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  • Ricks: Afghanistan Could Turn Out Better Than Iraq
    Military expert Tom Ricks said Afghanistan may turn out better than Iraq from the U.S. perspective. The Afghans don't want to live under Islamic extremism anymore while Iraqis have failed to work out a governing pact between Shia, Sunni and Kurds.
  • Clinton Sees GOP Backing For START Treaty
    Some Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have raised concerns that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty could limit U.S. missile defense plans and the U.S. ability to modernize its nuclear arsenal.
  • Pop Personae: Why Do Some Women Perform In Character?
    Female performers like Beyonce create alter egos to reach out beyond themselves and to their fans.
  • Field Is Wide Open For Players At PGA Championship
    The PGA Championship begins Thursday at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin. The field includes Tiger Woods, who is clinging to his No. 1-ranking after playing his worst tournament ever last weekend. Rob Demovsky, sports writer for the Green Bay Press Gazette, talks to Steve Inskeep about the tournament.
  • Corruption Charges Tainted Rostenkowski's Legacy
    Former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski -- the Chicago Democrat who became the leading architect of congressional tax policy during the Reagan era -- died Wednesday at the age of 82. He served 18 terms in the House. Rostenkowski's political career ended after he pleaded guilty to corruption charges.
  • Rendering Shows Little Detail Of Mosque's Design
    There's been a lot of debate over the planned Islamic community center that would be built near the spot where the World Trade Center once stood. But there's been very little talk about what the building will look like. Rick Bell, executive director of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects, talks to Steve Inskeep about design concepts for the building.
  • Financial Rescue Package Helped Firms Globally
    The 2008 rescue package known as TARP didn't just keep American banks from going under. The latest report from TARP's Congressional Oversight Panel says the $700 billion rescue package also kept foreign banks afloat. The panel points to the $70 billion committed to insurance firm AIG, which helped the firm's trading partners in France, Germany and elsewhere.
  • With The Recession Over, Where's The Growth?
    New surveys from both Bloomberg and MarketWatch show that economists are lowering their GDP forecasts for next year. That gloomy outlook fits with the latest data on falling exports and productivity: The economy is slowing down.
  • Race Car Driver Sues For Title Of Stolen Rare Ferrari
    The 1954 car, which could be worth $15 million, was stolen from a Cincinnati collector and ended up in Europe. Jacques Swaters says he bought it from a trader and then paid the original owner $600,000 when he learned it was stolen. The owner's daughter says her father never received a cent.
  • Beer Sales Remain Strong For Anheuser-Busch InBev
    Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its quarterly results Thursday morning, and profits are up more than 7 percent. The company made $1.5 billion. The company attributes favorable weather and the World Cup.

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