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Aug 13, 2011

The Washington Post Today's Headlines: Daily Crunch: Mainframe | Business.

The Washington Post

TODAY'S HEADLINES

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Court strikes down insurance mandate
Federal judges rejected a key provision of the 2010 health-care measure, ruling Congress overstepped authority.
(By N.C. Aizenman and Robert Barnes)

Unions decry Postal Service proposal
Unions are furious over a proposal to cut 120,000 jobs by breaking contracts and to shift workers out of federal employee health and retirement plans.
(By Alec MacGillis and Lisa Rein)

Oil prices drop, but may not help at pump
Though the price of oil has dropped to about $85 a barrel, the price of consumers’ gasoline purchases is closer to $107.
(By Cezary Podkul)

Rick Perry’s entry sets up a clarifying contrast
The Texas governor, who is expected to announce his run for president on Saturday in South Carolina, offers the potential for the clearest contrast with President Obama of governing approaches.
(By Alec MacGillis)

GOP focus turns to Iowa straw poll
Just a few hours after sparring heatedly in a televised debate, Republican candidates for president on Friday turned their attention to Saturday’s Ames straw poll.
(By Amy Gardner)

POLITICS
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Undeterred by setbacks, Nobel winner Yunus promotes 'social business' to fight poverty
WASHINGTON — The bruising dispute with Bangladesh’s government that saw Muhammad Yunus ousted as chief of the Grameen Bank has not diminished the Nobel laureate’s enthusiasm for business projects to help the Asian nation’s poor.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Appeals court strikes down health overhaul requirement that most Americans must buy insurance
ATLANTA — A federal appeals court has struck down the requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul package that virtually all Americans must carry health insurance or face penalties.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Texas Gov. Perry's got the GOP buzz, announcing he's running and rapidly building his campaign
DES MOINES, Iowa — Months behind other GOP candidates, Rick Perry has something most of them don’t: Buzz. The Texas governor will enter the race Saturday with splashy appearances in South Carolina and New Hampshire.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Real Estate Roundtable spent $690,000 lobbying federal government in 2nd quarter
WASHINGTON — The Real Estate Roundtable, which represents commercial property owners, spent $690,000 in the second quarter lobbying federal officials on issues including Wall Street reform and the disposal of underused federal properties.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)



STYLE
Rahm Emanuel shines spotlight on Chicago dance
Former dancer and now mayor, Emanuel speaks about his love of dance and city festival: “We’re going to build it to be one of the great festivals of dance in the country.”
( by Sarah Kaufman , The Washington Post)

Hints From Heloise: Good grooming habits
Grooming is not only good for your dog’s health, it’s a nice way to bond, too.
(, King)

Ask Amy: Mom paints herself into a corner
Her husband and college son saw red when she changed the color of her son’s room.
(, The Washington Post)

Talk about money before marriage
It isn’t romantic, but neither is losing a home/car, never having a vacation and being in bankruptcy.
(, The Washington Post)

Celeb shockers: Their dance moves
Actors and musicians reveal the most when they take to the dance floor.
(, The Washington Post)


SPORTS
Friday's Sports in Brief
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Once identified by either his No. 1 ranking or his 14 majors, Tiger Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club with a performance that was even more shocking because of the numbers he compiled.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Cincinnati rookie Andy Dalton knocked around early in 34-3 loss to Lions
DETROIT — On his first snap of his first game, Andy Dalton was knocked over by Ndamukong Suh — and that wasn’t even the worst part of the play.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Freeman grabs early lead over stumbling Chiefs and Tampa Bay romps past KC 25-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Without a normal offseason because of the NFL lockout, early season play was expected to be rumpled and ragged.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

As Woods heads home after stunning downfall, others carry on at the PGA Championship
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Tiger Woods trudged toward the 18th green, his head down after one last shot plopped into the water.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Mariners shaken by Justin Smoak injury, fall 6-4 to Red Sox
SEATTLE — About two hours before first pitch, Justin Smoak spoke of his excitement about returning to the lineup after being sidelined for five games with a sore left thumb.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


WORLD
Gunmen abduct American in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD — Gunmen abducted an American man after raiding his home in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Saturday, Pakistani officials said, an unusually brazen attack on a foreigner in a country where kidnappings are believed to help fund Islamist militant movements.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to make first political trip Sunday since release from house arrest
YANGON, Myanmar — Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first political appearance outside Myanmar’s main city on Sunday since her release from seven years of house arrest, a journey that is going ahead despite a government warning it could trigger riots.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Germany commemorates building of Berlin Wall 50 years ago in a turning point of the Cold War
BERLIN — The mayor of Germany’s capital says the construction of the Berlin Wall 50 years ago must be a constant reminder to stand up for freedom and democracy.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Report: Israeli army planting new mines along Syria border to stop protesters from crossing
JERUSALEM — An Israeli army magazine says the military is planting new land mines along the border with Syria to dissuade protesters from rushing into the Golan Heights.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Syrian tanks deploy in coastal city of Latakia amid intense shooting
BEIRUT — An activist says Syrian tanks have fanned out across a neighborhood in the coastal city of Latakia amid intense shooting there.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)


LIVE DISCUSSIONS
ComPost Live with Alexandra Petri
The Compost, written by Alexandra Petri, offers a lighter take on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
(, vForum)

Opinion Focus with Eugene Robinson
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson discusses his recent columns and the latest news in a live Q&A.
(, vForum)

Debt Ceiling drama: Why Jonathan Capehart thinks your voice needs to be heard
In his Post-Partisan blog post today, Opinion writer Jonathan Capehart said that "Folks should be marching on the Capitol" in protest of the way the debt issue is being handled. Do you agree?
(, vForum)

Chatological Humor: Monthly with Moron
Gene Weingarten takes polls and chats about his recent columns.
(, vForum)

ComPost Live with Alexandra Petri
The Compost, written by Alexandra Petri, offers a lighter take on the news and political in(s)anity of the day.
(, vForum)


TECHNOLOGY
Daily Crunch: Mainframe

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

BART’s Interference In Subway Protests, A Step In The Wrong Direction For Digital Freedoms

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Just In Time For The New NFL Season, Taptu Brings Fantasy Football To Mobile Readers

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Virgin America Chrome App Helps You Choose Where To Go, What To Pack

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Mozilla Brings The Sign In Button To The Browser Level

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)


BUSINESS
Daily Crunch: Mainframe

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Undeterred by setbacks, Nobel winner Yunus promotes 'social business' to fight poverty
WASHINGTON — Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus’ ouster from Grameen Bank has not diminished his enthusiasm for business projects to help Bangladesh’s poor.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

BART’s Interference In Subway Protests, A Step In The Wrong Direction For Digital Freedoms

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Just In Time For The New NFL Season, Taptu Brings Fantasy Football To Mobile Readers

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

Virgin America Chrome App Helps You Choose Where To Go, What To Pack

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)

NYT: Today's Headlines: As Dizzying Week Ends on Wall Street, Dangers Linger


Today's Headlines 

 

TOP NEWS

As Dizzying Week Ends on Wall Street, Dangers Linger

By ERIC DASH and CHRISTINE HAUSER
As a week of volatile trading drew to a close, many think the Wall Street roller coaster ride is likely to continue - and there may be more drops ahead.

Deal in Place for Inspecting Foreign Drugs

By GARDINER HARRIS
Generic drug makers would pay $299 million a year to underwrite government inspections of manufacturing plants abroad, reducing the risk of tainted drugs and speeding approval of their products.

Money No Obstacle as Perry Joins G.O.P. Race

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
The Texas governor has a vast network of wealthy supporters eager to bankroll his presidential ambitions.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"We put our time in, we put our money in. And the city, through their callousness and everything else, just blew it."
WALTER TREMBLEY, a 74-year-old retired police officer from Central Falls, R.I., facing a 50% cut in his pension.

World

Video: Lethal Lessons in Misurata

C. J. Chivers provides analysis from Misurata, Libya, where rebels in a firefight with pro-Qaddafi forces demonstrate courage, but a serious lack of training.
Opinion
Is London Burning?
Opinionator | The Thread

Is London Burning?

Have the London riots exposed the weaknesses in Prime Minister David Cameron's leadership?
WORLD

Société Générale Rises as a Global Worry

By LOUISE STORY and LIZ ALDERMAN
Société Générale is only France's third-largest bank, but it is a global player with big holdings in bad European debt.

Portugal Praised for Progress on Financial Overhaul

By RAPHAEL MINDER
Evaluators from the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission say the country is on the right track.

British Leader Seeks Public Housing Evictions for Rioters and Their Families

By JOHN F. BURNS
Prime Minister David Cameron has described the rioting as "criminality," and laid out a plan to expel not only the rioters but also their families from their government-subsidized homes.
U.S.

Faltering City Testing Its Vow to Pensioners

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH and MICHAEL COOPER
As Central Falls, R.I., sorts out its finances after filing for bankruptcy, it is trying to put bondholders in line for payment ahead of pensioners.

In Los Angeles, a Police Force Transformed

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Twenty years after the police beating of Rodney King was caught on videotape, the Los Angeles Police Department is offering itself up as a model for the nation.

Health Law Is Dealt Blow by a Court on Mandate

By MICHAEL COOPER
The provision of President Obama's health care law that requires Americans to buy health insurance was deemed unconstitutional by a federal court in Georgia.
POLITICS

G.O.P. Candidates Jockey for Advantage in Iowa

By JEFF ZELENY and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
A half-dozen Republican presidential hopefuls sought attention Friday on the eve of the Iowa straw poll, a ritual that has taken on outsize meaning.

Resistance Widens to Obama Initiative on Criminal Immigrants

By JULIA PRESTON
Worries that a program intended to improve community safety by deporting dangerous immigrant criminals is eroding ties between the police and ethnic neighborhoods.
Economic Memo

G.O.P. on Defensive as Analysts Question Party's Fiscal Policy

By JACKIE CALMES
Onetime standard-bearers of Republican economic philosophy are among those saying the short-term focus should be on stimulus.
BUSINESS
Your Money

All the Ways That Stocks Churn Your Stomach

By RON LIEBER
It's valuable to look closely at the range of feelings stirred by wild market swings, and deploy some countermeasures.

A County in Alabama Puts Off Bankruptcy

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
Gov. Robert Bentley urged Jefferson County, Ala., to strive to avoid bankruptcy because it could ripple out and hurt the credit of the whole state.

Strikers Trade Barbs With Verizon

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Workers on strike against Verizon accused it of "destroying middle-class jobs." Verizon said the workers were adequately paid.
TECHNOLOGY

The Gregory Brothers Auto-Tune the Internet

By DAVE ITZKOFF
Through the power of Auto-Tune, the Gregory Brothers are making viral video hits. Their songs are as unshakable as the common cold. But a lot more fun.
This Life

Our Plugged-in Summer

By BRUCE FEILER
Instead of avoiding the Internet while we were on vacation, my family and I made good use of it, and it rewarded us in many ways.

Daniel D. McCracken Dies at 81; Wrote Best-Sellers on Using Computers

By STEVE LOHR
Mr. McCracken, most recently a professor at City College, published his first book, "Digital Computer Programming," in 1957, and wrote a total of 25.
SPORTS
Rays 5, Yankees 1

Sabathia Falters, and the Yankees Fall to the Rays

By MARK VIERA
The loss culminated a night that must have been difficult for General Manager Brian Cashman to stomach, from an outspoken start to a meek finish.
Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3

Mets Lose to Diamondbacks as Hopes for Late Run Dim

By ANDREW KEH
The loss placed the Mets 11 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League wild-card race, creating a feeling that it's the beginning of the end for this season.

Looking Lost, Woods Takes Nearest Exit

By BILL PENNINGTON
Woods finished Friday's second round at 10 over par for the tournament. That left him on the wrong side of the cut, something that had happened to him only twice since 1996.
ARTS
Dance Review

Where Feet, Beat and Joy All Soar Funkily

By ALASTAIR MACAULAY
Bands and dancers combined to produce an evening of high spirits at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Thursday.
ArtsBeat

A 'Big Love' Creator Takes on a Different Family

By GINIA BELLAFANTE
Will Scheffer, a creator of the HBO series "Big Love," speaks about his new play, which is also about family -- though a very different kind of family.

For Theater Lovers, a City Is the Stage, and a Purple Cow Is a Prop

By STEVEN McELROY
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is in the midst of its usual wildly eclectic run, with big names and the obscure attracting crowds.
NEW YORK / REGION

Along the Jersey Shore, a Struggle to Get to the Sand

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
The skirmishes along the Jersey Shore have an element of class resentment.

'A Car Guy' Prepares to Choose a Leader for a Troubled Mass-Transit Agency

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
The future of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which millions depend on, is now in the hands of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

More Complex Picture Emerges in Rutgers Student's Suicide

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
A gay Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide and the roommate who spied upon him seemed painfully aware of the awkwardness between them, new court documents show.
TRAVEL

High in the Hills of Corsica

By JEREMY W. PETERS
The interior of this French island is a place of glittering lakes and breathtaking vistas. Then there are the white-knuckle drives.

36 Hours in Marseille

By SETH SHERWOOD
Thanks to a waterfront renovation, a sleek new tram system, a first wave of design hotels and a generation of young restaurant and night-life impresarios, Marseille is looking better than ever.
Life Is a Wheel

After 500 Miles, Hitting a Wall

By BRUCE WEBER
In Washington State, 500 miles into a cross-country bicycle journey, the author feels some wear and tear and a little agony.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

Magical Unrealism

In the Iowa presidential debate, Republicans fled from the truth about the damage caused by their party.
Editorial

When Will You Retire?

Market swings show why risks in retirement savings need to be shared among workers, retirees and government.
Editorial

A Polarizing Polar Bear Investigation

The validity of a government biologist's study of polar bears and global warming has been questioned. But this is really just a sideshow to the reality of climate change.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Contributor

Tearing Down Berlin's Mental Wall

By PETER SCHNEIDER
The fall of the Berlin Wall did not mean the end of the "wall in the mind."
Op-Ed Columnist

Boycott Campaign Donations!

By JOE NOCERA
Howard Schultz of Starbucks has come up with a Grand Idea to get a Grand Bargain out of Washington. He envisions a total strike on political contributions.
Op-Ed Columnist

Genuflecting to the Tea Party

By CHARLES M. BLOW
The Republican presidential debate this week sent one message: No G.O.P. candidate is fit to be president.
ON THIS DAY
On Aug. 13, 1961, Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees.