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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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An Obama Christmas

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over 4 years ago

“President Obama, looking back on 2009 and his first year in office, told the Washington Post, ‘the most important thing we did this year was to ensure that the financial system did not collapse.’ That Obama would make such a definitive statement is raising eyebrows, especially in the midst of the ...

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On the Move

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“From beetles to barnacles, pikas to pine warblers, many species are already on the move in response to shifting climate regimes. But how fast will they -- and their habitats -- have to move to keep pace with global climate change over the next century? In a new study, a team of scientists including ...

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Iran Sanctions

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over 4 years ago

“Senior Obama administration officials tell Fox News the move to impose sanctions against Iran for its feared pursuit of nuclear weapons will begin in January, but it will take time to gain speed and specificity. The move will come after the expiration of the Dec. 31 deadline imposed by President ...

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Iran Launches Hope

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“‘The new generation of Iran's national satellite called Toloo (Dawn) will be unveiled in February,’ Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying by the governmental Iran paper. The satellite has been designed by Sa Iran, also known as Iran Electronics Industries, an affiliate company of the ...

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Beauty Bailout

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over 4 years ago

“Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, the U.K. bank majority-owned by the government, said it may sell works from its in-house art collection that is worth as much as 15 million pounds ($24 million). The lender, which has received 45.5 billion pounds in state aid in the world’s most expensive bank ...

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Pakistani Taliban

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“A suicide bomber has killed at least five people and injured many more in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, after detonating explosives near an army and police checkpoint, police say. The blast occurred on Thursday on the city's busy Mall Road, home to government offices, banks and private ...

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Reconciliation

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over 4 years ago

“Democrats are already outlining a strategy to achieve a final compromise that can satisfy the more liberal House without upsetting the painstakingly assembled coalition of 60 Senate Democrats and independents. Central to those talks, House leaders said, will be the search for an acceptable ...

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Bad Santa

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over 4 years ago

“In Nashville, Tennessee, Bad Santa has struck, holding up a bank at gunpoint. Dressed seasonally in bright red with white gloves, white beard, red and white hat and dark sunglasses, he pulled a gun and threatened the bank staff that if they put dye bombs on the cash, to make it traceable, he would ...

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Blame Game

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over 4 years ago

“Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful ‘deal’ so western ...

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Boeing’s Braintrust

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over 4 years ago

“Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner looks like any other airliner, so it might be hard for anyone but an airplane geek to get so excited about its inaugural flight. But the energy-efficient airliner is a bold step forward for Boeing, and for aviation. As much as the 787 Dreamliner looks like the jet that ...

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Health and Wealth

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over 4 years ago

“The average low-income person loses 8.2 years of perfect health, the average high school dropout loses 5.1 years, and the obese lose 4.2 years, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Tobacco control has long been one of the most important public health ...

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Festive Space

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The latest astronauts to reach the International Space Station have kicked off a Space-based Christmas by arriving wearing Santa hats, elf costumes and clutching a Christmas tree. “The latest three astronauts to reach the International Space Station, have brought with them some festive cheer. Oleg ...

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Secret Prisons

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“Lithuania's intelligence agency helped the CIA to set up secret prisons in the Baltic country, a parliamentary panel said [Tuesday]. However, the national security committee found no evidence that any suspects were interrogated in Lithuania. The committee said the state security department provided ...

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Bin Laden’s Wife

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over 4 years ago

Osama Bin Laden’s closest family is reportedly in hiding in a secret compound in Iran. The group allegedly includes his wife and children who disappeared after the 9/11 attacks. “There has been uncertainty about the family’s whereabouts for the past eight years, with reports that some of the ...

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Science or Fiction?

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over 4 years ago

“The science fiction blockbuster ‘Avatar’ is set on a mysterious alien moon with out-of-this-world technologies. Its star director, James Cameron, has not only directed other science fiction epics like ‘Aliens, The Abyss’ and the first two ‘Terminator’ films, but was apparently the president of his ...