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  • Democrats Have Edge in November, NPR Poll Shows
    Three weeks before the November election, likely voters continue to be pessimistic about the direction the country is heading, and they disapprove of President Bush's performance, according to a new NPR poll. Against that backdrop, Democrats hold a growing margin in the battle for control of the U.S. House, the poll shows.
  • President Bush Signs Military Commissions Bill
    President Bush signs a bill authorizing military commissions that will be responsible for trying suspected terrorists. The administration is using the signing of the bill to paint the Republican Party in a more positive light several weeks ahead of midterm congressional elections.
  • Emanuel: Democrats Missed Opportunities
    Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel says the Democratic Party has missed opportunities to outline their vision for the country to voters. He says that Democratic candidates will make their political stand clear this November.
  • Texas Ramps Up Math and Science Requirements
    Texas is about to become one of the first states to require students to take four years of math and science. Supporters say it will ensure that students are ready for jobs or college. But some educators fear that, if not done right, the additional work could push some students to drop out.
  • Deadly Bomb Shakes Peace Hopes in Sri Lanka
    More than 90 people were killed Monday by a suicide bomb in Sri Lanka. It was blamed on the Tamil Tigers, who have been fighting for independence for years. Just two weeks from now, peace talks were supposed to resume between the rebels and the Sri Lankan government.
  • Chinese Government Continues Population Curbs
    China is introducing a new program of financial incentives to encourage people in rural areas to stick to the official policy of having only one child per family. Although the policy is no longer rigorously enforced, especially in rural areas, it has had a dramatic effect in limiting China's population. The BBC's Jill McGivering reports.
  • U.S. Population Tops 300 Million
    The population of the United States has officially reached 300 million. According to government calculations, America reached the milestone at 7:46 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The United States is only the third country in the world to reach 300 million people.
  • Wal-Mart to Buy 'Hypermarket' Chain in China
    Last month Wal-Mart rolled out a credit card in China. This month they're adding more stores to use it in. According to The Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart will pay $1 billion to buy a chain of "hypermarkets" across China.
  • U.S. Considers Ending Some Steel Tariffs
    The U.S. government's International Trade Commission holds a hearing Tuesday on whether to end tariffs on some types of imported steel. Domestic steel makers want the tariffs continued. Free-trade advocates and some of the industry's largest customers say the tariffs no longer are needed.
  • Will the Slowing Housing Market Hurt the Economy?
    The housing market is showing further signs of weakness. That has everyone asking whether the weakness will end up hurting the overall economy.

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