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  • Obama: Michigan, Florida Do-Overs 'Not Realistic'
    Barack Obama says allowing the Michigan primary results to count wouldn't be fair — and do-overs in Michigan and Florida wouldn't be realistic. In an NPR interview, Obama also defends his experience and says his Iraq pullout plan is subject to change based on "new information."
  • 'Road Map' Leads Nowhere for Many in Middle East
    The 2003 plan dubbed the "road map" was supposed to point the way to a two-state solution for Palestinian-Israeli peace. But the life of a Palestinian plumber reflects the shortcomings of an effort backed by the U.S., Russia and the EU.
  • A Thriller of a Documentary: 'The Unforseen'
    A new documentary tracks a 30-year battle over land use in Austin, Texas. The Unforseen focuses on a real-estate development project threatening a spring-fed swimming area. Robert Redford and Terrence Malick are the film's executive producers.
  • Kosovo, EU Ties Loom over Serb Election
    May elections for a new parliament will test Serbian resolve regarding independence for the province of Kosovo. Most Serbs oppose the idea, but the EU favors it. And few Serbs see a healthy economic future without EU ties.
  • Religious Leaders Help Renters Buy in New Orleans
    The Jeremiah Group has developed a loan plan to turn the city's low-income renters into homeowners. Instead of rejecting the idea as an impractical suggestion by idealistic do-gooders, the state embraced it.
  • Nagin, New Orleans Seek Rebuilding Money
    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin led a city delegation to Washington, D.C., this week to seek more than $2 billion for the Big Easy. They want Congress to help shore up levies and improve water, sewer and public transit services.
  • Rep. Frank: Use $300 Billion to Fight Foreclosures
    More help could be on the way for people struggling to pay off their home loans. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts wants the federal government to refinance up to $300 billion worth of troubled mortgages.
  • Johnson & Johnson Heir Makes Film on Income Gap
    Jamie Johnson, whose family founded Johnson & Johnson, came from a world with an inviolable rule: Don't talk about money. But he's using his background to make documentaries about the rich, including The One Percent.
  • Cost of Penny Occupies Lawmakers' Thoughts
    A rise in copper prices means it now costs the U.S. government 1.7 cents to make a penny coin. The head of the U.S. Mint discussed a change in the composition of coins on Capitol Hill this week, but one lawmaker resurfaced another plan: scrap the penny altogether.
  • Iranian Vote Tests Support for President
    Iranians are voting Friday in a parliamentary election with limited choices. Many pro-reform politicians were barred from running as candidates. Conservatives are split over the policies of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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