The Two-Way
6:30 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Reports: Obama To Propose $300 Billion Package Aimed At Boosting Jobs

President Obama on Labor Day in Detroit.
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President Obama will propose "$300 billion in federal spending and tax cuts" when he addresses the nation Thursday night during a joint session of Congress, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.

The AP says that:

"According to people familiar with the White House deliberations, two of the biggest measures in the president's proposals for 2012 are expected to be a one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits. Together those two would total about $170 billion. ...

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Around the Nation
6:24 am
Wed September 7, 2011

World's Largest Stir Fry Requires A Really Big Pan

Take 800 pounds of chicken, 500 pounds of onions and add carrots, bok choy and peanuts. And you've got the world's largest stir fry. Yes, the people at Guinness World Records keep track of this. The frying pan at the University of Massachusetts was 14 feet across.

National Security
3:34 am
Wed September 7, 2011

For Now, Shoes Still Come Off At Airport Security

Homeland Security Department Secretary Janet Napolitano predicted Tuesday that airline passengers in the future will no longer be instructed to remove their shoes at airport security checkpoints, but she said the technology to scan shoe-wearing passengers for bombs does not yet exist and may not be available soon.

No technology meets government standards to screen shoes for explosives at airports while passengers wear them. Officials have not been able to say for certain that this technology will exist in the future, though they are working to develop it.

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Economy
3:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Post Office Asks Congress For Permission To Change

U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe was on Capitol Hill Tuesday. He told a Senate panel if Congress doesn't act fast, the Postal Service won't be able to pay its bills.

Africa
3:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

With Gadhafi Missing, Rebels Move To Secure Libya

Libyan rebels continue to search for Moammar Gadhafi. While his whereabouts are unknown, convoys of Gadhafi loyalists left Libya for neighboring Niger.

Africa
3:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Mubarak Trial Resumes In Egypt

The trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resumed in Cairo Wednesday. On orders from the judge, cameras and recording equipment will no longer be allowed in the courtroom. Witnesses for the prosecution have said Mubarak did not give orders to shoot protesters.

Business
3:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

The Last Word In Business

Amazon.com is testing out a new delivery system in Seattle. It involves a customer picking up their Amazon order at a nearby 7-Eleven.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

How Mortgage Refinancing Could Spark Economic Recovery

Steve Inskeep talks to Columbia University Business School's Christopher Mayer about his number one fix for the economy. He thinks homeowners with mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac should be able to refinance their homes at lower interest rates, regardless of their credit score.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

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Shots - Health Blog
11:01 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Conservatives Step Up Attacks On Public Funding For Birth Control

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A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found two-thirds of respondents were in favor of the new requirement for insurance plans to offer prescription birth control without a copay or deductible.
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It used to be that opposition to publicly funded birth control was linked to abortion.

Either the birth control in question allegedly caused abortion, or the organization providing the birth control (read: Planned Parenthood) also performed abortions. But that's changing.

These days, more and more voices are opposing the provision of birth control for its own sake.

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