Monday, February 28, 2011

Why Scott Walker Must Win

Pat Buchanan, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/28/why_scott_walker_must_win_251264.html

Brady, Robert A. Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine

Democrats, GOP Try To Be Pennywise And Political

Congressional leaders have until the weekend to find middle ground on spending bills and avoid the blowback of a government shutdown. However, the new House GOP majority includes many freshmen, who could defy their own leaders to force deeper cuts in federal spending.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/28/134069838/democrats-gop-try-to-be-pennywise-and-political?ft=1&f=1003

DeGette, Diana Delahunt, Bill DeLauro, Rosa L. Dent, Charles W. Deutch, Theodore E.

Weekly Standard: Obama Squeaks Up On Libya

Last week, President Obama stated that the well-being of American citizens is his "highest priority", but some believe that he should be doing much more to stop the bloodshed in Libya. William Kristol of The Weekly Standard argues that Obama's stalling reflects a crippling self-doubt throughout the administration.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/28/134127368/weekly-standard-obama-squeaks-up-on-libya?ft=1&f=1057

Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier Berkley, Shelley

Automakers Reroute, Aiming For Younger Drivers

Twenty-somethings aren't likely to wait for the latest car magazine, and they're less likely to see the latest TV commercial. That's making it harder for carmakers to get eyeballs on their products.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/27/134103436/Automakers-Reroute-Selling-To-Younger-Drivers?ft=1&f=1003

Bono Mack, Mary Boozman, John Bordallo, Madeleine Z. Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L.

Tools Never Die, The Finale

After weeks of debate, Krulwich realizes that old technology never really goes extinct ? and most obscure inventions are still being made today.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/02/24/133962028/tools-never-die-the-finale?ft=1&f=1007

Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P.

The Lies Of Scott Walker: Pension Edition (Oliverwillis.com)

Did you know that Wisconsin's unionized public employees are the unions
contributing to their pension plans? David Cay Johnston: Gov. Scott Walker
says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to
"contribute more" to their pension and health insurance plans. Accepting Gov.
Walker' s assertions as fact, and failing to check, created the [...]


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Hunter, Duncan Inglis, Bob Inslee, Jay Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E.

Rebels Move Closer To Libya's Capital Tripoli

Maria Colvin, a reporter with the Sunday Times in London, tells Steve Inskeep that right now things are relatively quiet in Tripoli. Libyan officials are now letting foreign journalists into the country.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/28/134123066/Tripoli-Update?ft=1&f=1004

Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney

Oscar Night: The Statues Dreams Are Made Of

Virginia Postrel, WSJ
The Academy Awards show is ridiculous. Guests arrive in broad daylight wearing the most formal of evening gowns. Presenters, including some of the world's most accomplished performers, read their lines with the studied cadence of high-school commencement speakers.In contrast to the Super Bowl, a beauty pageant or "American Idol," nothing happens on stage that affects the outcome of the competition.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/27/oscar_night_the_statues_dreams_are_made_of_251185.html

Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr. Brown-Waite, Ginny Buchanan, Vern Burgess, Michael C.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Couple Rescued After 4 Days Trapped In Snow

John and Patricia Norvell kept thinking someone would come help them as they sat trapped for four days on a secluded, forest road near Mount St. Helens with only jelly beans to eat and snow for water.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/27/134101589/couple-rescued-after-4-days-trapped-in-snow?ft=1&f=1003

Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N. Castor, Kathy Chaffetz, Jason Chandler, Ben

Survey Says We R Rude; How About U?

When it comes to using mobile devices to talk, text and surf, our manners are getting worse, Americans say. Where do you think you rate? "Rude as you can get" or "an angel"?

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/25/134059054/survey-says-we-r-rude-how-about-u?ft=1&f=1057

Buyer, Steve Calvert, Ken Camp, Dave Campbell, John Cantor, Eric

America's Future Farmers Already Dropping Away

The average age of the American farmer is 57, and there has been a 20 percent drop in farmers under 25. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has expressed concern over the issue, and says it's a priority for his department. Host Liane Hansen speaks with two leaders of the National FFA Organization, or Future Farmers of America, about their vision of America's agricultural future.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/27/134103432/Americas-Future-Farmers-Already-Dropping-Away?ft=1&f=1003

Akin, W. Todd Alexander, Rodney Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A.

What Will Chris Christie Do With His Moment?

Robert Costa, NRO
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Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/27/what_will_chris_christie_do_with_his_moment_251109.html

Castor, Kathy Chaffetz, Jason Chandler, Ben Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M.

Looking At What The Eyes See

We move our eyes three times a second, over 100,000 times each day. Why isn't life blurrier? Reporting in Nature Neuroscience, psychologist Martin Rolfs and colleagues found that our mind seems to prepare for our eye movements before they occur, helping us keep track of objects in the visual field.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134059275/looking-at-what-the-eyes-see?ft=1&f=1007

Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John

Soaring Food Prices Hit Poor, Spur Farmers

Bad weather in key growing regions was among a confluence of factors driving world food prices to record levels, a U.N. analyst says. But the price spikes are giving U.S. farmers an incentive to boost production.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/27/134069431/soaring-food-prices-hit-poor-countries-spur-farmers?ft=1&f=1004

Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S.

Bonus Quote of the Day (Taegan Goddard's Political Wire)

"I have not stopped my pursuit or my original intent to remove him from his
office of leadership."


-- Sharron Angle (R), quoted by the New Hampshire Union Leader, saying she's
still trying to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from power by
helping elect more Republicans to the U.S. Senate.


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Castor, Kathy Chaffetz, Jason Chandler, Ben Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M.

Obama: 'Investment' Spending Essential

Julian Pecquet, The Hill
President Obama reiterated his call for Congress to invest in the nation's long-term future in his weekly address Saturday, at times repeating almost to the word what he said during his State of the Union address last month.As lawmakers prepare to take up a stop-gap budget bill to keep the government funded past the end of next week, the president again linked the twin goals of out-educating and out-innovating the rest of the world while getting the nation back on sound fiscal footing.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/26/obama_039investment039_spending_essential_251141.html

Edwards, Chet Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Women In Combat: How You Feel About It

The Pentagon has a policy that bars women from being assigned to units whose primary mission is to engage in direct ground combat. There's a debate going on about whether that policy should change. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's National Security Correspondent Rachel Martin about highlights from and reactions to her series about the challenges facing women serving today.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/26/134083528/Women-In-Combat-How-You-Feel-About-It?ft=1&f=1003

Davis, Susan A. DeFazio, Peter A. DeGette, Diana Delahunt, Bill DeLauro, Rosa L.

Exit Poll Says Ireland Leans To New Government

The opposition Fine Gael party was poised to lead Ireland's next government, according to an exit poll released Saturday, a historic political upheaval after a real estate collapse brought the country to the edge of bankruptcy.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/26/134079980/exit-polls-show-ireland-leaning-to-new-government?ft=1&f=1014

Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K. Hodes, Paul W. Hoekstra, Peter Holden, Tim

Wisconsin Democrats Need to Get Back to Work

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/26/wisconsin_democrats_need_to_get_back_to_work_251153.html

Hinchey, Maurice D. Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K. Hodes, Paul W. Hoekstra, Peter

Child's 11,500-Year-Old Remains Unearthed In Alaska

Archaeologists made the discovery in a settlement that housed some of the very first North Americans. Researchers have been studying the region for more than 70 years, but until now have not found anything from that time period.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134037505/11500-year-old-remains-of-cremated-child-found-in-alaska?ft=1&f=1007

Inglis, Bob Inslee, Jay Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E. Jackson, Jesse L. Jr.

Panel Pushes Back Delivery Of Gulf Oil Spill Report

The federal panel investigating the cause of the disaster says it won't finish its final report on time. The explosion killed 11 workers and led to more than 200 million gallons of oil spewing from the well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134072930/panel-pushes-back-delivery-of-gulf-oil-spill-report?ft=1&f=1003

Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph

Congress Closes in on Stopgap Deal

Carl Hulse, New York Times
The prospect of an imminent federal government shutdown diminished Friday as House Republicans proposed a carefully calibrated stopgap measure that Democrats said could be acceptable.Under the proposal, the law now keeping the government open would be extended two more weeks, until March 18, at the price of $4 billion in new spending cuts. In the interim, House and Senate leaders would try to negotiate a broader plan to finance the government at reduced levels through Sept. 30.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/26/congress_closes_in_on_stopgap_deal_251150.html

Dicks, Norman D. Dingell, John D. Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd Donnelly, Joe

California County Fights For Gay Marriage Ban

The 9th Circuit court is mulling the constitutionality of Proposition 8. But the three-judge panel said in January it can't reach a decision until it knows if ballot proposition sponsors have legal standing to step in when the attorney general and governor refuse to defend voter-approved initiatives in court.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134066975/california-county-fights-for-gay-marriage-ban?ft=1&f=1003

Davis, Geoff Davis, Lincoln Davis, Susan A. DeFazio, Peter A. DeGette, Diana

Iraqis Join 'Day Of Rage' Anti-Government Protests

In Iraq, large demonstrations have led to violence and clashes with riot police, as protesters use what they call a "Day of Rage" to demand an end to food shortages and electricity outages that they say have only gotten worse in recent years.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/25/134058988/iraqis-join-day-of-rage-anti-government-protests?ft=1&f=1004

Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim Giffords, Gabrielle Gingrey, Phil

Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Standard: Breaking Up With Fannie Mae

President Obama's 2012 budget plan proposed phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But Arnold Kling of The Weekly Standard argues that closing the two troubled housing agencies isn't the only mortgage market fix we need.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134052007/weekly-standard-breaking-up-with-fannie-mae?ft=1&f=1057

Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. Davis, Artur Davis, Danny K. Davis, Geoff Davis, Lincoln

Weekly Standard: Breaking Up With Fannie Mae

President Obama's 2012 budget plan proposed phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But Arnold Kling of The Weekly Standard argues that closing the two troubled housing agencies isn't the only mortgage market fix we need.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134052007/weekly-standard-breaking-up-with-fannie-mae?ft=1&f=1057

Johnson, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Henry C. \\\"Hank\\\'\\\' Jr. Ackerman, Gary L. Aderholt, Robert B. Adler, John H.

Gadhafi: 'We Will Die Here On The Dear Soil Of Libya'

The Libyan leader pumped his fist as he made a surprise address to crowds in the capital, blocks from where government gunmen on rooftops reportedly fired down on protesters streaming out of mosques. Several witnesses told the AP that a number of protesters died, but the reports could not be immediately confirmed.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134050503/anti-gadhafi-forces-gather-momentum-for-new-push?ft=1&f=1004

Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan Green, Al Green, Gene Griffith, Parker

Tracing Signals In The Brain

In the traditional view of how signals travel in the brain, a portion of a neuron known as a dendrite acts as an input for stimuli, while the neuron's axon serves as a signal output. Nelson Spruston, author of an article in the journal Nature Neuroscience, says that the reality may be more complicated.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134059263/tracing-signals-in-the-brain?ft=1&f=1007

Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P. Bilirakis, Gus M. Bishop, Rob

Little Unrest, But Angst Grows In Saudi Arabia

Even the merest hint of potential unrest in Saudi Arabia, which sits on a fifth of the world's oil reserves, is enough to spark fear in the oil markets and cause nightmares in Washington. Few analysts rule out the possibility of protests in Saudi Arabia, but they do say it is unlikely.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/24/134021440/little-unrest-but-growing-frustration-in-saudi?ft=1&f=1004

Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. Davis, Artur

Labor's Brute Force Rules

Michael Graham, Boston Herald
If I were in organized labor, I'd seriously think about starting a P.R. union.The only person who had worse press coverage this week than organized labor was Moammar Gadhafi "” and he had to bomb his own people to get it.As of this writing, union-owned Democratic state senators are still hiding out in cheap hotels across state lines in Illinois. These Wisconsin "flee-baggers" can't find the courage to show up for work, but they're on cable news every hour whining about Gov. Scott Walker.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/25/labor039s_brute_force_rules_251089.html

Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E. Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. Jackson Lee, Sheila Jenkins, Lynn

A Lease On Solar Panels? Some States Pitch In

For decades, high installation costs put solar energy out of most homeowners' reach. Now a California company is offering a way to make solar panels affordable by leasing them. But the offer is only available in states that provide incentives for clean energy.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133870498/a-lease-on-solar-panels-some-states-pitch-in?ft=1&f=1007

Johnson, Henry C. \\\"Hank\\\'\\\' Jr. Ackerman, Gary L. Aderholt, Robert B. Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd

House GOP Readies 2-Week Spending Bill With $4 Billion In Cuts

The House GOP's two-week offer counters Majority Leader Harry Reid's proposal for a four-week bill. Congressional Republicans are readying a two-week spending bill with $4 billion in cuts from current spending levels. Reid has said he's willing to discuss a four-week bill with no cuts.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/02/23/134004529/house-gop-readies-2-week-spending-bill-with-4-billion-in-cuts?ft=1&f=1014

Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E. Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. Jackson Lee, Sheila Jenkins, Lynn

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We Need a Strong International Response to Libya

Nicholas Kristof, NYT
By telephone, I reached a family in Tripoli, Libya, with deep roots in the armed forces there, and members of the family offered some insight into what we should do to help nudge Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power.One member of the family is a senior naval officer who says that his ship and two others were ordered to sail to the major city of Benghazi, which has been liberated by rebels. The boats were instructed to attack Benghazi, he said, speaking through an English-speaking family member.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/24/we_need_a_strong_international_response_to_libya_251014.html

Fortenberry, Jeff Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent

The Supreme Court's Failure To Protect Blacks' Rights

After the Civil War, the United States seemed poised to grant equal rights to blacks. But the Supreme Court's rulings in the late 19th century kept blacks segregated for decades, says constitutional scholar Lawrence Goldstone.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/24/133960082/the-supreme-courts-failure-to-protect-civil-rights?ft=1&f=1057

Alexander, Rodney Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve

In Libya: 'Celebration' And Shock In Benghazi

People in the city that's been taken over by opponents of Moammar Gadhafi are "digging, frantically, trying to find mass graves" of those they suspect were killed by the Libyan leader's regime.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/24/134022986/in-libya-celebration-and-shock-in-benghazi?ft=1&f=1057

Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\' Capito, Shelley Moore Capps, Lois Capuano, Michael E.

The Supreme Court's Failure To Protect Blacks' Rights

After the Civil War, the United States seemed poised to grant equal rights to blacks. But the Supreme Court's rulings in the late 19th century kept blacks segregated for decades, says constitutional scholar Lawrence Goldstone.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/24/133960082/the-supreme-courts-failure-to-protect-civil-rights?ft=1&f=1057

DeLauro, Rosa L. Dent, Charles W. Deutch, Theodore E. Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Anti-Gadhafi Forces Control Eastern Libya

A defiant Moammar Gadhafi is encouraging his supporters to strike back against Libyan protesters to defend his embattled regime. Eastern Libya is considered "liberated" territory and is under the control of anti-Gadhafi forces.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/133986453/Eastern-Libya-Update?ft=1&f=1004

Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent

The Shifting Partisan Landscape

Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
Earlier this week, Gallup released an impressive data set on American political partisanship in the 50 states through 2010. Combing this, with the historical data Gallup offers, we can get a good sense of the changes in partisanship over time, as well as a sense of where the political winds are blowing in various parts of the country. As we shall see, it’s a mixed bag for both parties. 

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/23/the_shifting_partisan_landscape_250989.html

Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd Donnelly, Joe Doyle, Michael F. Dreier, David

The Nation: In Wisconsin, It Isn't About The Money

The protests continue in Wisconsin this week against Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which would cut collective bargaining rights for public employees. John Nichols of The Nation argues that the real reasons behind the bill show that Wisconsin's political crisis is more serious than it's so-called fiscal crisis.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/23/133990022/the-nation-in-wisconsin-it-isnt-about-the-money?ft=1&f=1057

Buchanan, Vern Burgess, Michael C. Burton, Dan Butterfield, G. K. Buyer, Steve

Obama's Agenda Facing a Governors' Revolt

Noemie Emery, DC Examiner
Picture a hand on the wheel of the great ship of state, pushing it hard in a certain direction, say, to the left. It belongs to the president. Picture 29 smaller ones on the other side of the wheel, trying as hard as they can to wrench it back in the other direction. They belong to Govs. Chris Christie, R-N.J., Mitch Daniels, R-Ind., Scott Walker, R-Wis., and 26 other Republican governors, 12 of them elected in the 2009 and 2010 cycles.Two years and four months ago, President Obama was elected to enact his agenda; and four months ago, the Republicans were put in to dismantle ...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/23/obama039s_agenda_facing_a_governors039_revolt_250976.html

Carson, André Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N. Castor, Kathy

The Census and Central Texas (Offthekuff.com)

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Deutch, Theodore E. Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Dicks, Norman D. Dingell, John D.

Public Unions: A 50-Year Mistake

Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times
The protesting public school teachers with fake doctor's notes swarming the Capitol building in Madison, Wis., insist that Gov. Scott Walker is hell-bent on "union busting" in their state. Walker denies that his effort to reform public sector unions in Wisconsin is anything more than an honest attempt at balancing the state's books.I hope the protesters are right. Public unions have been a 50-year mistake. Receive news alertsA crucial distinction has been lost in the debate over Walker's proposals: Government unions are not the same thing as private sector...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/02/23/government_unions_have_not_benefited_the_public_108984.html

Flake, Jeff Fleming, John Forbes, J. Randy Fortenberry, Jeff Foster, Bill

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Will Gaddafi Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos?

Robert Baer, Time
There's been virtually no reliable information coming out of Tripoli, but a source close to the Gaddafi regime I did manage to get hold of told me the already terrible situation in Libya will get much worse. Among other things, Gaddafi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities. They will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off flow to Mediterranean ports. The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a message to Libya's rebellious tribes: It's either me or chaos.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/22/will_gaddafi_sabotage_oil_and_sow_chaos_250930.html

Camp, Dave Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\' Capito, Shelley Moore

Is the Benefits Bubble Bursting?

Dennis Byrne, Chicago Tribune
The crowds mobbing the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison are right: Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill is indeed an attack on organized government workers.And it's about time.Labor compensation is the largest component of busted local, state and federal budgets, and those costs are the horrific results of government employees' "right" to bargain collectively and, in some cases, to strike.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/22/is_the_benefits_bubble_bursting_250901.html

Dingell, John D. Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd Donnelly, Joe Doyle, Michael F.

Condoleezza Rice: A Political Superwoman

She is considered the most powerful African American woman in U.S political history. Condoleezza Rice rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become first national security advisor, then Secretary of State under George W. Bush. She was the first black woman to hold both positions.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133963600/Condoleezza-Rice-A-Political-Superwoman?ft=1&f=1057

Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S.

New Climate Policy Will Reduce Emissions, Create Jobs

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/22/new_climate_policy_will_reduce_emissions_create_jobs_250913.html

Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L. Boucher, Rick Boustany, Charles W. Jr. Boyd, Allen

Huntsman on the Horizon (TIME)

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Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L.

Strong Quake Causes Injuries In New Zealand

A powerful earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Tuesday, collapsing buildings, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/22/133947373/strong-quake-causes-injuries-in-new-zealand?ft=1&f=1004

Donnelly, Joe Doyle, Michael F. Dreier, David Driehaus, Steve Duncan, John J. Jr.

Weekly Standard: Obama's War On The States

This week, residents of Madison, Wiconsin came out in droves to protest against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. But Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard argues that the Obama administration is siding with the unions because they represent a huge source of campaign money.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133874808/weekly-standard-obamas-war-on-the-states?ft=1&f=1057

Boustany, Charles W. Jr. Boyd, Allen Brady, Kevin Brady, Robert A. Braley, Bruce L.

Two more things you can do for public schools (Offthekuff.com)

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Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy Boccieri, John A. Boehner, John A. Bonner, Jo

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wis. Republican: Union Changes Key To Fixing Budget

State Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald backs Gov. Scott Walker's plan to close a budget gap in part by having state workers pay more for pensions and benefits. The bill, which also would permanently limit public employees' bargaining rights, has sparked a week of protests. But Fitzgerald says limiting collective bargaining will give local officials the flexibility they need to absorb the state's deep budget cuts.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133932040/Wisconsin-Protests?ft=1&f=1003

Carney, Christopher P. Carson, André Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N.

Wis. Republican: Union Changes Key To Fixing Budget

State Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald backs Gov. Scott Walker's plan to close a budget gap in part by having state workers pay more for pensions and benefits. The bill, which also would permanently limit public employees' bargaining rights, has sparked a week of protests. But Fitzgerald says limiting collective bargaining will give local officials the flexibility they need to absorb the state's deep budget cuts.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133932040/Wisconsin-Protests?ft=1&f=1003

Coffman, Mike Cohen, Steve Cole, Tom Conaway, K. Michael Connolly, Gerald E.

Hair On Tomato Seeds! And Other Science Visualizations

Much of the scientific world is directly observable ? we can take photographs, micrographs, measurements and recordings. The International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge seeks to showcase "cutting-edge efforts to visualize scientific data, principles and ideas."

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/02/21/133868260/sciviz?ft=1&f=1007

Brown-Waite, Ginny Buchanan, Vern Burgess, Michael C. Burton, Dan Butterfield, G. K.

Libya Will Fight Until 'Last Man Standing'

The protests in Libya are against Moammar Gadhafi, one of the most colorful Arab rulers, who's been in place since 1969. Gadhafi's son went on state television to warn that his father's regime would fight until "the last-man standing."

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/21/133932012/Libya-Protests-Update?ft=1&f=1004

Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl

Protests Start For 6th Day At Wisconsin Capitol

But Gov. Scott Walker reiterated Sunday that he wouldn't compromise on the issue that had mobilized them, a bill that would eliminate most of public employees' collective bargaining rights.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/20/133912541/largest-protest-yet-still-doesnt-sway-wis-lawmakers?ft=1&f=1014

Davis, Artur Davis, Danny K. Davis, Geoff Davis, Lincoln Davis, Susan A.

Florida Threatens to Shred 2012 Calendar

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/21/florida_threatens_to_shred_2012_calendar_250872.html

Green, Gene Griffith, Parker Grijalva, Raúl M. Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V.

House repeals Doggett Amendment (Offthekuff.com)

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Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L.

Iran Briefly Detains Daughter Of Former President

Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who has appeared at opposition protests in the past, was detained Sunday while trying to cause unrest by chanting anti-government slogans in one of the main streets of Tehran, the IRNA news agency said. Another pro-government news service reported that she was released a short while later.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/20/133917586/iran-briefly-detains-daughter-of-former-president?ft=1&f=1004

Chandler, Ben Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M. Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

IBM's Watson: A Hard Case

The IBM Jeopardy challenge has been billed as Man v Machine. IBM has done a lovely job using this storyline to hype its stupendous technology. But in fact, that's never been the real story.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/02/18/133853619/ibm-s-watson-a-hard-case?ft=1&f=1057

Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G.

Jeopardy Just the Start for Watson

Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/20/jeopardy_just_the_start_for_watson_250829.html

Himes, James A. Hinchey, Maurice D. Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K. Hodes, Paul W.

Iran Briefly Detains Daughter Of Former President

Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who has appeared at opposition protests in the past, was detained Sunday while trying to cause unrest by chanting anti-government slogans in one of the main streets of Tehran, the IRNA news agency said. Another pro-government news service reported that she was released a short while later.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/20/133917586/iran-briefly-detains-daughter-of-former-president?ft=1&f=1004

Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd Alexander, Rodney Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E.

A Key Moment in Debate Over Fiscal Sanity

Peter Wehner, Commentary

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/20/a_key_moment_in_debate_over_fiscal_sanity_250812.html

Boehner, John A. Bonner, Jo Bono Mack, Mary Boozman, John Bordallo, Madeleine Z.

In UK, Tiny Football Team Wants To Be A Giant Killer

One of the traditions of soccer, or football, as they call it in the UK, is that of the "giant-killer," the small team that defeats much more powerful rivals to reach the later stages of the competition for the Football Association Cup. All the big clubs you might have heard of, like Liverpool and Arsenal, play in their own league competitions with other major rivals, but they also play in the FA Cup, in which all the members of the Football Association, big and small, compete. Saturday, one of the smallest members, Crawley Town, a club so minor its players are only employed part-time, is set to play the biggest and most famous sporting club in the world, Manchester United.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/19/133893929/In-UK-Tiny-Football-Team-Wants-To-Be-A-Giant-Killer?ft=1&f=1004

Carson, André Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N. Castor, Kathy

House Republicans Seek to Block FCC Internet Rules

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/18/house_republicans_seek_to_block_fcc_internet_rules_250757.html

Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney

Opposition Still Reeling After Belarus Crackdown

Since December elections, the U.S. and European Union have pressured the former Soviet republic with sanctions and travel bans on officials. But the country's authoritarian president remains firmly in power, and the political opposition has been all but silenced.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133869545/opposition-still-reeling-after-belarus-crackdown?ft=1&f=1004

Courtney, Joe Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry

Kobe Bryant is 'The Black Mamba' (Littlegreenfootballs.com)

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Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Facing High Seas Drama, Japan Suspends Annual Whale Hunt

Japan harpoons whales under a provision that allows it for scientific research. But an American environmental group has been chasing Japan's ships to keep them from hunting.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/02/16/133811432/facing-high-seas-drama-japan-suspends-annual-whale-hunt?ft=1&f=1007

Bilirakis, Gus M. Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha

Fiscal Crisis Strikes At Labor's Core: Public Workers

The protests in Wisconsin are shining a light on the power of public-sector labor unions. Many critics say government unions need to be scaled back in the current fiscal crisis. Union officials, on the other hand, say they're being scapegoated for the economy's problems.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/19/133893913/Public-Employee-Unions-Power-Riles-States?ft=1&f=1014

Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E.

Author Toni Morrison Enhances The American Story

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed black characters.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133870720/BLACKHISTORY-EVSTATIEVA?ft=1&f=1057

Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\' Capito, Shelley Moore Capps, Lois

U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution On Israeli Settlements

The resolution would have condemned the settlements as illegal and called for an immediate halt to all settlement building. The other 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the resolution.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133876201/u-s-vetoes-u-n-resolution-on-israeli-settlements?ft=1&f=1004

Dingell, John D. Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd Donnelly, Joe Doyle, Michael F.

How About A Pot-Bellied Pig For A Pet? Why And How We Domesticate Animals

A National Geographic article explores the various ways humans have tried ? and are still trying ? to tame animals like foxes and potbellied pigs, as well as the ways animals seem to domesticate themselves.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2011/02/17/133808498/domesticate?ft=1&f=1007

Hastings, Doc Heinrich, Martin Heller, Dean Hensarling, Jeb Herger, Wally

Clinton Brings On New Troubleshooter

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday announced a replacement for the late Richard Holbrooke, the troubleshooter who oversaw U.S. policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Clinton wanted to fill the job because she liked the way Holbrooke brought together experts across the government to work on a critical area of foreign policy. But some experts wonder why she's farming out this and other important tasks to envoys, while others say it makes sense given the recent dramatic developments throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/19/133893921/Clinton-Brings-On-New-Troubleshooter?ft=1&f=1003

Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc Heinrich, Martin Heller, Dean Hensarling, Jeb

Obama's Louis XV Budget

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
Five days before his inauguration, President-elect Obama told The Post that entitlement reform could no longer be kicked down the road. He then spent the next two years kicking - racking up $3 trillion in new debt along the way - on the grounds that massive temporary deficit spending was necessary to prevent another Great Depression.To prove his bona fides, he later appointed a deficit reduction commission. It made its report last December, when the economy was well past recession, solemnly declaring that "the era of debt denial is over."

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/18/obama039s_louis_xv_budget_250733.html

Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L. Hare, Phil

Audience Takes Issue With Hip-Hop Mogul Russell Simmons

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and producer Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback to conversations heard throughout the week and offer important news updates. This week they sound off about Martin's commentary about a controversial Pepsi ad aired during the Super Bowl. Also, one listener takes issue with the program's recent interview with business and hip-hop music mogul Russell Simmons. Plus, former guest and R&B crooner El DeBarge tells fans he's entering rehab.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133870716/BACKTALK?ft=1&f=1057

Heinrich, Martin Heller, Dean Hensarling, Jeb Herger, Wally Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Nation: How Wisconsin Unions Will Win

More protests broke out this week, but this time the rallying was in Madison, Wisconsin. The unrest was sparked by Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal, which would limit the bargaining rights of government unions. John Nichols of The Nation argues that the Constitution plays the most important role in helping the people of Wisconsin win their fight.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133864095/the-nation-how-constitution-helps-wisconsin-win?ft=1&f=1057

Austria, Steve Baca, Joe Bachmann, Michele Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian

Media No Help in Lowering Gov't Spending

Richard Benedetto, AOL News
Now that budget battles have begun in earnest all around the country, those advocating spending cuts, Democrat and Republican, had better not expect any help in furthering their cause from the mainstream news media. In fact, the news media might be their most formidable foe.How so? Well, now that we know the targets of the cuts, the news media, suckers for a sob story, are already throbbing with carefully orchestrated, heart-rending tales about what devastation those cuts will cause:

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/18/media_no_help_in_lowering_gov039t_spending_250710.html

Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe Bachmann, Michele Bachus, Spencer

Obama Mobilizes Union Protesters in Wisconsin

Dennis & Wallsten, WP
President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits while planning similar action in other state capitals.Obama accused Scott Walker, the state's new Republican governor, of unleashing an "assault" on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would nullify collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/18/obama_mobilizes_union_protesters_in_wisconsin_250747.html

Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G.

Wis. Democrats Flee To Prevent Vote On Union Bill

As an ever-growing throng of protesters filled the state Capitol for a third day, 14 Democratic senators left the state. The lawmakers want to avoid giving the GOP majority in the state Senate the quorum it needs to vote on a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for state workers.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/02/17/133847336/wis-democratic-lawmakers-flee-to-prevent-vote?ft=1&f=1014

Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\' Capito, Shelley Moore Capps, Lois

Politicians Fund State Lawmakers in Charge of Redistricting

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/18/politicians_fund_state_lawmakers_in_charge_of_redistricting_250754.html

Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim Giffords, Gabrielle Gingrey, Phil Gohmert, Louie

Republicans on FEC Want to Allow Firms to Raise Money

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/02/17/republicans_on_fec_want_to_allow_firms_to_raise_money_250706.html

Boccieri, John A. Boehner, John A. Bonner, Jo Bono Mack, Mary Boozman, John

A professor?s poem (Unqualified Offerings)

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Holt, Rush D. Honda, Michael M. Hoyer, Steny H. Hunter, Duncan Inglis, Bob