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The Anti-Norquists: 7 Key Republicans Who Have Disowned The No-Taxes Pledge

A vast majority of elected Republicans have signed Grover Norquist’s pledge not to raise taxes, and GOP leaders have strictly hewed toward it for years.

No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life and Death

Ah, nutmeg! Whether it’s sprinkled on eggnog, baked into spice cake or blended into a latte, this pungent spice can evoke memories of holidays past. We tend to link it to celebratory times.

At His Own Risk, Somali Chef Creates Gourmet Haven In War-Weary Mogadishu

Ahmed Jama was running a successful Somali cafe in southwest London when he decided it was time to go home. Against the urgent advice of friends, he returned to Mogadishu three years ago and started cooking.

Fiscal cliff failure would hurt Christmas spending, White House warns

A failure to reach a deal over the year-end automatic spending cuts and an expiration of tax breaks – known collectively as the fiscal cliff – would hit consumer spending and economic growth in the holiday season, according to the White House.

Obama healthcare law to be challenged by Christian school in federal court

The supreme court has revived a Christian college’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration.

Egypt’s Mursi holds crisis talks over power grab

(Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi negotiated with senior judges on Monday to try to defuse a crisis over his seizure of new powers which set off violent protests reminiscent of an uprising last year that led to the rise of his Islamist movement.

Thousands demonstrate in Bangladesh after deadly blaze

(Reuters) – Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated in the outskirts of Dhaka on Monday after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh’s worst-ever factory blaze.

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