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Friday Political Grab Bag: Obama Picks Dartmouth President For World Bank...

President Obama will nominate Dartmouth College president, Jim Yong Kim, to head the World Bank. A physician and anthropologist by training and global-health expert, Kim's background makes him an out-of-the-box choice. He would become the first Asian American to head the important international funding organization.

Friday is the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act whose future is poised to be decided by the Supreme Court which will hear arguments on its constitutionality next week. Some believe the law could survive even if the high court invalidates the individual mandate.

Mitt Romney took a day off the public campaign trail Thursday to meet with congressional Republicans, telling them he was running to "save the country" and vowing to repeal the health-care law.

Rick Santorum, Romney's top rival for the GOP presidential nomination, has a significant lead in Louisiana whose primary is Saturday. Public Policy Polling put support levels for the Republican candidates at 42 percent for Santorum, 28 percent for Romney, 18 percent for Gingrich, 8 percent for Ron Paul and 2 percent for Buddy Roemer, the state's former governor.

President Obama's campaign aides think their candidate has an advantage over the likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, because of the parts of Obama's personal life many voters can identify with, like his being a big basketball fan and a dog owner.

Arlen Specter, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, said he might vote for Mitt Romney in November, though "I'm going to see which Romney it is."

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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
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Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
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How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

Many experts say artificial intelligence and robots will displace jobs at a faster and faster pace over the coming decade. What changes in technology could mean for how we work.

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How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

Many experts say artificial intelligence and robots will displace jobs at a faster and faster pace over the coming decade. What changes in technology could mean for how we work.

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