- With Democrats and Republicans playing chicken, and serious spending cuts in the bloated federal budget seemingly off the table, fiscal cliff negotiations are going ... nowhere.
- President Obama surprised many observers by coming out against easing immigration for skilled, U.S.-educated tech workers. Want to bet some Silicon Valley-types wish they had money-back guarantees on their political contributions?
- Law-enforcement agents don't need warrants to record video inside your house, says the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Drone-war is just swell, said National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, in a chat at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
- Five states — California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Ohio — absolutely excel at chasing people away with high taxes.
- Eleven percent of student loans are now 90 days or more past due, in a troubling sign that art-history degrees may not be as lucrative as once believed.
- A video of a New York City police officer being kind to a homeless man has gone viral as viewers try to wrap their minds around a candid recording that features a badge but no screams or crunching noises.
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