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Washington's still kicking the can down the road

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-16 01:00

Remember when Jon Stewart went on Crossfire – the old Crossfire, with Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson, not the new one with Newt Gingrich and whatstheirnames – and begged them to "Stop, stop hurting America"?

Not to put myself on the same level as Stewart, but here's my paraphrase: Washington is hurting America.

Yes, I know Washington has been dysfunctional for years now. And that we've all somehow become accustomed to politicians kicking the proverbial can down the road (gee, love that phrase) on serious and substantive issues of economic policy.

Maybe I'm being naïve here. But, the news this week that the White House has signed on to the Congressional quick fix to shore up the Highway Trust Fund for the short term was especially disspiriting. Why?

You know, I'm not sure. I guess because...in the not too distant past, we had a budget deal. We had responsible politicians acting the way they ought to, planning for the long term and not doing the nation's business in six-month chunks. I guess I thought maybe things had changed.

And then I remembered.

Naïve is probably right.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly spelled Jon Stewart's name. The text has been corrected.

California announces drought fines

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:39
California officials approve fines for residents who waste water, as the state faces its worst drought for nearly 40 years.

VIDEO: Imperial War Museum's makeover

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:21
The Imperial War Museum in London is reopening its doors following a multi-million pound facelift.

Moscow metro workers arrested

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:19
Russian police arrest two Moscow metro workers for safety breaches after a rush-hour train derailed, killing 21 people and injuring 162.

Oil firm Chevron to shed 225 jobs

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:18
Oil firm Chevron says it remains committed to its UK operation despite announcing 225 job cuts, following a review of its North Sea business.

Mercedes confirm Rosberg's new deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:15
Mercedes confirm Nico Rosberg has signed a "multi-year contract extension" with the Silver Arrows.

Rocky musical to close on Broadway

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:12
A stage adaptation of the big screen hit Rocky is to close on Broadway in August after just 188 regular performances.

Child obesity 'needs to be tackled'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-16 00:10
Obesity in children in Northern Ireland is on the rise and needs to be tackled, according to a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health survey.

Four-winged dinosaur found in China

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:56
The largest ever four-winged dinosaur has been discovered in China, with remarkably long feathers on its hindwings and tail.

Craft Beer Reaches New Depths As Mainers Brew A Batch From Seaweed

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:42

A craft brewer in Maine is partnering with a most unusual item — seaweed. If the beer takes off, the state's emerging seaweed aquaculture industry may benefit.

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Violence And Other Threats Raise Press Freedom Fears In Hong Kong

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:28

Self-censorship and a brutal knife attack on an editor are fueling anxiety about whether the ex-British colony can preserve the autonomy it was promised when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:27

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.

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Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:27

Being the parent of a teenager can be uniquely stressful even in the best of times. But seeking advice from other parents can help, as can spending one-on-one time with that button-pushing kid.

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VIDEO: Apple to team up with IBM

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:25
Apple and IBM have announced a business partnership that will see the two firms co-develop business-centric apps for iPhones and iPads.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 23:02
Pellegrini turns down Brazil job, Juventus boss walk out over Vidal, Everton want Besic, Bruce forced to pay, plus more.

Hinterland worth £4.2m to economy

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 22:47
Critically-acclaimed TV series Hinterland has the right plot when it comes to pulling in EU funding, according to Welsh assembly members.

VIDEO: Bird's-eye view of Royal Liverpool

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 22:41
Get a bird's-eye view of the course for this year's Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

Imperial War Museum London to reopen

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 22:35
A behind-the-scenes look of the London museum is provided after its £40m makeover to mark the centenary of World War One.

Shoplifting store hotspots revealed

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-15 22:05
Food is the biggest target for shoplifters as latest figures reveal which stores are hit hardest.

Fond All-Star Farewell For Jeter, AL Beats NL 5-3

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-15 21:52

Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation during one more night on baseball's national stage. The AL kept up nearly 2 decades of dominance by beating the NL 5-3 Tuesday for its 13th win in 17 years.

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