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The Takeaway: Heat Wave Moves East, How to Keep Cool; Gang of Six?

Posted on 07/21/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayAs the dangerous heat wave moves to the Northeast, here’s another explainer on how extreme heat attacks your body and why certain people have to be especially careful. Also: How to help a loved one or neighbor stay cool.

The Takeaway: Not Worried About the Heat? You Should Be; Debt Ceiling Updates

Posted on 07/20/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe summer heat wave that continues to blister the nation has claimed 13 lives in the Midwest, including a 65-year-old Kansas man who died while mowing his lawn. His internal body temperature was 107 degrees, police said. Still not worried about the heat? You should be. Also: How to protect yourself during a heat wave. (If might even be too hot to do what the guy on the left is doing.)

The Takeaway: Heat Wave; Fattest Generation?

Posted on 07/19/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayHeat wave continues. As temperatures continue to soar, 20 states are under heat advisories, according to the National Weather Service. Despite the warnings, many people still don’t recognize the signs of heat-related illness. And the older we get, the less tolerant we become of the heat. Which is dangerous: “Many older Americans don’t heed heat-advisory warnings as carefully as they should, because they don’t consider themselves old.”

The Takeaway: Debt Plan; Brain Injury Linked to Alzheimer’s; Grandparent ‘Lifeline’

Posted on 07/18/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayBaby steps. “A bipartisan effort in the Senate to allow President Obama to raise the federal debt ceiling in exchange for about $1.5 trillion in spending cuts over 10 years gained momentum Sunday … The growing sentiment for raising the federal limit on U.S. borrowing sets the stage for a week of largely scripted actions on Capitol Hill, where leaders in both chambers are looking to build support for the plan being crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) …

The Takeaway: McConnell Plan Tug of War; Caregiver Catch-22

Posted on 07/14/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayDebt talks heat up, President Obama walks out. (He’ll be back today.)  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued yesterday to push his “last-option” plan to solve the debt ceiling crisis – for the sake of the nation and his party. “All of a sudden we have co-ownership of a bad economy. That is very bad positioning going into an election.” But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, left, will have none of it.

The Takeaway: No Social Security Checks on 8/3?; ‘We’re Not Old’

Posted on 07/13/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodaySocial security in danger? President Obama acknowledges that 27 million Social Security checks may not be mailed if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by August 2. … McConnell in the clutch? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday unveiled a new proposal that would  “raise the debt ceiling with just a one-third of votes.”