Politics
12:12 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Did U.S. Tax Policies Increase Economic Inequality?

The eight Republican presidential candidates sitting at the table listen as a video of former President Ronald Reagan is played during a debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 11.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:54 pm

The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to protest policies that have made the top 1 percent of income earners richer, while about 14 million Americans are out of work.

Meanwhile, the Congressional supercommittee only has one week left to come up with a plan that will cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit. Republicans are opposed to raising revenues by raising taxes, even on the wealthiest Americans, who have seen their taxes dramatically cut over the past 14 years.

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Head-On Collision Kills 18 Kindergarteners In China, Prompting Outcry

Chinese police stand beside a damaged school bus after it collided with a red truck on a road in the Yulinzi township in northwest China's Gansu province.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 1:12 pm

A truck carrying coal slammed into a overcrowded bus this morning in the Northwest Chinese township of Yulinzi, killing 18 children and two adults. According to China's official news agency Xinhua, 44 other children were injured. Xinhua reports that "a van with nine seats was carrying 64 people."

Reuters reports that the accident has prompted anger toward the government:

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It's All Politics
11:31 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Wisconsin's Governor: Recall Drive Is About Unions Seeking 'Power'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, March 7, 2011.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Many of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's citizens may be signing petitions for his recall in reaction to the battle he led earlier in the year to weaken his state's public-employee unions.

But Walker doesn't appear to be backing off one inch from his stance that he did what was right for his state.

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Regional
11:25 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Halal Meat Products are Boosting U-S Ag Exports

Bowling Green, KY – Meats that are processed according to Islamic guidelines are becoming increasingly popular in the global market place. Beef producers in the U-S are seeing significant potential for this type of export product. Dan Modlin has more on the story........

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Governing
11:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Gov. Walker: Recall Effort Wastes Time, Resources

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is fighting back opponents who want him out of office. If organizers gather more than 500,000 signatures in 60 days, a new election will be held in 2012. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gov. Walker, who defends his record and criticizes the recall effort that began Tuesday.

Shots - Health Blog
10:29 am
Wed November 16, 2011

A Texas-Size Health Insurance Mandate For Heart Tests

Everything's big in Texas. Even health insurance mandates, it seems.

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a story about a Texas law that made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble.

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The Two-Way
10:15 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Bullets Found At White House, One Struck A Window

The "Israel" tattoo on Ortega-Herndandez's neck.
U.S. Park Police

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 1:27 pm

(New top to this post added at 2:20 p.m. ET)

The U.S. Secret Service just confirmed that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been arrested in connection with the gunshots fired Friday night in Washington — one of which apparently hit a window at the White House.

In a statement sent to reporters, the agency says:

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Manufacturing Output Up For Fourth Straight Month

Though the U.S. economy faces lots of problems, as we said yesterday, there are some encouraging signs out there too.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Syrian Defectors Attack Military Sites, Opposition Groups Say

"Syrian activists say that army defectors have attacked an intelligence complex in the Damascus suburbs in what appears to be one of their boldest assaults so far against government security forces," al-Jazeera reports.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Consumer Prices Ticked Down In October

There was a scant 0.1 percent dip in the consumer price index in October from September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just reported.

The major reason for the dip: "The energy index turned down in October after increasing in each of the three previous months as the gasoline and household energy indexes declined after a series of seasonally adjusted increases."

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