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Dragon dancers take a break after performing in front of Chinese business establishments on the eve of Chinese New Year celebration Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 at Manila's Chinatown district of Binondo in Manila, Philippines. This year marks the Year of the...

Chinese Year of the Snake: Business, births, and burnings

02/10/13 10:19AM

Massive portions of the Earth’s population begin a two-week celebration of the new luni-solar calendar Sunday. “Chinese New Year,” as it is known in the West, is somewhat of a misnomer as the term overlooks the fact that countries as culturally different as South Korea and Indonesia recognize the holiday, as well as Chinatowns from San Francisco... read more

US President Barack Obama
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Obama's State of the Union: A look back at past speeches

02/10/13 08:42AM

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address before Congress. This is arguably the most important speech a president is tasked with giving. It is a time when the president lays out his future agenda and hopes to persuade Congress, and the American people, to come aboard his plan.
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This image released by NASA from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite captured at 9:01 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 shows a massive winter storm coming together as two low pressure systems merge over the northeast U.S. Snow began falling across the Northeast on...

Photos: Winter Storm Nemo blasts through East Coast

02/09/13 08:33AM

The governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York all declared state of emergencies on Friday as snow dumped on the Northeast, and gusting winds swept through the region. Millions of residents from New York to Massachusetts stocked up on goods and gas and were told to get off the roads due to the intensified... read more

Undated handout image courtesy of the U.S. Air Force shows a MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Lt Col Leslie Pratt/Handout

Drones and 'the Decider'

02/08/13 05:01PM

Let me get a few things out of the way. I think drones can be a useful and effective tool of war. If there is a bad guy, a senior leader of al Qaeda, let’s say, who we can take out with a drone strike, I say we do it. I am, however, bothered by the secrecy, lack of transparency, and lack of oversight of the drone program. The process by which we... read more

People wait in the food court as snow continues to accumulate during a 'Nor-Easter weather pattern bringing blizzard conditions to Laguardia airport, in New York, February 10, 2010. (Photo by Chip East/REUTERS)

The nuts and bolts of travel insurance

02/08/13 10:21AM

With Snowstorm Nemo bearing down on the Northeast, USA Today reports that more than 3,700 flights have been canceled ahead of the blizzard. While winter travel above the Mason-Dixon Line can often be a perilous affair, travel insurance is big business year-round. Americans spent nearly $1.8 billion on all types of travel insurance services in... read more

The Grammy Award is shown during the 42nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

And the Grammy nominees are...

02/08/13 09:06AM

Ho Hey! I have been Thinkin Bout You and how Some Nights  you are Wide Awake and all you Wanted  was one of my infamous playlists to put on in the background, Shake It Out and then look in the mirror and say "I'm Sexy and I Know It." Hold On, Call Me Maybe so I can tell you 'Don't Worry Child'  because after this... read more

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2010 file photo, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan briefs reporters at the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

John Brennan heads to the Hill

02/07/13 12:37PM

Career spy John Brennan is heading to the Senate today to begin his first steps towards becoming the next director of the CIA.  Brennan is a 25 year agency veteran who served as deputy executive director from 2001 to 2003 and before that, as a top analyst and Saudi Arabia station chief.... read more

** FILE ** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY FEB. 2 ** A National Guardsman checks a stranded car Feb. 9, 1978, in Hampton, N.H., after the Blizzard of '78 to see if anyone was trapped inside. A winter storm combined with high tides flooded the New Hampshire seacoast...

Photo Finish: Blizzard of 1978

02/07/13 11:25AM

Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of one of the most catastrophic storms to ever hit the Northeast. The historic Nor'Eastern brought in blizzard conditions between February 5-7 in 1978, and left behind recording breaking snow piles. With anticipation of another big nor'eastern storm this weekend, the East Coast prays the storm doesn&... read more

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Time to raise the minimum wage

02/06/13 07:17PM

For the past four years the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25, putting the United States near the bottom of developed nations. On Wednesday, Washington Post columnist Matt Miller joined the Cycle hosts to discuss what can to be done to help ensure that working Americans earn a decent wage. read more

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2012, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for photographs before dinner at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore. The State Department said Sundy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton...

2016: Year of the women?

02/06/13 05:25PM

In case you missed it, there was a report this week that Janet Napolitano–the Homeland Security chief and former Arizona governor–wants to run for president in 2016. The news didn’t exactly make waves – which in a way is a really big deal. Because it means the novelty of female presidential candidates is really starting to wear off. read more

File Photo: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out  during Game Four of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 11, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo...

The Last Straw with A-Rod

02/06/13 02:23PM

Years ago, when I was still cutting my teeth on websites you've never heard of—I wrote a piece about Alex Rodriguez based around Antwone Fisher's "Who Will Cry For The Little Boy." The central question was this: What has he done to make everyone hate him? read more

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