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Obama aims for “big things” | Along the (head)Lines

In Along the (head)Lines on 26 January 2011 at 9:51 am

President Obama’s State of the Union address, verbaitim. “We do big things” is the new “tear down this wall.” [NPR]

In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot. [NYT]

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission calls the 2008 recession “avoidable”, driven by low interest rates, mortgage giants, and the failure of regulators: “The crisis was the result of human action and inaction, not of Mother Nature or computer models gone haywire.” [NYT]

In the UK, one of five graduates is unemployed, the highest in more than a decade. [BBC]

Number of troops killed in Afghanistan by roadside bombs 60% higher in 2010, as many as the number in the previous three years combined. [Washington Post]

Egypt-Lebanon-Tunisia worrisome for spreading U.S. pro-democracy influence. [NYT]

Also in Egypt, violent demands for Hosni Murbarak to step down from office [NYT]; meanwhile, Twitter is a no-go. [Village Voice

An estimated 30 miners trapped in a Columbian coal mine after explosion. [BBC]

Google to hire 6,200 more employees in 2011. Perhaps a new plethora of people to peruse our e-mail? [Pat’s Papers]

NYC subway signs get sassy: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” [Village Voice]

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Funeral service for Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz will take place on Friday in St. Petersburg. [TBO]

Las Vegas casino owners Andy Abboud of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Michael Britt of Wynn Casinos want to expand business to Florida. [tampabay.com]

The Hillsborough Country school board isn’t sold on giving teachers an extra hour on Monday mornings. [TBO]

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