9:18am

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

'Streets Of Port-au-Prince Are In Flames'

Shots can be heard in the background as NPR's Jason Beaubien reported overnight from Port-au-Prince that the Haitian capital's streets were aflame.

Fires are still smoldering this morning, Jason has since reported.

The Associated Press describes the scene this way:

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8:52am

Wed December 8, 2010
Middle East

U.S. Role In Mideast Talks Questioned After Setback

A top Palestinian official is questioning Washington's ability to forge Middle East peace after a new breakdown in American attempts to revive negotiations.

The U.S. failure to persuade Israel to renew a limited freeze on construction in West Bank Jewish settlements, announced late Tuesday, was the latest setback for the Obama administration in its quest to broker a peace deal by next September. That goal, a top priority of the president, appears increasingly in doubt.

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8:32am

Wed December 8, 2010
The Two-Way

Attacks Reported On Websites Of MasterCard, Other 'Enemies' Of Assange

From London, the Associated Press writes that:

"WikiLeaks supporters struck back Wednesday at perceived enemies of founder Julian Assange, attacking the websites of Swedish prosecutors, the Swedish lawyer whose clients have accused Assange of sexual crimes and the Swiss authority that froze Assange's bank account. MasterCard, which pulled the plug on its relationship with WikiLeaks on Tuesday, also seemed to be having severe technological problems."

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5:30am

Wed December 8, 2010
Health

Cuts In Doctor Fees For Medicare Patients Delayed

By now it should be getting familiar. Unless lawmakers act before Jan. 1, Medicare payments to doctors will be cut by 25 percent.

It's the fifth time this year Congress has been faced with this same situation. Twice -- in April and again in June -- lawmakers missed deadlines and had to rescind cuts retroactively.

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4:40am

Wed December 8, 2010
Politics

Congressional Democrats Gloomy About Tax Cut Plan

Democrats in Congress are giving President Obama's tax deal with the Republicans a rocky reception. At best, some members of the president's party are grudgingly accepting the agreement. Others say they were betrayed and are mounting a rebellion.

Some Democrats are looking over the proposal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the rich, for opportunities to get some of their own provisions included.

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