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12:15am

Tue March 1, 2011
Middle East

Covering Protests, Al-Jazeera Boosts Fans, Enemies

In the darkened control room of news network Al-Jazeera, more than a dozen screens show reporters ready to go.

Pictures are set to roll from hot spots across the Middle East, and director Charlie O'Kane chats with a correspondent in Bahrain. It's the top of the hour and Sami Zeidan, a veteran news presenter, gets ready for live coverage of one of the most challenging stories of his career.

"The sense of empowerment has swept individuals in a way in the Middle East that is really unprecedented," he says.

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12:01am

Tue March 1, 2011
Middle East

Future Cloudy As Palestinians Dissolve Peace Team

As popular uprisings continue to spread across the Middle East, Palestinian leaders have made a number of moves aimed at appeasing would-be protesters in the West Bank.

Among those is the dismantling of their entire peacemaking apparatus, which has become deeply unpopular after years of failed peace talks. Palestinian officials say it is now unclear who would negotiate for them if the peace process resumes.

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12:01am

Tue March 1, 2011
Law

U.S. Defends DOMA Despite Dropping Support

The Obama administration says it will continue to deny health care benefits to the same-sex legal spouse of a federal court employee despite the fact that it has abandoned its court arguments in support of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Known as DOMA, the 1996 law bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. On Monday, the administration took the latest in a series of convoluted actions relating to the statute.

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12:01am

Tue March 1, 2011
Politics

Wis. Governor To Outline Budget Amid Ongoing Crisis

There's another shoe to drop in the Wisconsin budget battle, and it could drop Tuesday when Republican Gov. Scott Walker delivers a budget address before a joint session of the state Legislature.

But there will likely still be 14 empty chairs, as Wisconsin Senate Democrats continue to stay out of state to prevent a vote on a bill Walker says he needs to fix this year's state budget.

If Walker has said it once over the past couple of weeks, he has said it dozens of times: "We're broke. We don't have any money."

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12:01am

Tue March 1, 2011
U.S.

Hearings Set To Root Out Cause Of Pipeline Explosion

Federal investigators are about to begin hearings into the cause of a massive gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif., last September.

The explosion killed eight people and injured another 50, and scores of homes were destroyed or damaged.

For many residents, the pain of that day is still fresh.

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