4:34pm

Tue September 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Reporter's Pledge-Of-Allegiance Quandary Sparks Twitter Debate On Romney Trail

Attendees at Monday's Mitt Romney rally in Mansfield, Ohio, recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Charles Dharapak AP

Mitt Romney's rally in Mansfield, Ohio, on Monday began the way every political event begins. "Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our country's national anthem."

This is always an uncomfortable moment for me. While I sat at my laptop, most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts. This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling:

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4:02pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurance Costs Rise, But More Slowly

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:44 am

Heath coverage will cost you more than last year, but not as much as it might have.
iStockphoto.com

If you get health insurance on the job, chances are it cost more again this year.

Annual family health insurance premiums rose about 4 percent to $15,745 in 2012, according to the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust.

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3:48pm

Tue September 11, 2012
The Salt

How Oregon's Prized Pinot Noir Grapes Will Take The Heat Of Climate Change

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:08 pm

Pinot noir grapes are notoriously finicky about the weather, and climate change has winemakers in Oregon thinking about the future.
Greg Wahl-Stephens AP

Some grapes like it hot.

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3:46pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Books

'Breed': A Pseudonym To Pen A Tale Of Horror

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 pm

Scott Spencer, writing for the first time under the pen name Chase Novak, is the best-selling author of Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper.
Wendy Ewald

If you're a horror fan, you're probably familiar with the trope of the demon child — you know, the sweet little kid who undergoes a horrible transformation and terrorizes everyone in his or her path (or is just born evil, like Rosemary's titular baby).

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3:38pm

Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Egyptian Protesters Scale U.S. Embassy Walls In Cairo

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 2:04 am

Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday.
Mohammed Abu Zaid AP

A group of protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and replaced the American flag with a black one inscribed with the Islamic declaration of faith.

"There is no God but Allah and Mohamed is the Prophet of Allah," the flag read.

According to the AP hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest against an American-made film they said insults the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

The AP reports:

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2:49pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Animals

New Center Trains Detection Dogs To Save Lives

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 3:27 pm

Eleven-week-old 11-week-old Bretagne is beginning her training as a detection dog at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which opens Tuesday. Click here to see photos of Bretagne at the mic during her Fresh Air interview.
Sarah Griffith

A detection dog-training center opens Tuesday, on the anniversary of Sept. 11, at the University of Pennsylvania so scientists can train dogs for search-and-rescue missions — and study what helps them succeed.

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2:36pm

Tue September 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Politics, The Pledge And A Peculiar History

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 5:05 pm

A woman recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

When Mitt Romney uses the Pledge of Allegiance as a metaphor for all that's good and right with America, how many in his audience know that the two-sentence loyalty oath was penned not by the Founding Fathers in 1776, but a fascist preacher more than 100 years later?

Or that the original recommended posture was with a straightened arm raised upward and outward? Or that it was changed to the hand over the heart during World War II after the Nazis adopted the original as their salute?

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2:14pm

Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Netanyahu Says World Has No 'Moral Right' To Stop Israel From Attacking Iran

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 8:26 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, not seen, in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Gali Tibbon AP

Comments from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are ratcheting up diplomatic tension between Israel and the United States.

During a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Netanyahu expressed his frustration with how world powers are handling Iran and its nuclear program.

"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu said.

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1:29pm

Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

The Mysterious Case Of China's Disappearing Heir Apparent

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:21 pm

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping addresses the opening ceremony of the autumn semester of the Party School of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Sept. 1.
Xinhua, Li Tao AP

In the rarefied air of China's leadership circle, anything that strays from strict protocol becomes grist for the rumor mill.

So it is with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of Xi Jinping, the presumptive heir to President Hu Jintao.

Xi, 59, has inexplicably missed a series of important meetings with foreign dignitaries in the past week, including one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing. The last time anyone saw him in public was Sept. 1.

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12:50pm

Tue September 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Moody's Warns Of Downgrade If Congress Doesn't Move On Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:59 pm

Speaker of the House John Boehner says he has little of hope of reaching a resolution on the so-called "fiscal cliff."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

We've already heard warnings about the so called "fiscal cliff" from the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office.

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