1:00pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Economy

No Debt Hike? A Hard Choice For Who Gets Paid

If you've ever looked at a stack of bills and realized you owe more money than you have in the bank, you can understand the position the U.S. government will soon be in, if lawmakers don't agree to raise the debt ceiling.

The Obama administration would then face the same decision as any cash-strapped consumer: Who gets paid? And who doesn't?

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1:00pm

Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

No Resolution To Debt Ceiling Crisis In Sight

House Republicans huddle behind closed doors seeking votes for Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill, while Senate Democrats move ahead on their own plan, which faces lumbering procedural hurdles. The irony, says President Obama, is that "the two parties are not miles apart." He adds that "the time for putting party first is over."

12:59pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Lecture Series

Seminars at Steamboat: Robin Wright

A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking book takes readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security threats across the Islamic world.
simonandschuster.com

[Updated: 08/01/2011 - Audio of the 7/31 seminar is now available online.] Robin Wright is a journalist, foreign policy analyst, and a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International enter for Scholars in Washington, DC.

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12:58pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

How A Debt Stalemate Could Squeeze Health System

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) is surrounded by reporters at the Capitol Friday after a briefing on the debt ceiling.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Hospitals, nursing homes, doctors and state health programs could survive a brief pinch if the Washington debt ceiling deadlock leads the government to stop paying Medicare and Medicaid bills. But if an impasse were to drag on for more than a few weeks, health care providers could be unable to pay their staffs or even face insolvency, according to health care experts and former government officials.

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12:53pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Garden Report

Grass Clippings: To Leave or Not to Leave - that is the Question

Creative Commons

New studies and new mower technology says to leave clippings more often than collecting clippings.

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12:35pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Veterans

Denver's Go Green Warehouse Off to a Strong Start

Sales at a newly-launched Denver home improvement store that supports military veterans are exceeding expectations.

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12:34pm

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Panel: Nation Needs New Nuclear Waste Site, Pronto

As sagas go, it rivals the Star Wars epics: "Yucca Mountain: The Quest for a Nuclear Waste Dump" premiered in 1978, when the U.S. government added the Nevada site to its list of potential "permanent repositories." Since then, it's been a story of political intrigue, desert outposts, giant machines and doctored science.

Chosen in 1987 as the "winner" of the competition, the Yucca Mountain site was already half-built when President Barack Obama canceled the long-controversial project last year.

Now comes the sequel: Yucca Mountain Two.

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12:30pm

Fri July 29, 2011
World Cafe

Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

The Tedeschi Trucks band performs live on today's World Cafe.
James Michin Courtesy of the artist

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife duo of guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide guitarist Derek Trucks, began out of practical consideration. Working together allowed the couple to continue performing while raising their young family.

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12:06pm

Fri July 29, 2011
Music

Songs For The Delivery Room: One Woman's Playlist

Alison MacAdam with her son, Abe, about eight months after she put this mix to use.
Courtesy of the MacAdam family

Pregnant? Making a mixtape to accompany your labor is not likely your first consideration. It certainly wasn't mine back in the snowy winter of 2010. But many hospitals and birth centers promise you CD players or even iPod docks in the delivery room. Medical professionals encourage you to bring music to help you bear the experience.

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11:43am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

In Perspective: Right Now, Apple Has More Cash On Hand Than Treasury

An Apple logo displayed in the southern German city of Munich.
Christof Stache AFP/Getty Images

As of Wednesday, the Treasury reported it had $73.768 billion cash on hand. What the Obama administration has been saying is that that number will dwindle to a point where the U.S. will not be able to pay its financial obligations, unless it's allowed to borrow more money.

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