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Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Bill Clinton Says He'd Raise The Debt Ceiling Using 14th Amendment

Former President Bill Clinton.
Donald Traill AP

Former President Bill Clinton said if faced with default, he would single-handedly raise the debt ceiling using the 14th Amendment and he'd do it "without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me."

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Tue July 19, 2011
Middle East

Ads Push For A Middle Ground Amid Syrian Conflict

Ammar Alani (left) and Rami Omran created an advertising campaign in Syria with the help of friends in the media business, to call for a middle-ground solution to the ongoing crisis.
Deborah Amos NPR

The uprising in Syria is often described in terms of black or white — you either support the country's leader or you are a revolutionary.

But many residents of Damascus describe themselves as gray people, neither black nor white, and they're struggling to find a voice.

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Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Deadly Heat Wave Continues, And 'Worst Yet To Come'

Purple areas are where the heat is expected to be the worst.
National Weather Service

With more than a dozen heat-related deaths this week across the Midwest, it's sobering to think that the worst is "yet to come," but that's just what the Chicago Tribune is warning:

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Tue July 19, 2011

Now An Iowa Underdog, Pawlenty Aims For Survival

Originally published on Wed August 24, 2011 9:48 am

Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty greets supporters before a July 7 town hall meeting at his Iowa campaign headquarters in Urbandale.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Former two-term Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's campaign for the GOP presidential nomination was always expected to be launched, or extinguished, in next-door Iowa.

But with his once-promising prospects seemingly atrophied, and his first big test at the Iowa GOP presidential straw poll less than a month away, Pawlenty has embarked on an 18-city tour of the state this week to pump up his stuck-in-single-digit support.

He's also plowing about $200,000 into television advertising that will run through the Aug. 13 straw poll — the heftiest candidate buy in Iowa so far.

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Tue July 19, 2011

A Promising Game-Changer In HIV Prevention

Bottles of antiretroviral drug Truvada, a medicine used in trials that showed a reduction in transmission of HIV between heterosexuals.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

This week's meeting of the International AIDS Society Conference comes with a CDC study showing a major advance in sexual health. Correspondingly, Botswana trials showed the drug Truvada prevented HIV transmissions in more than 60 percent of heterosexuals. The study's author Dr. Michael Thigpen and host Michel Martin discuss how much Truvada costs, why HIV is so pervasive among women in Botswana, and how much people must take the drug for it to be effective.