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6:10am

Mon August 1, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Sharks Swimming With The Fishes?

Damian Diaz, from left, James Sparks and Justin Lyons pose with an 8-foot bull shark caught Sunday, July 3, 2011 on Bolivar Peninsula beach. The 300-pound shark caught by Diaz and his family was released back into the Gulf after the group snapped a few photos to commemorate the catch.
Courtesy Damian Diaz AP

Juliet Eilperin is the national environmental reporter for the Washington Post and the author of Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks.

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5:43am

Mon August 1, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: 'Debt Ceiling' Doesn't Mean Anything

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gives a thumbs up as he walks to the Senate floor to announce that a deal has been reached on the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Harry Hamburg AP

Walter Shapiro is a special correspondent for The New Republic.

Twenty-six years ago — as part of the price for raising the federal debt ceiling to a shocking $2 trillion — Congress, in a wave of fiscal self-flagellation, approved the Gramm-Rudman bill. If a spendthrift Congress failed to meet prescribed deficit targets, then Gramm-Rudman would slice the budget with the across-the-board subtlety of Sweeney Todd.

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5:43am

Mon August 1, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: It's Obama's Economy

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks from White House briefing room, Sunday, July 31, 2011 in Washington, about a deal being reached to raise the debt limit.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer for The Weekly Standard.

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2:59am

Mon August 1, 2011
Arts & Life

Life-Like Mannequins Inspire Real-Life Shoppers

Originally published on Mon August 1, 2011 10:41 pm

These sculpted clay heads reflect the variety of realistic and abstract designs in today's mannequins.
Grace Hood for NPR

A mannequin maker in Colorado is helping retailers boost clothing sales by creating more life-like models. These are custom-made mannequins that look like the real people who shop in stores — or the way shoppers imagine themselves.

In a Disney Store in Southern California, an employee helps a young customer wave a purple wand at a talking mirror. It's part of the store's redesign, which includes playful child-size mannequins that encourage shoppers to interact with the merchandise. The mannequins appear to curtsy and jump after balloons.

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2:59am

Mon August 1, 2011
Middle East

Protests In Israel Target High Housing Costs

A tent camp has been set up on the promenade that lines Rothschild Boulevard, one of Tel Aviv's most expensive residential streets.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Domestic protests have dominated the headlines in Israel in recent weeks, as strikes over the high cost of living have spread across the country. But while the local media have termed it Israel's own Arab Spring, the protesters say they are far from calling for revolution.

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