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  • Obama Warns Of Tough Challenges Ahead
    President Obama described an America ready for the daunting challenges it faces, from an economy in crisis to wars and terrorist threats from abroad. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, the president called on politicians and the public to embrace shared sacrifice and new efforts to improve health care, schools and the environment.
  • Small Businesses Want Affordable Insurance
    In his speech to Congress, President Obama said bringing health care costs down would be a big step toward fixing the nation's economy. Small business owners are among the most eager for some kind of action. For them, the recession makes it even tougher to offer health insurance.
  • House Lawmakers Ponder Pork And Campaign Cash
    The House is scheduled to take up a government spending package Wednesday that is loaded with earmarks — nearly 8,600 of them. At the same time, lawmakers also will consider a resolution on investigating the links between earmarks and campaign contributions.
  • Tibetans Celebrate New Year In Silence
    Wednesday is the start of the Tibetan New Year. Tibetans are boycotting it as a silent protest against Chinese rule. One year ago, there were deadly riots and protests against Chinese rule.
  • GOP Leader Says Obama Speech Hit Right Notes
    Since Barack Obama took over as president, there've been fears that the Republican Party would become the party of "no." Following Obama's speech to Congress Tuesday night, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the Republican whip, said he thought it was a great starting point. He said Republicans want to work with the White House when they can.
  • George Mason Students Encouraged By Speech
    Some of President Obama's strongest supporters during the long election campaign were college students. A group of students from the political science department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., watched Obama's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. Most said they were inspired by the speech.
  • San Francisco May Lose Its Main Paper
    The owner of the San Francisco Chronicle says if it can't reduce expenses dramatically soon, it will close or sell the newspaper. Hearst Corp. has made it clear that the cost-cutting will require a significant number of layoffs at Northern California's largest newspaper.
  • Auto-Parts Suppliers Reportedly Face Credit Crunch
    Auto executives were at the White House on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reports they were talking to administration officials about the financial troubles faced by those who supply parts for their cars. Lenders are increasingly refusing to extend credit to parts suppliers that do much their business with Detroit's Big Three automakers, the paper reports.
  • Italy's Fiat Says It Still Wants A Piece Of Chrysler
    In exchange for part of the troubled U.S. automaker, Fiat plans to help it build small, fuel-efficient cars. But Fiat has its own financial troubles, making the proposed deal controversial. Fiat doesn't plan to put cash into Chrysler, which has some worried that bailout money meant for Detroit could end up going to Italy.
  • Coca-Cola To Install Vending Machines In Venice
    Officials in the Italian city of Venice have struck a deal with Coca-Cola. In return for nearly $2.7 million, Venice will allow Coke to install dozens of vending machines across the city. The money will go toward preserving Venice's cultural heritage. Some residents and retailers are furious. They say they don't want the city known for gondolas to be swamped by vending machines. City officials insist the machines will be discreet — and won't even bear the Coca-Cola logo.

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