The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

How Divided Is Congress? Two Charts Explain It

A chart from the National Journal.
National Journal

This is from a few days ago, but we missed it until The Atlantic pointed it out today.

We know Congress is divided. But how much so?

Here's a graph The Atlantic dug up from data The National Journal has put together using data they've collected for about 30 years analyzing congressional votes:

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Planet Money
1:11 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

This 14-Year-Old Girl Just Bought A House In Florida

Willow Tufano, landlord.
Chana Joffe-Walt NPR

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 10:46 am

Meet Willow Tufano, age 14: Lady Gaga fan, animal lover, landlord.

In 2005, when Willow was 7, the housing market was booming. Home prices in some Florida neighborhoods nearly doubled from one month to the next. Her family moved into a big house; her mom became a real estate agent.

But as Willow moved from childhood to adolescence, the market turned, and the neighborhood emptied out. "Everyone is getting foreclosed on here," she says.

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WCBE Newscasts
12:32 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Vehicle-related crimes reported in Columbus and Ross County, Phelps trains in Columbus. These and other stories in this Friday noon newscast.

Columbus, Oh –

  • Six vehicles vandalized in Columbus this week :00

  • Series of vehicle thefts and break-ins reported in Ross County :15

  • FBI agent testifies in Hutaree Militia trial :42

  • Cleveland Mayor wants to revamp schools 1:26

  • State to use new system for evaluating schools 2:27

  • Stockport Mayor jailed on rape charges 2:58

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    It's All Politics
    12:00 pm
    Fri March 9, 2012

    The Fight Over Voter ID Laws Goes To The United Nations

    NAACP president Ben Jealous hopes that international pressure might be another weapon against strict new voter ID laws. Here Jealous speaks on Jan. 16 at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C. for Martin Luther King Day.
    Rainier Ehrhardt Reuters /Landov

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced it will appear before the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva next week to seek support for its fight against voter identification laws enacted in U.S. states.

    The civil rights organization says the laws are among several measures adopted by some states that violate the human and civil rights of minority voters by suppressing their participation in elections.

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    The Two-Way
    12:00 pm
    Fri March 9, 2012

    Photo: Northern Lights Over Iceland

    The Northern Lights in the sky Thursday above Faskusfjordur on the east coast of Iceland Thursday.
    Jonina Oskardottir AP

    Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:28 pm

    The solar storm that swept over Earth Thursday didn't seem to cause any major problems, as some had feared.

    But the prediction that it would create some beautiful Northern Lights has proved to be quite true. The Associated Press has moved a quite striking photo taken Thursday on the east coast of Iceland.

    If you see others, and good videos as well, share any links in the comments thread.

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    Education
    12:00 pm
    Fri March 9, 2012

    Questions Grow Over Race Discipline Report

    The Department of Education's top civil rights official, Russlynn Ali, speaks with host Michel Martin about a new report. It finds students of color have less access to high-level classes, their teachers are often paid less than those of white students in same district, and suspension rates for black students are disproportionately high.

    The Two-Way
    11:00 am
    Fri March 9, 2012

    VIDEO: Check Out This 7-Year-Old's Monster Trap

    Audri, up close.
    YouTube.com

    If you have a few minutes, you might enjoy 7-year-old Audri Clemmons' Rube Goldberg machine.

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    National Security
    10:03 am
    Fri March 9, 2012

    Drones Over America: What Can They See?

    A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission at the Naval Air Station last November in Corpus Christi, Texas.
    Eric Gay AP

    Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 8:15 am

    Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies — something we may see in just a few years. In February, President Obama signed an aviation bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration to make plans to integrate drones into American airspace.

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    Shots - Health Blog
    9:59 am
    Fri March 9, 2012

    FDA: Skin-Lightening Creams Pose Mercury Threat

    FDA

    What is it with heavy metals showing up in cosmetics?

    First it was lead in lipstick. Now, the Food and Drug Administration warns that some beauty products made overseas contain mercury.

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    The Salt
    9:45 am
    Fri March 9, 2012

    Insect Experts Issue 'Urgent' Warning On Using GM Seeds

    Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 3:28 pm

    For America's agricultural biotech companies, the corn rootworm is threatening to turn into their worst nightmare.

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