Egypt’s Presidential Choices: The Trouble with Democracy

Not only did Egypt pull off its first democratic presidential election in the country’s history last week, but it managed to make it a relatively clean vote. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter told journalists in Cairo over the weekend that international monitors working for the Carter Center had noted minor violations during the election, but nothing so serious as to […]

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Memorial Day: Obama to Honor Fallen Troops

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the nation’s fallen warriors on Memorial Day, attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and honoring those who died during the Vietnam War. The president was to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, and then marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam […]

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Scan This! Target Encourages Shoppers to Scan Items with Smartphones Nationwide

Some shoppers have felt the need to stealthily scan items in stores with their smartphones. They’d rather not be accused of “showrooming,” the practice in which one scopes out merchandise in a brick-and-mortar store, only to purchase it online—at Amazon, likely—for less money. This week, though, Target began actively encouraging mobile phone scans nationwide. The free Shopkick app can now […]

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Must-Reads from Around the World

Bo Fallout – Reuters reports (exclusively) that Chinese President Hu Jintao has demanded senior Communist Party officials stifle tensions over the ousting of ambitious politician Bo Xilai and show unity as they prepare for a change of leadership, according to its sources briefed on recent meetings. “Hu urged the party to close ranks at a meeting of about 200 officials […]

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The Phony War: Obama and Romney Are Debating Character, Not Policy

More than five months from Election Day, the back-and-forth about Mitt Romney’s record at Bain already feels played out. Unfortunately, there’s good reason to expect the campaign continues in this vein indefinitely. Neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney are terribly interested in dwelling on policy platforms. Romney’s plan to slash spending and keep taxes low on the wealthy isn’t especially […]

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10 Quick Tech Links: Mass Layoffs at 38 Studios, Google Reveals Takedown Requests and More

Here’s a handful of interesting tech stories from around the web for Friday, May 25. Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios lays off all staff [Boston Globe] Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company, 38 Studios, has laid off all of its employees in the wake of financial difficulties, according to a key company consultant. Exclusive: HP’s core webOS Enyo […]

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