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Ghosts in the Addict

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Flickr / taberandrew

SCOTUS Considering Change in National Gun Ownership Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court may be ready to change the scope of the Second Amendment, as five of the top court’s justices (guess which ones?) have signaled their opinions about American citizens’ rights to bear arms and appear ready to take steps that could override some local and state gun rules, with Chicago as a potential starting point.

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‘Daily Show’: Jim Bunning Feels Jim Bunning’s Pain

Objection-raising robot Sen. Jim Bunning sure had his day, and his night, on Friday, what with his single-handed stymieing of the proposed extension of health care and unemployment benefits for out-of-work Americans. But, as he pointed out near the end of Friday’s jousting session on the Senate floor, it’s not as if he wasn’t inconvenienced himself.

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police confront Chileans
AP / Mario Quilodran-El Mercurio

Chile’s President Tries to Contain Post-Quake Panic

The Chilean city of Concepcion took a big hit from last weekend’s earthquake, and now Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, is working to keep a lid on looting and possible violence in its wake with the help of 14,000 troops posted in the affected region, according to the BBC.

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Flickr / Thom Watson

Toyota’s Issues May Drive Change in U.S. Brake Standards

February wasn’t a good month for Toyota, what with the fallout from the automaker’s recent recall, but Toyota’s pain may lead to a gain for U.S. drivers, in the form of a potential requirement for automobiles to include a brake override system.

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Obama and Biden
White House / Lawrence Jackson

Obama Considers Adding GOP-Generated Ideas to Health Bill

It doesn’t seem possible, but it could maybe perhaps be the case that some kind of resolution in the health care reform saga might be achievable soon. At least that’s the tone President Barack Obama struck in a letter he sent Tuesday to prominent members of Congress that included conciliatory language on the subject of four ideas advanced by Republicans at last week’s health care summit.

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Chile Standing Up [A Cartoon From Mexico]

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Free Umbrella Edition

Inside Citibank’s homophobia, how to clean art with tattoo removal lasers, and populism with brains. All this and more after the jump.

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White House / Lawrence Jackson

The System Works, Obama’s Approach Doesn’t

Divided government need not mean gridlock. Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan made it work. Obama can, too.

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Illustration based on a NASA photo

Scientists Find Huge Quantities of Water Ice on the Moon

There may be more than 600 million metric tons of water ice sitting in craters at the moon’s north pole. The discovery, made by an Indian spacecraft, could mean big things for human colonization of our nearest neighbor.

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Serial Killer Whale?

A marine conservationist from the American Museum of Natural History says of the SeaWorld orca that killed its trainer, “This was not an insane, uncontrollable act. This was premeditated and the whale, for whatever whale reasons, the whale did this ... intentionally.”

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Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Department of the Treasury

Hazmat Teams Called to IRS Building in Utah

A “suspicious substance” caused a ruckus at an Internal Revenue Service outpost in Ogden, Utah, on Monday, and hazardous materials crews and the FBI were called in. Later, an official said the substance was found to pose no danger ... (continued) Updated

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Inside ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’

Judith Ehrlich discusses her Academy Award-nominated documentary about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

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Flickr / tnarik

How to Write Fiction, by Actual Fiction Writers

Hey, aspiring fiction writers: Watch your adverbs closely and lay off the exclamation points! Those are just two how-to tips (or maybe how-not-to tips) from crime writer Elmore Leonard’s “10 Rules of Writing,” which, as the title suggests, offers handy guidelines for would-be authors.

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BBC News
Flickr / LoopZilla

Pew Report Says Americans Are News Grazers

Americans are picking and choosing from an information smorgasbord to get their news, according to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and a large majority are switching between different platforms, with the Internet playing a significant role in their news “grazing.”

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women in D.C. mosque
YouTube via The Daily Beast

Muslim Women Protest Through Prayer at D.C. Mosque

On Feb. 20, four Muslim women took a conspicuous step to protest gender segregation in Muslim mosques by refusing to relegate themselves to a cordoned-off prayer zone for women—which one of them ruefully called the “penalty box”—and instead worshiped with the men at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Their presence did not go unnoticed.

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Democrat Challenges the Senator From Wal-Mart

One of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats now faces a primary challenge on her left flank. Blanche Lincoln, who betrayed the unions that had supported her and who had bitterly fought off a public option in health care reform, was already headed for a tough race. (continued)

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AP / Jerry Lampen, pool

Former Serb Leader Calls Bosnian War ‘Just and Holy’

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is on trial for genocide at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague for his role in the mass killings of Croats and Muslims during the Bosnian war in the 1990s, but a defiant Karadzic apparently doesn’t believe that he presided over an ethnic-cleansing campaign.

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Flickr / Johan Larsson

Apple Admits to Using Child Labor

Something’s rotten in the Apple empire—a few things, actually. For starters, the technology titan revealed that at least 11 children, who the company claimed were 15 years old, were employed in three Apple-affiliated factories in undisclosed locations. (continued)

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Wikimedia Commons / Federal Reserve

Fed’s Second in Command to Step Down

The Federal Reserve’s vice chairman, Donald L. Kohn, is ready to leave the building. Providing what could be a substantial opportunity for the Obama administration to change the central bank’s course, Kohn announced Monday that he’ll retire June 23, the official end date of his four-year term at the Fed.

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AP / Chris Carlson

Ralph Nader Was Right About Barack Obama

The illegal wars and occupations, the largest transference of wealth upward in American history and the egregious assault on civil liberties, all begun under George W. Bush, raise only a flicker of tepid protest from liberals when propagated by the Democrats.

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Reality Show Disrupts Congress

Satire by the Onion

Cameras heat up the legislative process. Bipartisanship? Rep. William Cummings and his fellow cleaning-product hucksters aren’t here to make friends.

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U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Wesley Farnsworth

Pentagon Frees Troops to Poke, Tweet and Lip-Sync to Lady Gaga

The Department of Defense didn’t have an official policy on what it calls “new/social media”—until now. Starting immediately, DoD employees (including troops) are free to use most of the non-porn Web, from Facebook to YouTube, without worrying about a court-martial. The usual rules on national security still apply. (continued)

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Can’t We All Just Get Along? No

If we learn nothing else in 2010, can we please finally acknowledge that our partisan divisions are about authentic principles that lead to very different approaches to governing?

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Coming Together

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Droning On and On

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Toyota Chief Overshoots Congressional Hearings by 150 Miles

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said he was having difficulties with the brakes on his 2010 Toyota Prius, which finally came to rest after crashing into a blacksmith’s shop in Colonial Williamsburg.

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cigarette smoking
Flickr / adi&moni

Obama Healthy, Still Sins

As most recent presidents have done, Barack Obama has released the results of his annual physical examination. Doctors are reporting the president is in “excellent health” despite his continued struggle with addiction to nicotine.

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No to Consumer Protection Agency

Plans to create an independent agency to provide consumer financial protection have probably been scrapped. According to a leaked document, Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd is proposing that the protection office be within the Treasury Department instead of being independent, a clear capitulation to the Republicans.

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Flickr / The White House

Obama Renews Patriot Act Provisions

The president has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the Patriot Act that would have expired Sunday, renewing the government’s authority to spy on phones and seize records and property of citizens.

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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Funding Campaigns ... Anonymously

The ridiculous Supreme Court decision to let corporations spend whatever they want on behalf of political candidates just got more ridiculous: Lawyers say that under the ruling there’s a loophole that would allow companies to do so anonymously.

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AP / Vincent Michel

‘Most Senior’ ETA Leader Arrested

Even as the Basque separatist ETA signals a willingness to move toward peace, one of its top leaders—whom many are calling the “most senior”—has been arrested in France before a commando operation that allegedly was to be carried out in Spain.

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FDIC Helping Banks Turn Profit

Want to see how the FDIC works with banks to help them turn a nifty profit on short sales and foreclosures? Check out this video from the folks at Think Big, Work Small in which they detail how it happens.

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Tweeting War

The U.S. military is allowing its troops access to social media websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, after a review of Internet use and security. The ruling follows a Pentagon decision in 2007 to block those sites.

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Filckr / arizonaguardian

Racializing Abortion in Georgia

A Georgia anti-choice group has a “choice” strategy to cater to African-Americans in an effort to diversify its majority-white membership: launch a public outreach campaign that argues that abortion is a decades-old conspiracy to kill off black people.

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AP / Rafiq Maqool

Digging In in Afghanistan

Though some analysts thiink the military conflict in Afghanistan will “trail off” by 2011, the United States’ BFF—the British army—has announced it will maintain a presence, and be “militarily engaged,” in the war-torn country for at least an additional five years

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Television Nacional de Chile via The BBC

Chile Earthquake Kills More Than 140

An earthquake in central Chile has killed more than 140, authorities say, and triggered both a tsunami and a declaration of a “state of catastrophe.” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet warned that there would probably be more deaths and more aftershocks.

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Wikimedia Commons / Congress

Sen. Bunning Stalls Jobless Benefits Bill

Sen. Jim Bunning was not a popular man among his Democratic colleagues this week. The Kentucky Republican, apparently so concerned about the federal budget deficit that he thought it unwise to allow the passage of legislation extending unemployment and health care help to jobless Americans, enacted a “one-man filibuster,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, and didn’t budge on Friday.

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AP via

Free Tilly?

One of SeaWorld Orlando’s resident orcas, Tilikum, made the kind of headlines that family theme parks never want to make when he killed trainer Dawn Brancheau this week, and now the question of whether “Tilly” should stay at SeaWorld understandably has arisen. Some killer whale experts think ... (continued)

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Huddle, Goldman/Greece

Was any progress made at Thursday’s health care summit on Capitol Hill? Is Goldman Sachs bringing down the global economy? Is it Wall Street gone wild or just the progress of capitalism? And is the U.S. trouncing Toyota because the federal government owns GM? So many questions, but luckily the “Left, Right & Center” lineup is ready for all of them on this week’s show.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Richard Drew

Paterson Bows Out of N.Y. Governor Race

New York Gov. David Paterson, who took the state’s top post after Eliot Spitzer stepped down amid a prostitution scandal in March 2008, announced Friday that he won’t continue his campaign for election this November—a development that comes as Paterson is caught up in a scandal of his own. Now, who’s up for the job?

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons

Danish Paper Apologizes for Cartoon

A Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban has apologized for offending Muslims. The penitence was part of a settlement between the paper and eight Muslim groups. The apology has been denounced by other members of the Danish media, which previously stood united in rejecting calls to back down in the face of Islamic outrage over the cartoon.

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Drug Kingpin Sentenced

The head of the Gulf Cartel, the leading drug cartel in northern Mexico and southern Texas, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after cooperating with the U.S. federal government and pleading guilty to five counts that included attempted murder and money laundering.

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Flickr / Martin Beek

Gadhafi’s Personal Holy War

Moammar Gadhafi has had it up to here with Switzerland. First they arrest his son on charges of beating up two servants at a luxury hotel. Then they pass a pretty horrible law banning mosque’s minarets. Now, Gadhafi has called for a holy war against the country, a move which has received almost universal denouncement.

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Flickr / The Photique

Robin Hood Hacker

A hacker using the alias “Neo” has attained almost cult status in Latvia after releasing through Twitter the confidential financial data of allegedly corrupt banks and state-owned companies that profited from the global recession.

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Millennial Edition

Why the brain forgets things on purpose, the ugliest fish in the world, and finding out how millennial you are. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Google Italia

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‘Rescuing’ Iceland

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Good Night, Financial Independence

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