11:08am

Tue December 14, 2010
It's All Politics

Obama Should 'Man Up' Columnist Explains What He Meant

Some people want President Obama to express more passion. Others say he must show greater resolve in dealings with Republicans in Congress. Still others complain that he's indecisive and often too slow to act.

The criticisms have resonated with many Americans of color, who say they also face a minefield in the workplace. They identify with the fine line that Obama must walk to avoid misperceptions: assertiveness taken as aggressiveness; passion interpreted as anger; confidence as arrogance; or poise as passivity.

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11:08am

Tue December 14, 2010
Business

A Temporary Solution For A New American Worker

Time was, being a temporary worker in America meant you probably couldn't find -- or couldn't hold -- a permanent job. Temps were considered second-class citizens.

Nowadays, a cohort of workers prefers temporary work -- and the flexibility it offers them -- to long-term, full-time employment.

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11:01am

Tue December 14, 2010
Health

A Breast Oncologist, Diagnosed With The Disease

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Marisa Weiss has treated thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer. But in April of 2010, the founder of the website breastcancer.org found herself on the other side of the examining table. After a routine mammogram, she was diagnosed with a breast tumor.

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10:34am

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks' Assange Granted Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted bail by a London court as he fights extradition to Sweden for questioning in a sex-crimes investigation, the Associated Press, the BBC and other news outlets are reporting.

According to the AP, the judge:

"Said Tuesday that Assange must abide by strict bail conditions as he fights extradition to Sweden in a sex-crimes investigation."

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9:58am

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

Judge's Health Care Ruling Sparks Wide Range Of Opinions

A federal judge's ruling Monday that, as Shots' Scott Hensley writes, the health care overhaul "overreached by mandating that practically everyone in the country be required to have health insurance," is still being dissected. Shots will have more on the ruling later.

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9:46am

Tue December 14, 2010
Crisis In The Housing Market

Wall Street Finds Lucrative Market In Tax Liens

A new breed of TV and Web infomercials has recently popped up, promising that investors can make lots of money by investing in tax liens.

A tax lien is an unpaid property tax or utility bill. In about 29 states, these liens can be bundled and resold to investors, who then acquire the rights to collect that debt.

"In some states, that can mean that you can get 18 percent interest or more on that debt," explains journalist Fred Schulte. "You can also attach a lot of legal fees and other charges onto the debt. So that's how you make money."

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9:25am

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

Assange In Court -- And How A Blogger 'Changed WikiLeaks Coverage'

Update at 10:35 a.m. ET: Since we first published this post, a London court has granted bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. There's more about that here.

Our original post:

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9:23am

Tue December 14, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Insurers Unlikely To Pay For Family Care Of The Elderly

No one wants to be cared for by strangers. So it's no surprise that many people look to family members and other trusted helpers to assist them with dressing and housekeeping when they’re too old or ill to do so themselves.

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8:55am

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

'The King's Speech' Leads Golden Globe Nominations

Nominations for the 68th Golden Globe Awards are out and the Associated Press says "the British monarchy tale The King's Speech has taken the lead ... with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush."

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has the complete list of nominees posted here.

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8:45am

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Better Than Expected; Wholesale Prices Up 0.8 Percent

Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8 lpercent in November from October, the Census Bureau just announced. Bloomberg News says the increase was more than expected.

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