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Top of the Hour: Violence in Baghdad, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A burst of violence tore through Iraq today with bombings and shootings across the country, especially in Baghdad. At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. The four hours of attacks appear to have been coordinated and focused on security forces.

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Top of the Hour: GOP Debate, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The 20th GOP debate of the primary contest took place in Mesa, Arizona last night. The debate centered around current front-runner Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney, who’s battling an unexpectedly close race for his home state of Michigan next week, was on the offensive, and so were Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. 

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Top of the Hour: Greek Bailout, Morning Headlines

Monday, February 20, 2012

Euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels appear ready to approve a second bailout package for Greece. Nearly $172 billion will be funneled to the country in exchange for more austerity measures, like a 22 percent cut in the minimum wage. Greek leaders approved the deal last week in a last-ditch effort to avoid bankruptcy.

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Top of the Hour: Senators Call for Syrian Intervention, Morning Headlines

Monday, February 20, 2012

Throwing a challenge to President Obama, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have laid out a series of diplomatic, humanitarian, and military aid proposals in support of an effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad. One of their options calls for arming the Syrian rebel forces. Some say this is unlikely for an administration that wants to avoid another war during an election season. 

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Top of the Hour: Human Rights Concerns in Libya, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Amnesty International is warning that armed militias are threatening both the security and stability of Libya. A new report from the human rights group says at least a dozen detainees have died under torture. Mahmoud Shammam is a former Information Minister for the National Transitional Government, or NTC. He told our partner the BBC that he doesn't believe there is widespread abuse of human rights across Libya.

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Top of the Hour: Payroll Tax Deal, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The House and Senate could vote tomorrow on the $ 150 billion payroll tax cut extension after Congressional negotiators put the final touches on the deal late last night. Or, to be strictly accurate, a deal reached early this morning: Todd Zwillich Takeaway's Washington correspondent, tells us about the deal.

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Top of the Hour: Israel Accuses Iran of Bombings, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Israel says the bombs set off in Thailand were similar to those used earlier this week against Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Iran has been implicated in the blasts, something Tehran denies. Israel's deputy prime minister says the attacks are all part of Iran's plan to become a super power.

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Top of the Hour: GOP's Payroll Reversal, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Republicans in the House of Representatives say they're now willing to extend the payroll tax cut without requiring simultaneous spending cuts. It's a major reversal from just two months ago when GOP leaders were locked in a Christmas-time standoff with the White House. A vote on the measure could come as early as this week. The current tax break is set to expire at the end of the month.

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Top of the Hour: Greece Austerity Measures, Morning Headlines

Monday, February 13, 2012

Greece has cleared a package of deep austerity measures after foreign lenders demanded cuts, in exchange for keeping the debt-riddled country afloat. Parts of the package include a 22 percent cut in the benchmark minimum wage and 150,000 government layoffs. One member of parliament says it's a first step in the right direction.

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Top of the Hour: Violence in Syria, Morning Headlines

Friday, February 10, 2012

At least two dozen people are dead, 175 wounded in the Syrian city of Aleppo as explosions struck outside security forces' compounds. Earlier we spoke to the BBC's Jim Muir about today's attacks.

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Top of the Hour: Greece Debt Deal, Morning Headlines

Friday, February 10, 2012

Greece has more homework to do to avoid default and global economic tremors. Eurozone finance ministers considered the latest austerity package and asked for more. First, Athens must find another $ 430 million in savings by Wednesday when the finance ministers meet again. Then Greece’s parliament must approve the terms of the full package of cuts and reforms.

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Top of the Hour: US Mortgage Debt Deal, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 09, 2012

It's taken more than a year, but state and federal officials have reached a settlement with five of the biggest U.S. banks over foreclosure abuses and relief. Our partner, The New York Times, pegs the deal at $ 26 billion dollars — money that could help nearly 2 billion homeowners.

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Top of the Hour: UN Speaks on Syria, Morning Headlines

Thursday, February 09, 2012

United Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon says the Arab League mission to Syria may be revived after the Security Council failed to act. Russia with China blocked the U.N. resolution last week and Syrian forces are continuing to pound opposition strongholds, including the city of Homs.

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Top of the Hour: Prop 8 Ruling, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Opponents of same-sex marriage are planning to appeal a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A three judge panel says California's ban on same-sex marriage is in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Top of the Hour: Santorum Surges, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A big night for Rick Santorum as he takes a clean sweep of the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses as well as the Missouri primary. The former Pennsylvania senator took all three contests with at least 40 percent of the vote, even beating Mitt Romney in Missouri by 30 points. After many pundits declared his candidacy dead on arrival, Santorum told supporters, his campaign is back.

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Top of the Hour: Minnesota Prepares to Caucus, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Another round of voting today in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Joining us now is Marty Owings, a political reporter for Minnesota Capital News and KFAI, our affiliate in Minneapolis. Marty tells us what he thinks the outcome might be.

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Top of the Hour: Caucus Day, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Voters head to the polls today in three states to choose a Republican presidential nominee. Colorado and Minnesota hold caucuses, while Missouri has a primary election. All three contests are non-binding, but candidates are hoping to garner some momentum.

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Top of the Hour: Obama Speaks on Iran, Morning Headlines

Monday, February 06, 2012

President Obama makes some revealing comments over tensions between Israel and Iran. In a pre-Super Bowl interview with NBC, the president said Israel has not made a decision to strike Iran even as worries grow Tehran is building a nuclear weapon. However, the president wouldn't say if the U.S. would be privy to knowledge of any Israeli-led action before it happens.

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Top of the Hour: Violent Weekend in Syria, Morning Headlines

Monday, February 06, 2012

Activists says government troops in Syria are laying siege to the city of Homs. A British human rights organization says at least a dozen people have been killed in the latest round violence.

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Top of the Hour: Clashes in Egypt, Morning Headlines

Friday, February 03, 2012

Clashes in Egypt between security forces and people protesting over the deaths of 74 soccer fans are continuing outside the interior ministry in Cairo. Two people were killed in the city of Suez in confrontations overnight. Sami Noman, a politician linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, tells our partner the BBC that it's unclear whether police at the match had acted improperly or were simply incompetent.

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