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Power Breakfast For January 19, 2010

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Bringing new meaning to the words "critical mass"

In the language of physics, "critical mass" refers to the smallest mass of a fissionable material that will sustain a nuclear chain reaction at a constant level.

In socio-dynamic terms, "critical mass" is used to describe a sufficiency of momentum whereby conditions become self-sustaining.

In the United States Senate in January of 2010, "critical Mass" is the state that's having a special election today to determine who will occupy the seat held by the late Ted Kennedy.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports...

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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