7:40am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Muggles Take Notice: 'Pottermore' Is Coming

Pottermore.com

There's great excitement today among Harry Potter fans.

Author J.K. Rowling has gone on the Web to say that in October a website called Pottermore.com is launching — and that it will be a "safe, unique online reading experience built around the Potter books." It will be the place to buy, for the first time, e-book versions of the Potter series.

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7:32am

Thu June 23, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Why So Fast? Oh, Election 2012

President Barack Obama delivers a televised address from the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, announcing on his plan to drawdown U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

William Kristol is editor of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.

"As a result, starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point."

-- President Barack Obama, June 22, 2011

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7:20am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Gangster 'Whitey' Bulger, Who Used To 'Own' Boston, Captured

James "Whitey" Bulger. From his page on the website of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.
FBI.gov

A man who is about as notorious in Boston as al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.

James "Whitey" Bulger, a gangster wanted for his alleged role in 19 murders who turned his FBI handlers into informants and is accused of using information he got from them to kill his enemies, had been on the run for 16 years.

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7:09am

Thu June 23, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Quicken The Pace Or Lose The Race

Spc. Gavin Fruge watches a rebroadcast of President Barack Obama's speech on proposed troop withdrawal with fellow soldiers at Kandahar Airfield on Thursday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The withdrawal plan for Afghanistan is the beginning of the end of a troop-intensive approach to countering a Taliban insurgency that until recent months had fought the U.S. and its NATO allies to a standstill.
David Goldman AP

John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination for president because grassroots progressives thought he was marginally more anti-war than Hillary Clinton.

After securing the nomination, Obama was elected president.

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6:46am

Thu June 23, 2011
The Two-Way

Troops Hope Most 'Trigger-Pullers' Stay As Withdrawal Begins

Good morning.

Reactions are coming in to President Obama's announcement last night that the U.S. will bring about 33,000 military personnel home from Afghanistan by the fall of 2012.

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6:42am

Thu June 23, 2011
NPR Double Take

Double Take 'Toons: Leaving From Behind?

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Last night, President Barack Obama announced that he will begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Paresh Nath fears that it might be a long way home for our troops, while RJ Matson thinks that "home" for some of them might not be much different from the war-torn country.

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6:31am

Thu June 23, 2011
History

Obama's Afghan Speech Echoed Lincoln's Talk

President Obama has studied the life of President Lincoln. In his second inaugural address in 1865, Lincoln spoke of the Civil War, then nearing its end: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in." A section of Obama's speech had a similar rhythm.

6:25am

Thu June 23, 2011
Asia

No Trace Of Agent Orange At U.S. Base In South Korea

The U.S. military is investigating claims by veterans that they buried barrels of a toxic defoliant at an American base in South Korea three decades ago. Agent Orange was used during the Vietnam War, and it's been blamed for a variety of ailments, including cancer and nerve disorders.

5:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Real Estate

Understanding Colorado’s Affordable Housing Crunch

Mercy Housing

Low-income residents along the Front Range are finding it increasingly difficult to locate affordable housing. That’s according to a new report by the Colorado Division of Housing, which says demand is outstripping supply. One nonprofit working to change this picture – and innovating along the way – is Denver-based Mercy Housing. KUNC’s Grace Hood spoke with CEO, Lillian Murphy, a Catholic nun, to understand what obstacles the industry is facing today.

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5:00am

Thu June 23, 2011
Water

Report Finds Westerners Getting Wiser With Water

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A new report by a California water think-tank reveals that water users in the seven-state Colorado River basin are getting more efficient and consuming less water.  But the study by the Pacific Institute also notes that in the long-term, demand will still out-strip supply in the arid region.

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