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3:15pm

Mon July 23, 2012
National Security

Defense Cuts: How Do You Buy 1.8 Submarines?

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 3:19 pm

The Defense Department planned to buy two Virginia-class submarines, like the USS Virginia, per year. A 10 percent across-the-board cut would fund only 1.8 submarines, making the purchase impossible.
Raytheon Co.

Congress created a monster when it decided that the entire government will face across-the-board cuts in January, unless an agreement on deficit reduction is reached.

The deadline for the automatic spending cuts — called sequestration — is now approaching, and the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry say those cuts would be horrible.

The Pentagon, perhaps the world's premier planning agency, views the threat of a 10 percent budget cut like an invasion from Mars. It's too awful, too scary and, as Pentagon press secretary George Little puts it, too "absurd."

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3:13pm

Mon July 23, 2012
The Aurora Theater Shootings

Politicians Shy Away From New Gun Control Efforts

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 9:45 pm

Mourners create a memorial at the fountain of the Aurora Municipal Center after a prayer vigil Sunday for the 12 victims of Friday's mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

In the days since the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., there's been little discussion of the laws that allowed the gunman to acquire his arsenal.

Authorities say suspect James Holmes, who was arrested at the scene of the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded dozens more, was armed with a modified assault rifle, two pistols, a shotgun and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told CNN this weekend that the guns are not the problem.

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2:11pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Health

Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise For Down Syndrome

By the time people with Down Syndrome reach 40, their brains have the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer's disease.
AJ Cann Flickr – Creative Commons

University of Colorado scientists have published the results of a small but encouraging clinical trial of a drug that’s improved the memories of young adults with Down syndrome. It’s the latest finding in one researcher’s 16 year quest that is both personal and scientific.

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1:58pm

Mon July 23, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

'In The Attic': Whips, Witches And A Peculiar Princess

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 5:57 pm

cover detail
Simon and Schuster

Gillian Flynn's most recent novel is Gone Girl.

At age 13, I survived almost entirely on green apple Jolly Ranchers and Flowers in the Attic, and to this day I can't look at the book without my mouth watering. My much loved copy must have come from a supermarket (it was impossible to go to a supermarket in the '80s to, say, secretly stock up on green apple Jolly Ranchers, without a V.C. Andrews book lurking by checkout).

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1:50pm

Mon July 23, 2012
World

It's Deja Vu As Pakistan's Political Crisis Deepens

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 3:19 pm

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is greeted after his election in June. Just weeks later, many Pakistanis expect the nation's Supreme Court may soon attempt to force Ashraf from his position, as it did his predecessor.
Rizwan Tabassum Getty Images

An ongoing political crisis has left Pakistan's government paralyzed and near collapse, as the country's Supreme Court attempts to revive corruption charges against the president in an apparent effort to force his resignation.

Accusations of corruption have always clouded the reputation of President Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Some time ago, the government of Switzerland opened an investigation into Zardari's financial dealings, but the case was closed with no action taken.

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