12:52pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Roger Ebert's 'Jackass' Tweet: Right On Or Too Far?

Since he posted this message on his Twitter page Monday afternoon ...

"Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive"

... Chicago Sun-Times film critic Robert Ebert has been the center of some controversy.

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12:51pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Politics

Is Huntsman Wrong to Skip Iowa?

It was no accident that Jon Huntsman chose the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Sure, the scene had echoes of Ronald Reagan, who used the same spot to launch his 1980 White House run. But it was also far from the cornfields of Iowa.

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12:46pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Afghanistan Address Set For 8 P.M. ET Wednesday

Just in from the White House:

"At 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 22nd, the President will address the nation from the White House to lay out his plan for implementing his strategy — first unveiled in December 2009 — to draw down American troops from Afghanistan."

This refers to, as we wrote earlier, to the announcement about the pace and scope of the troop withdrawal.

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12:42pm

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Fitch Credit Agency Warns U.S. Over Debt Ceiling

Fitch Ratings sent a warning to the U.S. today. It said if the country does not raise its debt ceiling, or the amount of money the country is allowed to borrow, by August 2, the credit agency would make changes to its triple-A credit rating.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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12:34pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Crisis In The Housing Market

Will Housing Take Another Hit As Boomers Sell?

The housing market has been in bad shape for five years now and there are many indications that things aren't going to get better anytime soon.

Some market observers argue that things could get worse, due to a major demographic shift underway.

The oldest of the baby boomers — the generation of 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — have already turned 65. As the generation continues to age, some warn that there won't be enough Americans around of working age to buy all their houses.

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12:03pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Foreclosure prevention

HUD Launches New Program to Stave Off Foreclosures

Colorado will receive just over $41 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a new safety net program to help prevent home foreclosures.

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12:00pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Africa

Amid Sudan's Unrest, Ambassador Sees Chance For New Nation

Ethnic killings and mass displacement of people are threatening to break the fragile peace agreement between the North and South in Sudan. Just three weeks before the South formally secedes from the North, violence in two border regions have raised fears about the outbreak of another bloody conflict in Sudan. Host Michel Martin speaks with Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, about the recent outbreak of violence in the regions of Abyei and Kordofan and America's role in resolving the conflicts.

12:00pm

Tue June 21, 2011
World

International Community Struggles To Prevent Another Darfur

The U.S., the African Union and the United Nations are struggling to stop the violence in two border regions between North and South Sudan as mass killings and unrest are raising fears of another humanitarian crisis. Just three weeks before southern Sudan officially secedes from the North, some residents have been fleeing their homes by the thousands. To learn more about the unrest in Sudan, host Michel Martin speaks with

11:49am

Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Astronaut Mark Kelly, Rep. Giffords' Husband, Retires From Navy And NASA

"Today, I am humbled to announce that after 25 years of service to our country, I am retiring from the United States Navy and leaving NASA, effective Oct. 1," Navy Capt. Mark Kelly just wrote on his Facebook page.

Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), adds that:

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11:45am

Tue June 21, 2011
World

Greek Leader Makes 'Take It Or Leave It Proposal'

In any democracy, governments can lose power following a popular vote. But under the parliamentary system, governments can vote to strip themselves of power.

That's the dynamic behind Tuesday's confidence vote in Greece. In order to keep bailout money coming in from other European countries and avoid default, the Greek parliament has to approve an austerity package that includes tax increases, wage cuts and the sale of some $70 billion worth of government assets.

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