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Remember the heady days before the Internet bubble went and burst, as bubbles tend to do? California's Silicon Valley was one of the epicenters of that economic boom, but as this clip from Sunday's "60 Minutes" illustrates, things look a little different there these days.

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The future of the Internet looked a little bleaker to Net neutrality advocates this week after a federal appeals court decided that the Federal Communications Commission couldn't stop Internet service provider Comcast from messing with the load times of certain websites (continued) .

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Will Nancy Pelosi survive the onslaught of scrutiny and criticism in the wake of recent CIA torture-briefing revelations with her House speaker status intact? Is President Obama in over his head, what with all the hubbub over torture photos and military tribunals?

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Alert the media -- banks need money! Who’s stressed, who’s reassured by the government’s test of the banks’ capitalization? Meanwhile, Pakistan is in serious danger, and Afghanistan is hardly a model of an emerging democracy. Their leaders are in Washington; what will America's role be?

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Will President Obama's stimulus plan be a help or a hindrance to America's economic future? The "Left, Right, & Center" panelists have their opinions, of course, on the subject, and they're ready to go to battle -- and sometimes even agree -- on this week's show.

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The challenges of this new year, or at least its initial chapter, are already quite apparent -- what with the dire situation in Gaza, the sputtering global economy and a major transition under way in the United States. Barack Obama, fresh off his Hawaiian holiday, has his work cut out for him, to say the very least.

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