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Tue November 8, 2011
The Salt

Mississippi Leads U.S. In Reliance On Food Stamps

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 12:06 pm

Garrett Grant works inside a store in the impoverished town of Glendora, Miss. Some 24 percent of Mississippians receive on government food assistance, the highest percentage in the country.
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The number of Americans who use food stamps is now close to 46 million, or 15 percent of the population. The government program that provides food stamps is formally known as SNAP, for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And the number of people who depend on it to buy groceries has grown substantially, even since the recession was officially declared over, back in June of 2009.

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Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Berlusconi Loses Majority In Key Vote

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 2:38 pm

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, holds the hand of Reforms Minister Umberto Bossi during a must-watched vote at the Lower Chamber, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011.
Andrew Medichini AP

Update at 2:26 p.m. ET. In a meeting with Italy's president, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi offered to resign after Parliament approved a budget filled with new austerity measures.

The Guardian reports that President Giorgio Napolitano broke the news in a statement that read in part:

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Tue November 8, 2011
It's All Politics

Herman Cain's Kimmel Show Allred Joke Was Odd Crisis Management

Herman Cain definitely doesn't seem to have this crisis-management thing down yet.

He presumably went on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday evening to fight the latest charge of sexual misbehavior, this one from Sharon Bialek that he made a vulgar and unwanted sexual come-on to her in 1997 when she was seeking his help for reemployment at the National Restaurant Association.

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Tue November 8, 2011
The Two-Way

White House: Government Has No Evidence Of Extraterrestrial Life

We're pretty sure these guys are in costumes. (2004 file photo from Comic-Con Convention in San Diego.)
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This probably isn't going to satisfy many of those who think of The X-Files as a documentary series, but the Obama administration has now put the White House on record as saying the government doesn't have any evidence of life "out there."

And the Obama team doesn't believe anything's being hidden from us.

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Tue November 8, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Clear The Air: Scented Candles, Air Fresheners Can Be Irritating

The fruity fragrance of some air fresheners can be a bother.

Mary, a 46-year-old flight attendant, had a persistent runny nose that was sometimes so bad she had trouble doing her job.

She'd tried antihistamines, nasal sprays and "allergy drops" prescribed by a specialist. None of them helped.

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