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8:35am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Dipped Last Week

Originally published on Thu July 7, 2011 6:35 am

There were 418,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

That's down 14,000 from the previous week — but still well above the 350,000-or-so mark that's something of a dividing line between a labor market that's in relatively good shape and one that's not doing well.

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8:20am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Phone-Hacking Scandal Widens; Casey Anthony To Be Sentenced

Good morning.

There's a budget summit of sorts at the White House today, and as we reported earlier there are signs of a deal between Democrats, led by President Obama, and Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

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8:19am

Thu July 7, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Beyond Whose Reasonable Doubt?

Cathy Cooper expresses her disagreement with the verdict outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday as Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. Many protesters have been outraged by the verdict.
Alan Diaz AP

Paul Campos is professor of law at the University of Colorado.

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7:51am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Papers Show North Korean Bribes For Pakistan's Nuclear Know-How

"The founder of Pakistan's nuclear bomb program asserts that the government of North Korea bribed top military officials in Islamabad to obtain access to sensitive nuclear technology in the late 1990s," according to a Washington Post front-page exclusive this morning.

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7:31am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Friends Don't Let Friends Drink And Buy Puppies

New York City's West Village is home to a pet shop called Le Petite Puppy. It's within walking distance of several bars. The manager says inebriated bar patrons will stumble in and attempt to buy a puppy without thinking through the responsibilities that entails. So the store's banned puppy sales to drunk customers.

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