Saturday, June 25, 2011

House Splits Votes On Libya Military Action

The chamber voted down a measure Friday giving President Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya. However, it rejected an attempt to cut off money for those efforts.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/24/137392574/house-moves-toward-votes-on-libya-operation?ft=1&f=1004

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

Did the IEA Just Deliver a QE3 Quick Fix?

Larry Kudlow, IBD
Did the International Energy Agency (IEA) just deliver the oil equivalent of Quantitative Easing 3?The decision to release 2 million barrels per day of emergency oil reserves -- with the U.S. covering half from its strategic petroleum reserve -- is surely aimed at the sputtering economies of the U.S. and Europe following an onslaught of bad economic statistics and forecasts. This includes a gloomy Fed forecast that Ben Bernanke unveiled less than 24 hours before the energy news hit the tape.I wonder if all this was coordinated.The Bernanke Fed significantly downgraded its economic...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/06/24/did_the_iea_just_deliver_a_qe3_quick_fix_to_save_obamas_skin_110346.html

Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr.

Don't Put Deficit Reduction Burden on the Poor

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/25/don039t_put_deficit_reduction_burden_on_the_poor_258155.html

Davis, Danny K. Davis, Geoff Davis, Lincoln Davis, Susan A. DeFazio, Peter A.

Air Quality Concerns Threaten Natural Gas's Image

Some studies show that new gas production could cause air pollution in portions of Colorado, Texas and Louisiana. Experts say although the amount of pollution is significantly less than that caused by coal-fired plants, natural gas companies will need to control pollution if the industry wants to grow.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/21/137197991/air-quality-concerns-threaten-natural-gas-image?ft=1&f=1007

Gordon, Bart Granger, Kay Graves, Sam Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan

New Republic: Blind To The Dawn Of 'New Darfur'

People are dying in South Kordofan in Sudan. There have even been warnings that this will be the next Darfur. Eric Reeves of The New Republic is frusterated by the lack of attention from the international community and the U.S. in particular.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/24/137389845/new-republic-blind-to-the-dawn-of-new-darfur?ft=1&f=1057

Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy Boccieri, John A. Boehner, John A.

Friday, June 24, 2011

House Splits Votes On Libya Military Action

The chamber voted down a measure Friday giving President Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against Libya. However, it rejected an attempt to cut off money for those efforts.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/24/137392574/house-moves-toward-votes-on-libya-operation?ft=1&f=1004

Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc Heinrich, Martin

Seniors' agencies upset over Scott's veto of bill to ease background checks (Tampa Tribune)

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Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie Higgins, Brian Hill, Baron P. Himes, James A. Hinchey, Maurice D.

How to Survive the Age of Distraction

Johann Hari, The Independent
 In the 20th century, all the nightmare-novels of the future imagined that books would be burnt. In the 21st century, our dystopias imagine a world where books are forgotten. To pluck just one, Gary Steynghart's novel Super Sad True Love Story describes a world where everybody is obsessed with their electronic Apparat – an even more omnivorous i-Phone with a flickering stream of shopping and reality shows and porn – and have somehow come to believe that the few remaining unread paper books let off a rank smell. The book on the book, it suggests, is closing.I...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/24/how_to_survive_the_age_of_distraction_258131.html

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

Souris River Continues To Inundate Minot, N.D.

In North Dakota, the Souris River has reached record levels faster than anyone had expected. Already, portions of Minot, N.D., are inundated, and it's only expected to get worse. Upstream of Minot, the town of Burlington has given up sandbagging efforts. Jerome Gruenberg, the town's mayor, has said, "We're no longer able to save the city." Robert Siegel speaks with Kim Fundingsland, writer for the Minot Daily News, about the latest on the catastrophic flooding.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/24/137401160/souris-river-continues-to-inundate-minot-n-d?ft=1&f=1003

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

Rising numbers of Venezuelans seek exile in US (Providence Journal)

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Role Of US Troops In Boosting Afghan Women's Gains

Now that President Obama has announced plans to reduce troops in Afghanistan, what will happen to women's rights in that country? Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Samira Hamidi, country director of the Afghan Women's Network, and Gayle Lemmon, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relation's Women and Foreign Policy program.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/23/137369291/-role-of-us-troops-in-boosting-afghan-womens-gains?ft=1&f=1004

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

Justice, Finally, for Bulger & Boston

Brian McGrory, Boston Globe
In James “Whitey’’ Bulger’s capture, there is finally justice for all.There is, of course, the critical justice for every daughter, every son, every sibling, and every spouse of every one of the 19 or more victims Bulger allegedly killed in his multidecade, FBI-sanctioned reign of terror.There is justice for South Boston, where the mobster ran roughshod over an entire neighborhood, allegedly murdering and maiming and flooding Broadway with drugs that ruined countless lives.There is justice for every one of the dozens, if not hundreds, of State Police...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/24/justice_finally_for_bulger_amp_boston_258083.html

Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe

Pottermore A Reprieve For Harry Potter's Bereaved

Harry Potter fans have conflicting emotions about the upcoming premiere of the final movie. But with J.K. Rowling's launch of an online community called "Pottermore," NPR intern Annie Ropeik thinks fans might be OK.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/23/137370427/pottermore-a-reprieve-for-harry-potters-bereaved?ft=1&f=1057

Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott

Thursday, June 23, 2011

U.S. To Release Oil From Reserve To Boost Supply

The release of 30 million barrels from the U.S. strategic reserve is part of a broader international response to lost oil supplies caused by turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Libya. Oil prices dropped nearly 5 percent Thursday in response to the announcement.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/23/137364930/countries-to-release-60-million-barrels-of-crude-oil?ft=1&f=1004

Granger, Kay Graves, Sam Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan Green, Al

Bostonians Have Mixed Reactions To Bulger's Arrest

Reputed mob boss Whitey Bulger is legendary in South Boston. In the neighborhood where he reigned, some think it's about time the FBI caught up with him. Others, despite allegations that he committed 19 murders, say he's an elderly man who should be allowed to go on with his life. After 16 years on the run, Bulger remains a controversial figure in his hometown.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/23/137376141/bostonians-have-mixed-reactions-to-bulgers-arrest?ft=1&f=1003

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

Bachmann Gears Up in Do-or-Die Iowa

Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
By Scott Conroy - June 23, 2011Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's stock is on the rise. Her performance in last Monday's presidential debate was almost universally heralded, and the continued lack of a strong challenger to front-runner Mitt Romney has helped vault her -- by default, in the view of many analysts -- into the top tier of GOP candidates.Bachmann's ability to speak the language of the tea party, her proven fundraising prowess, and the geographical advantages that come with being a congresswoman from a neighboring state (and who also was born in Iowa) have heightened...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/06/23/bachmann_gears_up_in_do-or-die_iowa_110327.html

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

Pottermore A Reprieve For Harry Potter's Bereaved

Harry Potter fans have conflicting emotions about the upcoming premiere of the final movie. But with J.K. Rowling's launch of an online community called "Pottermore", NPR intern Annie Ropeik thinks fans might be OK.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/23/137370427/pottermore-a-reprieve-for-harry-potters-bereaved?ft=1&f=1057

Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy Boccieri, John A.

Obama To Unveil Troop Drawdown In Afghanistan

President Obama will announce his decision on how many American troops to withdraw from Afghanistan Wednesday night. In late 2009, the president had approved a "surge" force of 30,00 troops. At the time, he promised to begin bringing them home in July 2011. With that deadline approaching, a debate has emerged inside the White House about how many troops to pull out.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/22/137336403/u-s-troops-to-find-out-how-many-will-leave-afghanistan?ft=1&f=1014

Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L.

Landscaping The Cosmic Garden

Are modern cosmologists fated to get tangled with metaphysical questions? How to we make sense of our universe if it's only one among countless others?

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/06/22/137282707/landscaping-the-cosmic-garden?ft=1&f=1057

Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard Coffman, Mike

President Obama Sounds Domestic Theme In Afghanistan Speech

The president clearly wanted to communicate that he shared the desire of many Americans that their government stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars on wars even as the nation faces a fiscal crisis. He spoke to the strong and growing sense that all that money could be better spent at home.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/06/23/137354849/president-obama-sounds-domestic-theme-in-afghanistan-speech?ft=1&f=1003

Gingrey, Phil Gohmert, Louie Gonzalez, Charles A. Goodlatte, Bob Gordon, Bart

Senators Impatient Over Biden Group's Debt Plan

Leading Senate Democrat Dick Durbin says Congress should raise the debt ceiling for short-term relief, followed by a more elaborate long-term plan. Some Republicans say they prefer a single solution.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/22/137349383/senators-impatient-over-biden-groups-debt-ceiling?ft=1&f=1014

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

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

If I Were a Greek, I'd Be Out on Streets Too

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
What would you do this morning if you were a Greek? Would you agree to your government cutting public sector jobs, pay and pensions, and increasing taxes? Or would you do what thousands of Greeks are doing and take to the streets, calling the bluff of Germans and French and making them dig deeper into their pockets?I would not hesitate. I would take to the streets. Britain may not have that option, but Greece does. Eurozone bankers have been lending the Greeks loads of money for years, knowing they could not repay and assuming Europe's taxpayers would come to the rescue. The rescue is...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/22/if_i_were_a_greek_i039d_be_out_on_streets_too_257919.html

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

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Roger Ebert's 'Jackass' Tweet: Right On Or Too Far?

Since he wrote on his Twitter page Monday afternoon that "friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," Chicago Sun-Times film critic Robert Ebert has been the center of controversy. He was referring to the death of actor Ryan Dunn.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/21/137320801/roger-eberts-jackass-tweet-right-on-or-too-far?ft=1&f=1057

Duncan, John J. Jr. Edwards, Chet Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith

Great Lakes May Beat Atlantic To Offshore Wind

States along the Atlantic Coast are vying to be first in the country to put wind turbines offshore. But an Ohio group aims to build the first offshore wind farm in America ? in fresh water.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/21/137295524/great-lakes-may-beat-atlantic-to-offshore-wind?ft=1&f=1007

Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John

To Some, Coming Out Isn't Just A One-Time Thing

As part of gay pride month, Tell Me More's guests and friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are sharing stories of coming out to those closest to them. In today's essay, journalist Mary Buckheit says that coming out is a slow process ? it doesn't happen just once.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/21/137319965/to-one-journalist-coming-out-doesnt-occur-once?ft=1&f=1057

Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. Fallin, Mary

Who Gets Flooded: A By-The-Book Decision

The Army Corps of Engineers is taking unprecedented measures to keep the Missouri River under control. It's hard enough to choose who gets wet and who stays dry, yet harder still, some say, are bureaucratic rules that require the Corps to consider priorities other than flood control.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137266815/who-gets-flooded-a-by-the-book-decision?ft=1&f=1007

Goodlatte, Bob Gordon, Bart Granger, Kay Graves, Sam Graves, Tom

Roger Ebert's 'Jackass' Tweet: Right On Or Too Far?

Since he wrote on his Twitter page Monday afternoon that "friends don't let jackasses drink and drive," Chicago Sun-Times film critic Robert Ebert has been the center of controversy. He was referring to the death of actor Ryan Dunn.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/21/137320801/roger-eberts-jackass-tweet-right-on-or-too-far?ft=1&f=1057

Becerra, Xavier Berkley, Shelley Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy

Snake Man Bill Haast Has Died

Bill Haast, a pioneering snake expert, died this past week at the age of 100. He was director of the Miami Serpentarium Laboratories, where he extracted venom from the world's most poisonous snakes for use in medical research. Guest host Jacki Lyden has a remembrance.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/19/137278464/snake-man-bill-haast-has-died?ft=1&f=1007

Calvert, Ken Camp, Dave Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\'

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

GOP Finds Its Voice

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/21/gop_finds_its_voice_257845.html

Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy Boccieri, John A.

GOP's Myth of "Job-Killing" Spending

Alan Blinder, Wall Street Journal
It was the British economist John Maynard Keynes who famously wrote that ideas, "both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else." Right now, I'm worried about the damage that might be done by one particularly wrong-headed idea: the notion that, in stark contrast to Keynes's teaching, government spending destroys jobs.No, that's not a typo. House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans regularly rail against "job-killing government spending." Think about that...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/21/gop039s_myth_of_quotjob-killingquot_spending_257824.html

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

Olbermann's Much-Needed Return

Matt Seitz, Salon
Keith Olbermann's one-time MSNBC program "Countdown" resurfaced on Current TV last night, six months after he heatedly left his previous employer -- the latest in a long line of rancorous Olbermann departures. I'm happy to see him return to TV, in a diminished form, in a smaller venue, and (judging from last night's glitchy debut) with spottier production values. I always respected Olbermann when he was at MSNBC because he was both philosophically consistent and a flat-out terrific writer, dismantling Republican gasbaggery and...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/21/olbermann039s_much-needed_return_257876.html

Bachmann, Michele Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham

The Texas Governor Is Formidable

Kevin Williamson, National Review
Five reasons you might like to see Rick Perry get into the GOP primary race? Easy. How about 1. Mitt Romney; 2. Tim Pawlenty; 3. Michele Bachmann; 4. Herman Cain; 5. Ron Paul? Here’s five more: Boeing, eBay, DynaPump, SunPower, Fluor.1. Jobs: Texas’s economic record really is about 80 percent of Perry’s appeal — Texas is just killing it on the jobs front compared with the rest of the country. In May, the whole country saw a net gain of 232,000 jobs, some 62,000 of them at McDonald’s, the country’s most notable job creator that...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/21/the_texas_governor_is_formidable_257872.html

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

The Nation: Time For A Self Checkout From Wal-Mart

After 10 years, Wal-Mart has won its contentious lawsuit on a technicality and women, workers and shoppers are outraged. Liz Featherstone of The Nation believes the legal system has its limits and the real power lies in the hands of the worker and the consumer.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/21/137314613/the-nation-time-for-a-self-checkout-from-wal-mart?ft=1&f=1057

Bonner, Jo Bono Mack, Mary Boozman, John Bordallo, Madeleine Z. Boren, Dan

The Root: One Man's Decision To Be A Father

With Father's Day just passed and the President's campaign for better fathers, single dads have been in the news. Mason Jamal of The Root writes about becoming an unexpected father and the trials and joys of making his son a priority.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/20/137294637/the-root-one-mans-decision-to-be-a-father?ft=1&f=1057

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

Monday, June 20, 2011

Why Are So Many Jobs Left Unfilled?

Robert Samuelson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- One puzzle of this somber economy is the existence of unfilled jobs in the midst of mass unemployment. You might think (I did) that with almost 14 million Americans unemployed -- and nearly half those for more than six months -- that companies could fill almost any opening quickly. Not so. Somehow, there's a mismatch between idle workers and open jobs. Economists call this "structural unemployment."Just how many jobs are affected is unclear; there are no definitive statistics. Economist Harry Holzer of Georgetown University thinks the unemployment rate might be...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/06/20/the_great_jobs_mismatch_110263.html

Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H.

Clouds Appearing Suddenly, Suddenly Explained

Watch the birth of a cloud as air rises up the slope of a mountain and the cold temperature squeezes the air to form a white mass of moisture.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/06/20/137295707/clouds-appearing-suddenly-suddenly-explained?ft=1&f=1057

Calvert, Ken Camp, Dave Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\'

Report: Obama Big-Money Donors Got Plum Posts

The analysis from the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity found nearly 200 bundlers ? givers who solicit money from other supporters ? obtained administration posts for themselves or their spouses. Jobs ranged from ambassadorships to positions at the Department of Justice.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/20/137286021/report-obama-big-money-donors-got-plum-posts?ft=1&f=1014

Christensen, Donna M. Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D. Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel

Voyager 1 Probing Solar System's Distant Edge

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is now 11 billion miles from Earth, speeding along at 38,000 miles per hour towards the edge of the heliosphere, the bubble that surrounds the solar system. Voyager chief scientist Ed Stone discusses the craft's discoveries about the environment at the edge of the solar bubble.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137250831/voyager-1-probing-solar-systems-distant-edge?ft=1&f=1007

Boozman, John Bordallo, Madeleine Z. Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L. Boucher, Rick

Weekly Standard: Obama's Lackadaisical Leadership

President Barack Obama seems to hover in the middle on issues concerning Americans, causing concern for his leadership skills. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard believes the president would rather be "flexible" than take control.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/20/137294091/weekly-standard-obamas-lackadaisical-leadership?ft=1&f=1057

Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. Fallin, Mary Farr, Sam

Forget the Future, Obama Needs to Win the Present

Al Hunt, Bloomberg
White House strategist David Plouffe says all President Barack Obama's messages should be directed to a middle-aged, white woman in Ohio. When a person in this target audience considers the economy and the administration, which of the following is her first thought:

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/20/forget_the_future_obama_needs_to_win_the_present_257752.html

Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe Bachmann, Michele

Syrian President Blames Crisis On 'Saboteurs'

Syria's embattled president says "saboteurs" are trying to exploit legitimate demands for reform in the country. President Bashar Assad's speech Monday was only his third public address since the country's uprising began in March.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/20/137292615/syrian-president-blames-crisis-on-saboteurs?ft=1&f=1004

Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob

Lawmakers Use Defense Fund to Pay For Earmarks

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/17/lawmakers_use_defense_fund_to_pay_for_earmarks_257611.html

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

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Fiction That Fit the Liberal Worldview

Mark Steyn, OC Register
Last week was a great week for lesbians coming out of the closet – coming out, that is, as middle-aged heterosexual men. On Sunday, Amina Arraf, the young vivacious Syrian lesbian activist whose inspiring blog "A Gay Girl In Damascus" had captured hearts around the world, was revealed to be, in humdrum reality, one Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old college student from Georgia. The following day, Paula Brooks, the lesbian activist and founder of the website LezGetReal, was revealed to be one Bill Graber, a 58-year-old construction worker from Ohio.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/19/a_fiction_that_fit_the_liberal_worldview_257678.html

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

A Month In New Job, Chicago Mayor Emanuel Is Having An Impact

In his first few weeks as mayor, Rahm Emanuel has taken hundreds of Chicago police off desk jobs and put them on the streets in the city's highest crime neighborhoods. He has also taken steps to lengthen the school day and year for public school students as he tries to shake up a complacent bureaucracy.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/06/18/137257836/a-month-in-new-job-chicago-mayor-emanuel-is-having-an-impact?ft=1&f=1014

Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H.

Quoth J.K. Rowling, 'Pottermore'

J.K. Rowling has announced that she's going to announce something big, and that's got her fans excited. All we know right now is that it's not another book. But what is it?

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/06/17/137245987/quoth-the-rowling-pottermore?ft=1&f=1057

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

McConnell: Foreigners not "entitled" to U.S. trials (cbsnews)

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Herger, Wally Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie Higgins, Brian Hill, Baron P. Himes, James A.

'Green Lantern': A Hero's Light, Shuttered By Clutter

Labored exposition, hokey dialogue and silly cloud villains mean Hollywood's latest superhero origin story can't overcome its own supernerdiness. Director Martin Campbell delivers a movie for the fans ? and that's the problem.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137150776/green-lantern-a-heros-light-shuttered-by-clutter?ft=1&f=1057

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

Obama Steers The Golf Cart, Boehner Sinks The Putt

President Barack Obama drove the cart and House Speaker John Boehner celebrated a short putt during their much anticipated golf outing Saturday at a military base outside the nation's capital.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137267717/obama-steers-the-golf-cart-boehner-sinks-the-putt?ft=1&f=1014

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

Vegan Pad Thai Serves As Red Meat In Food Fight

A doctor, according to court testimony, rushed an opera singer in a supermarket and "got face to face, nose to nose, in a threatening way" over a frozen tofu pad Thai entree ? which, if true, suggests that angry vegans can be as combative as any spit-roasted, rib-eye-chewing carnivore.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137265009/vegan-pad-thai-serves-as-red-meat-in-a-food-fight?ft=1&f=1057

Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard Coffman, Mike Cohen, Steve

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Obama Steers The Golf Cart, Boehner Sinks The Putt

President Barack Obama drove the cart and House Speaker John Boehner celebrated a short putt during their much anticipated golf outing Saturday at a military base outside the nation's capital.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137267717/obama-steers-the-golf-cart-boehner-sinks-the-putt?ft=1&f=1003

Gerlach, Jim Giffords, Gabrielle Gingrey, Phil Gohmert, Louie Gonzalez, Charles A.

Death Toll In Sept. 11 Attacks Rises By 1

New York City's medical examiner ruled that 63-year-old Jerry Borg, of Manhattan, who died in December, was killed by complications caused by a lung condition he got from inhaling dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/18/137264823/death-toll-in-sept-11-attacks-rises-by-1?ft=1&f=1003

Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D. Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E.

A Writer And His Father, And 'A Barrier Between Us'

Walter Dean Myers grew up in Harlem, the son of a janitor. Today, he's the author of nearly 100 books, many of them popular with teenage readers. But as he tells his son, there was one person Myers always wanted his writing to impress: his dad.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137223046/a-writer-and-his-father-and-a-barrier-between-us?ft=1&f=1057

Capps, Lois Capuano, Michael E. Cardoza, Dennis A. Carnahan, Russ Carney, Christopher P.

How Greece's Financial Failure Can Affect America

Riots erupted this week in Athens over the Greek government's efforts to deal with its huge debt. The government is debating more budget cuts that are meant to satisfy the European Union. The E.U. is arguing over whether to help Greece with a bailout. The E.U. is an important trading partner to the U.S., and financial failure in Greece can have global ramifications. Host Michel Martin discusses these ramifications with Roben Farzad, senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137246000/how-greeces-financial-failure-can-affect-america?ft=1&f=1004

Graves, Sam Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan Green, Al Green, Gene

Syrian Refugees Make Do With Little Near Border

Syrians fleeing government have gathered for safety at the Turkish border, telling stories of how government tanks chased them from their homes. Many here say they haven't followed the roughly 9,000 Syrians already in Turkey because they're waiting for family members still trying to get by army checkpoints.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137254050/syrians-flee-government-crackdowns?ft=1&f=1004

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

In Raunchy California Ad, Echoes Of Willie Horton

The online ad targeting California Democrat Janice Hahn features a blond stripper and two armed black men who perform an obscenity-filled rap. Some political observers say it's a 21st century version of the Willie Horton ad that ran so effectively against Michael Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137248760/in-raunchy-california-ad-echoes-of-willie-horton?ft=1&f=1014

Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N. Castor, Kathy Chaffetz, Jason

Immigration Policy Enforcement Undergoing Changes

Concerns from local law enforcement agencies and communities prompted federal authorities to change the way they enforce immigration policies in an effort to focus on the most serious criminals. The new policies would urge officers to avoid putting victims and witnesses of crimes into proceedings that can lead to deportation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137255155/immigration-policy-enforcement-undergoing-changes?ft=1&f=1003

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

Friday, June 17, 2011

Longest Match Rematch Set For Wimbledon

Last year, John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest match in tennis history at the All England Club, with Isner winning. The first-round match lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes and stretched over three days.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137253128/longest-match-rematch-set-for-wimbledon?ft=1&f=1003

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

Biden: Deficit Talks Seek Signal With $4 Trillion in Savings

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/17/biden_deficit_talks_seek_signal_with_4_trillion_in_savings_257610.html

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

In Asia, The Perils Of Aborting Girls And Keeping Boys

In her first book, author Mara Hvistendahl explores why parents in several Asian countries are choosing to have boys rather than girls as birth rates are dropping. The trend of sex-selective abortion is yielding broad impacts on the economy, culture and stability of those nations.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/15/137106354/in-asia-the-perils-of-aborting-girls-and-keeping-boys?ft=1&f=1007

Diaz-Balart, Mario Dicks, Norman D. Dingell, John D. Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd

Protesters Returned To The Streets In Syria

Several anti-government protesters in Syria were killed during Friday's demonstrations, activists say.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/17/137254054/protesters-returned-to-the-streets-in-syria?ft=1&f=1004

Berkley, Shelley Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P.

Fannie Mae: Biggest Scandal Since Watergate

David Brooks, NY Times
Most political scandals involve people who are not really enmeshed in the Washington establishment — people like Representative Anthony Weiner or Representative William Jefferson. Most scandals involve spectacularly bad behavior — like posting pictures of your private parts on the Web or hiding $90,000 in cash in your freezer.The intellectual, cultural and scientific findings that land on the columnist's desk nearly every day.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/17/fannie_mae_biggest_scandal_since_watergate_257577.html

Hare, Phil Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc

Ethanol Subsidies Down But Not Out After Senate Opposes Them

Worries about deficits and debt haven't exactly changed everything. Senators from corn-producing states still voted against the legislation to would end the tax breaks that keep the Treasury Department from collecting about $5 billion a year more than it would otherwise.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/06/16/137207615/ethanol-subsidies-down-but-not-out-after-senate-votes-against-them?ft=1&f=1014

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

Anthony Weiner's Political Sin: Picked Bad Time To Be Big Distraction

In his heyday, the New York congressman had been one of his party's best deliverers of the Democratic Message, whatever it was at any given moment. The irony is that he became a distraction from the Message once revelations surfaced about his online exchanges with several woman. That, in the end, proved unforgivable.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/06/17/137220154/anthony-weiner-couldnt?ft=1&f=1057

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

Gene Mutations Offer Clues On The Autistic Brain

A trio of studies in the journal Neuron describe genetic mutations that may influence the development of the autistic brain, and how neurons connect to each other. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the latest science on autism, and some of the most successful treatment options.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/10/137107088/gene-mutations-offer-clues-on-the-autistic-brain?ft=1&f=1007

Berkley, Shelley Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P.