It's All Politics
11:20 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Obama's Address To Joint Session Would Be Same Time As GOP Debate

President Obama just told House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that he wants to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. ET, to lay out his latest jobs plan.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Obama Asks To Address Congress Next Week To Lay Out Jobs Plan

President Obama wants to lay out his latest jobs plan before a joint session of Congress next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

In a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and just released to the news media, the president writes that:

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Economy
10:43 am
Wed August 31, 2011

What's Left To Fix The Economy If It Gets Worse?

With the U.S. economy stuck in neutral, analysts are busy adjusting their forecasts to include the possibility of another recession. Most aren't predicting another downturn, they're just saying that the odds have increased.

Meanwhile, policymakers at the Federal Reserve are divided about what to do next. Some are arguing for more aggressive action while others think that would be a mistake, according to minutes from their last meeting released on Tuesday.

Both the Fed and Congress are running out of ideas that they haven't already tried.

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KETR Local
10:37 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Woman charged with stabbing husband


Sulphur Springs – A Sulphur Springs man has filed an emergency protective order against his wife after she allegedly stabbed him.

Police were called to a residence yesterday along Highway 19 south of the city.

Arrested was 44-year-old Karen Michelle Scott. She's been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her husband was treated and released for an arm injury.

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KETR Local
10:26 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Arguments in child support suit enter third day


Greenville – A court hearing today in Hunt County will determine whether a Montgomery County judge from Southeast Texas owes child support.

Kari Moore, of Lone Oak, is claiming that Tracy A. Gilbert is the father to her now 18-year-old son. Attorneys for Gilbert claim the judge was unaware the child had not been adopted by the woman's fianc e until last year.

Attorneys for both sides stipulated Tuesday that Gilbert is currently paying child support of $1,100 per month and is paying the boy's health insurance.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Justice Dept. Sues To Block AT&T's Acquisition Of T-Mobile

The Justice Department just confirmed that it has "filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc."

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Wed August 31, 2011

As Much As $60 Billion Of 'Waste And Fraud' In War-Related Contracts

"At least $31 billion, and possibly as much as $60 billion, has been lost to contract waste and fraud in America's contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan," the independent and bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan reported this morning.

That's out of the $206 billion that's expected to have been spent on contracts and grants in those two countries by the end of September, the commission says.

In its report, the commission adds that:

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Economy
9:14 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Demand For Autos Drives Up Factory Orders

U.S. factory orders rose strongly in July on the biggest jump in demand for autos in more than eight years and a surge in commercial airplane orders. The increase suggests supply chain disruptions created by the Japan crisis are easing.

Factory orders climbed 2.4 percent, the largest increase since March, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Orders for motor vehicles and parts rose 9.8 percent, the largest one-month gain since January 2003.

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Mucho Congratos To 'ElBloombito'

twitter.com/ElBloombito

One guy on The Two-Way's masthead speaks Spanish, and it isn't this blogger.

So I can't really poke fun at New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) for his efforts to hablar espanol during the news conferences he held before, during and after Hurricane Irene.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Wed August 31, 2011

'9/11 Commission' Leaders: Nation's Security Isn't What It Should Be

National Security Preparedness Group

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 8:13 am

While they believe "our country is undoubtedly safer and more secure than it was a decade ago," the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission warn today that some of their panel's most important recommendations remain unfilled.

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