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Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:52

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

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Man fined for downing goldfish drink

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:50
A man filmed swallowing two goldfish in a pint glass as part of a dare, admits it was a "stupid prank" after he was fined £200 by magistrates.

Stormont paper sets out budget cuts

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:45
The finance minister has circulated a paper that will result in millions of pounds in cuts across departments, except health and education, according to Stormont sources.

Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:42
The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.

Ban on flights to Tel Aviv renewed

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:25
The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.

Death crash girl, 6, identified

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:22
A six year-old girl who died in a road accident in Wiltshire is formally identified as Jess Marie Wright-Roberts.

Man arrested in missing Claudia case

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:21
A man is arrested as part of the investigation into the murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, while forensic teams search a pub in her home city of York.

VIDEO: Last journey of Costa Concordia

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:16
The BBC's Alan Johnston reports on the journey so far of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia as it is towed to Genoa for scrapping.

'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:16

Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:13

Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody. The incident is prompting the NYPD to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force.

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VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:12
Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:08

Secretary of State John Kerry met separately Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to try to ease tensions in the Gaza Strip.

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Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:08

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

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Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:08

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

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Detroit porch shooting trial opens

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:02
A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial.

‘Economic patriotism’: Rhetorical, not economic, policy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-23 11:58

Recently, President Obama has been traveling around the country, trying to shift focus back onto the economy. We talked to him about that a few weeks ago, at the White House.

You may have noticed a refrain in some of the president’s most recent speeches. Here is an example from a speech he delivered in Denver: “That’s what makes this country great – a sense of common purpose and patriotism, an economic patriotism.”

President Obama may have cribbed that term from a speech by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He was talking about the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney.

“Mitt has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport,” Strickland said. “It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands, and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps.”

Obama used the phrase in a TV ad soon after, and it became the title of the president’s economic plan. So, almost two years later, how does Strickland define “economic patriotism”?

“Companies, corporations, CEOs need to understand that this country has provided them, and continues to provide for them, the means to be successful,” he says.

“Economic patriotism” is more of a rhetorical device than an economic theory. There is no textbook definition. President Obama has used it to talk about infrastructure investment. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew used it in a letter to lawmakers about corporate taxation.

Economic historian Gavin Wright, who teaches at Stanford, suggests “economic patriotism” is a broad brush. It refers to appeals to make economic behavior or economic policy based on “American values.” And, he adds, that has happened throughout history.

“During the Cold War era, I don’t recall hearing the term ‘economic patriotism,’ but it was more or less taken as a given,” Wright says.

In the 1790s, Alexander Hamilton asked the government to support manufacturers. It was an appeal to a special interest group, Wright notes, “but he also thought that this would be essential for the credibility of the American economy, the American nation.”

The phrase “economic patriotism” has been used by Democrats and Republicans, including Pat Buchanan and Amb. John Bohn, who ran the Export-Import Bank during the Reagan era. Bohn defines “economic patriotism” as understanding our economic policy as it compares to the economic policies of other countries.

“We need to have a kind of partnership between the government and the private sector if we are going to maximize our economic growth,” he says.

Over these last few weeks, the phrase has attracted criticism. Wright summarizes one complaint: “There is a market out there, and the market operates and reaches its outcomes, then the government wants to intervene and change that.”

So, Wright says, the debate over the definition of the term “economic patriotism” is really a proxy for a much bigger debate over the role government should play in the economy.

 

Arrests made after eBay Stubhub thefts

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 11:56
Arrests are made in the UK, US, Canada and Spain after a scam involving e-tickets for Elton John concerts and other shows sold via Stubhub.

A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus

NPR News - Wed, 2014-07-23 11:56

Hailed as a "national hero," Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has treated more than 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Now the 39-year-old is fighting for his life in an isolation ward.

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VIDEO: My Glasgow

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 11:52
Danny MacAskill rides on Glasgow landmarks, including a breathtaking stunt on the iconic Finnieston Crane.

Baby P boss awarded £680,000 payout

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 11:41
The former head of Haringey children's services Sharon Shoesmith is awarded almost £680,000 following her unfair dismissal claim.
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