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Krugman: Down With Centrist Senators

Note to all the senators who trotted out their best horse-trading tactics to create the latest, pared-down version of the stimulus bill: Paul Krugman does not approve of your centrist ways.

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Et Tu, A-Rod?

Yet another top MLB player’s reputation has been besmirched by use of performance-enhancing drugs: Take a bow, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez. The Yankees star admitted Monday that he’d dabbled in steroids years ago in a moment of high pressure and youthful indiscretion. He said the drug use occurred only while he played for the Texas Rangers.

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radaronline.com

TV News Makes TV Look Bad

A survey of stimulus coverage by Media Matters has found that watching TV news may actually shrink your brain. Well, that’s not fair, but it certainly won’t teach you much about stimulating the economy. That’s because the personalities that populate the airwaves—and not just Fox News—are given license to repeat untruths over and over again.

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Australia PM Calls Fires ‘Mass Murder’

Wildfires sweeping across southern Australia have killed more than 170 people, a number that is expected to rise. With news that arson could be to blame for some of the fires, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said, “There are no words to describe it other than mass murder.”

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WTO Chief: ‘Peace in Danger’

The global economic meltdown reminds World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy of the 1930s, but, he says, “The crisis today is spreading even faster ... and affects more countries at the same time.” That could lead to political unrest of the scale that produces world wars.

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Kremlin
exploitz.com

Biden Cautious, Conciliatory in Message to Russia

Will the Obama administration take a different tack than the Bush team did when it comes to relations with the Kremlin? It’s hard to say at this stage, but Vice President Joe Biden has suggested that it’s “time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia.” He made the comment Saturday in a speech at a security conference in Germany.

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Peanut Corp.
AP photo / Ric Feld

Big Trouble in Peanutville

Uh-oh: Did Peanut Corporation of America knowingly ship out products that had tested positive for salmonella? Yes, says the FDA, which is investigating the plague that has rocked the legume world and caused eight deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

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Job Loss
nytimes.com

U.S. Unemployment Hits 7.6 Percent

With little surprise but incredible effect, the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in January, hitting its highest level since 1992. President Obama used the report to prod Congress to pass his economic stimulus package.

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AP photo / Brennan Linsley

Guantanamo’s Last Terror Trial

The legacy of terror trials at Guantanamo Bay has potentially come to an end, as a judge has dropped the charges for the last case at the naval base in accord with President Obama’s executive order to halt all court proceedings there.

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UN Aid
Maan Images / Hatem Omar

Halt! Who Goes There? Well, Not Aid

Be it a political gamble or a mix-up of epic proportions, Hamas is being accused of stealing humanitarian aid from U.N. trucks in the Gaza Strip. Due to the thefts, officials say, aid has stopped flowing into the battle-torn territory, where half the population depends on the U.N. shipments for food.

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