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Romney’s Central Foreign Policy Attack Against Obama Unravels

Undergirding Mitt Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel this week was a single concept: President Obama has weakened the view of America in the eyes of foreign leaders thanks to a policy of appeasement and “apology.” How the world views America is important, Romney said, and he’s going to see to it that America’s reputation overseas is bolstered on his watch.

Louisiana’s Voucher Standards Called Into Question

Only a month before nearly 120 Louisiana schools are set to welcome their first voucher students, the state has finally released a slate of standards that approved schools must meet in order to receive both students and concurrent state dollars. And while the standards, created by Superintendent John White and approvedby the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) this week, are widely considered a step in the right direction, voucher opponents say the standards fall far short from the accountability they sought.

As Google Fiber Launches, Kansas City ‘Crosses Fingers’

As promised, Google on Thursday unveiled and began taking pre-orders for its newest product, some of the fastest Internet service in the country: A 1-gigabit-per-second connection known as Google Fiber.

French research gives scientists hope of ‘functional cure’ for HIV

A small group of patients with HIV in France have been able to stop taking Aids drugs without any resurgence of the virus in their bodies, giving scientists new hope that a “functional cure” for HIV may be possible.

Carl Lewis On Mitt Romney: ‘some Americans shouldn’t leave the country’

Mitt Romney
 has been rebuked by the US Olympic legend Carl Lewisafter the presumptive Republican presidential nominee questioned whether London was fully prepared for the Olympic Games.

Boy Scouts’ ban on gay members alienates some high-ranking Eagles

Their motto is “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle,” but those who have earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest ranking are starting to recuse themselves from the 102-year-old organization.

Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records

(Reuters) – Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned.

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