay.
  • Intel Corp. Reveals Loss
    Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, reported its first loss in more than two decades on Tuesday. The slight downturn came not from sales, but a huge fine levied on the corporation by the European Union.
  • Why Is The Oil Market So Volatile?
    This time last year, oil prices were at an all-time high of $140-a-barrel. These days prices are much lower but policymakers are still concerned about what's going on in the oil market. Sarah Ladislaw is an energy analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. She talks with Renee Montagne about the volatility in the oil market.

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