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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Republican Revolution

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over 4 years ago

The GOP are planning to challenge Democratic and Republican incumbents in this year's midterm elections even seeking to oust established members like John McCain. "Before the activists at this week’s Conservative Action Political Conference battle Democratic candidates in the fall election, they’re ...

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Sex Scandal

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An investigation has found that a construction company in Rome exchanged sexual favors for government contracts to help rebuild the earthquake-ravaged city of L'Aquila. "After shrugging off a series of sex scandals that cost him his marriage, the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has found ...

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A 'Real' Charmer

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The Independent interviews quirky American film director Wes Anderson and finds his quirk and charm to be put on as by an actor in one of his films. "Wes Anderson wants us to think he's weird. He would probably be very happy to find himself staring out of the page under a dictionary definition of ...

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Battery Life

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Connecting electric cars to a wider energy grid in places like San Diego could even out electricity production levels and earn consumers money by sharing power with the grid. "The white Toyota Scion xB parked in a corner of the vast convention center here doesn't look too unusual, until you notice ...

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Peace in Darfur

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Darfur's largest opposition group, the JEM, has signed a temporary peace agreement with the government of Sudan in hopes of creating a framework for peace and a new Sudan. "Representatives of the group and the government signed the 'framework agreement' setting out the terms for future peace talks ...

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Greener Sex

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From vegan condoms to solar powered vibrators, the Chicago Tribune goes out on a leafy limb to explain how to make your sex life more environmentally friendly. "Who says going green has to be a chore? Boost your green routine and libido with these simple and seductive steps for greener sex. Saving ...

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Dissolving Dutchmen

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The Dutch cabinet has dissolved after Labor Party members left the government coalition over proposals to extend the Afghanistan mission for its 2,000 troops fighting there. "The Dutch government collapsed early Saturday over disagreement on its involvement in Afghanistan, the prime minister's ...

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Tiger Rules the World

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Bloomberg News reports that stock trading on the New York exchange fell to its lowest level during Tiger Wood's press conference concerning his extramarital affairs. "For a few minutes, Tiger Woods was bigger than Ben S. Bernanke. The Chart of the Day shows that a day after the Federal Reserve ...

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French Justice

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Twelve French wine sellers have been convicted of passing off wine produced near Toulouse as a higher quality Pinot Noir before selling it on to an American wine distributor. "Worse than a faux pas, that embarrassing slip of the tongue, this was a case of faux Pinot Noir, involving French wine ...

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Spy Game

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After giving its students laptops to take home, a Pennsylvania high school is accused of remotely activating the computers' webcams to monitor students' behavior. "Blake Robbins and his parents filed a class-action suit against the Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Pa., alleging ...

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Hero's Welcome

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Former head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, Mohamed ElBaradei is considered a potential rival to the incumbent Egyptian president and was given a strong welcome upon returning home. "ElBaradei, who arrived in Cairo on Friday, is seen as a potential presidential candidate and has repeatedly ...

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Public Option?

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Ahead of next week's healthcare reform summit, the White House and Senate Democrats are reviewing the posibility of passing legislation with a simple majority in the Senate. "Ahead of next week's White House health reform summit, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has signed on to a plan to try to ...

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Nuclear Renaissance

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Reemergence of nuclear power in America's energy future has renewed interest in fast-neutron reactors which can use nuclear waste in the process of energy production. "On February 16, President Barack Obama announced loan guarantees totaling more than $8 billion for two new light-water reactors in ...

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Sex On The Brain

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The natural sex hormone progesterone first used in contraceptive pills and naturally extracted from yams seems likely to reduce swelling and repair neurons in patients with severe head trauma. "Scientists will begin a phase III clinical trial in March and say the drug could save patients' lives and ...

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Hacking 101

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U.S. authorities have traced the I.P. addresses used to hack Google gmail accounts to a vocational school in China but who is responsible for the cyber attacks is a question that lingers. "A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at ...