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2:54pm

Tue September 17, 2013
It's All Politics

Navy Yard Tragedy Elicits Muted Political Response

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:17 pm

American flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half-staff Tuesday, a day after the deadly shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A gunman shoots up a military facility, kills a dozen people and puts a fair chunk of the nation's capital on lockdown.

The political response to Monday's massacre at the Navy Yard in Washington?

Measured, bordering on muted.

From the words of the president to those on both sides of the gun control debate, caution has been the rule, with even the sharpest partisans tending to hold their tongues in the hours still suffused with tragedy.

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2:46pm

Tue September 17, 2013
It's All Politics

In Emergencies, Politicians Are Expected To Master Disaster

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:19 pm

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (center) speaks to members of the media Saturday, alongside Sens. Mark Udall (left) and Michael Bennet, after touring flood-damaged areas by army helicopter.
Brennan Linsley AP

On Saturday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was surveying scenes of destruction caused by massive flooding in the Boulder area. He found a dramatic way to help.

His helicopter stopped to pick up two groups of people who had been stranded by the storms.

The Democrat was quick to applaud GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, who was riding with him, for spotting the residents, as well as his pilot for having the skill to make pinpoint landings.

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2:24pm

Tue September 17, 2013
The Two-Way

New Private Spacecraft Set For Mission To Resupply Space Station

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:18 pm

An artist's rendering of the Cygnus spacecraft approaching the International Space Station.
Orbital Sciences

The SpaceX Dragon may have gotten there first, but Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft is set to become the second private robotic ship to dock with the International Space Station after a Wednesday launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The launch is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. EDT on Wednesday from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops.

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2:14pm

Tue September 17, 2013
The Salt

Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 4:29 pm

Most of us prefer drinking fermented beverages,€” not producing them in our gut.
Morgan Walker NPR

This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase "beer gut."

A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man's blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 percent, or almost five times the legal limit for driving in Texas.

There was just one hitch: The man said that he hadn't touched a drop of alcohol that day.

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2:14pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Music

Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:34 pm

Long Way Home is British singer Tom Odell's debut.
Andrew Whitton Courtesy of the artist

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