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  • Despite Talk Of Decline, Unions Remain Key Players
    Nearly one in four voters lives in a union household. They are more likely to vote and polls show they still solidly favor Democrats by a solid margin. The vast majority of their resources will go toward getting members and other likely Democratic voters to the polls.
  • What Happens To The Tea Party After Election Day?
    Activists insist the movement will find its stride after the midterms. They plan to put Tea Party-backed members of Congress on notice that they risk losing support if they go against the movement's agenda. And some GOP senators may be in danger in 2012 if they don't embrace the push for smaller government.
  • Prison Economics Help Drive Ariz. Immigration Law
    The state's new law could send hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to prison. An analysis of fund-raising documents, lobbying records and corporate reports shows that the private prison industry helped draft and pass the measure.
  • Giants Win World Series Opener Over Rangers
    The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 11-7 Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. Freddy Sanchez became the first player to hit three doubles in his first three at-bats in a World Series. Game 2 is Thursday night.
  • Amid Iran's Economic Woes, Sanctions Begin To Bite
    The Islamic republic is having difficulties finding international banks to handle the revenue from its oil sales. Meanwhile, a recent dramatic drop in the value of Iran's currency has left many people shaken.
  • Jo Tatchell Goes 'Behind The Scenes In Abu Dhabi'
    In her new book, A Diamond in the Desert, Tatchell looks at the economic explosion of the desert city. The British author moved to the city when she was a little girl; a lot has changed in the 35 years since.
  • China Won't Use Rare Earths As 'Bargaining Tool'
    China controls the world's production of rare earths, and it recently blocked exports of the minerals to Japan after a territorial dispute. Secretary of State Clinton called on Beijing to explain. A Chinese government spokesman said it's not using the minerals as a "bargaining tool."
  • South Africa Plans Huge Solar Farm
    The complex will be built in South Africa's Northern Cape region, and it ultimately could meet as much as 10 percent of the nation's energy needs. The project is going to be managed by the U.S. engineering firm Fluor and is based on a viability study done by the Clinton Climate Initiative.
  • Candidates Play Up Former CEO Experience
    Politicians often say, "We need to run government more like a business." In California, the Republican candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate are two former corporate executives from Silicon Valley: Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Is running a company the same as running a state?
  • Madonna To Open A Chain Of Gyms
    Madonna is opening a worldwide chain of gyms. The first Hard Candy Fitness opens next month in Mexico City. Ten more are planned in countries like Russia, Brazil and Argentina. None here in the United States.

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