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NASA Rover Captures Images of Mars Surface Over Three-Year Trek -- VIDEO

A new video from NASA shows 309 images from a rover's three-year voyage across the surface of Mars.

From September 2008 to August 2011, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity traveled from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater. At the end of each day that the rover drove across the surface, the team snapped a photo of the landscape. 

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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 11:40am

Chamber Launches SupComm Website

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled a new website over the weekend that encourages people to get in touch with Super Committee members and tell them "to use this opportunity to reform entitlement programs and restructure the over-complicated, anti-competitive U.S. tax code that creates roadblocks for America's job creators."

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 11:40am

Today's e-Reads: BlackBerry Outage Resolved, Netflix Rethinks Overhaul

Research In Motion says it has restored BlackBerry services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa after customers reported messaging and e-mail problems, according to Reuters. 

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:40am

What Happens After 2014?

The 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan passed quietly at the White House last week. With the U.S.-led coalition slated to hand over security responsibility to the Afghans by 2014, American military commanders have stressed that battlefield progress in the country remains "fragile and reversible." Optimism that Taliban leaders will ever join in the peace process has hit a new low with the recent assassination of the country's top peace negotiator, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani. Will Afghanistan be ready to take control of its own security?

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:40am

U.N. Report: Detainees 'Systematically' Tortured by Afghan Authorities

Detainees at Afghan police and intelligence detention facilities have been subjected to torture including hanging by their wrists, electric shock, and twisted genitals, among other interrogation techniques, according to a United Nations report released on Monday.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:40am

Repatriation Tax Holidays Don't Create Jobs, Levin Says

Companies awarded tax holidays in 2004 for bringing profits back to the U.S. ended up cutting jobs rather than creating them, according to a report from the Democratic staff of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released Monday night.

The report found that the 15 companies which repatriated the most of their earnings cut a net 20,931 jobs between 2004 and 2007.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:40am

Members Bare It All in C-SPAN's Body Issue, Plus: Happy Birthday Bo Obama! -- VIDEO

As the Obamas celebrate their dog Bo's third birthday this week, David Letterman points out some facts that you might not know about the first family's pet:

Bo "has the lowest approval rating of any White House dog going into an election year," Letterman joked. "Do you know the difference between Obama's dog and the economy? ... Obama fixed the dog."

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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:40am

Report: Obama Met With Romney Advisers to Discuss Health Care Reform

Though presidential candidate Mitt Romney shuns the term “Romney-care,” White House records show his top advisers helped the president draft the federal health care law, according to NBC News.

President Obama cited the health care law that Romney enacted as governor of Massachusetts as an inspiration for the Affordable Care Act, which passed in March 2010. But Romney discounted any association with Obama’s plan when he began campaigning in April.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:40am

Hotline Sort: Try, Try Again

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Elizabeth Warren posts an eye-popping fundraising haul in Massachusetts, while David Dewhurst makes a strong statement in Texas. Romney is looking strong in New Hampshire and takes the lead in the Iowa caucuses. And Linda Lingle could make Hawaii an unlikely Senate battleground.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:40am

Plouffe Says President Not Worried by Numbers

White House senior adviser David Plouffe told NBC that members of the Occupy Wall Street movement will find common ground with President Obama’s 2012 platform. Speaking on Today on Tuesday morning, Plouffe drew a hard line between Obama’s economic policies, which he says will rebuild the middle class, and those put forward by Republican candidates.

“For people who are  concerned about this financial system, I think there’s going to be a clear difference in this election,” Plouffe said.

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:40am