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6:44am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks, Many Listen; But What Was He Saying?

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 9:33 am

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /Landov

"Well — he did not --"

Just four words.

No one's sure what he meant.

But just the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was heard saying them Monday is news. After all, the famously silent justice has not asked a question from the High Court's bench since Feb. 22, 2006.

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5:46am

Tue January 15, 2013
Around the Nation

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a word from Clarence Thomas - we're just not exactly sure what it is. The Supreme Court justice had gone seven years without saying a word in oral arguments. Then yesterday, Justice Thomas spoke.

Several justices were talking at once, leaving his exact remark unclear. But a detailed contextual analysis by The New York Times suggests he told a joke, saying a law degree from Yale or Harvard might be proof of incompetence. He's a Yale grad.

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5:45am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Lance Armstrong Admits Doping, Oprah Winfrey Confirms

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 7:34 am

Lance Armstrong in 2010.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Update at 8:10 a.m. ET. Confession Confirmed:

On CBS This Morning moments ago, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that Lance Armstrong admitted to her in an interview recorded Monday that he did use performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories (titles he has since been stripped of).

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5:22am

Tue January 15, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Plan On Guns To Include 19 Executive Actions, Lawmakers Say

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 11:30 am

At a gun shop in Phoenix, a customer holds a handgun. Among the executive actions President Obama is expected to propose is an expansion of background checks for gun buyers.
Ralph D. Freso Reuters /Landov

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET. Announcement on Wednesday:

The White House says President Obama and Vice President Biden will unveil the steps they intend to take and legislation they recommend to reduce gun violence at 11:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Our original post:

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4:38pm

Mon January 14, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:47 am

U.S. military suicides rose in 2012. Here, the Army's "Generating Health and Discipline in the Force" report, right, is seen last January. The reports was a follow-up to its "Health Promotion/Risk Reduction/Suicide Prevention" report.
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The number of suicide deaths in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year — more than the 295 Americans who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. The numbers were first reported by the AP; NPR has confirmed them.

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