8:56am

Thu July 14, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Get Rid Of Taxes, Debt Then Obama

President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner (off camera) of Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as he meets with Republican and Democratic leaders regarding the debt ceiling in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 13, 2011.
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William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.

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8:56am

Thu July 14, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Sally The Camel Has Thirsty Humps

Camels scramble for scarce water resources in Dinsor, March 11, 2006. The current drought that has hit eastern Africa and the horn has put 11 million people across region at the risk of starvation and has started taking toll on camels.
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Sophia Jones is an editorial researcher at Foreign Policy.

The death of 50 percent of Somalia's camels poses a grave question: If camels can't survive, what can? Eastern Africa's drought is proving to be a death sentence for an animal that can normally survive weeks without water. In some areas, over 80 percent of livestock have perished, forcing families to abandon their homes and relocate in overcrowded refugee camps. Ahmed Mohammad, a Somali camel herdsman, told BBC:

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8:55am

Thu July 14, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Sorry, GOP, It's All Or Nothing

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses media on July 6, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Ari Melber is The Nation's Net movement correspondent, covering politics, law, public policy and new media, and a regular contributor to the magazine's blog.

There's so much fake drama in Washington that it gets hard to recognize big developments when they actually happen. By any measure, though, Republican leaders are offering a massive reversal to their debt threats.

Senator McConnell's proposal gives Obama everything on substance, in return for concessions on optics.

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8:55am

Thu July 14, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: In Defense Of 'Marriage Vow' Passage

Civil War fugitive slaves who were emancipated upon reaching the North, sitting outside a house, possible in Freedman's Village in Arlington, Virginia, mid 1860s.
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John McWhorter is a contributing editor for The New Republic.

Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum may have a number of things to be embarrassed about. However, supporting an observation that there were more two-parent black families during slavery than there are today is not one of them.

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8:37am

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Good News For Yankees Fan Who Caught Jeter's 3,000th

His tax situation still isn't quite clear, but it looks like New York Yankees fan Christian Lopez is going to make out OK.

As we reported Wednesday, some experts were saying that Lopez might face a tax bill of up to $14,000 because of the gifts he was given by the Yankees last week after he graciously returned the ball that shortstop Derek Jeter smacked into the stands for his 3,000 career hit in the major leagues.

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8:15am

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Amid Lots Of Talk About A 'Blow Up,' Budget Talks Will Resume

Stories are popping up across the news universe about President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) having a heated/tense/barbed (choose your favorite word) exchange during Wednesday's budget talks at the White House — an exchange that ended with the president leaving the room.

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7:31am

Thu July 14, 2011
Around the Nation

Tennessee Wildlife Officials Tranquilize Bear

The young black bear, which weighs about 130 lbs., apparently likes walking. The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis reports on evidence that it's a long-distance traveler. It may be the same bear spotted in Alabama and Mississippi.

7:18am

Thu July 14, 2011
Strange News

Man Wins Fight To Wear Pasta Strainer On His Head

An Austrian man has won a three-year battle to appear in his driver's license photo with a pasta strainer on his head. Niko Alm, a self-described atheist, argued he must wear the strainer for religious reasons. That religion is Pastafarianism.

7:15am

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Error About News Corp. Was 'Big Screw-Up On My Part,' Columnist Says

While he can explain how it happened, Reuters columnist David Cay Johnston says "there's no excuse" for the huge mistake he made Tuesday when he wrote that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. had received billions of dollars in tax refunds from the U.S. government in recent years — when in fact it had paid billions of dollars in federal taxes.

"This is a big screw-up on my part," he told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.

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6:52am

Thu July 14, 2011
Middle East

Saudi Princess Lobbies For Women's Right To Drive

Saudi Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, 27, is very outspoken about the rights of women in Saudi Arabia. She has been lobbying to improve their employment opportunities by allowing them to work in the public realm, and to gain the right to drive.

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