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The Madeleine Brand Show for July 16, 2012




Lotto-Belisol pressures the group of the yellow jersey of Bradley Wiggins riding for Sky Procycling on the climd of the Mur de Peguere during stage fourteen of the 2012 Tour de France from Limoux to Foix on July 15, 2012 in Boussenac, France.
Lotto-Belisol pressures the group of the yellow jersey of Bradley Wiggins riding for Sky Procycling on the climd of the Mur de Peguere during stage fourteen of the 2012 Tour de France from Limoux to Foix on July 15, 2012 in Boussenac, France.
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Cycling's biggest race, the Tour de France, is going on now, but one of the greatest Tour de France winners, Lance Armstrong, may be in danger of loosing his titles. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is rich, that's something everyone already knows. But what almost no one knows is how he could have amassed between $21 million and $102 million in an individual retirement account. Santa Monica has long banned the use of noisy leaf blowers, but that doesn't mean that the practice of using them has stopped. The phrase, "monkey mind," refers to a state of being where thoughts are unsettled, nervous, and uncontrollable. For writer Daniel Smith, the writer of "The Monkey Mind Chronicles," its more like a way of life.