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6:36am

Mon August 15, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Crash Is The New Normal

Specialist James Ahrens works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The stock market has fluctuated greatly since the United States' credit rating was lowered.
Richard Drew AP

Mohamed El-Erian is CEO of investment management firm Pimco and author of When Markets Collide.

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6:08am

Mon August 15, 2011
Small Businesses, Big Problems

Series Overview: Small Businesses, Big Problems

Daphne Wilson, center, and her engineering team review plans for controls systems at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.
Erin Toner Milwaukee Public Radio

Every business starts small. But more than ever, it's harder to turn small businesses into bigger companies that employ more people. In a country that desperately needs more jobs, this is a big problem.

Small firms represent about 99 percent of all U.S. businesses, but a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shows that while businesses are being formed at roughly the same rate as in the past — the number of startups is even rising — these small businesses create fewer jobs than in the past.

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6:00am

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Pakistan Let China See Helicopter Left At Bin Laden's Compound

"Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples from the top-secret stealth helicopter that U.S. special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden," The Financial Times says it has been told by "people close to the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency."

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5:40am

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

Pterodactyl Swoops Down On Surfer Statue

A bronze statue of a young surfer can't seem to catch a break. Since the sculpture was unveiled four years ago near San Diego, pranksters have dressed him up as a birthday clown, a Hooters waitress and cupid. Over the weekend, a stealth artist outdid them all with an elaborate prehistoric diorama of a volcano and a pterodactyl carrying the much maligned surfer away.

5:35am

Mon August 15, 2011
The Two-Way

As He Hits The Road, Obama's Approval Rating Hits New Low

www.gallup.com

President Obama today sets off on a bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois that will extend into the middle of the week.

And as he does, there's this news from the pollsters at Gallup:

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