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8:49am

Thu May 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Secret Service Apologizes For Tweet About Fox News' 'Blathering'

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"Had to monitor Fox for a story. Can't. Deal. With. The. Blathering."

When that appeared on the U.S. Secret Service's official Twitter account on Wednesday it was immediately retweeted by many of the agency's 20,000+ Twitter followers and screengrabs were quickly captured before — as you might expect — it was quickly deleted.

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8:25am

Thu May 19, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Deficit Disguises Political Pandering

Politicians have been focusing much of their attention on cutting the deficit but with a struggling economy and high unemployment, some wonder if Washington is listening to voters or manipulating them.
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Ruy Teixeirais a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund

From the Ryan plan, to the Obama plan, to the Gang of Six (now five), deficit mania has officially taken over Washington. Both Republicans and Democrats, while they have different preferred approaches, are single-mindedly focused on cutting budget deficits and relieving the long-term debt situation of the country. Yet unemployment remains at 9 percent and the modest economic recovery that's underway has shown signs of sputtering. What explains this dramatic disjuncture?

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8:19am

Thu May 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Giffords 'Recovering Well' After Skull Surgery

The surgery Wednesday to put a patch on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull went as planned and the Arizona Democrat is "recovering well," according to officials at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. That's the Houston hospital where she is getting rehabilitation treatment for the gunshot wound she suffered during a Jan.

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7:56am

Thu May 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama's Middle East Speech: Stakes Are High

Good morning.

The day's major story looks to be President Obama's late-morning address about the United States' relationship with the Muslim World.

As Alan Greenblatt writes for NPR.org, the president "will attempt partially to close the gap between U.S. ideals about democracy and its strategic interests in the Middle East and North Africa. It won't be easy."

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7:36am

Thu May 19, 2011
Around the Nation

Odd Water Stories In The News

Students in Missouri are in trouble for a senior prank. They improvised a swimming pool in Troy Buchanan High School. But they left the water running until it overflowed, doing major damage. Artist Christo wants to hang silver sheets over a 40-mile stretch of river in Colorado.

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