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Last Year's Legacy: Debt Ceiling 'Avalanche' Looms

A year ago at this time, Congress was battling over whether to raise the debt ceiling. They tied their own hands, saying they would come up with a solution or massive cuts would set in automatically. Then nothing happened. And the chances of anything changing before the election are slim to none.
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In New Mexico, A Brittle Treat That Smolders

In Las Cruces, a candy shop whips up nut brittle made with red and green chili powder almost daily. Luis Flores' parents started in the candy business four decades ago. Today, you'll find his spicy brittle in farmer's markets and gift shops across the Southwest.
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Sunday, Day 3 Of The London 2012 Games: What's On Tap

The first full day of Olympic competition brought moments of tense excitement, in the pool and on the archery course, among other places. But it's also time to look ahead to Sunday, which promises a day for swimming, as well as women's gymnastics, which begins qualifying rounds.
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U.S. Still Religious, But Trust In Institutions Wanes

Though more Americans go to church or believe in God than their counterparts in virtually every other Western country, fewer Americans now trust religious institutions. A recent Gallup poll showed that just 44 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in "the church or organized religion."

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Lochte Cruises To Win Gold, Beating Phelps In The 400 IM

American swimmer Ryan Lochte won the gold medal in the men's 400-meter individual medley Saturday, beating Michael Phelps and the rest of a talented field at the London 2012 Olympics.
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Team USA Wins First Medals Of London 2012 Games; More Results From Saturday

Ryan Lochte won the first U.S. gold at the London Games, in the 400m individual medley. And on the first day of full competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. men's archery team won a silver medal, after a tense final with Italy.
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Athletes' First Olympic Competition: How Did They Look?

Among the parade of athletes during Friday night's ceremony, several outfits screamed for attention. Some shouted national pride, while others just called for a costume change. Tell us who you think should win our fashion contests.
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London's Opening Ceremony Gets Rave Reviews; NBC, Not So Much

The London Olympics are in full swing, after an opening ceremony Friday that was chock-full of historic and cultural imagery drawn from Britain's past. Critics are gushing over Queen Elizabeth's role in the spectacle — along with James Bond. But there is room for debate — especially among viewers here in the U.S.
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Let's Catch Up: American Vollmer Sets Olympic Record; First Medals Are Won

U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer set new Olympic and U.S. records in her 100m butterfly qualifying heat this morning. And this afternoon, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will swim in the final of the 400m individual medley.
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Romney's Olympic Slip-Up: A Lasting Impression?

Mitt Romney is set to depart from London Saturday, after three days of photo ops and closed meetings. But his assessment of London's handling of the games drew a rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron. Host Scott Simon chats with Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman about the visit and the perceptions formed by Romney's hosts.

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