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12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Obama Rules Out Troops In Iraq But Says U.S. Is Weighing Other Options

President Obama ruled out sending ground troops to Iraq, saying any U.S. action must be accompanied by Iraqi political action.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 2:28 pm

Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET

President Obama has ruled out the use of ground troops in Iraq, saying any action will be "targeted and precise" but must be accompanied by political action by Iraqis to end sectarian divisions.

"We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq's security forces," Obama said from the south lawn of the White House.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Can A Female Politician Be Insulted Without It Being Sexist?

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Sepp Blatter talk prior to Thursday's World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia at Arena de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Friedemann Vogel FIFA via Getty Images

The talk on the streets of Brazil is the host country's resounding victory over Croatia on the World Cup pitch. But online, debate is raging over whether or not chants directed against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff at the stadium where she was attending yesterday's match were sexist.

After the opening ceremony, fans briefly started jeering "Hey, Dilma, go f*** yourself in the a**! Hey, FIFA, go f*** yourself in the a**!"

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Crazy Bad Luck: It's Friday The 13th With A Full Moon

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Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:59 pm

  • Korva teaches us how to say paraskevidekatriaphobia

Today is a bad day for those with paraskevidekatriaphobia. It's also a bad day for those with selenophobia. For those with both, don't look at the calendar or the sky.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia, for those of you who haven't had a chance to Google the term (like your blogger did), is the fear of Friday the 13th. Selenophobia is the fear of the moon. Today is not only Friday the 13th, but there was also a full moon in the Eastern time zone early this morning (12:11 a.m., to be precise).

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Dancing On A Lark: Gov. Christie Struts His Stuff On 'Tonight Show'

They're rockin' to Springsteen.
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Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 7:10 pm

Some stories tell themselves — like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appearing on The Tonight Show and doing the Evolution of Dad Dancing with Jimmy Fallon.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Book News: A Q&A With IMPAC Award Winner Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Juan Gabriel Vásquez is a Colombian author whose works include The Sound of Things Falling and The Informers.
Hermance Triay Courtesy Riverhead

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Bergdahl Back In The U.S. To Continue Recovery

Bowe Bergdahl, seen on a Taliban-affiliated website sometime after his capture by Taliban militants in 2009.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 5:52 pm

This post was updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in the U.S.

As we told you early this morning, Bergdahl, who was freed May 31 by his Taliban captors in exchange for five of the group's members in Guantanamo Bay, arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio after a flight from Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He will continue his treatment at the center.

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Shiite Leaders Urge Iraqis To Rise Up Against Sunni Extremists

A banner bearing a black flag used by the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hangs from an overpass in Mosul, Iraq. The picture was posted Thursday on a militant Twitter account, and was authenticated by The Associated Press. Iraqi officials say ISIS militants also captured two towns in the ethnically mixed Diyalah province.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:39 am

Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET

Al-Qaida-linked Sunni militants continued their march across the country, and a representative of the country's most revered Shiite cleric urged Iraqis to defend their nation, increasing the possibility of sectarian strife in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters filled the vacuum created by fleeing Iraqi forces, and pressure built on President Obama to take action in Iraq.

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The Two-Way
9:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Texas Rep. Sessions Withdraws From Bid For Majority Leader Post

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, in a hearing of the House Rules Committee last month. Sessions withdrew his name from consideration to replace outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:52 pm

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, who had been see as a possible replacement for outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, issued a statement late Thursday saying he was pulling his name from consideration.

"After thoughtful consideration and discussion with my colleagues, I have made the decision to not continue my run for House Majority Leader," Sessions said in a statement quoted by Politico.

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The Two-Way
8:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Supreme Court: Inherited IRAs Not Protected From Bankruptcy

The Supreme Court has ruled that individual retirement accounts (IRAs) that Americans inherit are not protected in bankruptcy proceedings.

When Heidi Heffron-Clark declared bankruptcy in October 2010, she and her husband claimed the IRA she inherited from her mother — then worth $300,000 — qualified as "retirement funds," meaning the couple could not be required to use it to pay debts they owed creditors.

But an inherited IRA differs in big ways from the type of IRA someone builds over the course of a working lifetime.

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