1:39pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Pro-Gun Group Plans Demonstration At Virginia Tech

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 4:56 pm

VCDL

A pro-gun group announced yesterday that it had obtained a permit to hold a protest at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The university was the site of one of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, where a gunman killed 32 students and faculty.

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1:36pm

Thu October 27, 2011
It's All Politics

Will Rick Perry Skip Future GOP Debates?

Do you feel like there have just been too many presidential debates already? Well, Rick Perry might agree with you.

Ray Sullivan, the Texas Governor's communications director, told CNN's John King this Wednesday night:

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1:05pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Our Heads Are Spinning: U.S. Skater Nailed First 'Quadruple Lutz'

Figure skater Brandon Mroz.

Harry How Getty Images

The sports channel in our brains was tuned to baseball and the World Series yesterday, so we missed this announcement from the world of figure skating:

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1:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Local Governments React To Spreading Protests

In cities from Atlanta to Oakland, residents and business owners have complained about clogged sidewalks, filthy parks and loud protests. Occupy Wall Street demonstrators continue to assert their right to gather, and have sparked demonstrations all over the world.

1:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Health Care

Medicare Open Enrollment Met With Confusion

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 2:13 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. It's open enrollment season for many health insurance plans, including Medicare, the federal health care program for Americans 65 and over. Some 48 million people are enrolled, and the window to change plans opened earlier than usual, this year, and closes earlier, too.

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1:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Health

Panel Recommends HPV Vaccine For Boys, Too

The vaccine helps protect men against anal and throat cancers that can occur after sexual activity. It may also protect women, indirectly, by reducing transmission of HPV. Public health officials have been trying since 2006 to get parents to have their daughters vaccinated, but rates remain low.

1:00pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Europe

EU Pulls Greek Economy Back From Brink. Now What?

European leaders hammered out a deal early Thursday morning to pull Greece back from the edge of default and provide a bigger buffer of cash for other vulnerable EU countries. The details, though, remain to be worked out, and many experts question whether meltdowns will spread across the Eurozone.

12:45pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Tweak To Health Law Would Eliminate Medicaid For Some

Should the middle class be eligible for Medicaid?

The health program, funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year's health law isn't changed that could be the case for people with pretty healthy incomes.

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12:44pm

Thu October 27, 2011
The Two-Way

A Weakening Hurricane Rina Stumbles Toward Mexico

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 12:51 pm

This NOAA GOES East satellite image shows Hurricane Rina over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

AFP/Getty Images

Tourists and residents are fleeing Mexico's Yucatan peninsula ahead of Hurricane Rina, which is forecast to make landfall early Friday morning. The good news is that Rina has weakened and will continue to do so for the next two days. Right now, the Hurricane Center says Rina has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The AP reports on the preparation in Mexico:

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12:39pm

Thu October 27, 2011
Middle East

The Arab Uprisings: Now Comes The Hard Part

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 1:06 pm

Supporters of the moderate Islamist party Ennahda celebrate Tuesday after the party received the most votes to form an assembly that will write a new constitution. Tunisia was the first Arab country to stage a revolution this year, and the first to hold elections.

Amine Landoulsi AP

The heady days of the Arab uprisings have seemingly passed, and now the countries that tossed out autocratic leaders, or are still trying to, face much more difficult tasks.

Tunisians held a successful election on Sunday, but now must form a government and write a constitution. Libyans have not only purged but killed former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Now, they face enormous difficulties in unifying the country in the wake of his regime's total destruction.

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