Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ramadan Arrives In Rebel-Held Libya

There are clashes going on in the eastern rebel city of Benghazi, yet on the streets of the city, people are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Libya on the eve of the fast.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/31/138867790/ramadan-arrives-in-rebel-held-libya?ft=1&f=1004

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

It's Law: New Mexico Green Chiles Are Special

The heart of chile pepper country in southern New Mexico is the tiny village of Hatch, which bills itself the "Chile Capital of the World." A new state law aims to protect this food heritage by preventing foreign peppers from being labeled as New Mexico-grown.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/31/138805258/chile-pepper-capital-seeks-to-preserve-roots?ft=1&f=1003

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

Foreign Policy: Outside The Wire In Hipstamatic

Part four of Foreign Policy's five photo-series depicting the lives of U.S. Marines in Helmand province in 2010 and 2011 with photos by Tivadar Domaniczky.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/29/138819281/foreign-policy-outside-the-wire-in-hipstamatic?ft=1&f=1057

Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P. Bilirakis, Gus M.

Solving The 'Glee' Graduation Problem

'Glee' has to decide how to deal with the impending graduation of three characters, which is a problem with a simple, oft-overlooked solution.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/07/29/138795248/solving-the-glee-graduation-problem?ft=1&f=1057

Heller, Dean Hensarling, Jeb Herger, Wally Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie Higgins, Brian

Negotiations On Debt Crisis Run Aground, Again

Your plan is dead. No your plan is dead. Those were the messages exchanged by the Senate and House over the past 24 hours, and the events of Saturday left the debt crisis no closer to resolution. In fact, it appeared to be getting further away.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/07/30/138857351/negotiations-on-debt-crisis-run-aground-again?ft=1&f=1014

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

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Libyan State TV Transmitters Bombed By NATO

NATO said the transmitters were bombed in Tripoli overnight because they were being used to incite violence and threaten civilians. There was no immediate comment from Libyan officials on what had been hit, but state TV was still on the air in Tripoli on Saturday morning.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/30/138847049/libyan-state-tv-transmitters-bombed-by-nato?ft=1&f=1004

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

In Britain, News Corp. Remains Under Pressure

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. remains under intense pressure in Great Britain over the phone hacking scandal that threatens not only senior company executives, but also political and police leaders. A series of new developments are raising additional questions about how much ? and how early ? senior executives, including Murdoch's son James, knew about instances of hacking.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/29/138830620/in-britain-news-corp-remains-under-pressure?ft=1&f=1004

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

In Britain, News Corp. Remains Under Pressure

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. remains under intense pressure in Great Britain over the phone hacking scandal that threatens not only senior company executives, but also political and police leaders. A series of new developments are raising additional questions about how much ? and how early ? senior executives, including Murdoch's son James, knew about instances of hacking.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/29/138830620/in-britain-news-corp-remains-under-pressure?ft=1&f=1004

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

System Makes It Hard To Prioritize U.S. Bill Payments

How will the government decide who to pay and who to stiff if it runs out of credit? It will be tricky since it has never had to tinker with the system to prioritize payments and has a limited ability to do so, a former Treasury official says.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/29/138816311/system-makes-it-hard-to-prioritize-u-s-bill-payments?ft=1&f=1003

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

Democrats Need a New Big Idea: Jobs

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/07/29/power_of_the_big_idea_110755.html

Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Open thread (Balloon-juice.com)

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Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim

House nears vote on GOP debt bill; Dems oppose (tbo)

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

As Deadline Looms, Debt Deal Eludes Congress

When the clock ticked closer to a scheduled House vote on Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling last night, Boehner realized he did not have enough support from the Republican Party's right wing. He stalled, went into closed-door meetings, then called it a night. The votes that were supposed to happen are expected Friday instead ? one day closer to default.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/29/138810838/as-deadline-looms-debt-compromise-eludes-congress?ft=1&f=1003

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

Advice From Over Here About 'Down There'

Lateefah Torrence says a lyric from the song of her life right now is "ice in my panties and lipstick on the mirrors." Because she wishes she had known how much care she would need to take after a natural childbirth, she gives advice to moms of the future.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/babyproject/2011/07/27/138746500/advice-from-over-here-about-down-there?ft=1&f=1057

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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

China's Military Flexes Its Muscle

Brook & MacLeod, USA Today
"I am proud we will have our first aircraft carrier," Jin says. "It's a sign of China's growing strength, as all great countries should have aircraft carriers."As the Pentagon plans for U.S. forces to exit Iraq and Afghanistan, it is keeping one eye trained on the rising threat in the East. For two decades China has been adding large numbers of warships, submarines, fighter jets and — more significantly — developing offensive missiles capable of knocking out U.S. stealth aircraft and the biggest U.S. naval ships including aircraft...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/07/28/china039s_military_flexes_its_muscle_260271.html

Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim

Underestimating Right Wing Insanity

Paul Waldman, American Prospect
As we watch the debate that has dominated Washington for the last couple of months, it's hard not to think we've found ourselves in some satirical play about the absurdity of contemporary politics. Today -- four days before we hit the debt ceiling -- House Speaker John Boehner is expected to bring his deficit-reduction plan to a vote after finally whipping his caucus into shape, but the plan is considered a no-go in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid and 57 other senators have threatened to veto it. It shouldn't have been surprising that the best summation of the...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/07/28/underestimating_right_wing_insanity_260308.html

Grayson, Alan Green, Al Green, Gene Griffith, Parker Grijalva, Raúl M.

Crossover Dreams: Could Haiti Benefit From a Literacy Campaign? Ask Nicaragua (Huffingtonpost.com)

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Hoekstra, Peter Holden, Tim Holt, Rush D. Honda, Michael M. Hoyer, Steny H.

House GOP Debt Plan Faces Make-Or-Break Vote

Congress is still scrambling to vote on a deficit plan that could solve the current debt ceiling crisis. On Thursday, Speaker John Boehner is expected to present his plan for a vote in the House of Representatives. The Republican leader has called on his GOP brethren to get in line and support the proposal, while Senate Majority leader Harry Reid waits in the wings with a plan of his own.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/28/138774824/house-gop-debt-plan-faces-make-or-break-vote?ft=1&f=1003

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

Vegas company gambles on desert shrimp farm (Providence Journal)

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Hill, Baron P. Himes, James A. Hinchey, Maurice D. Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lee Block: The Where And When Of Post-Divorce Dating (Huffingtonpost.com)

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

Romney Leads Field of Announced GOP Candidates

Jeffrey Jones, Gallup
Mitt Romney is the leader for the GOP nomination among the current field of official candidates, supported by 27% of Republicans, compared with 18% for Michele Bachmann. However, Rick Perry would essentially tie Romney, with Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani close behind, in a scenario in which all three of these undecided candidates entered the race.The results are based on a July 20-24 Gallup poll. Eight of the 11 Republicans included in the poll have announced their official candidacies. Giuliani, Palin, and Perry are not official candidates but are still actively considering becoming...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/07/27/romney_leads_field_of_announced_gop_candidates_260193.html

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

When Owens Beat Hitler, And The Olympics Changed

It's the diamond anniversary of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. Commentator Frank Deford looks back on what made the Berlin Olympics so memorable.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/27/138719485/when-owens-beat-hitler-and-the-olympics-changed?ft=1&f=1057

Boyd, Allen Brady, Kevin Brady, Robert A. Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby

Can Boehner's Debt Ceiling Plan Pass?

Speaker John Boehner's plan for raising the debt ceiling in two steps and cutting the budget comes to the House floor Wednesday. But does he have the votes to pass it?

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/26/138722351/can-boehners-debt-ceiling-plan-pass?ft=1&f=1003

Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc Heinrich, Martin Heller, Dean

Does Extra Tax Revenue Give Debt Deal More Time?

Zachary A. Goldfarb of the Washington Post talks with Steve Inskeep about the possibility that the U.S. government may have extra time to negotiate a deal to raise the debt ceiling because of higher-than-expected daily tax receipts. The deadline for Congress to raise the limit is Aug. 2.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/26/138697555/does-extra-tax-revenue-give-debt-deal-more-time?ft=1&f=1057

Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard Coffman, Mike Cohen, Steve Cole, Tom

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pelosi: GOP Wants to Destroy Your Rights

Evan McMorris-Santoro, TPM
Speaking to a crowd of union workers on Capitol Hill today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unloaded on Republican plans to lower the deficit through deep cuts to government services in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Frustrations are running high in Congress with the default deadline rapidly approaching, and Pelosi spoke with a fire that suggested the endless debate over the debt ceiling is taking its toll on her patience."This isn't just about them saying we should reduce the deficit," she said, adding: "This is an excuse. The budget deficit is an excuse...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/07/26/pelosi_gop_wants_to_destroy_your_rights_260151.html

Halvorson, Deborah L. Hare, Phil Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L.

Sandwich Monday: The Sticky Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we eat "The Sticky Burger," a burger with peanut butter on top.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/waitwait/2011/07/26/138684033/sandwich-monday-the-sticky-burger?ft=1&f=1057

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

Norway and the New Radical Uncertainty

Walter Russell Mead, Via Meadia
The ghastly, shocking news from Norway has stunned the whole world.  Empathy for the young victims and their families, horror at the cold blooded and deliberate evil behind this act, and fearful wonder at the depths of madness it reveals are all joined together.  We Godbotherers will be bothering God about this, asking for his compassionate and merciful presence in the lives of those who must now begin a lifetime’s journey in the presence of unspeakable grief.To respond to events of this kind is a challenge.  The tragedy is so great that anything...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/07/26/norway_and_the_new_radical_uncertainty_260103.html

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

Growing Up On An Island Paradise, Where Everyone Is Family

Sarah Crossman is raising her newborn son, Finn, on a tiny island in Maine. Everyone in town, it seems, goes out of their way to ask the new mom how she and Finn are doing.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/babyproject/2011/07/25/138675627/ildhogiving-my-son?ft=1&f=1057

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

Republicans Make Gains With Latino Candidates

Democrats still win the majority of Latino votes, but a surge in Latino Republicans elected to state and local offices could change all that.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/25/138602984/republicans-make-gains-with-latino-candidates?ft=1&f=1014

Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton

Monday, July 25, 2011

FAA Suspends Airport Construction Projects Nationwide

The failure of the Senate and House to agree on a bill re-authorizing the FAA to collect certain taxes has meant an end to construction of infrastructure at airports across the country.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/07/25/138688902/faa-suspends-airport-construction-projects-nationwide?ft=1&f=1014

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

Will Global Warming Cause More Extreme Weather?

As the country continues to bake in record-breaking heat, and in this year of weather extremes, people want to know: Is this all part of an ominous climate change? Host Scott Simon speaks with NOAA meteorologist Martin Hoerling about the situation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/23/138635455/will-global-warming-cause-more-extreme-weather?ft=1&f=1007

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

EDL founder convicted after hooligan brawl (Pickled Politics)

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

Obama Targets $72 Billion Business Tax Break

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/27/obama_targets_72_billion_business_tax_break_258265.html

Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M. Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D. Clay, Wm. Lacy

Social By Nature

There are sex differences in the human brain. But these can't help us understand the differences between men and women. The differences we are looking for aren't neurobiological.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/07/22/138603165/social-by-nature?ft=1&f=1057

Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Want To Be A Macho, Macho Man? Be A Daddy

Some new fathers may fear the loss of manhood when their first baby comes along. Author Po Bronson had similar doubts. But he soon realized that it wasn't until the birth of his son that his journey into adulthood really started.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/22/137764057/want-to-be-a-macho-macho-man-be-a-daddy?ft=1&f=1057

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

Former Democratic Party Chairman Manatt Dies

Charles T. Manatt chaired the Democratic National Committee during Reagan's first term as president and was U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic under Clinton. Manatt died Friday at 75.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/23/138636181/former-democratic-party-chairman-manatt-dies?ft=1&f=1014

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

Debt Talks Impasse Leads To Market Fears

The concern is that a Friday night breakdown in talks between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on raising the debt ceiling may have negative repercussions when trading gets under way in Asia. Meetings continued Saturday, but Obama reiterated his opposition to a short-term extension.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/24/138652959/debt-talks-impasse-leads-to-market-fears?ft=1&f=1003

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L. Boucher, Rick Boustany, Charles W. Jr.

The princess and her pantyhose (hamptonroads)

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

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Journalism From The Heart

Ben Hecht's memoir, A Child of the Century, could convince anyone to become a journalist; he and his fellow reporters committed all sorts of wacky hijinks. Those responsible in the News Corp. hackings scandal, however, hurt innocent people with their reports and may have violated simple human decency.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/23/138635099/journalism-from-the-heart?ft=1&f=1057

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

2012 Candidates Shun Capitol Hill Support

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/27/2012_candidates_shun_capitol_hill_support_258262.html

Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim

Pessimism Ahead Of White House Talks On Debt

A visibly irritated Obama on Friday summoned congressional leaders from both parties to the White House to find a way to raise the debt limit before an Aug. 2 deadline. Republican leaders issued defiant statements ahead of Saturday's meeting.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/23/138638266/pessimism-ahead-of-white-house-talks-on-debt?ft=1&f=1003

Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton

The Answer is Never (Balloon-juice.com)

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Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe