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1:25pm

Wed August 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Biologist Explain How An African Rat Makes Itself Poisonous

An African crested rat.
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East Africans have always known that crested rats are poisonous. They know that the dogs that tend to attack the foot-long mammal end up viscously sick and deathly scared of the creature.

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1:25pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Rebel Leader's Death Puts Eastern Libya On Edge

Originally published on Thu August 11, 2011 11:07 am

Libyans shout slogans at a rally in rebel-held Benghazi, in eastern Libya on July 31. The rally was held to pay respect to Abdel-Fattah Younis, the Libyan rebels' slain military chief. Now, his family, tribesmen and supporters are demanding answers from the rebel authorities about his death.
Sergey Ponomarev AP

In eastern Libya, the rebel stronghold of Benghazi is filled with tension following the murder last week of the rebels' top military commander.

Abdel-Fattah Younis was killed in mysterious circumstances. Now, members of his family and his tribe — one of the most powerful in Libya — are accusing the rebel authorities of dragging its feet in the investigation.

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1:23pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Politics

Procrastination Nation: The Out Years

President Barack Obama walks back to the Oval Office after speaking in Rose Garden of the White House, Aug. 2, after the Senate passed the debt ceiling legislation.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Ah, the Out Years.

During the recent debt-ceiling debate, the phrase became a recurring motif. "You've got to look at the deficit not just in the next 10 years," White House political adviser David Plouffe told NPR, "but does it also produce savings in the out years."

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) told the Los Angeles Times that enforcement of the plan will be the key to its success, but "it's always in the out years and it never happens."

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1:17pm

Wed August 3, 2011
Politics

Despite Business Ties, Daley Struggled In Debt Talks

William Daley with President Obama when he was named White House chief of staff in January.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

When White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley joined President Obama's team at the beginning of the year, he was expected to bring stability and a centrist approach to managing a sometimes chaotic White House.

His close connection to the business world was one of the strongest selling points as chief of staff. Daley built close friendships with business leaders during his years at JP Morgan Chase, and the White House hoped he could undo some of the bad blood that developed between Obama and business leaders during the first two years of the term.

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12:30pm

Wed August 3, 2011
World Cafe

The Sam Roberts Band On World Cafe

The Sam Roberts Band plays live on today's World Cafe.
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In the past decade, Sam Roberts has ascended from a humble indie singer-songwriter to one of the most popular rock acts in Canada. Roberts has repeatedly topped the charts, won six Juno awards — Canada's equivalent of the Grammy — and toured with Oasis and the Tragically Hip, but remains relatively unknown outside his home country.

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