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9:29am

Wed July 27, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Heavy Metal In Hipstamatic

A U.S. Marine from Battalion 1/8 inspects the optics of his rifle on Patrol Base Talibjan in Helmand province, before going on an operation on Jan. 21.
Teru Kuwayama

Teru Kuwayama is a photographer based in New York. A selection of his Basetrack photos are now featured in a digital book. Basetrack is supported by a 2010 News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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9:24am

Wed July 27, 2011
Asia

Deadly Weather Batters South Korea, Philippines

The death toll from storms that have lashed South Korea and the Philippines rose Wednesday as torrential rains triggered landslides and flooding.

South Korean officials said at least 32 people, including 10 college students, were killed when mudslides barreled through the capital city of Seoul and the northern town of Chuncheon.

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8:33am

Wed July 27, 2011
Planet Money

3 Reasons A Downgrade Might Not Be A Big Deal (And 1 Big Reason It Might)

In the past few days, the prospect of a default by the U.S. has gotten tangled up with the prospect of a downgrade of America's credit rating. It's worth pulling these two possibilities apart.

It's widely agreed that a default would be a very big deal and could cause huge economic problems. There also still seems to be pretty broad agreement — even at this late date (which may not be quite as late as we thought) — that a default is unlikely.

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7:46am

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

GOP Leader Says Despite 'Challenges,' Boehner Plan Has Party's Support

House Deputy Whip Tom Cole (R-OK) told NPR's Steve Inskeep today on Morning Edition why he's supporting the now-delayed Republican debt limit plan, championed by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Cole needs to help find 218 votes to pass the plan in the chamber and he admits while there are some "challenges" facing him, he believes the vast majority of the Republican conference is behind Boehner's plan. He seems confident that he probably won't need Democratic votes to pass it.

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7:38am

Wed July 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Drug Coverage Saves Money On Hospital Care

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Researchers who analyzed Medicare claims before and after the addition of prescription drug coverage in 2006 found the benefit trimmed about $1,200 a year that would have been spent on care in nursing home and hospitals.

The savings on medical care was calculated by comparing people who had little or no drug coverage before Medicare Part D was offered with those who had pretty good benefits all along.

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