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  • Afghan Council To Consider U.S. Partnership Pact
    Despite threatened attacks by the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has convened a grand assembly in the capital Kabul. Among other things being discussed, is the prospect of a strategic partnership with the United States that would keep American troops in the country after the 2014 drawdown.
  • Egyptian Groups Plan Mass Anti-Military Protests
    Many Egyptians are outraged over military rulers' plans to change the constitution to protect the armed forces from civilian oversight and give themselves the final say on key policies. It's the latest clash between pro-democracy factions and the ruling military council, which is accused of clinging to power despite vowing to cede control.
  • Keynes' Consuming Ideas On Economic Intervention
    For British economist Sir John Maynard Keynes, consumption — economic or otherwise — was what made the world go 'round. His ideas about how to nurture national economies, and when to intervene, are still being debated, 65 years after his death.
  • For Arab Nations In Transition, U.S. Emphasizes Trade
    With limited budget resources, the U.S. is focusing on trade and debt relief in an effort to encourage democratic and economic reforms in North Africa and the Middle East. It's also a way to tackle youth unemployment, one of the main problems that sparked the Arab uprisings.
  • Solyndra Highlights Long History Of Energy Subsidies
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu will face scrutiny on Capitol Hill Thursday over loans to the failed solar firm. But the government has a long history of subsidizing many kinds of energy, from coal to oil to wind. Still, different sectors disagree on whether tax deductions should be considered a subsidy.
  • Illegal During Watergate, Unlimited Campaign Donations Now Fair Game
    The 2012 presidential campaign is already being shaped by new rules for political money. That means corporate involvement in presidential politics on a scale not seen since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, which ended Richard Nixon's presidency. The key difference: This time, it's legal.
  • Carmakers' Volume Goes Up, Post Office's Goes Down
    Chrysler will announce plans to add more than 1,000 jobs at an assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service says it could run out of money next year.
  • House Panel Votes To End Fannie, Freddie Bonuses
    The House Financial Services Committee voted on Wednesday to suspend nearly $13 million in bonuses paid to executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The measure would also prohibit future bonuses. The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation.
  • Olympus Scandal Could Hasten Disclosure Changes
    One of Japan's most venerable corporations is facing possible bankruptcy and its executives face jail time. The corporate scandal has stunned the nation. Olympus, a maker of cameras and medical equipment that is a household name in Japan, has been cooking its books and covering losses dating back to the 1990s.
  • PETA Criticizes Nintendo's 'Super Mario 3D Land'
    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is attacking Nintendo's new video game Super Mario 3-D Land. In the game, Super Mario sometimes wears the skin of a tanooki, which is a raccoon dog. Since tanooki are, in real life, killed for their fur, the group says the game "sends the message that it's OK to wear fur."

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