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Tue June 14, 2011

Hearing To Examine Terrorist Recruitment In Prisons

U.S. Representative Peter King of New York, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, uses his gavel to begin the first in a series of hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 10, 2011. The hearings have gotten heat from civil liberties groups who say there is not enough evidence.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday that looks at terrorist recruitment inside the walls of American jails and prisons. The last time New York Congressman Peter King (R) examined radicalization among Muslims, he generated a huge backlash from religious and civil rights groups.

But people who study prisons said the number of criminals who turn to extremism behind bars is small but worrisome. And they all point to the same case to open the conversation.

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Tue June 14, 2011

Ethanol Subsidies Survive Senate Vote, Splinter GOP

On Tuesday, the Senate blocked a measure that would have ended both federal subsidies and protective tariffs for corn-based ethanol fuel.
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Costly subsidies for homegrown fuel won a vote of confidence Tuesday on Capitol Hill. In a key test vote, the Senate blocked a measure that would have immediately ended both federal subsidies and protective tariffs for corn-based ethanol fuel.

The outcome showed the continued clout of farm states. But it also showed that most Senate Republicans are willing to get rid of at least one tax break.

A 'Very Controversial Subject'

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Tue June 14, 2011
The Two-Way

British Officials: Bombing Alone Will Not End Gadhafi Rule

The Guardian reports that British government officials say that bombing alone will not be sufficient to make Col. Moammar Gadhafi step down. The paper reports:

Instead, they are pinning their hopes on the defection of Muammar Gaddafi's closest aides, or the Libyan leader's agreement to flee the country.

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Tue June 14, 2011

Egypt's Secret Military Trials Erode Activists' Trust

A man holds a placard protesting military trials at a demonstration in front of a building where the high military council met with youth groups on June 1.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

Many of the middle-class Egyptian youth who spearheaded the efforts to oust dictator Hosni Mubarak say one of the biggest threats to the revolution today is the ruling junta's use of secret military trials. It's estimated that at least 7,000 people — including protesters, bloggers and dissidents — have been jailed by the army since Mubarak stepped down.

Youth activists are now pressing the Egyptian military to transfer those cases to civilian courts and investigate allegations of abuse and torture by military police.

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Tue June 14, 2011
Youth Radio

This Is Your Brain On Ads: An Internal 'Battle'

Maya wears the EEG cap and watches the commercial at the headquarters on NeuroFocus in Berkeley, Calif.
Courtesy of Youth Radio

For decades, social scientists have tried to determine how TV advertising affects the children and teenagers who watch them. Do commercials make kids more materialistic? Are fast food ads responsible for childhood obesity rates?

So I wanted to find out what's going on in the brain when kids watch a TV ad.

I am at Walgreens in the hair product aisle. There are a lot of brand-name shampoos on the shelf, but there's one that always catches my eye — Tresemme.

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