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Shields and Brooks on Boehner's 'New World Order,' 2012 Budget

Columnists Mark Shields and David Brooks assess political news, including the showdown in Congress over spending, President Obama's new budget and worker protests in Wisconsin.

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WORLD -- Feb. 20, 2011

Libya's Unrest Grows as Gov't Forces Fire on Mourners

Protests in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi's 40-year regime are continuing, despite government forces on Sunday reportedly firing upon funeral processions of those who have died in the protests.

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POLITICS -- Feb. 19, 2011

House Passes Spending Bill With Deep Cuts

The House approved a spending plan early Saturday morning that would cut $60 billion in domestic programs, foreign funding and some military projects.

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DOUBLEHEADER -- Feb. 18, 2011

The Doubleheader: Medicaid, Unions and Spring Training

It's always a pleasure to have the boys of spring and summer -- syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks -- back in action together. In this week's Doubleheader, we discuss the big jump states face in Medicaid expenditures.

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CALIFORNIA -- Feb. 18, 2011

Austerity Debate Follows Obama to Silicon Valley

President Barack Obama talks with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On President Obama's trip to Silicon Valley Friday, there were echoes of a debate raging around the country: how much should the government invest to help spur job growth vs. how much should it focus on austerity?

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GWEN'S TAKE -- Feb. 18, 2010

Meaning What You Say

ifill_casual.jpgIt's a familiar cycle. Voters say they want new faces and fresh thinking in Washington. But once the newcomers arrive in the nation's capital, they discover themselves consigned to back benches and basement offices.

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HEALTH REFORM -- Feb. 18, 2011

Exclusive: States Facing Medicaid Budget Crunch


Across the country, states faced with massive budget gaps are looking for ways to slash Medicaid spending. Combined, states are looking at a $125 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2012.

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POLITICS -- Feb. 18, 2011

State Legislatures Consider Collective Bargaining

The fight over state workers' right to collective bargaining is not confined to Wisconsin, where Democratic lawmakers refused to show up for a vote on the issue in a Republican-controlled state senate.

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Electric Cars and the Power Grid

Some believe that most automobiles in the future will be electric. As they are becoming more common, engineers are investigating how these vehicles can feed power back to the electric grid.



The Edge of the Universe

This week, two astronomers announced that may have found a new planet on the outer reaches of our solar system which they're calling Tyche. Theoretical physicist Brian Greene talks about the difficulty in understanding the far reaches of our universe.

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Stacking Caskets

Some Illinois cemeteries have graves containing as many as eight caskets, but a new bill in the state Legislature would reduce that number to three.


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Feb. 17, 2011

Watson Wins: Computer Beats Human Trivia Champs

Scientists building computers that can simulate the workings of the human brain scored a major victory when their creation, Watson, beat the greatest "Jeopardy!" winners of all time.

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