Speaker of the House John Boehner as he arrived for a House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2011.
What a difference a day makes.
Less than 24 hours ago, Republican House Speaker John Boehner was forced to postpone a vote on his debt ceiling plan after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office calculated that it cut spending by about $350 billion less than promised.
The Tea Party wing of the leader's ornery caucus was continuing to slam his proposal as not going far enough or fast enough in cutting spending as a prerequisite to raising the nation's debt ceiling by Aug. 2.
Anders Behring Breivik (shown in an undated video) is accused of killing at least 76 people in Norway. Scandinavian crime writers have focused on many of the social issues at play in Breivik's case.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg expressed confidence Wednesday that his country's open, democratic society will not be intimidated by a right-wing extremist's brutal twin attacks that killed at least 76 people.
But questions are being raised about authorities' failure to recognize the potential threat from the ultra-right — a threat that has been clearly described by some of the country's leading crime writers.
Five days after the bombing at the government district and the killing spree at a youth camp, a mood of collective sorrow still grips Norway.
Dr. Sandrine Courtial examines 3.5-month-old Ayline Alhas at the Centre de Protection Maternelle et Infantile (PMI) in Savigny-sur-Orge, France, before giving her a vaccination. Ayline's mother, Melissa, has been bringing her in for free well-child check-ups since her birth.
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The waiting rooms at many PMI clinics in France, like this one in the southern Parisian suburb of Ris-Orangis, are important social meeting centers. Pediatric nurses often run nutrition and parenting classes while parents wait for their children to be seen.
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Corine Ramassamy brings her 2-month-old baby Marlay in for a routine check-up with pediatric nurse Daniele Egon at the PMI clinic in Ris-Orangis. The nurse quells the new mother's concerns that the baby is spitting up milk after breastfeeding. Ramassamy says she comes to the PMI clinics because the quality of care is good, and it's free.
Imagine if in nearly every town in America, there was a public health clinic that offered completely free services for parents and young kids. Whether you were rich or poor, you could drop in without an appointment for a check up, vaccination or to ask the questions that plague new parents. The clinics would focus entirely on keeping you and your children healthy.
The letters O-C-D have become a punch line to describe people who make lists or wash their hands a lot. But for some people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the intrusive thoughts and rituals are severely disabling and don't respond to drugs or behavioral therapies.
So doctors have been trying a new treatment for OCD: deep brain stimulation.
Deep brain stimulation is best known as a way to reduce the tremors of Parkinson's disease. A surgeon places wires deep in the brain that carry electrical impulses from an implanted device a bit like a pacemaker.