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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Feeling Rejected

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over 4 years ago

“Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president, suffered a humiliating setback in his attempts to form a new government on Saturday when the Afghan parliament rejected most of his cabinet nominees. In a rare show of defiance, parliament refused to endorse 17 of 24 nominees during a day-long secret ballot ...

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Body Scan Alternatives

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"Amid privacy concerns sparked by the move to triple the number of full-body scanners in US airports, some groups are pushing for alternative technologies they say could provide the same, or better, level of screening without the privacy issues.The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) move ...

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Yemen Terror Summit

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“Western governments have convened a top-level meeting for this month to discuss strategies to counter Yemen’s growing role as a recruitment base for terrorists, in the wake of last’s week failed attack on a US-bound airliner. The decision to hold the meeting, called on the initiative of Gordon ...

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Hearts and Minds

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“Iraq said Friday that it will file a lawsuit against five Blackwater security guards cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians, an act a government official called murder. The Iraqi government also will ask the U.S. Justice Department to appeal a federal judge's ...

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Volleyball Murders

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“Ninety-three people are confirmed dead after the bombing in Lakki Marwat, and daylight has exposed the true horror, says a BBC correspondent. Police say old people and children were watching the game when the bomber drove his vehicle onto the field. It was the deadliest attack since a Peshawar ...

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False Hope, High Prices

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“The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good. Since President Obama announced the program in February, it has lowered ...

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Relax, Football Fans

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“Football fans and ‘American Idol’ devotees can breathe a sigh of relief. Fox and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal in principle that will keep the network on the cable provider after Fox threatened to pull the plug over a fee dispute. Friday's agreement, which included Bright House Networks ...

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Sweden, Help!

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“Nolan Stokes and Kathy Harman-Stokes -- a financial planner and a lawyer with two children in elementary school -- are installing a geothermal heat pump in their front yard that will tap the Earth's constant temperature to warm their home more efficiently. They know precisely how many kilowatts of ...

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Neodymium: The New Oil

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“Britain and other Western countries risk running out of supplies of certain highly sought-after rare metals that are vital to a host of green technologies, amid growing evidence that China, which has a monopoly on global production, is set to choke off exports of valuable compounds. Failure to ...

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Limbaugh: Lummox

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“Limbaugh said at a Honolulu news conference that he was being released from The Queen's Medical Center, where he was rushed Wednesday during a vacation. Doctors said he did not have a heart attack or heart disease. ‘The pain was real, and they don't know what caused it,’ Limbaugh said. Asked ...

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Faces Speak Louder Than Words

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“Communication is a central aspect of everyday life, a fact that is reflected in the wide variety of ways that people exchange information, not only with words, but also using their face and body. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, found out ...

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“Happy Secure Year!”

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“New York is banning backpacks in Times Square, Bangkok tightened security and Sydney cracked down on public drinking as police around the world geared up for millions of New Year’s Eve revelers. The cities said the extra police presence was in the works even before the arrest this week of a 23-year ...

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Karl Rove Is Resolved

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“President Obama not only left Washington, D.C., for the holidays, but the lower 48 as well. So I thought I'd offer a few New Year's resolutions for him and others to come back to in the coming year. First, to Mr. Obama's staff: The Norwegian Nobel Committee didn't want to wake the president to tell ...

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Rebound?

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James K. Galbraith is worried that a slump in the Euro’s value could undercut America’s rebound by making exports more expensive. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan thinks that businesses overestimated the recession, fired too many workers and so they will start hiring again soon. Ben Bernanke, who ...

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I’d Have to Kill You

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“The deaths of seven Central Intelligence Agencyoperatives at a remote base in the mountains of Afghanistan are a pointed example of the civilian spy agency’s transformation in recent years into a paramilitary organization at the vanguard of America’s far-flung wars. Even as the C.I.A. expands its ...