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  • Some Democrats Try To Rewrite Rules On Filibusters
    Democrats led by New Mexico freshman Tom Udall plan to use the Senate's first day in session Wednesday to take aim at the filibuster and the secret hold. The aim is to rein in both procedures, which they say have gotten out of hand.
  • Black GOP Lawmakers Face Tricky Relations With Democrats
    Tim Scott is the likelier of two new blacks in the House GOP to have good ties with black Democrats, an expert said. Even though he represents a more conservative district, Scott of South Carolina is more moderate than Allen West of Florida.
  • New Medical School Model: Adopt A Family To Treat
    At Florida International University in Miami, doctors in training are assigned a neighborhood and a family who lives there. Their mission is to improve the health of the family and the quality of life in the neighborhood. This community-based medicine is helping reshape medical education.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Sound Bite
    The 112th Congress convenes Wednesday so get ready to hear some political sound bites. The average sound bite is about nine seconds. Audio clips used to be much longer but they started shrinking in the 60s.
  • Luthier Makes Quiet Contribution To Brazil's Music
    Vergilio Lima devotes his skills to making fine stringed instruments in a mountain village. The instruments, introduced by Portuguese explorers, are used in music that fuses classical, popular and folk elements.
  • American Media's True Ideology? Avoiding One
    Media critic Jay Rosen says mainstream news reporters don't disclose what they believe enough of the time, and that there would be a real benefit if they did.
  • Satirical Russian Twitter Feed Gains Followers
    Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev last summer joined the tweeting masses with his own Twitter page called Kremlin Russia. Almost immediately, another Twitter feed appeared:Kermlin Russia. Julia Ioffe, of Foreign Policy magazine, talks to Renee Montagne about the satirical version. The faux presidential tweets are actually the work of two young Russians dubbed Masha and Sasha.
  • SEC To Examine Facebook, Goldman Sachs Deal
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into a recent deal between Facebook and Goldman Sachs, according to The Wall Street Journal. Despite some talk of going public, Facebook is still a private company. And because it has fewer than 500 shareholders, it's not required to disclose certain financial information.
  • December Car Sales Figures Show Signs Of Life
    U.S. automakers had a strong finish to 2010. December sales were up for every car company except Toyota. The good news has automakers revising their 2011 forecasts up.
  • From Ordinary Shopper To Celebrity, Overnight
    Shopping haulers are one of the fastest growing trends on YouTube. It's where bloggers find bargains at stores like Macy's and TJ Maxx and create a video showing off the items. The posts can help companies generate buzz -- but those same companies can lose credibility fast if they give gift cards or free merchandise to popular haulers.

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