5:29pm

Thu August 9, 2012
It's All Politics

On The Trail, Even Republicans Spin Clinton Years Into Gold

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

What a difference 14 years makes. Here, Bill Clinton departs the White House on July 31, 1998, after telling reporters he wouldn't take questions about the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
Tim Sloan AFP/Getty Images

This week, the presidential campaign has been dominated by debate over the welfare law from the 1990s. It's just the latest example of how both sides are trying to use the Clinton years to their advantage — portraying them as a halcyon golden age.

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5:21pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Publisher Pulls Controversial Thomas Jefferson Book, Citing Loss Of Confidence

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:44 pm

Cover art for The Jefferson Lies
Thomas Nelson Publishers

Citing a loss of confidence in the book's details, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson is ending the publication and distribution of the bestseller, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.

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5:19pm

Thu August 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Targets Romney On Tax Credit For Wind Energy Producers

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 6:12 pm

President Obama at a Newton, Iowa, wind-turbine blade maker in May.
Charlie Neibergall AP

How many votes can President Obama gain or Mitt Romney lose because of the Republican's opposition to renewing federal tax credits to wind energy producers? The answer, with apologies to Bob Dylan, is blowin' in the wind.

Obama hopes to influence the answer by relentlessly pounding the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee's opposition to the renewal.

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5:16pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

James Holmes, Colorado Shooting Suspect, Is Mentally Ill, His Attorneys Say

The attorneys for the James Holmes, the alleged Colorado shooter, say their client is mentally ill.

The AP reports the disclosure came during a hearing today at the Arapahoe (Colo.) County Courthouse in which news organizations, including NPR, were asking for documents in the case to be unsealed.

The AP adds:

"Holmes had the same dazed demeanor that he has had in previous court appearances.

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5:01pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Ashton Eaton, Of United States, Wins Gold In Decathlon

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 4:58 pm

Ashton Eaton of the United States smiles after competing in the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault in London.
Feng Li Getty Images

The American Ashton Eaton can call himself the greatest athlete in the world, today.

With 8,869 points, Eaton took the gold medal in the decathlon. His American teammate Trey Hardee took the silver with 8,671 points.

If you're not familiar, the decathlon is the closest the sports world comes to a standardized test in athletic ability. It spans two days and 10 events, including the 100 meter dash, the long jump, the high jump and the shot put.

The final event is the 1,500 meter run. It's a grueling final metric mile. Eaton finished it easily with a time of 4:35.

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4:56pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Wish You Were Here: My Favorite Destination

Wish You Were Here: Listening To Loons In Maine

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

Hearing the call of the loons is like "a blessing."
Flickr

Writer Roxana Robinson's most recent novel, Cost, is set in Maine.

Mount Desert Island, off the coast of northern Maine, is known for dramatic scenery. Most of the island is Acadia National Park: steep forests, plunging down to a cobalt sea. Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak, is the first place where light touches the American continent, each morning at dawn. Trails follow the windswept ridges; they wind along the smooth pink granite bluffs, rising from the deep, icy water, along the wild swirl of the great tides.

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4:51pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Ashton Eaton, Of United States, Wins Gold In Decathlon

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 5:04 pm

Ashton Eaton of the United States smiles after competing in the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault in London.
Feng Li Getty Images

(This post appeared in our Olympics blog, The Torch.)

The American Ashton Eaton can call himself the greatest athlete in the world, today.

With 8,869 points, Eaton took the gold medal in the decathlon. His American teammate Trey Hardee took the silver with 8,671 points.

If you're not familiar, the decathlon is the closest the sports world comes to a standardized test in athletic ability. It spans two days and 10 events, including the 100 meter dash, the long jump, the high jump and the shot put.

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4:40pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Kodak sells digital patents to pay off creditors

Kodak is selling 11,000 digital patents in a silent auction in Manhattan beginning today. The company is hoping to use the proceeds to pay off some of its creditors.

The Wall Street Journal reports technology giants Google and Apple are both bidding, but the initial offers are much lower than the estimated $2.6 billion Kodak says the patents are worth.

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4:30pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Politics and Government

Local congressman ventures guess in VP-stakes

Guessing who Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney might pick to be his running mate is one of the most popular parlor games among political wonks at the moment.

While many politicians won't venture to guess who the GOP vice presidential nominee will be, one central New York office holder was willing to make a prediction.

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4:22pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Torch

Usain Bolt Cements His Place In History, Winning 200 Meter Gold

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 11:02 am

Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the finish line ahead of Yohan Blake of Jamaica to win gold during the Men's 200m Final.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Usain Bolt cemented his place as one of the greatest sprinters in history, when he won the 200 meter final today.

Bolt was challenged by his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, who closed in with less than 100 meters to go. Bolt kicked on his burners and ended up taking back the lead and beating Blake 19.32 to 19.44 seconds.

The big deal here is that this makes Bolt the first Olympian to win both the 100 meter and 200 meter races two Olympics in a row.

Warren Weir, another Jamaican, took third.

The AP adds:

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