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Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Fighter Pilots Were Prepared To Die On Sept. 11

An F-16 fighter jet.
Michael Williams Getty Images

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks draws closer, we're pointing to some of the stories being told about that day and the days since.

"We wouldn't be shooting it down. We'd be ramming the aircraft. ... I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot."

That's what Maj. Heather "Lucky" Penney tells The Washington Post in a remarkable story today.

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Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Richard Engel: Covering War For A Decade

Richard Engel is NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent.
Dan Nelken NBCU

Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, has spent the past decade going to some of the more dangerous war zones on the planet. He has filed from Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan — and more recently covered the uprisings in Egypt, where he was tear gassed, and Libya, where he was almost shot in Benghazi while covering the conflict.

It wasn't the first time Engel has had a close call.

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Fri September 9, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Foster The People: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 7:50 am

Amanda Steen NPR
  • Audio Only: Foster The People's Tiny Desk Concert

There was a scene at this year's Sasquatch music festival that truly caught me off guard. I went to see Foster the People — I'd heard a few of the band's songs, and we'd posted "Pumped Up Kicks" on the All Songs Considered blog last summer — but I'd missed how many people had fallen in love with the group. The greeting Foster the People received felt like a homecoming.

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Fri September 9, 2011

The Nation: Obama's Speech Changes Conversation

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 6:53 am

President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style meeting on Aug. 17, 2011 in Alpha, Illinois. President Obama was on the last day of a three-day bus tour of the Midwest during which he will discuss ways to improve the economy and create jobs, and hear directly from Americans.
Joe Raedle AFP/Getty Images

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

After a year of embracing austerity economics—emphasizing cutting spending and government over creating new jobs—Barack Obama belatedly tried to change the conversation with his big jobs speech Thursday night.

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Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

While Susquehanna River Is Receding, Residents Can't Return Just Yet

Flooding continues along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, New York State and down into Maryland continues.

But as headlines from around the region show, the worst may be over.

Still, there's no word yet on when an estimated 100,000 people who had to leave their homes will be able to return.

Some of the stories:

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