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Pollsters asked New Jersey residents questions about the uprisings in the Arab world and found that watchers of Fox News were the most consistently uninformed. By the researchers’ measures, Fox viewers were 18 points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watched no news at all. (more)

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"Why not occupy newsrooms?" That's the question posed by David Carr, writing in The New York Times about the obscene salaries and bonuses (tens of millions of dollars in some cases) paid to newspaper executives in compensation for "picking the carcass clean." (more)

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The House Financial Services Committee has voted to repeal a provision in last year's Dodd-Frank financial reform law requiring public corporations to report the ratio between CEO and median worker pay. (more)

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The CIA has denied the lovable Dick Cheney’s request to release memos that, in the ex-veep’s eyes, would prove the effectiveness of torture administered under Bush's reign. "I'm convinced, absolutely convinced, that we saved thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of lives," he said last week. The documents in question will not be declassified, as they are the subject of pending litigation.

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First he wins the presidency of the U.S., then he wins Time's Man of the Year. Now a poll shows that Barack Obama holds a sizable lead among Americans as the most admired man in the world. Coming second was George W. Bush and third was John McCain, proving once again the horrible imagination Americans have when finding inspiration outside politics.

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Hillary Clinton will surely stir controversy with racially charged comments that appeared Thursday in USA Today. The candidate noted an article "that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me." "There's a pattern emerging here," she added. Audio update.

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A population expert, writing in USA Today, highlights a little-known demographic trend: Progressives are much less likely to have children than conservatives. This "augers a far more conservative future," he writes, "one in which patriarchy and other traditional values make a comeback, if only by default."

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