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Has the Republican Backlash Begun?

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over 4 years ago

On Tuesday—on the anniversary of President Obama's election—Republicans won significant victories in a handful of off-year elections around the country. In particular, they won both open governor seats. In Virginia, Republican Bob McConnell beat Democrat Creigh Deeds by a whopping seventeen points ...

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How Long the Arc

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over 4 years ago

This past Tuesday, marriage equality suffered another setback at the hands of bigotry in the state of Maine. This defeat is especially disappointing because, from all accounts, the No on 1 campaign did everything right: running a well-organized, well-financed campaign with powerful advertising and ...

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AQAP Takes Credit

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over 4 years ago

AQAP has a statement out that is claiming responsibility for the ambush that killed five in Hadramawt on Monday. The group is calling itself the Abdullah Batis Squadron, which is a reference to one of the five individuals who was killed in the August 2008 raid in Tairm by security officials.

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H1N1 Fist Fight

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over 4 years ago

New York’s subway users have resorted to defending themselves against Swine Flu with their fists. On Monday two women got into an argument because one of them didn’t cover her mouth when she coughed. The resulting spat ended with her spitting on the other, punching her and then being dragged onto ...

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Herbal Remedy

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Marie Myung-Ok Lee despaired over her son J’s condition after the ant-inflammatory medication used to control his pain stopped working. His behavior deteriorated and he became difficult to handle at school and home which led to a fear that he would need to be given antipsychotic drugs like Risperday ...

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Fine Coverage

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“The health care reform bill awaiting debate in the House assumes millions of workers and employers would rather pay $167 billion in fines than purchase or provide adequate coverage, according to a recent analysis, raising questions about whether the plan does enough to make insurance affordable ...

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Intel Bribery?

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“New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a federal anti-trust suit against Intel Wednesday, alleging the chipmaker cornered the market by illegally punishing and bribing computer manufacturers,” writes Wired. “The suit, filed in federal district court in Delaware, says Intel, the world’s ...

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Rubik’s Cubism

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over 4 years ago

An artist has been recreating classical masterpieces using an unusual medium – rubik’s cubes! Toronto-based graphic designer Josh Chalom has reproduced Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Andy Warhol’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe among other things. He and his team don’t take the easy way out either as ...

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You’re How old?

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“Tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives were North America's dominant predators in the late Cretaceous period, about 99 million to 65 million years ago, but a new analysis of a toothy fossil skull suggests that the early history of this group includes smaller meat-eating ancestors that date as far back ...