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CNN: Super committee: 10 days to deadline and no deal imminent
Ten days before their deadline, members of the so-called congressional "super committee" created to forge a deficit reduction deal indicated Sunday that they remain hung up on basic issues of tax and entitlement reform that have previously stymied agreement.
CNN: Obama pushes for renewed engagement with Asia
For President Barack Obama, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was an opportunity to push for renewed engagement with Asia, seeking to highlight domestic jobs that increased exports to the region would create.
CNN: Pelosi fires back at '60 Minutes' report on 'soft corruption'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired back Sunday at a CBS News' "60 Minutes" report that highlighted several instances of what it suggested could be "soft corruption."
CNN: Priebus: 2012 primary might be a long road
Barack Obama survived a bitter primary fight with Hillary Clinton to become president and so will one of the Republican presidential contenders, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday.
CNN: Protesters arrested, challenged as police confront Occupy activists
Occupy activists and law enforcement authorities found themselves at odds in several U.S. cities over the weekend, including yet another tense showdown late Sunday afternoon in Portland, Oregon.
CNN: Prosecutors: Coach went from mentor to predator
Jerry Sandusky was thought to be Jo Pa’s replacement in Happy Valley. When he decided to retire, his career was deviating from a widely accepted script. And now, it appears, the Hollywood ending may have been just that - fiction. And possibly a façade that covered dark, sordid secrets.
CNN: The Brooklyn man who wrote to Gadhafi
Louis Schlamowitz is grateful to postmen, who over the years have dropped thousands of envelopes into the mailbox of his cramped apartment in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he has spent all his life. In that box came words and photographs from the famous - and sometimes the infamous.
New York Times: Hispanics Reviving Faded Towns on the Plains
For generations, the story of the small rural town of the Great Plains, including the dusty tabletop landscape of western Kansas, has been one of exodus — of businesses closing, classrooms shrinking and, year after year, communities withering as fewer people arrive than leave and as fewer are born than are buried. That flight continues, but another demographic trend has breathed new life into the region.
CNN: Mario Monti nominated to replace Berlusconi
Economist Mario Monti was nominated Sunday to replace Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's prime minister, presidential spokesman Donato Marra said.
CNN: Regime backers rally after Arab League suspends Syria
State media showed throngs of demonstrators rallying in support of Syria's president Sunday, a day after the Arab League's decision to suspend the country's membership.
CNN: Protesters take to the streets of Spain
Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets of the Spanish capital Sunday, protesting unemployment a week before voters elect a new government.
Washington Post: Russian scientist Vyacheslav Danilenko’s aid to Iran offers peek at nuclear program
When the Cold War abruptly ended in 1991, Vyacheslav Danilenko was a Soviet weapons scientist in need of a new line of work. At 57, he had three decades of experience inside a top-secret nuclear facility. Fifteen years later, the Russian scientist has emerged as a central character in the still-unfolding mystery that is Iran’s nuclear program.
CNN: New week, same old 'yo-yo' market
Worries about Europe's debt crisis have been at the root of the market's volatility for months, and despite recent progress, the wild swings in stocks aren't over yet.
CNN: Year-end budget busters: $600 billion on the line
Debt reduction may be consuming Capitol Hill these days, but lawmakers have a number of pricey budget decisions to make before the year's out.
Wall Street Journal: Euro Risks Hit Banks
Mounting concerns over the euro-zone crisis are prompting some of the world's largest banks, including U.S. banks, to release more information about their exposure.
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Unrest continues in Syria as Arab League suspends the country in emergency meeting. Jonathan Mann reports.
Pelosi is right to take on 60 Minutes on 'soft corruption'. She has worked long and hard to funnel federal money to her husband. She deserves more credit than than being labelled 'soft'.
►CNN: Super committee: 10 days to deadline and no deal imminent
Why would it be – it’s NOT the last hour – they have their own “Occupy Movement”
►CNN: Obama pushes for renewed engagement with Asia
Renew it and brew it but make sure it’s not “weak” but major!!
►CNN: Pelosi fires back at '60 Minutes' report on 'soft corruption'
The RICH always benefit from the fall of others – that added to middle class separation
►CNN: Priebus: 2012 primary might be a long road
For the RNC the road is long – they’re still in debt I’m told
Off to work – HAVE A NICE DAY!!!