11:54am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Will Override Key Component Of 'No Child Left Behind'

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that faced with outcry from the sates about the unrealistic requirements of the education law No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration will grant waivers to states.

The Washington Post reports:

"The states are desperately asking for us to respond," Duncan said in a conference call with reporters Friday.

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10:51am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Treasury Secretary Geithner: S&P Has 'Shown Really Terrible Judgement'

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
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In an interview with CNBC, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Standard& Poor's "has shown really terrible judgment and they've handled themselves very poorly," when it downgraded the United States' rating.

"They've shown a stunning lack of knowledge about basic U.S. fiscal budget math. And I think they drew exactly the wrong conclusion from this budget agreement," Geithner added.

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10:36am

Mon August 8, 2011
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The End Of A Physics Worldview: Heraclitus And The Watershed Of Life

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said "the world bubbles forth," suggesting a natural magic beyond the entailing laws of modern physics.
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At the dawn of Western philosophy and science, some 2,700 years ago, Heraclitus, declared that, "the world bubbles forth." There is, in this fragment of thought, a natural magic, a creativity beyond the entailing laws of modern physics. I believe Heraclitus was right about the evolution of the biosphere and human life. We live beyond entailing law in a natural magic we co-create.

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10:13am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Mainstream Media Ignores Real People

Washington residents, dressed as clowns, takes part in a jobs demonstration outside of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Leslie Savan blogs for The Nation about media and politics.

Right before a break on The Daily Rundown the other day, host Chuck Todd was talking about the debt deal and mentioned "unemployment lines." Then he announced, "Coming up: Did Washington take its eye off the ball of what really matters?"

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10:13am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Finger-Pointing Pundits Go Crazy

The arguments in Washington are enough to drive anyone crazy.
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Zack Munson writes for The Weekly Standard.

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9:42am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

From Cuba To Florida: A 61-Year-Old Starts The 103-Mile Swim

Diana Nyad delivers a speech at Ernest Hemingway Nautical Club, in Havana.
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Diana Nyad attempted it once before. It was 1978 when she was 28, but 42 hours into what's supposed to be a 60-hour swim, her team pulled the plug. Nyad, a world-class endurance swimmer, had been defeated by nature: the water temperature was a tad cool and the wind produced sizable waves.

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9:05am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: History Doesn't Quite Repeat Itself

Members of a pro-Islamic human rights group and Syrians living in Turkey gather, one holding a placard that reads, "we did not forget Hama" as they stage a protest against the Syrian regime and its leader Bashar Assad during a protest outside the Syrian embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.
AP

David Kenner is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

Something was stirring in the Syrian city of Hama. The Assad regime appeared to be losing control; it had issued vague warnings about an Islamist takeover, but had gone ominously silent for over a week. A government-planned trip to the city was canceled. Syrian officials warned privately that any attempt by intrepid journalists to visit Hama would be "life-threatening."

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8:54am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: A Lesson From The Great Depression

A family of migrant workers flees from the drought in Oklahoma camp by the roadside in Blythe, California, during The Great Depression.
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John B. Judis is a senior editor of The New Republic and a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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8:53am

Mon August 8, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: Time To Celebrate Health Care?

President Barack Obama speaks about efforts to prepare veterans for the workforce, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington. On Friday the president also declated Aug. 7-13 as National Health Center Week.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Jeffrey H. Anderson was the senior speechwriter for Secretary Mike Leavitt at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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8:43am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Riots In London Over Police Shooting; Saudis Recall Ambassador From Syria

People walk past a burned van Sunday, a day after riots in the Tottenham area of London. A peaceful protest against the police killing of a 29-year-old man degenerated into a rampage.
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Good morning!

As we said earlier, we'll be watching the markets as they react to the United States' rating downgrade and the greater worries about the global economy. But, here are some other stories making headlines:

-- London Riots: For the first time in decades, London witnessed intense riots this past weekend. The riots started after police shot and killed Mark Duggan a 29-year-old father of four. The AP reports:

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