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U.S. funding tech firms that help Mideast dissidents evade government censors

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
The Obama administration may not be lending arms to dissidents in the Middle East, but it is offering aid in another critical way: helping them surf the Web anonymously as they seek to overthrow their governments.
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Iran's response to Middle East protests is muted

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
When Shiite protesters took to the streets of Bahrain three weeks ago, U.S. and Middle Eastern officials watched anxiously to see how Iran, the kingdom's notoriously meddlesome neighbor, would intervene. What happened - or didn't happen - surprised them.
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Discovery returns from final mission

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
CAPE CANAVERAL - Discovery ended its career as the world's most flown spaceship Wednesday, returning from orbit for the last time and taking off in a new direction as a museum piece.
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Administration accused of bypassing Congress in negotiating deal with banks

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of trying to make an end run around Congress as it negotiates a large settlement with banks involved in shoddy foreclosure practices.
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Markets down amid further violence in Libya

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
U.S. stocks fell Wednesday, sending the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index lower for a third time in four days as violence in Libya tempered optimism that the biggest equity rally since 1955 will extend into a third year.
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Conventional gas-powered cars starting to match hybrids in fuel efficiency

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
The new Chevrolet Cruze Eco can reach eye-popping fuel economy levels of more than 50 miles per gallon on the highway, which even in this era of hybrid-electric cars stands among the best.
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Excerpt from voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
John Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, e-mails to ask whether "the White House is meeting Republicans 'halfway' on spending cuts - as they said again in their Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 1 Wednesday - are they going to destroy between 100,000 and 350,000 jobs, depending on whose ...
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FDA approves new drug to treat lupus

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment designed for lupus in half a century Wednesday, a decision that stands to generate billions of dollars over several years for Human Genome Sciences of Rockville and its development partner, GlaxoSmithKline.
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IMF says response to global economic crisis may have deepened some problems

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
Governments in the United States and Europe have failed to address some of the core problems that sparked the recent financial crisis and may have made some of them worse by taking such extensive steps to rescue ailing banks and other companies, the International Monetary Fund concluded in a stu...
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Dispute over Colombia pact threatens South Korea deal, Obama's trade agenda

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
An emerging battle over a proposed free-trade agreement with Colombia is undercutting central pieces of President Obama's trade agenda, with key lawmakers urging swift enactment of a U.S.-Colombia deal even though the administration says the pact needs more work.
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In the battle over debit card swipe fees, consumers will lose

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
When it comes to the fight over the fees that merchants pay to allow customers to use debit cards, consumers are damned if the Federal Reserve does what it has proposed to do, and they're damned if it doesn't.
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SEC head says she relied on counsel tied to Madoff account to sort out any conflict

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro has told lawmakers that she left any ethical questions in former general counsel David M. Becker's hands when he told her in 2009 that his late mother had an account with Ponzi scheme operator Bernard Madoff.
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McCaskill to reimburse government $88,000 for flights chartered from firm she co-owns

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Wednesday that she would reimburse the government $88,000 for flights chartered from a company she jointly owns with her husband.
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Bicycle advocates lobby Congress with jobs pitch

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
When bicyclists arrive on Capitol Hill on Thursday to make their annual funding pitch, their message will be tailored to the tenor of the times.
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Lax Internal Revenue Service rules help groups shield campaign donor identities

The Washington Post - Top News - Thu, 2011-03-10 06:00
American Crossroads GPS, an advocacy group that reported spending about $17 million on advertising before the midterm elections, generated controversy by using its nonprofit status to shield donors' identities.
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In China, NBA's Stephon Marbury is a hit

The Washington Post - Top News - Wed, 2011-03-09 06:00
IN FOSHAN, CHINA He doesn't like Chinese food much, has to fly economy instead of by private jet and makes a tiny fraction of the $20 million he earned each year playing basketball for the New York Knicks.
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White House moving to repair troubled relationship with Cabinet

The Washington Post - Top News - Wed, 2011-03-09 06:00
News this week of the first departure of a Cabinet secretary from the Obama administration comes amid a wide-ranging effort under the new chief of staff, William M. Daley, to repair badly frayed relations between the White House and the Cabinet.
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Egypt's security forces are weakened after decades as Mubarak's enforcer

The Washington Post - Top News - Wed, 2011-03-09 06:00
CAIRO - For years, Marwa Farouk lived in fear of Egypt's state security agents, who arrested and interrogated her several times for her work as an activist.
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In Utah, Sen. Hatch courts tea partyers one by one in quest for survival

The Washington Post - Top News - Wed, 2011-03-09 06:00
LOGAN, UTAH - Here's how you run for reelection if you're a powerful Republican senator from a state where powerful Republican activists want somebody new:
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NPR exec calls tea party members racist, xenophobic in secretly recorded video

The Washington Post - Top News - Wed, 2011-03-09 06:00
The former head of NPR's fundraising arm says in a surreptitiously recorded video by a conservative activist that members of the tea party movement are xenophobic and racist and that NPR would prefer to do without subsidies provided by the federal government.
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The following list of on-line cookie recipes was making the circuits a few years back in Christmas mailers. I was fascinated by it then and still am so I thought I would share it with those of you who love cookies.

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