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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Liberal Fury

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The New Republic is one of many liberal publications criticizing Rahm Emanuel’s plan to put Obama’s economic agenda before passing healthcare reform. “Is health care reform dead? Megan McArdle says so, offering two arguments -- one persuasive, the other not. Her unpersuasive argument is that ...

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Thanks, Stratosphere

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Falling levels of water vapor in the stratosphere may be slowing the effects of global warming as part of a natural earth cycle. “A decade-long plateau in global warming appears to have occurred in large part because the stratosphere – the layer of atmosphere that few but airliners enter – got drier ...

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Fake Forests

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The first genetically modified forest has been planted by timber companies in the southeast replacing native pine with eucalyptus. “Genetic engineering is coming to the forests. While the practice of splicing foreign DNA into food crops has become common in corn and soy, few companies or researchers ...

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Space Junk

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The historical commission of California voted to protect space-trash that Apollo 11 left behind on the moon as a State treasure since it was produced by Californian companies. “In one small step for preservation and one giant leap of logic, the official historical commission of California voted ...

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Massive Car Recall

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After recalling 2.3 million cars in the U.S., Toyota is extending its recalls to Europe where another 1.8 million cars will be recalled. “The carmaker says it will recall eight models including the Yaris, the Corolla and the RAV4 sports utility vehicle. On Thursday, Toyota announced it was recalling ...

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Gruesome Irony

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An anti-abortionist activist was convicted in Kansas of murdering a doctor in the first degree who performed abortions. “A Kansas jury deliberated just 37 minutes before convicting an anti-abortion activist of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an abortion provider. The jury found Scott ...

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Blair: No Regrets

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Facing a government inquiry over the Iraq War, former English P.M. Tony Blair said that the British should feel a sense of pride about the war. “His voice was hoarse from six hours of questioning. But still he was unrepentant. To gasps of anger from grieving relatives Tony Blair used the final ...

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Unlucky Numbers

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The remains of a man who won $31 million in the Florida state lottery have been found burried in concrete after he disappeared last April. “The remains found in a rural cement grave were identified today to be those of missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, authorities confirmed to ABCNews.com ...

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Congress Town Hall

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Members of the GOP regret allowing cameras into Obama’s Q&A with House Republicans after such a positive response to the President’s remarks. “President Obama traveled to a House Republican retreat in Baltimore on Friday and delivered a performance that was at once defiant, substantive and engaging ...

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J.D. Salinger

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Following the death of iconic American author J.D. Salinger yesterday, publisher Roger Lathbury recalls a book deal with the eccentric writer which went sour: “In 1988, Roger Lathbury, an English professor at George Mason University and owner of a small literary publishing outfit based in his house ...

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Blair Inquiry

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“Former Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged Friday that Saddam Hussein didn't become a bigger threat after Sept. 11, but said his perception of the risk posed by terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction was dramatically changed by the attacks. Blair told Britain's Iraq Inquiry that his ...

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Hunting, Shooting

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“Not long after the smoke from the Consumer Electronics Show cleared, thousands of gun lovers converged upon the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. It was loaded with techie stuff, too. This year, the highest-tech gun belonged to Armatix. The ...

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An Infection?

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Schizophrenia has a significant environmental link and can be triggered in the womb by an infection, with the symptoms lying dormant for years, according to new research. “The onset of schizophrenia is not easy to predict. Although it is associated with as many as 14 genes in the human genome, the ...

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Abbas And Abu Dis

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“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in Moscow on Thursday that the Palestinians will not accept Abu Dis, a town between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim administered by the PA, as the capital of their future state, and will insist on receiving control over east Jerusalem. It was ...

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US Corruption?

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“This week, a disaster hit the United States, and the after-shocks will be shaking and breaking global politics for years,” writes Johann Hari. “It did not grab the same press attention as the fall of liberal Kennedy-licking Massachusetts to a pick-up truck Republican, or President Obama's first ...