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11:22am

Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

Debate Continues As Debt-Ceiling Deadline Looms

For the latest developments in the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

11:11am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Apple Overtakes Nokia As Top Maker Of Smartphones

According to numbers released today, Apple has become the world's No. 1 smartphone manufacturer. Apple overtook Nokia and Smamsung in the second quarter of this year.

The BBC reports:

The figures from Strategy Analytics also showed that 361 million handsets were shipped, up 13% on the previous year.

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10:43am

Fri July 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Countdown To 7 Billion: A Tale of Two Worlds

Indian schoolchildren write English alphabets on slates at a primary school outside Hyderabad in June. India is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in just 16 years.
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The United Nations says that sometime around Halloween the seven-billionth person will be born into this world — most likely in India, which is on track to overtake China as the most populous nation in just 16 years.

This latest milestone may not come as a surprise. But it is remarkable nonetheless. It took Earth 50,000 years to reach the one billion mark. By 1960 there were three billion souls. Since then we've added another billion every decade, or less.

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10:40am

Fri July 29, 2011
It's All Politics

Boehner Debt Plan, Revived By Balanced Budget Inclusion, May Have Votes

Rep. Greg Walden (R-OH) (L) and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) (R) pretend to twist the arms of Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH), July 29. 2011.
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How does Speaker John Boehner, on Friday, get to the 216 House votes he needs to pass the debt-ceiling bill he couldn't get the votes for on Thursday?

He agrees to add a balanced-budget amendment provision to his legislation.

That addition appears to be enough to swing some Republican lawmakers to his side who had previously been against his bill or undecided.

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10:17am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

To Appease Tea Party, Boehner Adds Balanced-Budget Amendment To Bill

As we reported earlier, President Obama dismissed House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) plan to raise the debt ceiling. In a news conference, he said the bill "has no chance of becoming law."

Now, multiple news outlets are reporting that Boehner, in an attempt to woo Tea Party Republican votes in the House, added a balanced-budget amendment provision to his budget plan.

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