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Senate panel backs patent overhaul bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill to reduce the likelihood of massive damage awards in patent disputes took a step forward on Thursday with approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ciGGT6mlH28/us-patent-congress-idUSTRE7126RF20110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Risks in Egypt were on Obama’s radar early on

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – When a public uprising ousted Tunisia’s leader after two decades in power, U.S. policymakers and intelligence analysts immediately wondered what this might mean for Egypt, the most populous Arab nation and a staunch American ally. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/ygudBhVE_L4/us-egypt-usa-response-idUSTRE7120E220110203\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?
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Rummy, in new book, defends Iraq war debacle

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concludes in his new autobiography that the war in Iraq has been worth the cost and remains largely unapologetic about his handling of the conflict, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Had the government of Saddam Hussein remained in power the Middle East would be “far more perilous than it is today,” Rumsfeld wrote in his 800-page memoir, scheduled for release on Tuesday. Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials cited the threat posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as justification for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. No such weapons were found. The former defense chief was
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Sesame Street goes D.C.

” Sesame Street” will have an address near the nation’s capital. The group behind the popular TV show is teaming up with the National Children’s Museum to create exhibits and bring Big Bird and Elmo to the museum’s future home outside Washington at the National Harbor in Maryland. Sesame Workshop, the New York-based nonprofit group behind the show, has created traveling exhibits before. But the partnership to be announced Thursday will be its first home at a museum. Museum President and CEO Kathy Dwyer Southern says the “Sesame Street” characters will serve as virtual guides to the museum for children
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Wal-Mart struggles in the Big Apple

Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer. The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them, drives down wages and is a tax burden because it does not give health and other benefits to many part-time employees, leaving a burden on Medicaid and other public programs. The New York City Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday on the impact a Wal-Mart would have but the retailer has
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Winter strorm crushes much of America

An enormous winter storm left Midwesterners shivering in its frozen footprint and crushed snow-laden buildings in the Northeast, where a combination of ice, snow and rain pushed much of the winter-cursed region to its breaking point. Wind chills were expected to dip to 30 below in parts of the nation’s midsection before the region awoke Thursday to deal with the storm’s aftermath. The sprawling system unloaded as much as 2 feet of snow, crippled airports and stranded drivers in downtown Chicago as if in a prairie blizzard. Much of Texas was under a hard freeze warning Wednesday; light snowfall stubbornly
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GOP strategy: Lose repeal, win election

To hear Senate Republicans tell it, the defeat of their attempt to repeal the Democrats’ health care overhaul was really a victory of sorts on the long the march to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. The repeal effort sank Wednesday along party lines, 51-47 as expected. But in the process, Republicans forced Democrats on the record in favor of President Barack Obama’s signature overhaul and launched what they described as a two-year effort to discredit it in the lead-up to a bid for a second term. “These are the first steps in a long road that will culminate in
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