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    Solar Impulse plane starts bid to cross US

    Wishing success for this historic flight! "A plane powered only by the Sun has set off from San Francisco on the first leg of a bid to cross the US with no fuel. The Solar Impulse craft will stop in Phoenix, Dallas, St Louis, Washington DC and New York in the coming weeks. The team's plane...
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    Pro-gun senators slammed in polls, country at ‘turning point,’ says Sen. Chuck Schume

    "The harsh reaction some senators are facing in their home states for voting down new background checks on gun purchasers shows the U.S. might be at a “turning point,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. “One of the big changes, and one of the reasons that I am truly optimistic we will...
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    What Ever Became of George W. Bush?

    What Ever Became of George W. Bush? "This may seem like an odd question, but the other day I found myself wondering what had become of George W. Bush. The answer, of course, is nothing. He lives in Dallas with Laura and…that's about it. For all practical purposes, he's disappeared. You'd hardly...
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    Crisis in the Andes: 1,600 years of ice melts in just 25 years

    "It’s a stunning development in the world of climate change. Masses of ice that took South America’s Andes mountain range 1,600 years to form have reportedly melted in full in the last 25 years, another consequence of warming temperatures worldwide, according to a study published April 4 in the...
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    Even Doubters Want to Prepare for Global Warming

    "Some still insist that climate change is a hoax, but the vast majority of Americans believe the globe is warming, a new survey finds — and they want to prepare for the worst. In fact, even 60 percent of climate-change doubters favored preparations, the survey found. Researchers...
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    Jon Stewart Tears Apart GOP Autopsy Report For Changing Tone But Not Policy: Good Luc

    Jon Stewart Tears Apart GOP Autopsy Report For Changing Tone But Not Policy: Good Luck in 2020 "Stewart mocked the very name “autopsy,” which basically likens the GOP to a “bloated corpse.” He said that the idea of softening tone instead of policy amounts to just tell gay people they are...
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    Summer Melt Season Getting Longer On Antarctic Peninsula

    Mar. 27, 2013 — "New research from the Antarctic Peninsula shows that the summer melt season has been getting longer over the last 60 years. Increased summer melting has been linked to the rapid break-up of ice shelves in the area and rising sea level. The Antarctic Peninsula -- a...
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    Ryan the Redistributionist

    The newest attempt by Republicans to repackage and resell their failed trickle down economics policy: "Paul Ryan's new budget purportedly gets about 40 percent of its $4.6 trillion in spending cuts over ten years by repealing Obamacare, but Ryan's budget document doesn't mention that such a...
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    Global warming is epic, long-term study says

    Global warming has propelled Earth's climate from one of its coldest decades since the last ice age to one of its hottest -- in just one century. A heat spike like this has never happened before, at least not in the last 11,300 years, said climatologist Shaun Marcott, who worked on a new...
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    Senate panel passes bill seeking to curb illegal gun purchases

    (Reuters) - "The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday backed President Barack Obama's call to crack down on illegal trafficking of firearms, marking the first votes in Congress on gun-control since a school massacre last year prompted calls for action. On a largely party-line vote of...
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    Gun industry leaders, allies defy NRA on background checks

    "Some of the gun lobby's strongest allies are breaking with the National Rifle Association to support proposals that would expand background checks for private firearm sales.In behind-the-scenes talks with congressional staff members and others, gun makers, dealers and other Second Amendment...
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    Bipartisan deal close on expanded background checks

    "The bipartisan group of four Senators who are negotiating over a proposal to expand the gun background check system privately met this week to discuss where things stand, according to sources familiar with ongoing talks. One source tells me the four Senators are “95 percent of the way...
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    Arctic Ocean Is On Thin Ice: European Satellite Confirms Numbers

    For those interested in new scientific research related to climate change ~ Feb. 13, 2013 — "The September 2012 record low in Arctic sea-ice extent was big news, but a missing piece of the puzzle was lurking below the ocean's surface. What volume of ice floats on Arctic waters? And how does...
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    Gun Trafficking Bill Gains More House Republican Supporters

    WASHINGTON -- "A bill to make firearms trafficking a federal crime gained more House Republican support on Wednesday, a sign that perhaps some kind of gun control legislation could actually move in the House. The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act of 2013 was already a bipartisan bill when it was...
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    Why are there so few female mass murderers?

    Is it because males do not handle social rejection as well as females? Are males just more violent than females? Or other, an please explain; Thanks!
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    Andean glaciers melting at "unprecedented" rates: study

    LIMA, Jan. 24, 2013 (Reuters) —"Climate change has shrunk Andean glaciers between 30 and 50 percent since the 1970s and could melt many of them away altogether in coming years, according to a study published on Tuesday in the journal The Cryosphere. Andean glaciers, a vital source of...
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    Presidential Exit Polls Illustrate America's Religious, Cultural Divide

    Thought some of you might find it as interesting as I do to look at the voter demographics after the election. I think they provide much insight for future elections, as well as the cultural divide we see in: the country, in politics, and on this forum. "Exit polls in Tuesday's presidential...
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    Lautenberg, McCarthy propose high-capacity magazine ban[W:178]

    I think this bill has a much better chance of being passed than Feinstein's bill. "New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said Tuesday that they have introduced companion bills to ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition." "It is...
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    Climate Change Cluedo: Anthropogenic CO2

    Anthropogenic CO2? The human-caused origin (anthropogenic) of the measured increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 is a cornerstone of predictions of future temperature rises. As such, it has come under frequent attack by people who challenge the science of global warming. One thing...
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    Global-Warming Warnings Climate

    Reports concur that human-induced changes are already leading to damaging environmental shifts " Global warming is occurring at record levels and is due to increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases generated by human activities, according to several new government scientific reports issued in...
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