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Can the CLASS Act Ever Work?

The future is increasingly uncertain for the CLASS Act, a controversial long-term care insurance program created by the 2010 federal health law and championed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

As Wars Wind Down, Army General Worries About Troop Discipline

A senior Army general said on Wednesday that the military was beginning to face serious discipline problems as troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and start returning to less-rigorous deployments at large bases in Europe and the U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:40pm

Ron Paul Reports $8 Million Haul in Third Quarter Money Chase

And the money chase continues: Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday that it has raised more than $8 million in the third quarter, less than the likely totals for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney but respectable showing for a second-tier candidate in the race for the Republican nomination.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:40pm

PICTURES: Photo of the Day

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:40pm

Monkey Think, Monkey Do, Monkey Feel

Researchers trying to find ways to make robots move by brain power alone have made the first two-way system, in which monkeys can not only make a virtual hand move, but can get feedback that their brain “feels” as a real object.

The research takes a big step toward allowing paralyzed patients and others to control a computer or even a robot using thoughts alone.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 1:40pm

House Democrats Gain With New Arizona Map

Mark down another incumbent-versus-incumbent matchup for 2012: The new Arizona maps proposed by a bipartisan redistricting commission could pit GOP Reps. Dave Schweikert and Ben Quayle against each other in the state's new 6th District.

Drawn by an independent redistricting commission, the map brings good news for Democrats, shoring up several of their seats and setting them up in good position to win the new 9th District. But several Republicans in the delegation are going to have to make some tough choices, beginning with the two freshmen.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:40pm

LOL Pols: 'Bad Lip Reading' Videos Lampoon GOP Candidates, Obama

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:40pm

I'm Sorry: Political Apologies—PICTURES

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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:40pm

Salazar: Obama Will Win Colorado, but It Will Be Harder Than in 2008 -- VIDEO

Will President Obama win Colorado again? Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday that the incumbent Democrat will be able to capture the purple state that Salazar once represented in the Senate -- but it will be more difficult this time around.

Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, Salazar compared the 2012 presidential election to his 2004 Senate race, which he won with only 51 percent of the vote.

A reporter asked, "Harder, though, than last time?" 

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:40pm

Salazar: Western U.S. Facing Future Water Shortages

The American West and Southwest are headed for serious water shortages in the coming decades, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday.

The 10 Western states that depend on the Colorado River and Rio Grande basins will see acute water shortages in the coming years due to the combination of reduced precipitation as a result of climate change and increased demand, Salazar said, speaking to reporters at a breakfast held by the Christian Science Monitor.

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 12:40pm