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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Verizon Introduces 'Groundbreaking' Pricing Scheme, But Is It Really Different?

Verizon's new plan is the biggest revamp in wireless pricing in years, and one that's likely to be copied by other carriers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 1:54 pm

Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday what it is calling a "groundbreaking" pricing scheme that will "forever change the way customers purchase wireless services."

Essentially what the new plans — dubbed "Share Everything" by the company — are aiming for is to allow customers to use one bucket of data access to power up to 10 of their devices. The pricing starts at $90 a month, which allows for one smartphone with unlimited voice and text and access to 1 gigabyte of data.

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Employers Could Fill Jobs If They Trained More, Complained Less, Prof Says

At any gathering of business owners, you're likely to hear about how hard it is to fill jobs because of a "skills gap."

Lots of employers say they want to hire welders, software engineers, nurses, oil-field workers and so many others, but can't find applicants with the right talents and education.

But Peter Cappelli, a professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and director of its Center for Human Resources, says these complaints are largely bunk.

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The Salt
12:02 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Harissa: The Story Behind North Africa's Favorite Hot Sauce

Just a spoonful of the spicy chili paste known as harissa goes a long way
Benjamin Morris NPR

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:01 pm

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

Inskeep and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya, and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.

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Opinion
11:57 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Weekly Standard: Beware The Union Label

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks to workers at Quad Graphics during a campaign stop on June 1, 2012 in Sussex, Wisconsin. Last Tuesday, Walker survived a recall attempt largely supported by public sector union members angry over his decision to curtail collective bargaining rights.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Jay Cost is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.

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NPR Story
11:34 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Dads Dish On What It Takes To Survive Fatherhood

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Sunday is Father's Day and we bet that a lot of kids are still trying to find that perfect Father's Day gift for their dads. We know the moms are helping. Well, here at TELL ME MORE, we are also looking for the perfect gift for the fathers out there and, this year, we think we found it. A collection of essays from dads to dads.

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The Two-Way
11:28 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Blood, Smoke, Fear: U.N. Video From Syria

"We are not animals!" this man told U.N. monitors in Syria.
United Nations

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 1:36 pm

Stay with this video from the U.N. Supervision Mission in Syria. After scenes of smoke rising above Homs and scared-looking families trying to cross highways, it takes viewers inside Talbiseh and al-Rastan — where the monitors were shown blood-stained ruins and where a man angrily declares:

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Opinion
11:14 am
Tue June 12, 2012

New Republic: In Praise Of Public Employee Unions

A banner showing the state of Wisconsin in the shape of a fist for union solidarity is seen July 28, 2011 during a protest on Capitol Hill. Last week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived a recall attempt pushed by the state's public sector union members, who are upset over the Governor's decision to eliminate collective bargaining rights.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 12:01 pm

Timothy Noah is a senior editor at The New Republic.

In the wake of the failed Wisconsin recall vote we're hearing an awful lot about those spoiled government employees with their flush pay packages and their godawful unions. The worst, of course, are the teachers' unions. They are responsible for everything that's gone wrong in America today. Government leaders urge that they restrain their demands, but in vain.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Russian Protest Draws Tens Of Thousands, Opposition Leaders Questioned

Protesters gather for a demonstration in central Moscow against President Vladimir Putin.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Under rain clouds, thousands of people turned out in Moscow to protest newly (re) elected President Vladmir Putin and his new efforts to quash dissent.

Before the huge rally even got off the ground, Russian authorities searched the apartments of opposition leaders and demanded they show up for questioning today, one hour before the demonstration was supposed to start, notes VOA.

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Opinion
11:08 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Foreign Policy: 5 Ideas To Save Obama's Presidency

President Barack Obama waves as he speaks on the economy at Florida Atlantic University on April 10, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The President hopes to recapture the enthusiasm of his 2008 campaign.
Marc Serota Getty Images

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor at large of Foreign Policy.

The disappointment of President Barack Obama's supporters is palpable. He has gone from being a vessel for their greatest hopes into being a confirmation of their deepest fears about the American political system.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:07 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Conducting Business: Crowdfunding Classical Music

Better than busking or writing endless grant applications? Raising funds via sites like Kickstarter.
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:47 pm

Dress shirts inspired by NASA technology, gourmet pepper mixes and ... a new recording and study guide for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time? That's just a tiny sample of Kickstarter's current array of "creative projects" seeking funding. Forget writing endless grant applications and long dinners with angel investors, the thinking goes — just tap into your social networks to raise money instead.

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