2:08am

Wed June 20, 2012
Sports

Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D.

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:30 am

Runner Shannon Leinert, 24, hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic track and field team to compete in the 800-meter race.
Chris Auckley Courtesy of Chris Auckley

Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.

Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.

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2:07am

Wed June 20, 2012
National Security

Are Drones Obama's Legacy In War On Terrorism?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:17 am

President Obama's use of drones, and his direct involvement in whom they target, has both U.S. and international communities questioning the administration's secret drone policy.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The Obama administration's use of drones to kill suspected terrorists in foreign countries may be President Obama's biggest legacy in the fight against terrorism.

One privilege — or burden — of the Oval Office is that each inhabitant gets to decide how dirty to get his hands in wartime. President Truman made the ultimate decision to use the atomic bomb, while President Kennedy chose not to use a nuclear weapon in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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2:06am

Wed June 20, 2012
Election 2012

Obama's Immigration Move Disrupts Rubio's Dream

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:19 am

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., leaves the stage after speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31 in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

With a single policy directive last week, President Obama took control of an issue of special importance to Hispanics this election year. Obama announced illegal immigrants younger than 30 who are brought to the U.S. as children and who meet other standards will not be subject to deportation.

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2:04am

Wed June 20, 2012
Election 2012

Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:19 am

Charles Koch of Koch Industries speaks in 2007 about his book The Science of Success in Wichita, Kan.
Bo Rader MCT /Landov

Several dozen wealthy donors have taken advantage of this post-Citizens United world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.

Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.

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9:03pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Title IX At 40: What Has Changed, And What's Next

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:08 am

The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010.
Gerry Broome AP

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which, although almost nobody anticipated it then, resulted in women's gaining the right to participate in sports commensurate with their numbers attending college.

Title IX not only had a huge effect on women's participation in sports, but also, culturally, it influenced the way both men and women view the idea of women and athletics. It's mattered greatly in our American society.

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6:47pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

LIVE: President Obama Holds A News Conference

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 7:33 pm

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the end of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Los Cabos, Mexico on Tuesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

China and Russia are not aligned with the United States and the rest of the international community on the subject of Syria, President Obama said during a news conference following the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

"It's not fair to say that Russia and China are signed on," Obama said.

The president said he had "candid" conversations with the leaders of both countries, which have rejected calls for international intervention in Syria. Russia has been accused by the United States of propping up the regime of Bashar Assad.

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6:28pm

Tue June 19, 2012
The Two-Way

House Republicans, Holder Head For Showdown Over Gun-Trafficking Scandal

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 5:36 am

A House panel will meet Wednesday to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the controversial Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-trafficking operation.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, met with Holder on Tuesday in an effort to resolve difference over his panel's subpoena for the documents.

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6:14pm

Tue June 19, 2012
It's All Politics

Senate's Top Republican Seeks A Cue From Romney On Immigration

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:42 am

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

President Obama has certainly put Republicans in a tricky spot with his action to essentially activate parts of the DREAM Act that would defer deportations for certain young illegal immigrants.

Come out against the president's stance, popular with many Latino voters but not exclusively so, and Republicans run the risk of further alienating many of those voters.

But come out in support of the president's act, and many conservatives in the Republican base could get angry.

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5:59pm

Tue June 19, 2012
Education

Board Member Resigns After U.Va. President Fired

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5:54pm

Tue June 19, 2012
U.S.

Senators Get Time In Solitary Confinement

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 5:59 pm

An exercise area for inmates in solitary confinement in California's Pelican Bay prison. Inmates are allowed to leave their windowless cells for 2 1/2 hours daily to exercise and bathe.
Michael Montgomery Center for Investigative Reporting

At any given moment, about 15,000 men and women are living in solitary confinement in the federal prison system, housed in tiny cells not much larger than a king-sized bed.

"It is hard to describe in words what such a small space begins to look like, feel like and smell like when someone is required to live virtually their entire life in it," says Craig Haney, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

But Tuesday, Haney, who has studied life inside prisons for three decades, had an opportunity to paint that picture.

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