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3:00pm

Tue December 14, 2010
Africa

Ivory Coast In Limbo After Political Stalemate

Ivory Coast is in political limbo as the official winner of last month's presidential election stepped up pressure on the incumbent to cede power.

The disputed presidential runoff produced a winner, opposition challenger Alassane Ouattara, proclaimed by the electoral commission and certified by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African nation. But his rival, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, refuses to concede despite pressure at home and abroad for him to step down.

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2:55pm

Tue December 14, 2010
Politics

Despite Protests, House Expected To Pass Tax Deal

U.S. House members heading back to Washington on Tuesday prepared to take up the tax cut deal that has something for just about every politico to love -- and hate.

Tea Party activists have been excoriating Republicans for signing on to an $800 billion-plus deal -- negotiated by President Obama and GOP leaders --- that preserves Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, but isn't paid for.

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2:27pm

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

Federal Reserve Says 'Economic Recovery Is Continuing'; Holds Rates Steady

Originally published on Tue December 14, 2010 12:27 pm

Saying that "information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November confirms that the economic recovery is continuing, though at a rate that has been insufficient to bring down unemployment," Federal Reserve policymakers just effectively said they're going to keep trying to give the economy some gas in a bid to get it moving faster.

You can read the FOMC's statement here.

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2:06pm

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

FIFA Chief Under Fire For Saying Gays Should Avoid Sex At 2022 World Cup

Homosexuals "should refrain from any sexual activities" while attending the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Monday.

Today, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and other gay rights activists are condemning his words -- and renewing their objection to having the tournament played in a country where homosexual behavior is illegal.

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12:45pm

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

New Christmas Classic? Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly As Bing And Bowie

If you need a break and have a few minutes, consider this video. As the Associated Press says, "Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have added a comedic twist to David Bowie and Bing Crosby's classic Christmas duet" (fair warning, there are are couple bleeped-out expletives at the end):

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12:44pm

Tue December 14, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

Virgina Court Decision Not The Final Word On New Health Law

Just about everyone agrees that U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's decision to strike down the central tenet of the new health law won’t be the end of the saga.

But Hudson did something no one expected. When he declared unconstitutional the requirement that most people get health insurance, he allowed the rest of the law to remain intact.

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12:00pm

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

Holbrooke's 'Af-Pak' Structure Likely To Survive Without Him

As President Obama meets with his top advisers on the Afghanistan-Pakistan region Tuesday, one topic of discussion will surely be the question of who might replace Richard Holbrooke.

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11:44am

Tue December 14, 2010
The Two-Way

Biden's 'F-Bomb', Palin's 'Refudiate': What Other Top Quotes Got Missed?

We posted yesterday about Yale University librarian Fred Shapiro's "best quotes" of 2010 list -- asking that Two-Way readers try to break the tie at the top between Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's "I'm not a witch" and former BP CEO Tony Hayward's "I'd like my life back."

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11:23am

Tue December 14, 2010
Remembrances

Holbrooke's Style Of Diplomacy Both Brash, Charming

World leaders paused Tuesday to pay tribute to Richard Holbrooke as a tough U.S. diplomat who forged a historic deal to end Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II and sought to bring stability to war-torn Afghanistan.

Holbrooke's death Monday came almost 15 years to the day after the Dec. 14, 1995, signing of the Dayton Agreement, the peace treaty that ended the Balkans War and that bears his indelible imprint.

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