12:41pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Will The GOP Die If It Doesn't Seize The Center?

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:41 pm

Laura Ingraham and Ralph Reed argue against the motion "The GOP Must Seize the Center or Die" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Following the Republican Party's losses in the 2012 elections, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about what the party should do to improve its electoral fortunes.

Some argue that the GOP should moderate its positions on social issues, as well as policies that affect income inequality and social mobility, and that it should embrace compromise as a way to attract more voters. But others say that changing its positions risks alienating the core Republican base and diluting the party's conservative message — doing more damage in the end.

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12:03pm

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Court Approves Anheuser-Busch InBev Deal To Buy Grupo Modelo

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 1:10 pm

A federal court has approved a settlement agreement between the Department of Justice and Anheuser-Busch InBev that will allow the mammoth beer company to complete its purchase of Grupo Modelo, a Mexico-based brewer that produces Corona, Pacifico and other beers.

The deal, which requires AB InBev to sell all of Modelo's U.S. business, clears the way for the $20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining portion of Modelo that AB InBev did not yet own. Terms of the deal were announced Friday.

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11:33am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel: Syria Has Been Using Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 8:51 am

A top Israeli military official on Tuesday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of using chemical weapons in recent fighting in Syria. Syria has denied using such weapons. Assad is shown here at the Opera House in Damascus in January.
Anonymous SANA/AP

Israel's top military intelligence official said Tuesday that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons repeatedly, and he criticized the international community for not taking tougher action against the Syrian leadership.

Israel and the Syrian opposition have on multiple occasions accused President Bashar Assad's government of using chemical weapons in the country's civil war, but have not offered much in the way of evidence.

Israeli Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, speaking at a security conference in Israel, gave the most definitive statement so far by an Israeli official.

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11:27am

Tue April 23, 2013
It's All Politics

Montana's Max Baucus To Retire; Republicans Eye 2014 Chances

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 12:16 pm

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, will not seek a seventh term in 2014.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, an influential red-state Democrat who helped craft Obamacare but bucked his party last week in voting against expanded background checks for gun sales, will retire in 2014, he announced Tuesday.

The chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee, Baucus was expected to face a potentially tough race for a seventh term after four decades on Capitol Hill. He becomes the sixth Senate Democrat to announce his retirement, as Republicans look for an opportunity to retake Senate control in the midterm elections.

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11:09am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Hackers Tweak FIFA On Corruption, As Reform Advocate Quits

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:22 pm

Even before FIFA President Joseph Blatter announced the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries in December, 2010, accusations of corruption were rampant. A panel meant to restore FIFA's image lost a member Monday, as Alexandra Wrage said it was accomplishing nothing.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

FIFA's efforts to rehabilitate its tarnished public image were dealt twin setbacks Monday when the international soccer federation's Twitter account was hacked and used to send messages joking about corruption. And a member of its reform committee quit, saying they were making no progress.

Update at 3:20 p.m. ET. FIFA Executive Resigns:

Paraguay's Nicolas Leoz resigned from FIFA's executive committee Tuesday, the same week an extensive report on bribery from the group's ethics investigator is to be released.

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11:07am

Tue April 23, 2013
Top Stories

Images of MTSU's Science Building Released

Credit mtsunews.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's new science building is still under construction, but new video and images illustrate what the building's interior will look like once complete.

Final completion on the $147 million project on the Murfreesboro campus is scheduled to be ready for faculty and staff to move in by the fall of 2014. The first classes will start in the 2015 spring semester.

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10:42am

Tue April 23, 2013
Top Stories

Governor Signs College Nondiscrimination Ban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups has been signed by the governor.

The Senate unanimously passed the measure 30-0 and the House approved it 75-21.

The legislation does not include private institutions like Vanderbilt University — a provision that caused Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to veto last year's version.

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10:37am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

French Parliament OKs Same-Sex Marriage Law

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 11:26 am

France is poised to become the latest nation to legalize same-sex marriage after its Parliament passed a bill that also legalizes adoptions by same-sex couples.

President Francois Hollande is expected to sign the bill quickly.

Authorities are bracing for the reaction from opponents. Correspondent Eleanor Beardsley tells our Newscast Desk that "supporters are planning a celebratory rally and opponents will stage protests across the country. Opposition in France to gay marriage has radicalized over the past month as far-right extremists have joined the protests."

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10:37am

Tue April 23, 2013
U.S.

Double Amputee Has Advice For Boston Victims

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 11:15 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we are going to talk about a new study that says that some seniors are actually carrying more debt than their younger peers. We'll dig into that in just a few minutes. But first we want to turn back to Boston. And with one suspect in custody and the other deceased, we're turning our attention to the people whose lives were most changed by the bomb attack at the marathon last week.

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10:25am

Tue April 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Wall Street Anxious Over Apple First-Quarter Earnings

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 6:37 am

The just-launched Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone is the latest competition for Apple's iPhone 5.
Greg Wood AFP/Getty Images

Update at 5 p.m. ET:

Reuters reports that Apple has posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings of $43.6 billion, "reflecting strong sales of the iPad and iPhone." Wall Street had forecast revenue of $42.3 billion, the wire service says.

We pick up our original post here:

Investors are waiting, many not so eagerly, for a look at how Apple for the second quarter.

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