The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue June 25, 2013

5-Year High In Consumer Confidence Bodes Well For Economy

If consumers are feeling better, they may be more apt to spend — which could mean better job growth down the road.
Jessica Rinaldi Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:30 pm

The economy "is unlikely to slow in the short-term, and may even moderately pick up," economist Lynn Franco predicted Tuesday as the Conference Board released its latest survey on consumer confidence.

The business research group, where Franco is director of economic indicators, said its index rose to a five-year high of 81.4 in June — up from May's 74.3. The index is based on surveys of Americans.

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All Tech Considered
9:58 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data

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A long line for a men's room at a 2009 tech conference in Omaha, Neb. Photos of this situation have now inspired a Twitter feed.
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Editor's Note: As part of our reboot of All Tech Considered, we'll invite contributors to blog about big-picture questions facing tech and society.

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Arts & Life
9:23 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Task Force Discusses Future Of Arts Funding

A photo from the Cultural Life Task Force's June 10 meeting.
Credit Carolina PR

  Many of Charlotte’s largest arts organizations are in financial trouble. Funding from the Arts and Science Council is down and groups must figure out where money will come from in the future. 

Recently, a task force formed to help out. The Cultural Life Task Force met Monday at the Arts and Science Council offices, and discussed, among other things, whether the Arts and Science Council is necessary.  

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Tue June 25, 2013

LIVE BLOG: Supreme Court's Latest Rulings

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:59 am

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET. Today's Major Ruling; Key Part Of 1965 Voting Rights Act Is Ruled Unconstitutional:

"By a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by Justice Department," Eyder writes.

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Shots - Health News
9:17 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Why Morning-After Pill Won't Stop All Unintended Pregnancies

Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended.
Rudyanto Wijaya iStockphoto.com

Women of all ages will soon be able to buy emergency contraceptives over the counter without a prescription, now that the Obama administration has decided to stop fighting a judge's order to make the drugs more easily available.

But better access to emergency contraception doesn't necessarily reduce rates of unintended pregnancy, research has found. Why that's so remains unclear, although researchers have some ideas.

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The Two-Way
9:06 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Qatar's Emir Transfers Power To His Son

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, left, and his son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, right, await France's President Francois Hollande prior to a welcoming ceremony earlier this month.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:26 am

Qatar's monarch, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, handed over the reins of power this morning to his 33-year-old son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Bloomberg reports:

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

VIDEO For Nelson Mandela: Johnny Clegg's 'Asimbonanga'

A message for "Dear Tata" (Nelson Mandela) outside the hospital in Pretoria where he is being treated.
Alexander Joe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 10:09 am

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Monkey See
8:52 am
Tue June 25, 2013

The Seven Ways To Write About Television

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Perhaps it's the combination of Sunday night's Mad Men finale and the flurry of Sopranos discussion that followed the death of James Gandolfini, but it's hard not to be struck by the explosion of writing about television that's occurred in the last 15 years or so, facilitated (of course) by the ability to go from rolling credits to publication in an hour (if necessary). After any major episode, there will be a flurry of commentary, and even after minor episodes of minor shows, there are write-ups here and there.

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The Two-Way
8:28 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Obama To Lay Out Broad Plan To Address Climate Change

The Capitol dome is seen behind the Capitol Power Plant, which provides power to buildings in the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 2:45 pm

Update at 2:38 p.m. ET. Obama Lays Out Plan:

In an address at Georgetown University in Washington, President Obama laid out a sweeping new plan to address climate change.

As expected, Obama said his plan seeks to cap the carbon emissions of power plants.

Obama also said the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas, would only be approved by the State Department if it aligned with the "nation's interest."

That is if "this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," Obama said.

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