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1:08pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: S&P Says U.S. Rating Could Be Downgraded If It Misses Any Payments

Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 11:08 am

According to multiple media reports, an official from the rating agency Standard & Poor's told lawmakers and business officials that the agency could downgrade the United State's credit rating if the country misses any payments — including Social Security checks.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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12:23pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Restrictions On Abortion Multiply This Year

Guttmacher Institute

As predicted by those on both sides of the contentious abortion battle, states in the first half of this year have enacted a record 162 new laws or changes to existing laws that affect reproductive health, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.

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12:04pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Judge Declares Mistrial In Clemens Perjury Case

One day after the perjury trial of Roger Clemens began, it jerked to a halt Thursday, as the judge in the case declared a mistrial. Clemens' attorney, Rusty Hardin, had asked U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton to declare a mistrial on the grounds that prosecutors had put evidence before the jury that he had expressly forbade them from introducing.

The AP describes the issue:

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12:02pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Law

Judge Declares Mistrial In Clemens Perjury Case

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the perjury trial of baseball star Roger Clemens after the judge said prosecutors had ignored warnings not to show jurors inadmissible evidence.

Clemens' defense will now go to work on a motion to avoid a retrial.

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12:00pm

Thu July 14, 2011
World

Former Pakistani President Talks U.S.-Pakistan Relations

General Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan, says the U.S.' suspension of $800 million of military aid to Pakistan hurts his country and its fight against terrorism. Host Michel Martin speaks with Musharraf about U.S.-Pakistani relations since May when U.S. forces captured and killed Osama Bin Laden.

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