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MSNBC.com is no more as Microsoft pulls out of joint web venture with NBC

Goodbye MSNBC, hello NBCNews.Com. The always uneasy, often turbulent 16-year marriage between software giant Microsoft and the National Broadcasting Company is over.  Both parties announced the breakup late Sunday night and MSNC.Com became NBCNews.Com just as fast. Microsoft says it will develop its own online news operation, which will launch in the fall. The TV news channel, MSNBC, will continue to operate under its current name.  Microsoft sold its stake in the TV challen in 2005.
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The Ron Paul revolution ends with rejection in Nebraska

Ron Paul‘s quest for some role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month came to a quick, decisive end Saturday when the Nebraska GOP convention gave the bulk of its 35 delegates to presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Paul needed to capture a majority of Nebraska’s delegates to guarantee an official role, speaking slot and nomination from the floor but came away with only two delegates. Paul needed a plurality of delegates from five states to be eligible for nomination as a candidate from the floor of the convention.  He had at least three — and possibly four depending
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Rabid rhetoric resonates over health care repeal, tax cuts

President Barack Obama, campaigning in Virginia Friday, targeted House Republicans for yet another meaningless vote to repeal his health care reform law, nothing that they can vote 33 times on a repeal that will fail in the Senate but they can’t vote once on a middle class tax cut. Said Obama: I notice the House of Representatives, the Republicans in the House of Representatives, they voted to repeal it again. That was the 33rd time they’ve done that—33 votes to repeal the health care bill. All it would take is one vote to make sure that all of you don’t
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Obama continues to bash Ronmey’s record at Bain Capital

The 2012 Presidential campaign continued its decline into the depths of political mud this week as the Obama campaign hammered away at the one issue that polls say is ticking to presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney — his record at Bain Capital and the private equity firm’s role in sending jobs overseas. Ads produced by the Obama campaign claim Bain sent American jobs to China and Mexico and focused on Romney’s overseas investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. “Mitt Romney is not the solution. He’s the problem,” the ads say. The saturation ad buys run in key battleground
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Right vs left before the highest court in the land

They are heavyweights in the ring that is the U.S. Supreme Court. These button-down, Ivy League-credentialed versions of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier represent Washington versus the states and the competing left-right ideologies behind that conflict. And the punches they throw – and take – while at the courtroom lectern have captured as much attention as their stances on the law. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and Washington lawyer Paul Clement squared off over healthcare and immigration policy, the two biggest cases in the court term that ended in June. They are likely to do battle again over months, and
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Can Obama keep Virginia in his election victory column?

Against an increasingly bitter campaign backdrop, President Barack Obama is seeking to shore up support for his re-election in Virginia, a state he won four years ago ending decades of domination by Republican presidential candidates. For challenger Mitt Romney, the state now looms as a battleground crucial to his presidential hopes. Obama will travel to the southeast and southwest corners of the state Friday, courting young and African-American voters in the Virginia Beach-Hampton area before turning to more conservative Roanoke, unwilling to cede votes to Romney. On Saturday, he will campaign in Richmond, a once-staunchly Republican region that he won
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Romney hopes the ‘Cheney effect’ will affect his election chances

Republican party grandees gathered in the shadow of Wyoming’s majestic Grand Teton mountains on Thursday for a high-dollar fundraising event that will add to presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s brimming campaign coffers. Hosted by former vice president and native son Dick Cheney, who often goes fly-fishing for trout in nearby streams, the country club reception and dinner are expected to bring in $4 million for Romney, in one of the biggest fundraising nights of the 2012 election season. Business and party figures will huddle at Jackson Hole, a rugged valley settled by beaver trappers in the 19th century that is now
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Romney draws boos from NAACP crowd

Unflinching before a skeptical NAACP crowd, Mitt Romney declared Wednesday he’d do more for African-Americans than Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president. He drew jeers when he lambasted the Democrat’s policies. “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney told the group’s annual convention. Pausing as some in the crowd heckled, he added, “You take a look!” “For real?” yelled someone in the crowd. The reception was occasionally rocky though generally polite as the Republican presidential candidate sought to woo a Democratic bloc that voted heavily for
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Using technology to catch sexual predators

On March 9 of this year, a piece of Facebook software spotted something suspicious. A man in his early thirties was chatting about sex with a 13-year-old South Florida girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day. Facebook’s extensive but little-discussed technology for scanning postings and chats for criminal activity automatically flagged the conversation for employees, who read it and quickly called police. Officers took control of the teenager’s computer and arrested the man the next day, said Special Agent Supervisor Jeffrey Duncan of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The alleged predator has pleaded not
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