Speaker John Boehner walks through the U.S. Capitol, July 25, 2011.
Who wants a debt-ceiling fight during an election year?
Setting aside all the details, important as they are, about raising revenues and cutting spending, the crux of the fight is now clearly more than anything else about when to have the next debt-ceiling battle after the one now playing out before our eyes.
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The new Automated Target Recognition software eliminates passenger-specific images and replaces them with generic outlines.
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TSA employees demonstrate the new technology at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas in February.
Beginning in 2007, full-body scanners were installed at the nation's airports to address concerns that terrorists could smuggle explosives hidden in their clothing — or, in one infamous case, their underwear — that wouldn't be picked up by standard metal detectors.
The scanners produced a fairly detailed image of a traveler's body, which was viewed on monitors by TSA screeners in a separate room.
The Chinese government has launched an investigation into fake Apple stores that have popped up around the southwestern city of Kunming. As Mark reported, last week, an American expat blogger who goes by BirdAboard spotted what she called "the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them everyday.)"
President Obama recently certified the repeal of the policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Host Michel Martin speaks with Service Women's Action Network head Anu Bhagwati about the changes service members can expect, why Marines were most reluctant to repeal the ban, and why Bhagwati believes discrimination and homophobia will still occur in the military.
An Afghan health worker administers the polio vaccine to a child during a vaccination campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2010.
The public health community has gotten markedly better at distributing effective vaccines to the children who need them. But researchers are noticing an increase in mistrust of vaccines around the world, and they're concerned that unfounded suspicions could derail immunization programs essential to saving lives.