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Power Breakfast For April 14, 2010

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It’s black, it’s white: It’s a dog, it’s a cat: It’s up, no, it’s down...

This morning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke returns to the Joint Economic Committee to deliver the economic outlook. The inevitable backdrop for the Next Big Thing on the Hill: financial regulatory reform. To recap, just before the recess, Senator Chris Dodd got his bill through the Banking Committee not because any Republicans supported it, but because they decided to hold their fire until the floor fight. Which is now likely to happen very soon. The timing is up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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