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22
Nov
Filibuster Fallout: Reid maneuver could send ‘wrecking ball’ through talks on key legislation

Democrats who claimed victory -- including President Obama -- in stripping the Senate minority of its power to block nominations may have done so at the sacrifice of the president's legislative agenda.  Before Thursday, trust on Capitol Hill was frayed yet there was tentative hope following the bruising fight over the partial shutdown that Republicans and Democrats could find some spectrum of common ground for the rest of Obama's term.... [read news]

22
Nov
US remembers Kennedy 50 years after assassination

The US has been marking 50 years since President John F Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullet in Dallas, Texas. The city, which long struggled with the legacy of the assassination, is hosting a series of official events. Kennedy, who served less than three years, is often ranked among the nation's most revered presidents. Just 46 when he died, he is praised for his youthful vigour, his leadership through the Cuban missile crisis and his... [read news]

22
Nov
Josh Brolin reportedly checks into rehab amid release of ‘Oldboy’

Actor Josh Brolin, 45, is reportedly seeking treatment for substance abuse at a rehab facility in Northern California, according to US Weekly. This news comes after TMZ posted video of the actor getting into a scuffle outside of a bar in Santa Monica earlier this month, which was not his first incident. Earlier this year, Brolin was sited for public intoxication. Amid all the real-life drama, Brolin has a new movie coming out... [read news]

21
Nov
Is Gaga-mania on the wane?

There’s just one way to escape the blitz surrounding Lady Gaga’s new album: completely unplug from society. To kick off the release of her new album, “Artpop,” this week, the entertainer, never known for understatement, has been omnipresent. She began with a huge release party Sunday where she debuted Volantis, billed as the “world’s first flying dress.” She floated about 6 feet above the floor before performing at the event... [read news]

20
Nov
AOL to shut down Winamp

Winamp, the iTunes predecessor you didn't realize still existed, is alive and kicking -- for one more month. AOL (AOL) announced Wednesday that it will stop supporting the 15-year-old Winamp software, service and website as of Dec. 20. Winamp was one of the most popular tools for playing MP3s and digital music in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Its popularity coincided with Napster's explosive growth during that time. Napster ushered in the... [read news]

20
Nov
Political Boomerang: Liberals switch to ObamaCare defense (sort of)

The liberal wing of the mainstream media has, for the most part, been painfully honest about the fiasco that is ObamaCare. Despite some flak for deserting the “team,” left-wing commentators haven’t sugar-coated the website disaster, the millions of policy cancellations or the broken presidential promise. But suddenly there seems to be a reassessment. I’m not saying a memo went out or anything, but just when all seems gloom and doom... [read news]

20
Nov
Afghanistan and US agree text of security deal

The US says it has agreed the text of a bilateral security agreement with Afghan officials. The deal paving the way for some US troops to remain after 2014 will be discussed by delegates at a meeting known as the Loya Jirga on Thursday. Late on Wednesday the Afghan foreign ministry published a draft deal that would give US troops remaining after 2014 immunity from Afghan courts. The US had said all its troops would be withdrawn if no... [read news]

20
Nov
How Africa's natural resources can drive industrial revolution

The economic performance of Africa in the last few years has been remarkable. The continent has consistently defied the global trend. Five years after the global financial system came perilously close to collapse, the global economic outlook is still uncertain. In Europe, GDP is still below pre-crisis levels and unemployment is at a record high. Recovery in the United States, although stronger, remains weak by historic standards, and even... [read news]

19
Nov
The gorgeous HTC One is a winner

The good: The HTC One flaunts a stunning metal design, a powerful quad-core processor, and a beautiful 4.7-inch, 1080p screen. It runs Android Jelly Bean, takes great pictures, and has a feature-packed camera app. The bad: The sealed case design means no SD expansion slot or user-replaceable battery. The BlinkFeed software can't be completely removed. The bottom line: A few quibbles notwithstanding, the powerhouse HTC One is a... [read news]

19
Nov
Larsson warns of Portugal 'tricks'

Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson believes English referee Howard Webb will not fall for Portugal's "tricks" when the two countries meet in the second leg of their World Cup play-off. Webb is in charge for Tuesday's tie in Solna, with Portugal having defeated Sweden 1-0 in Friday's first leg. "We have an English referee now so we can probably go in a bit harder," said Sunderland player Larsson. "I do not think he is going to fall... [read news]


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