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10:24am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

George Carlin, Van Halen & '27 Yankees Land On One Great 'Best Lists' List

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:54 pm

George Carlin in 1981. The comedian's seven dirty words made the list of best lists.
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We continue to be on the watch for the best of the year-end "best-of lists." This one from The New Yorker stands out in our mind:

"The Hundred Best Lists Of All Time."

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9:47am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Sen. Reid: Looks Like We're Headed Over The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 1:18 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., addresses reporters about ongoing discussions about the so-called fiscal cliff on Dec. 18.
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Even as Air Force One was about to land in suburban Maryland this morning — bringing President Obama back from his vacation in Hawaii to resume negotiations aimed at avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic tax increases and spending cuts — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was on the floor of the Senate warning that a dive off that cliff seems inevitable.

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8:38am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

EPA Administrator Jackson Stepping Down

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
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Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is stepping down.

The Associated Press reports that:

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8:15am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Consumer Confidence Dips; New Home Sales Rise

American consumers aren't feeling quite as confident this month as they were in November.

The widely watched Consumer Confidence Index from the private Conference Board declined to 65.1 in December from 71.5 the month before. It also fell slightly in November from October.

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7:33am

Thu December 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Help Writer Dennis Lehane Find His Dog And You'll Be In His Next Book

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 4:58 am

Tessa is missing in Brookline, Mass.
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(Note at 7 a.m. ET, Dec. 28: Lehane's Facebook page continues to post updates — and as of now, Tessa remains missing.)

Our original post:

Mystery writer Dennis Lehane is asking for help in solving a case that's very important to him:

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