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Faster than light? CERN findings bewilder scientists

LOS ANGELES — Albert Einstein had the idea. A century of observations have backed it up. It’s one of the cornerstones of physics: Nothing travels faster than the speed of light.

But now a team of experimental physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, says that one exotic particle possibly can.

Obama conjures ‘Give ’em hell Harry’

WASHINGTON — Has President Barack Obama been channeling Harry Truman?

Facing long odds in the 1948 election, Missouri’s political patron saint put Republicans in his campaign bull’s-eye and unloaded on the “do-nothing Congress.” Truman won, and conventional wisdom took a beating.

No one would ever confuse the cerebral and given-to-compromise former law school lecturer who now occupies the White House with “Give ’em hell Harry.”

Regulators Weaken Dodd-Frank Draft Regs, Allow More Risk

The regulatory agencies in charge of finalizing some of the most controversial rules mandated by the financial reform law are leaning toward making them looser and more favorable to banks and other traders, according to recent reports in the financial press.

Lamar Alexander: Leaving Senate GOP Leadership Gives Room To Deal

When Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, announced earlier this week that he was stepping down from the number three position in the Senate GOP leadership, his move got the rumor mill going.

Too Much GI Bill Money Going To For-Profit Schools?

The nation’s for-profit colleges and universities have reaped a windfall from the Post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.

The top for-profit companies brought in around $1 billion in benefits in the last year alone. And some lawmakers say federal regulations encourage these schools to target current and former members of the military.

Yahoo Appears To Be Censoring Email Messages About Wall Street Protests (Updated)

Thinking about e-mailing your friends and neighbors about the protests against Wall Street happening right now? If you have a Yahoo e-mail account, think again. ThinkProgress has reviewed claims that Yahoo is censoring e-mails relating to the protest and found that after several attempts on multiple accounts, we too were prevented from sending messages about the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations.

CRUNCH TIME: House GOP Jams Senate With Government Funding Bill, Partisan Budget Cuts For Disaster Aid

House Republicans closed ranks just after midnight on Friday morning, and passed legislation to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month. The vote tally was 219-203.

But the bill received almost no Democratic support and faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate because Republicans have used the funding bill as a vehicle for disaster relief money, and insisted it be paid for by slashing funds for jobs programs Democrats support. Dems say the GOP legislation provides insufficient aid, and sets a dangerous precedent by requiring those funds to be offset with partisan budget cuts.

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