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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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  • Obama Changes Tone On SuperPACS, Endorses Own
    As a candidate and as president, Barack Obama has disparaged the role of big money in politics. At his 2010 State of the Union address, he even called out the Supreme Court for a ruling that opened the door to unlimited personal and business contributions. But, faced with a Republican opposition that's raising millions from a handful of sources, President Obama let his fundraisers loose to play the game too.
  • Ancient Roman Text Offers Tips On Winning Elections
    Robert Siegel talks with Classics professor Philip Freeman about his translation of the book, "How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians." The book was written by the brother of Marcus Cicero, for when Marcus ran for office in Rome in 64 B.C. But the ancient Roman guide for campaigning still holds lessons for today's elections.
  • N.Y. Giants Lead Parade As Super Bowl Champs
    For the second time in four years, New Yorkers celebrated a Super Bowl win by the Giants with a tickertape parade through Manhattan's "Canyon of Heroes" on Tuesday.
  • As L.A. Probes Sex Abuse Charges, Staff Replaced At Elementary School
    Two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School have been arrested on charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of students. Officials say no other staffers at the school are under suspicion, but they want to allay the fears of students and parents.
  • Detroit To Parents: Time To Get Involved In Education
    The city's school system is trying to get parents more engaged with their children's education in an effort to boost achievement and stop an exodus of families from the district.
  • Planned Parenthood Still In Cross Hairs
    Two anti-abortion groups say funding irregularities have been found in various state and federal audits of Planned Parenthood. The groups urged Congress to continue an investigation of Planned Parenthood.
  • Controversy Over Stem-Cell Research Keeps Charities On Sidelines
    Despite raising millions of dollars for breast cancer research, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation hasn't funded any work involving human embryonic stem cells. Other big disease charities have also shied away from funding such science.
  • Can Vaccines Break Cholera's Deadly Hold On Haiti?
    Haiti is suffering the world's worst cholera epidemic, killing more than 7,000 people since the outbreak began in October 2010. One aid group is pushing for a vaccination campaign. But critics worry about its efficacy — and that it may distract from improving access to clean water and sanitation.
  • Flipping 'The Bird' Just Isn't Obscene Anymore, Law Professor Argues
    "In the time of Caligula," says American University's Ira Robbins, "it was intended to be representative of a phallic symbol. Not today." Instead, showing a middle finger is an expression of "frustration or rage or anger or protest or disdain."
  • Super Bass: Can You Hit This Note?
    Welsh composer Paul Mealor has written a choral piece with an extremely low note, and he's on the hunt for a singer who can pull it off.

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