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A War Over Exceptionalism

Polls suggest that foreign policy is President Obama's strong suit, relatively speaking, but Mitt Romney found his trump card years ago.  In the 2008 campaign, Romney lambasted Democrats for not believing in American exceptionalism, making the case that an economically constrained America will fall beneath the feet of the twin giants of India and China.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Dead Cellphones Begone! Researchers Claim Solution For Weak Batteries

The arrival of smartphones compounded a problem that already confounded cellphone users: Why do cellphone batteries lose power so fast, and why does it take so long to recharge them?

A team of engineers at Northwestern University may be able to answer to both problems.

The technology, which could be ready for market in three to five years, comes in the form of an electrode for lithium-ion batteries, like those used in cellphones and other mobile devices such as mp3 players.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

U.S. Army to Test 'Global Strike' Technology This Week

The U.S. Army will test missile technology on Wednesday that could eventually be incorporated into a conventional "prompt global strike" weapon, according to Defense Department officials.

Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command will conduct a flight test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, which is to use an advanced-technology glide body built to endure high-speed flight in the upper atmosphere en route to a target.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

AP: Perry Requested Billions in Federal Aid as Governor

Despite frequent calls to tighten the federal purse strings, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has requested and received billions of dollars in federal aid during his tenure in the Texas governor’s mansion, according to an Associated Press investigation.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Why Newt is Next in Line

The latest CNN/ORC national survey showing Newt Gingrich surging to a statistical tie with Mitt Romney captures not only the continuing volatility of the GOP's most conservative wing, but cracks in Romney's standing among the party's more managerial and moderate voters.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Amazon's Kindle Fire: Hype or iPad Slayer?

Does the Amazon Kindle Fire live up to the hype? The Washington Post takes a look.

Some analysts fear that the growing torrent of data flowing over electronic networks is a disaster waiting to happen, The New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Elizabeth Warren Launches Biographical TV Ad

Consumer advocate and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren launched her first television advertisement in the Massachusetts Senate campaign, a biographical spot called "Who I Am." The ad lands as outside groups have already gone on the attack against both Warren and Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., -- something the Democratic front-runner mentions at the top of her 60-second ad.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

White House 'Won't Wait' for Congress to Protect Online Consumer Privacy

The White House won’t wait for Congress to act to protect the privacy of online consumers, a top White House technology official said on Monday.

While recent efforts in both the Senate and House have been encouraging, the White House is moving ahead with its own version of a consumer privacy bill of rights, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Daniel Weitzner said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Coburn Study Targets Tax Benefits For The Wealthy

With the deficit super committee scrambling  to reach the Nov. 23 deadline for coming up with at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Monday released a report listing special tax breaks he says the wealthy enjoy.

Whether Coburn's report, "Subsidies of the Rich and Famous," will have any impact on the negotiations under way by members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction is uncertain.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Waterboarding Produces Another Romney Flip-Flop?

Front-running Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney never got a chance in Saturday's debate to weigh in on whether he views waterboarding as torture. (Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain said no, Ron Paul and John Huntsman said yes.) Romney's campaign spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said on Twitter today: "He wasn't asked but it's not torture.''

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm