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5:54pm

Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Assad: Syria Is Committed To 'Full Requirements' Of Agreement

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:56 pm

4:21pm

Wed September 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Poll: Half Of Americans See Russia As 'Unfriendly' Or Worse

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:08 pm

President Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland on June 17. A new Gallup poll says Americans are increasingly viewing both Putin and Russia less favorably.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

During the 2012 presidential race, Republican Mitt Romney was mocked by President Obama during a debate for calling Russia — and not al-Qaida — the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States.

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4:16pm

Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

New Zealand Sails Within One Race Of The America's Cup

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:59 pm

Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA in action during Race 11 of the America's Cup finals on Wednesday in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Emirates Team New Zealand is within a single race of snatching the America's Cup from defenders Oracle Team USA, as the two giant catamarans square off in the waters off San Francisco for a 12th time.

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4:12pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Economy

The Fed's Surprising Decision: Should You Cheer Or Boo?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke arrives to speak at a news conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Fed cut its economic growth forecasts and said it would keep buying bonds in a bid to keep interest rates down.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

If you are trying to buy a home, you just got good news: The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it is not going to try to drive up long-term interest rates just yet.

Stock investors are happy for you. They like cheap mortgages too because a robust housing market creates jobs. To celebrate, they bought more shares, sending the Dow Jones industrial average up 147.21 to an all-time high of 15,676.94.

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3:57pm

Wed September 18, 2013
The Two-Way

On Budget Issues, Pentagon's Rhetoric Is Challenged

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:06 pm

The budget battles in Washington have inspired the need for some verbal gymnastics that have challenged even the most adept doublespeakers at the Pentagon. As one member of the House pointed out today, some Pentagonians have insisted that Congress cannot cut a single additional dollar from defense, without endangering the national defense strategy.

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