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10:45am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

In Close Vote, 'Monkey See' Readers Chose Cats Over Dogs; What Say You?

Nikon (left) and Zoia, two pals in Poland.
Janek Skarzynski AFP/Getty Images

We're curious about whether Two-Way readers agree or disagree with Monkey See readers about this "important" issue:

Which is better: cats or dogs?

Your Two-Way hosts know which way we would vote. But we would never, ever try to influence anyone's opinion with stories about the tail-wagging, barking, "I'm so glad to see you!" greetings we get when we arrive home each evening.

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10:39am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Pelosi Chides Luke Russert Over Question About Young Leadership

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gathers around female House Democrats during a news conference on Wednesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

There was a bit of laughter but also a lot of seriousness, when NBC's Luke Russert asked Rep. Nancy Pelosi if her decision to seek the House minority leadership again prevents a younger leadership from taking her place.

Pelosi was flanked by the Democratic female members of House and as soon as the question flew out of Russert's mouth, groans filled the room. "Age discrimination," one person was heard screaming.

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10:12am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Most Afghans Now Optimistic, Survey Signals; How Real Is That Result?

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:36 pm

Are better days ahead in Afghanistan? A new survey signals that just more than half of Afghans think their country is headed in the right direction. Here: Mohamed, who makes a living by working as a day laborer in construction, makes his way home after work in Kabul.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

According to a new survey by the Asia Foundation, 52 percent of the 6,300 Afghans it surveyed in June feel the country is heading in the right direction. It's the first time in eight years of conducting this survey that the foundation found a majority of Afghans held a positive view.

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8:10am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

New York Utility Official To Quit Following Superstorm Sandy Response

A plea to the Long Island Power Authority for electricity to be restored is posted on a barrier in Mastic Beach, N.Y. on Oct. 31, 2012. The south shore Long Island community was among the hardest hit by the storm that pounded the Northeast.
Frank Eltman AP

The frustration with the response by New York power companies to Superstorm Sandy claimed a senior official yesterday. Michael Hervey, the acting chief officer of Long Island Power Authority, known as LIPA, says he'll resign at the end of this year.

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7:57am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Israel Aims Airstrikes At Hamas Targets In Gaza

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 7:13 am

A car hit by one of today's airstrikes in Gaza City.
Ali Hassan Reuters /Landov

Update at 3 p.m. ET. At Least 10 Dead; Israel Issues More Warnings:

As we've been reporting, Israel hit targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip today with multiple airstrikes. The Associated Press says at least 10 people were killed. Among them was Ahmed Jabari, the commander of Hamas' military wing.

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