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Friday, January 30, 2009

Iraqis Go to the Polls Again

More than 14,000 candidates are competing in provincial elections for 440 seats on local councils across the country.

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The End of An Affair

As the recession leads to a drop in consumer spending, shoppers just aren't feeling the love like they used to at The Mall of America.

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Bloggingheads- Obama, a Brutal Realist?

Robert Wright, left, of Bloggingheads.tv and Mickey Kaus of Kausfiles debate the meaning of Barack Obama's offer to "extend a hand" to despots willing to unclench their fists.

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A Conversation With the Vice President

John Harwood of The New York Times and CNBC talks to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. about the economy and more.

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Bloggingheads- Obama's Exceptionalism

Noam Scheiber, left, of The New Republic and Matt Welch of Reason debate Barack Obama's foreign policy convictions.

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Mike Ditka Talks Football

Legendary football player Mike Ditka says people are giving Pittsburgh an edge in this Super Bowl, but all that matters is how the teams play for 60 minutes this Sunday. MarketWatch's Jennifer Waters reports. (1/30)

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Tiny Kitchen- Eggs in Purgatory

Jill Santopietro, cook and recipe tester for The New York Times, makes a Neapolitan ragu with chestnut polenta in her tiny New York City kitchen.

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Super Bowl Ads Turn Down the Fun

WSJ's marketing and advertising columnist Suzanne Vranica tells Kelsey Hubbard how advertisers are changing the tone of the Super Bowl ads this year and focusing more on the hard sell versus just being quirky and funny as in past years.

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Author Phillips Talks About Latest Novel

Chris Farley interviews author Jayne Anne Phillips on her latest novel, "Lark & Termite".

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NFL Commish Talks Super Bowl

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the press about the upcoming Super Bowl. Video courtesy of FoxSports.com.

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A Close Look at Super Bowl Advertising

During the Super Bowl, many people watch the advertisements as closely as they do the football. WSJ Digital's Kelsey Hubbard takes a look at the change in the tone struck by advertisers this year and why, despite the recession, ad sales for Super Bowl spots hit a record high.

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Tastings- Open That Bottle Night

WSJ's Tastings columnists Dottie Gaiter and John Brecher answer the age-old question wine connoisseurs have: when should you open that one special bottle of wine that's being saving for that one special occasion?" 99

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In Russia, Growing Fears of Unrest

Ulyanovsk, Russia, an industrial city and the birthplace of Lenin, has gone from a symbol of Russia's revival under Vladimir Putin to economic distress.

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A Pirate Hostage Shares His Ordeal

Kidnapped on the high seas, Asif Khan, along with 27 fellow sailors, was held hostage for 60 days until a ransom was paid by his company. WSJ's Niraj Sheth reports.

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A Day in the Life of Chuck the Groundhog

Chuck, the famous Staten Island groundhog, is preparing to give his annual weather report. But he can only do it with the help of zookeeper Douglas Schwartz. WSJ's Rich Joyce reports.

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Munis an Attractive Bargain for Investors Burned by the Market

WSJ's Intelligent Investor columnist Jason Zweig says municipal bonds are an attractive option for skittish investors. He tells colleague Nikki Waller munis are the cheapest they've been in at least 50 years, but that investors should be careful where they shop.

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Looking Ahead- Stimulus, Data, Earnings

A busy week will open February to include auto and retail sales, the stimulus package before the Senate, discussions around TARP and the "bad bank," and earnings from 102 S&P 500 companies. Stacey Delo reports. (Jan. 30)

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Investment Guru Says Worst Is Behind Us

Though the stock market continues to be volatile, investment guru Charles M. Royce of Royce Funds tells WSJ's Shefali Anand the worst is already behind us.

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Davos- Branson, CEOs Become Refugees for a Day

Virgin's Richard Branson and other CEOs at the World Economic Forum experience firsthand what it's like to be a refugee in a unique, role-playing game, WSJ's Andy Jordan reports from Davos.

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Scarlet & Adam

Scarlet Deford and Adam Winner discuss meeting as college students and the bride tells of her excitement about being reunited at the wedding with the woman who helped organize her adoption.

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Bocuse d'Or Wraps Up in Lyon, France

Chefs from 24 countries competed in the Bocuse d'Or, a competition considered by organizers the Olympics of cooking.

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Davos- More Questions than Answers

Alan Murray, deputy managing editor for The Wall Street Journal, says this year's World Economic Forum took on a different tone from years past. On preventing another financial crisis, he says there were more questions than answers.

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Designers Create Green Vehicles

A new generation of lighter, sleeker vehicles could give a radical new look to urban streets.

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Carlos Slim Ups His Stake in Saks

Currently it seems as though upscale stores such as Saks should be avoided like the plague, but Mexican Telecom multi-billionaire and value investor, Carlos Slim, added to his stake in the company. Barron's John Kimelman comments.

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Detroit's Green Gamble

General Motors is banking on the Chevrolet Volt electric car to prove that it can deliver an environmentally friendly automobile.

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Arizona's Copper-Mining Towns

Surging global demand for copper is driving a boom in Arizona's copper-mining towns. Residents have ridden the boom / bust cycle of copper-mining for years.

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Davos 2009

Andrew Ross Sorkin, a Times reporter, discusses the agenda for Davos 2009.

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The State of the Eurozone Economy

Elwin de Groot, market analyst at Rabobank International, talks to MarketWatch's Tom Bemis about what to expect from the eurozone economy in February and beyond. (Jan. 30)

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Obama Unveils Economic Team

President-elect Barack Obama held a press conference today to reveal the members of his economic team.

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The Week Ahead in Europe

The earnings parade continues in Europe, and another rate decision from the European Central Bank is due. MarketWatch's Aude Lagorce reports. (Jan. 30)

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White House Spray

President Obama gave photographers a brief glimpse of his world after meeting with Vice President Joseph Biden and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, as documented by The Times's Stephen Crowley.

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50/50 Chance for Positive Market in '09

Barron's Bob O'Brien explains the possibilities of which the market will turn this year, by using the analysis from Brown Brothers Harriman. This year is a toss-up.

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MarketWatch Hot Stocks Report- Energy

Exxon Mobil breaks its own record for the fattest annual corporate profit in history, putting the energy sector in the market spotlight. MarketWatch's Steve Gelsi reports. (Jan. 30)

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Five New Drugs Vying for FDA Approval

Despite a rough regulatory environment and some big setbacks in 2008, big drug makers can generate some big break throughs in the coming year. Five drugs are up for approval at the FDA. Barron's Johanna Bennett comments.

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Inventory Buildup Inflates GDP Report

WSJ economics reporter Kelly Evans tells colleague Phil Izzo the economy's 3.8% drop in the fourth quarter was better than what was expected, but only because U.S. counts an unwanted buildup of goods on store shelves as growth.

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Turkish PM Given Hero's Welcome for Davos Walkout

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is met by cheering crowds supporting his decision to walk out of a debate with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum. Erdogan says he was upset with the moderation and with Peres' manner during their debate on the situation in Gaza. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Davos- Clinton Supports Obama Stimulus Plan

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton threw his weight behind President Barack Obama's stimulus plan, saying Republicans who voted against it are eventually going to have to support it, or be left behind. World Economic Forum video courtesy Fora.tv.

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Bored With the Boss

Bruce Springsteen wasn't just born to run -- he was born to hype, says MarketWatch's Jon Friedman. (Jan. 30)

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Business- Surprising Optimism in China and Brazil

CNBC interviews Carter Dougherty of the International Herald Tribune and Carina Kamel of CNBC Arabiya about the mood in Davos among leaders of less-developed nations.

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Measuring Economy In Coffee

Starbucks' economic grind indicates high-end sales like jewelry and electronics are also down, Marshal Cohen, a retail analyst, tells Bianca Solorzano.

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Mini-Madoffs Pop Up Nationwide

Congress is demanding answers from regulators at the SEC regarding the Bernard Madoff scheme as other ponzi schemes pop up across the country. Maggie Rodriguez reports.

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Pelosi On Economic Stimulus Plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells Maggie Rodriguez that she has confidence in the economic stimulus package. Pelosi says that it will work better than tax cuts because the government would be investing in the American people.

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Blagojevich Makes Appeal

CBS News RAW: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich made his appeal to the Illinois Senate at the closing of his impeachment trial.

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Notebook- U.S. Infrastructure

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers rebuilding our infrastructure will cost $2 trillion. As Katie Couric reports, it?s important to make our roads and bridges structurally sound.

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Father And Son Spies?

An ex-CIA agent convicted of spying for Russia is accused of renewing contact with his old handlers and overseeing a covert operation from prison. His son is also accused of spying. Bob Orr reports.

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Veteran Recounts Killing Wife

Only On The Web: Former U.S. Army Sgt. James Pitts discusses how he killed his wife after returning from combat duty in Iraq. Pitts says the military did little to help with his mental issues.

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Blago Will Fight To Clear Name

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich says that he was saddened and disappointed by the Illinois State Senate's decision to oust him. Blagojevich said that he will fight to clear his name.

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In Barbaro's Shadow

Two years since the devastating passing of Barbaro, many that were close to the horse are now riding their hopes on the success of his little brother. Kelly Cobiella reports.

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Unemployment Offices Burdened

The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits has just hit an all-time high of close to five million. Sandra Hughes reports state unemployment offices are completely overwhelmed.

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Bringing The War Home

The U.S. has now been fighting two wars for nearly eight years and its impact on soldiers is staggering. As Katie Couric reports, sometimes soldiers direct their anger at their loved ones.

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Saying Goodbye To Blagojevich

The Illinois state Senate voted unanimously to oust Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- making him only the 8th governor in U.S. history to be impeached and removed from office. Cynthia Bowers reports.

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Wall Street Takes A Pay Cut

Despite Obama's criticisms about bank bonuses, the average financial worker witnessed a considerable drop in pay during 2008. As Anthony Mason reports, more cutbacks could soon be underway.

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Obama Blasts Banks Bonuses

President Obama blasted Wall Street bankers after a report that employees of financial companies in N.Y. collected nearly $18.5 billion in bonuses in 2008. As Chip Reid reports.

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Disney's Demi Lovato

Disney's "Sonny With A Chance" star Demi Lovato talks to Julie Chen about the Obama girls, The Jonas Brothers and her new show.

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Bobby Flay's Super Bowl Magic

Chef Bobby Flay creates some team-inspired fuel for Super Bowl Sunday with Harry Smith.

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Brits back off beer as crunch bites

The latest victim of the economic downturn would appear to be the British beer industry where sales of the nations favourite beverage are down almost 10% on last year's figures. This could be the nail in the coffin for many small pubs -- as many as six of which are closing every day.

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Star stripper to set Crazy Horse alight

American burlesque artist Dita von Teese returns to the Crazy Horse cabaret club in Paris after three years, for a two-week stint. Von Teese brings 1940s cinema and classic retro style back to life in her erotic act in which a bath tub features prominently.

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Iraqi women aiming for office

On Saturday, Iraqis will go to the polls in a landmark election, which has been seen as a litmus test for the country's stability. It could also be a milestone for women, who have been encouraged to enter the race in large numbers as candidates.

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Obama reverses Bush on labor

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Obama- Wall Street bonuses "shameful"

Obama: Wall Street bonuses "shameful"

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Chinese premier visits EU

China and the European Union set aside past differences Friday and vowed to work together to confront the global economic crisis and climate change.

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Mom Of Multiples On Calif. 8

Kate Gosselin from "Jon & Kate + 8" talks to Maggie Rodriguez about the challenges of raising eight kids and has advice for the new mother of octuplets.

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Blagojevich Gets Boot

A criminal trial awaits former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, reports Cynthia Bowers. Maggie Rodriguez talks to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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Obama Lashes Out At Wall St.

President Obama reacted strongly to a report citing 2008's Wall Street bonuses were the sixth-highest ever following taxpayer bailouts of failing banking institutions, reports Jeff Glor.

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All Access- Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift opens up about not being the popular girl in school and why she loves "CSI." Hear more during Katie Couric's "All Access" Grammy Special, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Civilian deaths turn Afghans hostile to foreign forces

In the restive province of Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan, the rising civilian death toll is making the population increasingly hostile to the presence of international forces.

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Pastor's Complicated Sexuality

The Trials Of Ted Haggard, an HBO documentary, profiles the former evangelical pastor after his gay sex scandal changed his life. Harry Smith talks to Haggard and his wife, Gayle.

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Octuplets Were Implanted

The mother of octuplets says she and her family are overjoyed, but one fertility expert calls the in vitro fertilization of eight embryos a "medical disaster."

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Iraq gets ready to vote

Iraq is preparing for its first election since 2005 on Saturday. Police and soldiers are on high alert after gunmen killed candidates and campaign workers.

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After food crisis, Senegal aims to grow its own

Senegal was crippled by the global food crisis last year in which prices for basic staples shot up tremendously. Now the country has made it a national priority to bolster local production.

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State of the States Snapshot- Hiring vs. Letting Go

Gallup Poll Editor in Chief Frank Newport reveals the states in which employers are most likely hiring versus those in which employers are most likely letting go. (Jan. 29)

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Palestinians Forced Out

Only On The Web: According to an Israeli government report the military has turned a blind eye to the expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian-owned land. This news came as a surprise to US Special Envoy to the Middle East, Sen. George Mitchell. Allen Pizzey reports.

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The Elephant Dilemma

CBS News Exclusive: Controversy has erupted over a male elephant, as zookeepers want more space for him while local officials argue otherwise. CBS News' Brandon Scott reports from Los Angeles.

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Argentinians Struggle to Come to Terms with their Past

25 years after the end of a brutal dictatorship, Argentina is having difficulty closing this chapter in its history known as the "dirty war (1976-83). Today, almost 1150 people (civilians and security forces) stand accused of participation in the dictatorship. In an affront to their victims, fewer than 40% of those accused are being tried, according to the Center for Legal and Social Studies in Buenos Aires. An estimated 30,000 people disappeared during the dictatorship. 167 AFP

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Grading Super Bowl Ads

This year's batch of commercials will be full of the expected humor and wackiness, Eric Hirshberg, president and CEO of Deutsch tells Harry Smith.

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Obama Sets Cool, Casual White House Tone

From cocktails at the White House to shirt sleeves in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama is setting a more casual tone. (Jan. 30)

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'Europe's last dictatorship' gets Western PR makeover

Belarus, once described by the US as Europe's last dictatorship, is embarking on a makeover to try to attract tourists into the country. But transforming the frosty authoritarian state into the next hot holiday destination is not easy.

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