12:01am

Wed September 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Conservatives Step Up Attacks On Public Funding For Birth Control

A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found two-thirds of respondents were in favor of the new requirement for insurance plans to offer prescription birth control without a copay or deductible.
Hamiza Bakirci iStockphoto.com

It used to be that opposition to publicly funded birth control was linked to abortion.

Either the birth control in question allegedly caused abortion, or the organization providing the birth control (read: Planned Parenthood) also performed abortions. But that's changing.

These days, more and more voices are opposing the provision of birth control for its own sake.

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10:00pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Sweetness And Light

It's A Coin Toss: Presidential Speech Or Football?

Years ago, it was an occasional debate among press box sociologists about which sport was more attractive to members of the two political parties.

The consensus was that football was more for Republicans, baseball for Democrats — the general reasoning being that GOP types were more militarily inclined, as is the gridiron game, and that since football had long been more a college sport, and more Republicans had gone to college, football had a greater Republican tradition.

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6:30pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Miami's City Manager Suspends Police Chief

We first told you about the long-running feud between Miami's mayor and the city's police chief back in June. Today, NPR's Greg Allen reports the tension reached a climax, when the city manager called Police Chief Miguel Exposito into his office and suspended him.

Greg filed this report:

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6:27pm

Tue September 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney's (Steve) Jobs Plan

Was that a jobs plan Mitt Romney unveiled Tuesday or a Steve Jobs plan?

Wanting voters to see him as the political version of the black turtleneck-clad business visionary, Romney compared himself not only to Jobs but to someone using a smartphone (President Obama was still in the coin-operated payphone world, Romney said.)

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5:34pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Lockerbie Bomber 'Very Sick' Says Son

The BBC was given access to the Libyan home of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland.

In a controversial move, al-Megrahi was released from prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds. Al-Megrahi was flown to Libya and since then families and relatives of some of the 259 people who died have complained al-Megrahi was not really sick and he was let go because of politics.

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5:12pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Paintball Injury? Your Hospital Has A Code For That

Coney Island, N.Y.'s "Shoot the Freak" boardwalk attraction, as seen in 2005. Crouching in the center of the photo is the well-protected human who served as paintball target.
Uri Baruchin Flickr

Maybe, like me, you're one of the few who missed the recent report on injuries caused by BB and paintball guns that showed how often mishaps lead to emergency room visits. I'm surprised my mom didn't call me personally just to say she told me so.

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4:43pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Author Interviews

Thomas Friedman On 'How America Fell Behind'

Thomas Friedman is the author of five best-selling books, including From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
Fred Conrad

Back in March, Paul Otellini — president and CEO of Intel Corp. — compared the situation of present-day America to that of the U.K. at the turn of the last century.

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4:28pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Haggle, Don't Settle, When It Comes To Health Costs

If you don't ask, you can't save money on health care.
iStockphoto.com

Seems like forever that Consumer Reports has been telling people to haggle over the price of a microwave or a car. Now the folks behind the magazine want you to haggle with your doctor — or at least let her know that you can't afford that bypass.

The cost of health care is expected to almost double in the next decade, and insurers and employers are increasingly shoving that cost onto individuals. As a result, even people with good insurance are finding it harder to pay medical bills.

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4:07pm

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Maryland Debuts Uniforms And The Country Cringes

We are not Anna Wintour, so we'll refrain from making a judgement. But, there are plenty of people who expressed their dislike of the uniforms the Maryland Terrapins debuted during their season opener Monday.

Here are some of the reviews, which came fast and furious from sports celebrities on Twitter:

Basketball star Lebron James said:

OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms #Ewwwwww!

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3:45pm

Tue September 6, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

An Open Secret: Drone Warfare In Pakistan

In the decade since the attacks of Sept. 11, the number of drone strikes into Pakistan has grown dramatically. In this file photo from January 2010, a U.S. Predator drone flies above the Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Drone warfare is now one of the most fundamental features of the U.S. battle against its enemies. Just don't any anyone in the government to talk about it.

Since 2004, the United States military has fired about 270 missiles into Pakistan since 2004, killing thousands of militants, according to the U.S. government. Dozens of so-called high-value targets have been eliminated, like al-Qaida's No. 2, who was killed in an attack last month.

But since the CIA runs these attacks, they are secret. As a result, no one in the government is supposed to admit they're happening.

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