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3:49pm

Wed February 9, 2011
It's All Politics

Speaker Boehner: 'We're Not Going To Be Perfect Everyday'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was philosophical Wednesday about his first legislative setback as leader of his chamber, his failure to win an extension of several Patriot Act provisions.

You win some, you lose some, he essentially told reporters, speaking of the Tuesday evening vote in which defections by a few dozen Republicans left him on the short end of the vote.

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3:35pm

Wed February 9, 2011
Politics

From FDR To IOU: Social Security Hits Tipping Point

Every year since Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Social Security into law in 1935, it had taken in more money through payroll taxes than it paid out. That is, until last year.

Social Security has now officially gone cash negative — and that means a nation that borrowed surplus Social Security revenues for decades will have to start paying that money back.

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3:30pm

Wed February 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Fifty Years Later, 28 Men Lost When 'Old Shaky' Collapsed Are Honored

"President Barack Obama has written a letter honoring the 28 men who died when a massive radar tower collapsed in the North Atlantic 50 years ago," the Associated Press writes. "The hurricane-weakened Cold War radar station, called Texas Tower No. 4, collapsed during a fierce winter storm in January 1961." It had stood about 80 miles southeast of New York City.

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3:11pm

Wed February 9, 2011
The Two-Way

14-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Pointing Laser At Airplane

Today, Los Angeles police said they arrested a 14-year-old boy who pointed a laser at a Boeing 737 landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

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3:02pm

Wed February 9, 2011
Hidden World Of Girls

Why Do Girls Love Horses, Unicorns And Dolphins?

People have long speculated about why girls love horses, according to Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture.

By identifying with these dynamic, strong animals, Orenstein says, girls are expressing their own power.

"They're all active, they're all sources of power and motion and transformation," she says.

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