Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post:





Today’s Top World News from The Washington Post:

 

WORLD

- Duchess admitted to hospital in labor--The Duchess of Cambridge went into labor and was admitted to a west London hospital early Monday, igniting a swell of anticipation over the arrival of a royal baby descended from kings and coal miners and who will take a firm place as third in line to the British throne. In a brief statement, officials at Kensington Palace said the royal formerly known wide and far as Kate Middleton was driven in a car to the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital near Paddington Station, where the world press has been camped out for weeks in the hopes of getting a first glimpse of the littlest heir. Her husband, Prince William, rode with her to the hospital and remained by her side, a palace spokeswoman said. By Anthony Faiola

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/duchess-admitted-to-hospital-in-labor/2013/07/22/675f4458-f29d-11e2-8464-57e57af86290_story.html

      

- Japan ruling bloc cruises to victory in parliamentary election-- Japanese voters dealt a runaway election victory Sunday to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in a strong sign of approval for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ambitious plan to revive the world’s third-largest economy. Sunday’s vote, for seats in the upper house of parliament, gives Abe’s ruling bloc control of both chambers — and it provides Abe with a mandate unmatched by any Japanese leader in nearly a decade. How Abe uses that political power will help determine the long-term health of Japan’s economy and its relations with Asian neighbors. By Chico Harlan

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/japan-ruling-bloc-cruises-to-victory-in-parliamentary-election/2013/07/21/ce497bb8-f20a-11e2-8464-57e57af86290_story.html

 

- New pope goes on tour, riding a wave of excitement--On the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, the Rev. Stefano Nastasi threw the ecclesiastic equivalent of a Hail Mary pass. Legions of largely Muslim refugees looking for a better life in Europe were reaching the island from North Africa only to perish, or to be turned back or sent to languish in camps. Troubled by their plight, the priest dispatched a letter to the Vatican: Would Pope Francis come and highlight the humanitarian crisis in his new back yard? By Anthony Faiola

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/new-pope-goes-on-tour-riding-a-wave-of-excitement/2013/07/21/3a126044-efa9-11e2-8c36-0e868255a989_story.html

 

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POLITICS  

- NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists--Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a larger workforce and more powerful computers. Already bigger than the Pentagon in square footage, the NSA’s footprint will grow by an additional 50 percent when construction is complete in a decade. And that’s just at its headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.  The nation’s technical spying agency has enlarged all its major domestic sites — in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Texas and Utah — as well as those in Australia and Britain. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, its civilian and military workforce has grown by one-third, to about 33,000, according to the NSA. Its budget has roughly doubled, and the number of private companies it depends on has more than tripled, from 150 to close to 500, according to a 2010 Washington Post count. By Dana Priest

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-growth-fueled-by-need-to-target-terrorists/2013/07/21/24c93cf4-f0b1-11e2-bed3-b9b6fe264871_story.html

 

-The Fix: John Boehner: Judge Republicans by the laws they don’t make--House Speaker John Boehner vehemently defended the strategic approach Republicans have adopted since winning the majority during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, insisting that making more laws is the opposite of the party’s governing philosophy. “We should not be judged by how many new laws we create,” Boehner told CBS’ Bob Schieffer in an interview that aired Sunday. “We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce.” Here’s Boehner philosophy in a sentence: The government that governs most, governs worst. Or in the immortal words of Kunu (aka Paul Rudd) in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”: “The less you do, the more you do.” By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/07/22/john-boehner-judge-republicans-by-the-laws-they-dont-make/

 

-The Fact Checker: The White House claim that Obamacare is not reducing full-time employment--Some readers questioned this assertion, having read articles such as one that appeared in The Wall Street Journal last week, titled “Restaurant Shift: Sorry, Just Part-time.” In fact, Carney’s statement was in direct response to a question about the article. Forgive us for being press critics, but the story actually did not live up to the headline. It was largely anecdotal in nature, with numerous caveats and at times speculation. We encountered the same issue when we examined the case of the City of Long Beach amid reports that it was shifting 1,600 workers to part-time because of the health care law. The initial reports were overstated.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-white-house-claim-that-obamacare-is-not-reducing-full-time-employment/2013/07/21/e67a4254-f240-11e2-8505-bf6f231e77b4_blog.html

 

ECONOMY

-After Detroit bankruptcy filing, city retirees on edge as they face pension cuts--DETROIT — The battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next. Soon after Detroit emergency manager Kevyn D. Orr and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) approved a bankruptcy filing Thursday, groups representing the 20,000 retirees reliant on city pensions successfully petitioned a county court to effectively freeze the bankruptcy process. By Zachary A. Goldfarb

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/after-detroit-bankruptcy-filing-city-retirees-go-to-court-to-protect-their-pensions/2013/07/21/66e89934-f22a-11e2-ae43-b31dc363c3bf_story.html

 

- How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors’ pay--When Harinath Sheela was busiest at his gastroenterology clinic, it seemed he could bend the limits of time. Twelve colonoscopies and four other procedures was a typical day for him, according to Florida records for 2012. If the American Medical Association’s assumptions about procedure times are correct, that much work would take about 26 hours. Sheela’s typical day was nine or 10.  “I have experience,” the Yale-trained, Orlando-based doctor said. “I’m not that slow; I’m not fast. I’m thorough.” This seemingly miraculous proficiency, which yields good pay for doctors who perform colonoscopies, reveals one of the fundamental flaws in the pricing of U.S. health care, a Washington Post investigation has found. By Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/how-a-secretive-panel-uses-data-that-distorts-doctors-pay/2013/07/20/ee134e3a-eda8-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html

 

-Capital Business: 3-D printing: The coming revolution in how we make things--Italo Travez holds up two versions of the same medical device, one in each hand. Both fit inside a machine that helps would-be surgeons simulate the feeling of puncturing human flesh, navigating narrow arteries and bumping against bone. The first device, made largely of metal, is configured from individual nuts, bolts, wires, clips, levers, screws and plates. The second, made of rugged plastic, was printed (yes, printed) as a single object, with a few screws and wires tacked on afterward. The machine that fashioned the device is called a 3-D printer, and there are plenty of early adopters in the Washington area. By Steven Overly

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/3d-printing/2013/07/19/368ec8fe-ee5f-11e2-a1f9-ea873b7e0424_story.html

 

NATIONAL

- Poll: Parents don’t support many education policy changes--Most parents with children in public schools do not support recent changes in education policy, from closing low-performing schools to shifting public dollars to charter schools to private school vouchers, according to a new poll to be released Monday by the American Federation of Teachers. The poll, conducted by Democratic polling firm Hart Research Associates, surveyed 1,000 parents this month and found that most would rather see their neighborhood schools strengthened and given more resources than have options to enroll their children elsewhere. AFT President Randi Weingarten is expected to highlight the poll’s findings during a speech Monday at the union’s annual meeting in Washington. The AFT is the nation’s second-largest teachers union and represents school employees in most of the major urban school districts. By Lyndsey Layton

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/poll-parents-dont-support-many-education-policy-changes/2013/07/21/f90e3722-f0b0-11e2-9008-61e94a7ea20d_story.html

 

- Strain on military families affects young children, report says--At a time when the U.S. military has the highest number of parents among its active-duty service members and is engaged in the longest sustained military conflict in history, in Iraq and Afghanistan, new research is showing that the strain on military families is being felt acutely by even its youngest members, children under the age of 6. Young children can exhibit the same anxiety, depression, stress and aggression that some older children and adults experience after living with multiple deployments, long separations, and often tense and awkward reunions with parents returning from war, particularly when the parent has been physically or mentally traumatized. By Brigid Schulte

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/strain-on-military-families-affects-young-children-report-says/2013/07/21/4f2c9594-f24c-11e2-bdae-0d1f78989e8a_story.html

 

- Do no harm: NFL tries to improve player safety without admitting to any liability for past--Kyle Long is going into the family business. “Some people are third-generation carpenters, and that’s what they do,” his father says. “Well, we hit people.” So it’s a good thing Kyle is shaped like a bullet, a streamlined 6 feet 6, 313 pounds, broad at the base, narrowing to a cleanly shaved head. His skull is so shiny and hard that it reassures his parents, Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long and his wife, Diane. “It’s like a double helmet,” his mother says. … It’s an industry struggling with a central question: How to protect the rookies who are the future without admitting to any liability for the past? A total of 4,300 former players — fully one-quarter of the NFL’s alumni — are suing the league, claiming it concealed the links between repetitive head trauma and chronic neurological diseases while profiting on violence. The concussion litigation has put billions of dollars potentially at stake. By Sally Jenkins and Rick Maese

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/nfl-tries-to-improve-player-safety-without-admitting-to-any-liability-for-past/2013/07/21/08fb66b8-e8d8-11e2-818e-aa29e855f3ab_story.html  


 














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