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  • Muslim Brotherhood: Wild Card In Egypt Power Game
    The nation's oldest and most organized opposition group, long banned by the Mubarak government, inspires loyalty among some, fear among others. But throughout the anti-Mubarak uprising, the Brotherhood moved gingerly, trying to establish itself as a centrist force.
  • Mubarak's Fall Spurs Calls To Rethink U.S. Policy
    The U.S. has long supported authoritarian leaders in the region in order to ensure stability, but the manner of the Egyptian president's ouster suggests that such regimes may not be stable in the long term. The U.S. may also have to take Arab public opinion more seriously.
  • GOP Claims Obama's Budget Is DOA: Debt On Arrival
    President Obama's proposal for next year's budget was delivered to Congress on Valentine's Day, but it didn't capture many hearts there. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan faulted the budget for not including recommendations that the president's fiscal commission had made on reducing entitlement spending for Social Security and Medicare.
  • Obama's Budget Calls For More Education Spending
    At a time when Republicans are calling for big cuts in government spending, President Obama's proposed budget calls for a $2 billion increase in education spending. Obama says education is an important investment, but his proposal is likely to meet sharp resistance in Congress.
  • Chicago Mayoral Hopefuls Heated In Final Stretch
    The race to replace a mayor who has virtually owned the office — Richard Daley — has been dominated by another big name: Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff. Emanuel is a favorite to win, but there's plenty of competition. With a week to go before the election, the candidates met on Valentine's Day in one of their final debates.
  • Budget Crunch Forces A New Approach To Prisons
    More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and the cost is becoming unbearable for many state and federal governments. Even some "tough-on-crime" conservatives are starting to call for the release of inmates.
  • Long Secret, File On Salazar Death May Be Released
    In 1970, journalist Ruben Salazar was fatally shot in the head by a teargas projectile from an L.A. deputy, as young Mexican-Americans in East Los Angeles rioted. The internal review of the killing has remained secret since 1970.
  • 'Jeopardy' Round 1: Man Vs. Machine
    In the Jeopardy! battle of man vs. machine, man and machine were neck-and-neck on Monday. Human player Brad Rutter and the supercomputer named Watson ended an initial round tied at $5,000. The other challenger, Ken Jennings, had $2,000.
  • Coal Producers Could Enjoy Record Profits
    Coal prices are up and exports could hit their highest level in 15 years, according to Bloomberg News. On top of strong demand from developing economies in Asia, recent floods in Australia have devastated that country's coal industry.
  • Ecuador Court Fines Chevron In Environmental Case
    A judge in Ecuador has ordered Chevron to pay $9.5 billion in damages and cleanup costs. The court ruled the oil giant was responsible for contaminating a large swath of Amazonian jungle. Chevron said it will appeal.

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