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2:56pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Military Announces Punishment For Troops In Quran Burning, Urinating On Corpses

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 1:05 pm

In Kabul in February, demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans, protesting the burning of Qurans.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. military announced that nine servicemen who were involved in two incidents of misconduct were given administrative punishments for their actions.

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2:11pm

Mon August 27, 2012
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With $66.3 Billion In Agreements, U.S. Arms Sales Break Record In 2011

A U.S. Air Force F-16 multi role fighter Falcon during an exercise at the U.S. airbase in Osan, South Korea.
Lee Jin-man AP

The United States was the biggest provider of weapons to other countries, last year. In terms of how much money it moved, it tripled its 2010 purchases and moved $66.3 billion worth of arms.

According to a Congressional Research Service report (pdf), that is the biggest amount in the history of the United States and most of it comes from sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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10:16am

Mon August 27, 2012
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In Tense Confrontation, Chris Matthews, RNC Chair Priebus Debate 'Race Card'

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:24 pm

This morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, there was a tense confrontation between Chris Matthews and the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

Well, perhaps calling it a confrontation might imply two were involved when for most part, it was Matthews dumping on Priebus, whose party he accused of playing the "race card."

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9:34am

Mon August 27, 2012
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Officials Say New Orleans Better Prepared For Hurricane, But Residents Still Nervous

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 12:46 pm

While soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac isn't looking like another Katrina, the storm is expected to pick up steam as it heads toward a landfall, conjuring up powerful memories of the disaster seven years ago.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency for New Orleans on Sunday, warning residents to "think about how you will spend time without power or water."

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7:13am

Mon August 27, 2012
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Top Stories: Isaac Heads For Louisiana; Taliban Kill 17

Good morning - so far today, we're following these stories:

-- Tropical Storm Isaac Strengthens At It Heads Toward Louisiana

-- Taliban Blamed For Killing 17 Partygoers

And here are more early stories:

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