11:24am

Wed July 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

McDonald's Courts Mom Bloggers When Changing The Menu

McDonald's Facebook page on July 27.
Courtesy of McDonald's via Facebook

When McDonald's announced plans Tuesday to overhaul the Happy Meal — downsizing French fries and adding apples to to every kids' meal — the company's top brass used every communication trick they know to get the message out: Twitter, Facebook, and more. And they didn't just invite journalists to their webcast announcing the overhaul; they also invited select bloggers — namely, mom bloggers.

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11:21am

Wed July 27, 2011
Local

USPS Targets More Colorado Post Offices for Closure

Postal officials estimate that they would save about $48,000 annually if the New Raymer post office were closed.

After losing $8 billion dollars last year, the U.S. Postal Service is taking measures to cut costs—everything from cutting back to 5-day mail service to closing an estimated 3,600 offices nationwide.

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11:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Africa

Famine Affects Millions In Horn Of Africa

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:36 am

A Somali refugee mother and child sit in their makeshift hut on the edge of the Hagadera refugee camp on July 24. The camp makes up part of the giant Dadaab refugee settlement.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

The famine in Somalia is the first official famine declared by the United Nations since 1984, when nearly a million people died in Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan. Now, more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa are desperately short on food, and the international community has pledged to respond.

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11:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Connecticut Mountain Lion Likely Came From The Black Hills

A mountain lion hit and killed by a car in Milford, Conn., last month was a long way from home, most likely the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Biologists used DNA sampling and other physical evidence to link the 140-pound male cat to a journey of nearly 2,000 miles. The AP reports:

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10:57am

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Chart: The Difference Between A Double-A And Triple-A Rating

Third Way

Over the past few weeks, there's been lots of talks about how a default would affect the United States economy. But over the past few days, the talk has shifted a bit to include talk of a growing possibility that even if Washington averts default, the country could still face a credit downgrade from its golden triple-A rating.

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10:48am

Wed July 27, 2011
NPR Story

No Progress As U.S. Debt Default Looms Closer

Originally published on Wed July 27, 2011 10:14 am

With the clock ticking down, Congress appeared no closer to a deal to raise the debt ceiling Wednesday as Republican and Democratic leaders worked to sell lawmakers on their competing plans.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he would rewrite his proposal to include more cuts after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said late Tuesday that the measure would reduce spending less than advertised. GOP leaders postponed a House vote on the plan but expected to reschedule it for Thursday.

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10:48am

Wed July 27, 2011
It's All Politics

CBO Says Reid Debt Plan, Like Boehner's, Falls Short Of Goal

Originally published on Wed July 27, 2011 10:21 am

The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that Sen. Harry Reid's debt ceiling plan falls short of the kind of deficit reduction the proposal envisions, sending the Senate minority leader back to his numbers crunchers to try and find more savings.

The CBO, a non-partisan heartbreaker of a government agency that estimates for lawmakers what their proposed policies are likely to cost, sort of Washington's version of the Delphic oracle, told Reid that his plan would cut the deficit by $2.2 trillion over a ten year period from 2012 to 2021.

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10:09am

Wed July 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Cornel West: With Boehner, Reid Budget Plans Poor And Working Class Lose

Professor and author Cornel West in 2008.
Richard Alan Hannon Getty Images

Dr. Cornell West isn't one to mince words.

In an interview with Tell Me More's Michele Martin, the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University took some heavy shots at the budget plans presented this week by Democrats and Republicans, who he believes are in the pocket of "Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats":

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10:00am

Wed July 27, 2011
Sports

NFL's Longest Work Stoppage Ends

After more than four months, NFL players and owners have reached an agreement to end the lockout. NFL Players Union Head DeMaurice Smith tells host Michel Martin what he's most grateful about under the new deal and what was the toughest to give up. They also discuss what players were doing during the lockout, and what fans can expect this fall.

9:29am

Wed July 27, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Heavy Metal In Hipstamatic

A U.S. Marine from Battalion 1/8 inspects the optics of his rifle on Patrol Base Talibjan in Helmand province, before going on an operation on Jan. 21.
Teru Kuwayama

Teru Kuwayama is a photographer based in New York. A selection of his Basetrack photos are now featured in a digital book. Basetrack is supported by a 2010 News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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