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Wed August 10, 2011
It's All Politics

GOP Deficit Panel Picks: Hensarling, Camp, Upton, Kyl, Toomey, Portman

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 10:29 am

Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, have named their choices to the panel that will propose spending cuts to reduce the budget. They are Representatives Jeb Hensarling of Texas; and Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both of Michigan and senators Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio.

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Wed August 10, 2011

Young, Racially-Mixed Working Class Fuels U.K. Uproar

Originally published on Wed August 10, 2011 1:33 pm

Youths throw bricks at police in this Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 photo during unrest in Enfield, north London. Nearly 1,200 people have been arrested since the riots erupted Saturday, mostly poor youths from a broad section of Britain's many races and ethnicities. Britain is bitterly divided on the reasons behind the riots.
Karel Prinsloo AP

More than 16,000 police officers flooded into London streets Wednesday, but unrest has spread to other cities. To learn what the country looks like now, which groups of people are rioting, and what political leaders can do to possibly end riots, guest host Allison Keyes speaks with a London-based reporter, and the founder of Britain's Operation Black Vote.

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Wed August 10, 2011
Author Interviews

The Double-Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs

Hugh Herr is a biophysicist and rock climber. He is the holder or co-holder of 10 patents related to prosthetic devices.
Len Rubenstein Crown Business

Hugh Herr's legs were amputated below his knees in 1982 after a climbing accident. From his knees down to the floor, he's completely artificial.

"I'm titanium, carbon, silicon, a bunch of nuts and bolts," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "My limbs that I wear have 12 computers, five sensors and muscle-like actuator systems that able me to move throughout my day."

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Wed August 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Debt 'Super Committee' Nearly Complete, At 9 Members

The new "Debt Supercommittee" created by the recent deficit ceiling deal now has 9 of its 12 members, as House Speaker John Boehner says Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas will co-chair the new committee, according to the AP.

The panel's task will be to create a bipartisan plan for cutting the federal deficit by around $1.5 trillion. That money could come from a combination of spending cuts and raising revenue.

If the panel fails to reach an agreement, automatic cuts would be made — and the automated cuts were crafted to be unpalatable to both of the major political parties.

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Wed August 10, 2011

Think You Know Iowa? Five Things You've Got Wrong


Call it what you will — an August Occasion, Summery Judgment, Iowa ... wa ... whatever — the hype is hyperbolic this week as Republican presidential aspirants converge on Ames, Iowa, like storm clouds on an open prairie. The candidates will debate Thursday night at Iowa State University and then be subjected to a straw poll on Saturday.

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