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    Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at 92

    The senator was a looming figure in both the Senate--where his knowledge of parliamentary procedure is well-known, and where he served as president pro tempore of the Senate--and in West Virginia, where his prowess in procuring federal funds for his home state is legendary.
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    Byrd’s Way

    The late senator from West Virginia was a stickler for following the rules. It made him one of the most powerful legislators of the last century.
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    Kagan's Best Strategy Is Silence

    Republican Sen. Charles Grassley says he will press Elena Kagan at her confirmation hearing to be “as forthcoming” about her views of specific issues as she once argued other Supreme Court nominees should be. Many commentators have also called on her to disclose her specific views. But Kagan will not do that. And she should not.
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    Will Obama Turn Around Jobs Outlook?

    Obama, stymied by the GOP, seems at a loss when it comes to creating jobs. The administration can turn around the bleak job numbers in time for his reelection, but not in time for Democrats this fall.
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil-Spill Edition

    An ongoing look at the most and least reliable people, players, and forces at work in the gulf oil spill. Today: can we trust the new face of BP?
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    Why Obama Won’t Fire Richard Holbrooke

    Now that Stanley McChrystal is out, pundits and politicians—including eminent Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kit Bond—are clamoring for Richard Holbrooke’s head. But with Gen. David Petraeus in, the special envoy is probably stronger than before. Holbrooke and Petraeus seem to have a warm relationship that bodes well for both the diplomat and the whole Afghanistan team.
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    Even With McChrystal, Obama Maintains No-Drama Stance

    President Obama moved Thursday to end the squawking among reporters and members of Congress about a wider shakeup of his AfPak team. In doing so, he was choosing between the lesser of undesirable outcomes for a president who disdains unnecessary drama.
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    Poll: Afghanistan War Hurting Obama's Support at Home

    The troubled war in Afghanistan is a growing political problem for President Barack Obama. According to a new NEWSWEEK Poll, the lasting impact of his decision to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal—a move most Americans support—has been to raise doubts about the war and undermine confidence in the commander in chief.
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    How to Talk About Debt

    One of the reasons the idea of debt causes so much confusion is that we say things like “this issue of debt.” When we talk about the debt, we need to talk in specifics, not vague generalities. First, there’s the difference between accumulated debt (how much our country owes) and annual deficits (how much we’re spending in a year compared with how much we’re getting in tax revenues). People often use the two terms interchangeably. They shouldn’t.
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    Can a Fetus Feel Pain? U.K. Report Says No.

    Fetuses at 24 weeks or less do not feel pain and exist in a state of "sedation" even afterward, according to a new British report. The finding contradicts the case for Nebraska's first-in-the-nation law, introduced in April, which bans abortion after 20 weeks—and is likely to come as a blow to America's anti-abortion lobby.
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    Can't Take Our Eyes Off of Goo

    After numerous failed attempts to stop the flow of oil from the well 5,000 feet below the surface--including robots, golf balls, giant domes, a "top kill," "top hats," and diamond saws--BP seemed to be capturing the "majority" of the leaking oil, until an underwater robot bumped into a vent on the cap on June 23. BP removed the cap for the remainder of the day until the repairs could be made. It was reinstalled later that evening. Here are the most fascinating and frustrating videos of the Gulf Coast oil spill.
  • Newsverse: Save the Humans

    It may be a bad week for humans, but it's good news for the whales, who the International Whaling Commission has put off opening up to hunting again. "Krill, baby, krill!" says our news poet, Jerry Adler.
  • Obama and Medvedev Talk Chicken

    An otherwise newsless visit between Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev is punctuated by a deal on U.S. poultry exports to Russia. After the breakthrough deal on chicken was made, the two had burgers in Virginia.
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    Will McChrystal's Dismissal Lead to a Wider Shakeup?

    Why should President Obama's shakeup of his Afghan team stop with the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal? After all, some of the harsh comments the general and his aides made about policymakers, while perhaps insubordinate and disruptive, were not necessarily wrong. Tragically, they reflect a broader truth: Afghan policy is in disarray, and the people behind the policy are at odds with one another.
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    Pelosi's Deadlock Holds Up Intel Czar Nomination

    The House speaker is blocking a floor vote on an intelligence-reform bill that she says doesn't go far enough to strengthen congressional oversight of sensitive spy operations. But congressional sources say that unless Pelosi allows the legislation to move forward, key senators are likely to stall confirmation hearings for James Clapper, the Obama administration's nominee to be director of national intelligence.
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    Environmentalists Split on BP Response

    The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico has left a divide among activists: how hard should they press Obama on climate change and other issues? The fear is that a golden opportunity is passing.
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    What Makes Alvin Greene Run?

    Seated in his dimly lit den on a rural stretch of highway in Manning, S.C., Alvin Greene rattles off talking points for his unlikely candidacy for U.S. Senate. The 32-year-old unemployed Army vet came from nowhere to win the Democratic primary earlier this month, raising suspicions of dirty tricks. But another possibility is emerging: this was the quixotic quest of a strange man.
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    After McChrystal, What's Next for Afghanistan?

    The abrupt dismissal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for making inappropriate remarks and the simultaneous announcement that he would be succeeded by his superior, CentCom Commander David Petraeus, papered over Obama’s real problem: the counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy that McChrystal championed and Petraeus virtually invented may be fatally flawed, at least as it’s practiced in Afghanistan.
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    A New Debate Over CIA Doctors and Torture

    CIA medical personnel face allegations of “unethical” human experimentation and research and complicity in torture. The health-care workers are not only being accused of violating national and international laws, but also of breaking their professional and ethical commitments in the name of national security.
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    Does the Fed Really Care About Unemployment?

    Ben Bernanke is standing pat on monetary policy and doing nothing new to boost jobs. Here’s why he may go down in history as the Federal Reserve chairman who won the crisis but lost the recovery.
  • The Tea Party's Missed Opportunity in Utah

    With two Tea Party candidates competing for the Republican Senate nomination in Utah last night, the movement was bound to notch another victory. But it also lost an opportunity to talk about how activists would govern.
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    New General, Same Problem

    Barack Obama, as candidate and president, in effect created the IED known as Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Now that improvised explosive device has blown up in the midst of the Obama presidency. The damage is severe, if not crippling.
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    Who Can You Trust? Oil-Spill Edition, Volume 9

    "Who Can You Trust?" is an ongoing look at some of the main players in the gulf oil-spill disaster. This week: BP starts a new organization, and a judge with oil-spill interests rules against the drilling ban.
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    How Nikki Haley Survived Political Scandal

    In the old days, gubernatorial candidate Haley wouldn’t have had a chance. Accused not once, but twice, of marital infidelity, how did she survive a firestorm of controversy?