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Surprise! Republicans want fewer regulations; Democrats want more!

House Republicans launched a tirade Wednesday at Obama administration regulations, reversing what had been an unusual display of unity hours earlier at the president’s State of the Union speech. In one of the first hearings of the Republican-run Congress, GOP lawmakers accused unelected administration bureaucrats of issuing rules that cost American jobs. Democrats insisted those same regulations protected public health and the environment, saved the U.S. auto industry and lessened dependence on foreign oil. The sole witness before the House Energy and Commerce investigative subcommittee, administration regulation chief Cass Sunstein, reminded Republicans that “job creation is in the first sentence”
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Giffords ready to start full rehab

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Wednesday left intensive care for the first time since she was shot in the head in Arizona more than two weeks ago, the latest big step in the long road to recovery. With her progress moving at “lightning speed,” doctors had the Arizona lawmaker moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital, where she immediately began therapy that could last several months. Doctors said she will have a valve inserted into her breathing tube to help her talk. When asked if the congresswoman was able to speak, neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said, “we can say that her speech
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Oh hell, not again: Another snowstorm heads for East Coast

Schools closed, governments sent workers home early and planes were grounded Wednesday in an all-too-familiar routine along the East Coast as another snowstorm swept over a region already beaten down by a winter not even half over. “I fell three times trying to get off the steps,” commuter Elliott Self said after leaving an elevated train in Philadelphia. “I just want the snow to stop. I want the sun again. I want to feel just a little bit of warmth.” Millions of people got that oh-no-not-again feeling as the wet and sloppy storm engulfed the Northeast, where snowbanks in some
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OK! So what makes us tick?

What makes us tick? Anybody who’s ever suffered jet lag knows all about the body’s internal clock, which is driven by a cluster of brain cells. But even the cells throughout our body have their own 24-hour clocks to coordinate activities at the cellular level. Now new research suggests that these internal timepieces may be more complicated than scientists thought. For years, scientists have said this clock is basically the activity of certain genes. But in a new study, scientists looked at human cells that don’t even have genes. And in these red blood cells, they found an enzyme flip-flopping
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Is this the year the economy finally rebounds?

Rep. Michele Bachmann said her response to President Obama‘s State of the Union was just fulfilling a request to speak from the Tea Party Express. But there’s no mistaking that her six-minute speech, carried on CNN, highlights a divide within the Republican Party and adds to the buzz that the third-term lawmaker is planning to run for the White House. The Des Moines Register reports that Bachmann will make her second trip to Iowa, to speak to a group of evangelical voters — a bloc that’s been key to winning the state’s GOP presidential caucuses. This comes on the heels
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Ramn back off the Chicago ballot

Just days ago, Rahm Emanuel seemed to be steamrolling the entire field of candidates for Chicago mayor. He had millions in the bank, a huge lead in the polls and abundant opportunities to show off his influence, including a meeting with the visiting Chinese president. But on Monday, the former White House chief of staff was waging a desperate bid to keep his campaign alive after an Illinois appeals court kicked him off the ballot for not meeting a residency requirement. The surprise decision threw the race into disarray with less than a month to go. Emanuel’s lawyers quickly sought
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WikiLeaks: One percent and counting

RAPHAEL G. SATTER Nearly two months after WikiLeaks outraged the U.S. government by launching the release of a massive compendium of diplomatic documents, the secret-spilling website has published 2,628 U.S. State Department cables — just over 1 percent of its trove of 251,287 documents. Here’s a look at what the consequences of the cables’ release has been so far, and what the future could hold for WikiLeaks. ___ IT’S LIFTED THE VEIL ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS WikiLeaks has given the world’s public an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at U.S. diplomacy. Among the most eye-catching revelations were reports that Arab countries had lobbied
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The State of The Union response exresss: Who’s next?

Time was when the President of the United States delivered the State of the Union Address, and people cheered or jeered — dependent on their political persusasion then everybody went out and g0t drunk. Now everyone from the party boss to the janitor gets face time on the tube to pontificate on the state of affairs in the nation. Barack Obama, of course, delivers the State of the Union next Tuesday. That’s part of his job as the top boss.  The Republican Party gets its change to and down its view on the state of things in the official GOP
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Is Todd Palin banging an Alaska madam?

The National Enquirer reported today that Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Gov. and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has been engaged in an illicit affair with a massage therapist-cum-madam. The tabloid newspaper indicated it has documentary proof that the woman in question, 36-year-old Shailey Tripp, had been arrested for running a house of prostitution in March 2010. Tripp pleaded no-contest to those charges in June. The National Enquirer also claims to have proof that the authorities have physical evidence that may definitively prove liaisons between Tripp and Palin took place. The National Enquirer has a history of leading
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