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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Morning Newsdome: Did you hear? Cigarettes aren't good for you.

One of the FDAs potential cigarette packages
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  • One of the FDA's potential cigarette packages
>> The G-20 summit started in Seoul today where the leaders of the top 20 world economies convened to reach a financial agreement. The U.S. asserted that China should allow its currency to quickly rise to ease trade deficits, but China, Brazil and Germany lashed out against the U.S. Federal Reserve's $600 billion stimulus last week because it could inflate commodity prices. Lets all go back to the barter system, that sounds like fun. (the Wall Street Journal)

>> President Obama previously announced July 2011 as the month when American troops would begin to withdrawal from Afghanistan, but apparently the Taliban heard that message too. So the White House has changed its message, now saying that the U.S. "would be fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for at least four more years." Breaking up is hard to do. (the New York Times)

>> Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and founder of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus dropped out of the race for House Republican Conference chair today in a sign that Republicans are still not ready to embrace the Tea Party. Democrats aren't either. Some common ground? (Politico, Sun Times)

>> The FDA has come up with 36 potential anti-smoking images that will cover half of the front of cigarette packaging starting next year, as put into law last June. Images include cancer patients on hospital beds and a smoker with a hole in his throat. Mmmm sexxxy. (the Examiner)

>> And finally: The FCC is investigating if Google "broke federal laws when its street-mapping service collected consumers' personal information" after the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint in May. But wait— the Google Street View car busted a heroin ring in Brooklyn yesterday. You can't have it both ways, America. (the Wall Street Journal, NBC)

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