Politics
1:02 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

More Corporations Shed Light On Political Spending

UPS was among the top scorers in a new index ranking companies on political transparency and accountability.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For the first time, 100 of America's biggest corporations are being rated on the transparency of their political activities.

On Friday, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the nonpartisan Center for Political Accountability will release an index that ranks the S&P 100 companies. The rankings come as politicians employ new loopholes — and the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision — to solicit secret, million-dollar contributions from corporate donors.

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Pro-Gun Group Plans Demonstration At Virginia Tech

VCDL

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 3:56 pm

A pro-gun group announced yesterday that it had obtained a permit to hold a protest at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The university was the site of one of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, where a gunman killed 32 students and faculty.

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It's All Politics
12:36 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Will Rick Perry Skip Future GOP Debates?

Do you feel like there have just been too many presidential debates already? Well, Rick Perry might agree with you.

Ray Sullivan, the Texas Governor's communications director, told CNN's John King this Wednesday night:

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The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Our Heads Are Spinning: U.S. Skater Nailed First 'Quadruple Lutz'

Figure skater Brandon Mroz.

Harry How Getty Images

The sports channel in our brains was tuned to baseball and the World Series yesterday, so we missed this announcement from the world of figure skating:

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Shots - Health Blog
11:45 am
Thu October 27, 2011

A Tweak To Health Law Would Eliminate Medicaid For Some

Should the middle class be eligible for Medicaid?

The health program, funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year's health law isn't changed that could be the case for people with pretty healthy incomes.

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The Two-Way
11:44 am
Thu October 27, 2011

A Weakening Hurricane Rina Stumbles Toward Mexico

This NOAA GOES East satellite image shows Hurricane Rina over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 11:51 am

Tourists and residents are fleeing Mexico's Yucatan peninsula ahead of Hurricane Rina, which is forecast to make landfall early Friday morning. The good news is that Rina has weakened and will continue to do so for the next two days. Right now, the Hurricane Center says Rina has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

The AP reports on the preparation in Mexico:

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Middle East
11:39 am
Thu October 27, 2011

The Arab Uprisings: Now Comes The Hard Part

Supporters of the moderate Islamist party Ennahda celebrate Tuesday after the party received the most votes to form an assembly that will write a new constitution. Tunisia was the first Arab country to stage a revolution this year, and the first to hold elections.

Amine Landoulsi AP

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 12:06 pm

The heady days of the Arab uprisings have seemingly passed, and now the countries that tossed out autocratic leaders, or are still trying to, face much more difficult tasks.

Tunisians held a successful election on Sunday, but now must form a government and write a constitution. Libyans have not only purged but killed former leader Moammar Gadhafi. Now, they face enormous difficulties in unifying the country in the wake of his regime's total destruction.

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Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly, and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Tucker is the author of Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About Television.

Music Reviews
11:28 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Deer Tick: Finding 'Divine Providence' Along The Way

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 7:51 am

The title of Deer Tick's new album, Divine Providence, is a pun: The band hails from the capital of Rhode Island. But the other side of the pun is sarcastic. There's little on the album concerning divine providence or care. Nor is the band provident — frugal or prudent — about its talent and music. Group frontman John McCauley continues to sing as though the primary idea is to shred his vocal cords.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Arrests Made In Alleged $1 Billion Disability Scheme On Long Island

An alleged scandal involving doctors, a union president and hundreds of Long Island Rail Road workers led to the arrest of 10 people today on charges related to what officials say was a scam that paid an estimated $1 billion in disability benefits to people who didn't deserve them.

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