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4:31 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

In Egypt, Islamists Take Control Of A New Parliament

Egypt's recently elected parliament, which is dominated by Islamists, held its first session in Cairo on Monday. The challenges facing the legislature include coming up with a new constitution.
Asmaa Waguih AP

Egypt's Islamists formalized their new stature on Monday as the first freely elected parliament in six decades held its inaugural session in Cairo.

The session was broadcast live on Egyptian state television and was largely spent swearing in the 508 members, most of whom belong to the Muslim Brotherhood and ultra-conservative Salafist movement.

But outside the parliament, not everyone was celebrating.

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Technology
4:28 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Niche No More: Survey Shows Tablets Are Everywhere

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Kindle Fire tablet in New York, on September 28, 2011. The Fire's strong holiday sales were part of a trend that now has nearly a third of all American adults owning an e-book reader or tablet computer.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

A few weeks ago, Mike Wendlinger bought himself a Christmas present — a Nook Simple Touch e-book reader. And when he did, he joined a wave of Americans who have combined to make e-readers and their more powerful bretheren, tablet computers, into genuine mass market devices.

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The Two-Way
4:27 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Federal Workers Owe $1.03 Billion In Unpaid Taxes

Here's your interesting numbers story of the day: Based on The Washington Post's analysis of Internal Revenue Service records, about 98,000 federal employees — including those from the post office — owed $1.03 billion in unpaid taxes. It's a number that has been reported before but this year, while the number of delinquent employees fell, the total amount owed ballooned by $32 million or 3 percent.

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The Two-Way
4:25 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Gingrich On Jobless: 'We Shouldn't Give People 99 Weeks To Do Nothing'

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich (in red) greet people during an event at the The River Church in Tampa, Fla., earlier today (Jan. 23, 2011).
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 4:48 pm

Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich today made the case that those who have been collecting jobless benefits for extended periods of time should be required to enroll in job-training programs, saying that "we shouldn't give people 99 weeks to do nothing," our colleagues at WUSF in Tampa report.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk Suffers A Stroke

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., looks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally in Wheaton.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is hospitalized in Chicago after undergoing surgery to relieve swelling on his brain; doctors discovered he'd suffered a stroke over the weekend.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:26 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Women Report More Pain Than Men From Same Ailments

It hurts me more than it hurts you. Really.
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Women consistently say they suffer more intense pain than men — about 20 percent more on average, even from seemingly gender-neutral ailments like sinus infections.

That's the word from a big new study that tracked reports of pain from people diagnosed with the same medical conditions. So much for the old cliche that women handle pain more easily than men. Or maybe this backs another cliche, that guys are tough and unfeeling.

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The Two-Way
3:01 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Marine Accused Of Killing Iraqi Civilians In Haditha Reaches Plea Deal

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich (R) walking into court with his defense attorney Neal Puckette for opening statements in the Haditha murders trial at Camp Pendleton on Jan. 9.
Sandy Huffaker AFP/Getty Images

The case of a U.S. marine accused of killing 24 unarmed civilians in Haditha, Iraq came to a surprising end today. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of three months in confinement.

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National Security
3:00 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

CIA Officer Charged With Leaking Information

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou leaves federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 6:35 pm

A former CIA officer was charged on Monday with leaking secrets to reporters — and then lying about it.

The Justice Department has accused John Kiriakou of violating the Espionage Act by outing his colleagues and passing sensitive details about counterterrorism operations to reporters for The New York Times and other media outlets.

Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington, Va., appeared in federal court in Virginia on Monday, where he was released after posting a $250,000 bond.

The Reluctant Spy

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Afghanistan
2:34 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

In Battle For Hearts And Minds, Taliban Turn To CDs

When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, their hard-line policies included a ban on music tapes and videos.

Yet now, the Taliban are producing their own CDs in an attempt to win the hearts and minds of Afghans.

In bustling downtown Kabul, Mustafa, 22, works in an electronics store selling music CDs to 20-something customers.

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It's All Politics
2:28 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Candidates' Stance On Immigration Scrutinized Ahead Of Florida Primary

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Tampa, Fla., on Monday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:44 am

The issue of immigration, which barely simmered during the first three Republican presidential contests, could reach a boil now that the candidates have arrived in Florida for the state's Jan. 31 primary.

Florida, with its large and influential Latino population, provides the earliest gauge of the difficulty facing any eventual GOP nominee in courting Hispanic voters, who increasingly view Republicans' rhetoric about immigration as anti-Hispanic.

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