9:52am

Wed March 7, 2012
Music Reviews

Bruce Springsteen: A Universal, Original 'Wrecking Ball'

Bruce Springsteen.
Courtesy of the artist

It's not difficult to guess what the over-arching theme might be on an album Bruce Springsteen characterizes as being "as direct as any I ever made." The title song from Wrecking Ball is one he wrote a few years ago to commemorate the demolition of Giants Stadium in New Jersey. It was written from the point of view of the stadium, but in its new context, the wrecking ball is a symbol of the implacable forces that have wrecked the economy for millions of people.

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9:52am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Panetta Says Unilateral Military Action In Syria Would Be A Mistake

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the "terrible situation" in Syria "has no simple answers."

Pannetta was facing tough questions from Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, who on Monday called for U.S.-led air strikes on the security forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"In past situations, America has led. We're not leading, Mr. Secretary," McCain told Panetta.

Fox News reports that Panetta defended the administrations decision not to intervene militarily.

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9:18am

Wed March 7, 2012
Religion

Book Of Revelation: 'Visions, Prophecy And Politics'

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 11:57 am

The Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament, has some of the most dramatic and frightening language in the Bible.

In her new book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy and Politics in the Book of Revelation, Princeton University religious professor Elaine Pagels places the Book of Revelation in its historical context and explores where the book's apocalyptic vision of the end of the world comes from.

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9:05am

Wed March 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Scientists Feel A Little Better About Where They Work

A survey of scientists at the Food and Drug Administration finds they're feeling more optimistic about the integrity of decisions made at headquarters (seen here) and elsewhere in the agency.
FDA

Scientists who work for the Food and Drug Administration are feeling more optimistic about the future of their agency than they did back in 2006, according to a survey just out from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

But they still report concerns about outside pressures on the FDA's decisions and policies.

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9:01am

Wed March 7, 2012
Business

What's Behind These High Gas Prices?

Americans use 300 million gallons of gasoline every day, so it's no surprise they keep a close eye on prices at the pump. Taxes, refinery regulations, transportation expenses and global crude oil supply and demand all influence rising costs.

9:00am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Anonymous Picks Up The Pieces After Betrayal From One Of Its Own

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 9:55 am

A young man with wearing a military uniform and mask usually associated with the group anonymous marches with Occupy Wall Street protesters in this November.
Don Emmert AFP/Getty Images

As Ars Technica describes him, Sabu was "a sort of hacker demigod in the world of Anonymous."

"If you couldn't trust him, who could you trust?" Ars Technica writes.

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8:41am

Wed March 7, 2012
Election 2012

Next Question: Can Romney Win In The South?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:58 am

Mitt Romney supporters share a pancake brunch in Snellville, Ga., on Sunday. Rival Newt Gingrich won the state on Super Tuesday, by about 22 percentage points.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Given his victories on Super Tuesday, there's growing talk that Republican officeholders and voters are just about ready to line up behind Mitt Romney as the party's "inevitable" presidential nominee.

The South hasn't gotten the memo.

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7:10am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Economy: Gains In Productivity Slow; Private Sector Adds 216,000 Jobs

We have two pieces of economic news this morning:

-- First the Labor Department announced that while American workers were more productive at the end of last year, the gains in productivity slowed. The AP reports that could "signal that companies are ready to hire more workers."

The AP adds:

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6:49am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Apple Expected To Unveil New iPad

An Apple logo is seen at the entrance of Yerba Buena Center for Arts on Tuesday in San Francisco, one day before Apple holds a press event, to make a special announcement.
Kimihiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

As has been the case with all of Apple's product unveilings, there is a shroud of secrecy surrounding today's impending announcement.

Today, Apple has invited media to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for a 1 p.m. ET. event. The only clue provided by Apple was a typically cryptic invitation with a picture of an iPad and a few words: "We have something you really have to see. And touch."

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5:26am

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

In Other Super Tuesday News: Joe The Plumber Wins; Kucinich Loses

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 5:28 am

Republican congressional candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, talks with supporters in February.
Tony Dejak AP

Our friends at It's All Politics have started to digest the results of Super Tuesday. In a nutshell, it pretty much left us where we were before the 10 big contests: All four candidates are still in the race and the campaign will go on and on.

There were two non-presidential pieces of news from last night, too:

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