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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12:04am

Wed December 8, 2010
Tina Brown's Must-Reads

Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Heroes, Then And Now

Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast (and soon of the magazine Newsweek), checks in again for the recommended-reading feature Morning Edition calls Word of Mouth. This time Brown points to a book and a pair of articles about people who embodied heroism in three eras: a biography of Lawrence of Arabia, a review of The King's Speech and an admiring profile of Elizabeth Edwards.

'Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia'

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12:01am

Wed December 8, 2010
Sweetness And Light

Baseball's Courtesy Gap: Post-Game Handshakes

It occurred to my friend The Duchess, the sports connoisseur who seeks out all that may be indecorous in athletics, that there is a glaring lapse of etiquette in one sport.

Writing to me from her yacht, as always, in her lovely cursive hand, she begins: "If I am not mistaken, my dear Frank, amongst major sports, baseball players are the only ones who never shake hands with each other in the spirit of good will. What a dreadfully rude lapse of manners."

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