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12:01am

Thu July 7, 2011
Politics

Let's Make A Debt-Ceiling Deal

Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday morning, President Obama will meet in the White House with top Democratic and Republican lawmakers — four from the House and four from the Senate — to continue work on a massive debt-reduction deal.

The goal is to complete a long-term, multitrillion-dollar budget reduction package by about July 22. That would give Congress enough time to write the deal into legislation, pass it and get it to Obama for his signature before the federal government reaches its $14.3 trillion debt limit on Aug. 2.

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12:01am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Record

Beyonce's Twin Kingdoms: Pop And Hip-Hop

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Beyonce singing "1+1" onstage at the American Idol 2011 finale results show.
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This week, Beyonce's fourth studio album — appropriately titled 4 — is the number one album in the country, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's an accomplishment each of the singer's four solo albums have managed.

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6:48pm

Wed July 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Distraction: Great Corgi Escape

Yes we do have a thing for great animal escape videos. This one needs no explanation:

h/t: Ezra Klein

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6:05pm

Wed July 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Millions Of Jellyfish Threaten To Shutdown Israeli Power Plant

A digger drops jellyfish cleared from the power station in Hadera, after they blocked they water supply to the plant.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

Workers at a power plant in Hadera, Israel are battling a sticky problem: Israel Electric Corp. is warning that jellyfish could shut down a turbine plant and cause rolling blackouts in Israeli cities.

The turbines are cooled using seawater and as the plant sucks in water the jellyfish come with it. Over the past three days, workers say they've removed about 100 tons of jellyfish from the filters.

MSNBC reports:

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5:04pm

Wed July 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Breast-Feeding Can Be Worth HIV Risks In Developing World

While the majority of women in Mozambique breast-feed their children, Acacia Mukambe, who is HIV-positive, chose not to. Her daughter Virginia is now 16 months old, and so far has tested HIV-negative.
Melissa Block NPR

In the West, HIV and breast-feeding are generally considered incompatible.

HIV-positive women are told to avoid breast-feeding all together, to give their infants the greatest chance of staying HIV-free. Not so in the developing world.

In countries that lack clean water and an affordable, reliable supply of infant formula, the World Health Organization recommends that HIV-positive mothers exclusively breast-feed their infants for the first six months.

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