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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Priorities, Please!

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over 4 years ago

While health care reform is subject to frequent cost criticisms, America's outdated trident nuclear program is far more expensive but receives no public attention, writes the Huffington Post. "The lead story in Saturday's Washington Post, about the nuclear weapons decisions facing President Obama ...

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Gut Feeling

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over 4 years ago

Scientists have found that microbes living in the human gut may have more influence over our health than our own genes, perhaps causing psychological and physical changes like obesity. "Outnumbering our human cells by about 10 to one, the many minuscule microbes that live in and on our bodies are a ...

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"America's Prophet"

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The SEC is charging a psychic with fraud after he received and diverted over $6 million from those who believed he could accurately predict market forces and natural disasters. "The SEC has charged Sean David Morton, a self-described 'natural psychic, trained Remote Viewer, intuitive consultant ...

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Good Intentions

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over 4 years ago

Though stopping short of promising funding, French President Sarkozy said Europe must support an ailing Greece if the credibility of the Euro as a moral currency is to be maintained. "French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the European Union must support Greece or risk destroying the euro as Prime ...

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Mea Culpa?

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over 4 years ago

While Obama's agenda remains forever stalled, his chief of staff may be on the receiving end of some unfortunate political realities, leaving his job in question following the midterm elections. "Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's outspoken chief of staff, has become embroiled in a public row with his ...

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Icy Icelanders

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Icelanders have rejected a referendum asking them to repay the $5.3 billion given to them by the Netherlands and U.K. to save the country from defaulting in the wake of the financial collapse. "Some 93.1 per cent of voters cast ballots opposing the deal, partial results showed after 32 per cent of ...

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Iraq Awaits

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Violence has preceded this weekend's election which will establish a four-year parliamentary-style government in Iraq under monitoring from 120 international officials. "At least three people have been killed in the holy city of Najaf after a car bomb exploded a day before Iraq's parliamentary ...

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Rainforest Pact

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over 4 years ago

After a hollow Copenhagen accord, Secretary Clinton signed a bilateral agreement with Brazil this week to combat deforestation, a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions. "The United States and Brazil signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to slash greenhouse gas emissions from ...

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Showroom Save

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over 4 years ago

General Motors plans to keep nearly 600 of the approximately 2,000 showrooms it originally planned to scrap in an effort to restructure the troubled company. "GM executives said Friday that about 600 dealerships out of the 1,100 seeking to stay with GM will receive letters giving them the option to ...

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Blackwater Review

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over 4 years ago

Defense Secretary Gates will review allegations of misconduct in Afghanistan levied against the company formally known as Blackwater during its training of an Afghan police force. "The review comes a day after a leading Democrat said the Pentagon should consider barring it from applying for a ...

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Horse Trading

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over 4 years ago

The Christian Science Monitor envisions a political compromise where trying the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military tribunal is exchanged for the closing of Gitmo. "Abandoning plans to try alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court could allow the Obama ...

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Bison Boon

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over 4 years ago

A new conservation report finds that the American bison population could be rehabilitated if new government policy allowed the animal to roam free across the prairies. "A report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, prepared by dozens of scientists and bison experts from Mexico ...

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Optimists

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over 4 years ago

The steady 9.7% unemployment rate is being interpreted on Wall Street as a sign that, as consumer demand stabilizes, businesses will begin hiring new employees again. "The unemployment rate in the U.S. held at 9.7 percent in February and employers cut fewer jobs than anticipated, indicating ...

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Four-eyes

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over 4 years ago

As television manufactures prepare to roll out their 3D-ready sets, engineers are slowly but surely taking on the next hurdle: 3D TV without the cumbersome glasses. "Hold onto your remote control: 3-D television is on the way. By the end of the year, most of the major TV manufacturers, including LG ...

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Animals' Best Friend

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A referendum will be held his weekend in Switzerland to decide if government attorneys should be deployed to represent animals in court cases that involve animal rights. "Mr Goetschel is one of a kind in Switzerland. The passionate animal rights advocate fulfils the role of a state-funded public ...