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Are we ready for the Oprah Network?

The Oprah Winfrey Network launching Saturday is wary of promising too much of a good thing — Winfrey herself. In stoking interest in the cable channel, the goal is to exploit Winfrey’s popularity while emphasizing that OWN won’t be all Oprah, all the time. “We really don’t want to be a niche brand. We want to be a mainstream cable” network with appeal beyond Winfrey’s fan base, said Darren Schillace, vice president of consumer marketing for OWN. “Phase one” of the marketing effort aims to “manage expectations that it’s not 24/7 Oprah on the network,” Schillace said, with Winfrey committed
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Movie box office down for year

Domestic box-office revenues for 2010 won’t quite hit last year’s record-setting haul, but they’ll be awfully close. Total movie-ticket sales will reach $10.556 billion, the tracking agency Hollywood.com said Tuesday. That’s a slight decrease from the $10.6 billion total from 2009, but it’s also only the second time that the annual box office has crossed the $10 billion mark. At the same time, total attendance was down 5.36 percent from last year. That’s the biggest percentage drop year over year since 2005. This will also be the second-lowest attended year of the decade. It looked as if 2010 might have
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A rush of deals follows ‘shellacking’

2010 gave way to a major shift in power as Dems saw their control of Congress end in a “shellacking,” fueled by the Tea Party on the right and a distaste for politics as usual in the middle. Read the full story on CNN
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Judge clears way for Murkowski Alaska Senate win

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by conservative Tea Party favorite Joe Miller that challenged his loss in Alaska’s election for a Senate seat, clearing the way for state officials to certify Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in victory. Read the full story at Reuters
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In Cuba, holiday cheer from Uncle Sam

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans who receive money from the United States are getting a cash bonus this holiday season from an Obama administration decision that should also cut the flow of underground cash between the two countries. Read the full story at Reuters
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Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Growing hazard for members of Congress: Threats — both real and perceived. Pennies tinged in red, purported to be in blood, arrive at the office of outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with a message that says “no more blood for war.” The red turned out to be paint but the message is clear. FBI documents obtained by Politico under the Freedom of Information Act show the agency has investigted 236 threats against members of Congress over te last decade and while some, like the red-tinged Pelosi pennies, are more nuisance than threat, many others are serious threats. “It’s interesting that
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