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Fowl Play - and the Doctrine of Clean Hands

Senators continue to squabble over the "Byrd rule" (named for West Virginia's own master of procedural rhetoric, Senator Robert Byrd). And other parliamentary tiffs brought on by the budget reconciliation process. Today the Rules Committee will be looking into changing the very thing that got us here. The filibuster. More precisely, the threat thereof. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is in no hurry to tinker.

Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
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Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine used on corn and soy farms have run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.
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Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.
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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

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