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-Fast Food, USA
One of Taco Bell's new gourmet menu items is the Cantina Bowl, which combines citrus-herb marinated chicken, black beans, guacamole, and cilantro rice.

Can Taco Bell pull off gourmet Mexican food?

The far-from-classy creator of the Dorito taco shell and notorious quasi-meat is going upscale, prompting not a few scoffs of disbelief

-Facebook
Facebook will start offering a gift service that lets you purchase and send presents right to your friends' doorsteps.

Will Facebook get a revenue jolt from its new gift service?

The social network makes a play for your credit card by encouraging users to send flowers, cupcakes, and gift cards to friends

-Aging in America
New tests may help predict the onset of Alzheimer's, but some say patients don't benefit from knowing they're at risk for such an incurable disease.

Should doctors even test for Alzheimer’s?

Early detection might help find a cure, but it can also cause pointless suffering and anxiety

-Sports
Because of his contract's no-trade clause, Alex Rodriguez may difficult for the Yankees to dump.

Why Alex Rodriguez will still be a Yankee next season

Baseball's highest-paid player just endured an epically miserable playoff run. But don't expect him to join a new team anytime soon

-Future of the Democrats
President Obama's victory may force the Republican Party to widen its tent to better include more demographic groups in our rapidly changing nation.

President Obama's re-election: Is there now a permanent Democratic majority?

The president's winning coalition of 2008 remains intact — and demographic trends suggest that it will only get larger

-U.S. Military
U.S. Army soldiers salute during a 2009 memorial service: Women are barred from taking some 238,000 military positions.

Is it time to stop barring women from combat?

Civil rights activists and female soldiers challenge a policy that prevents women from serving in infantry units

-The New Egypt
A protester in Cairo holds up a poster with the faces of current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and former President Hosni Mubarak as public anger mounts that Morsi is seizing too much power.

Is Egypt's Mohamed Morsi turning into Hosni Mubarak?

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president just gave himself potentially dictatorial powers, prompting fears that history might be repeating itself

-Gaming Obsessions
On Thursday, Nintendo announced that it will make its Wii U available for purchase on Nov. 18. The basic 8GB system will cost $299.

Can the Wii-U save Nintendo?

At long last, the legendary gaming company reveals pricing and a release date for its next-generation console — but smashing success is hardly a sure bet

-The Obama Administration
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice faces her biggest GOP critics Tuesday, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Will Republicans abandon their opposition to Susan Rice?

The U.N. ambassador meets with her top GOP critics, in an apparent bid to get them to back off her likely nomination as Hillary Clinton's replacement

-Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the opening celebration of the Centennial of the U.S. Courthouse in Providence, RI., in 2008: Roberts may write the ObamaCare decision, but Justice Anthony Kennedy is the real decider, says Noah Feldman at Bloomberg.

ObamaCare: A legacy-defining decision for John Roberts?

The chief justice is widely expected to write the Supreme Court's historic decision on the 2010 health-care law, in what could become his biggest career moment

-Google's World
Apple's new map application is presented on June 11: Probably much to Apple's chagrin, many iOS 6 users are eager to get Google Maps back on their devices. 

Should Google withhold its maps from the new iPhone?

Chairman Eric Schmidt says the company has no immediate plans to bring Google Maps to Apple's App Store, much to the annoyance of iOS users

-Budget Battles
Reagan vs. Obama: Who's really the taxer-in-chief?

Did Ronald Reagan tax Americans more heavily than President Obama?

A New York Times analysis finds that most Americans paid a higher percentage of their income in taxes in the '80s than they do now. Can that be?

-Twitter Revolution
Twitter censored a neo-Nazi account in Germany, but other users all over the globe can still see the banned tweets.

Twitter censors its first account: Ominous precedent or no big deal?

The media company blocks the tweets of a neo-Nazi account at the behest of local German authorities — raising questions about the potential scope of its control

-Tea Party Nation?
Senator-elect Ted Cruz speaks at the "Patriots for Romney-Ryan Reception" on Aug. 29: Cruz's victory in Texas was a rare bright spot for the Tea Party on Election Day.

Will Democrats' election victories kill the Tea Party?

The Tea Party had a terrible night on Tuesday. But that doesn't necessarily mean the party is over

-Smartphone Wars
Research in Motion's BlackBerry is struggling to keep up with the iPhone and Android... but it still might be Hewlett-Packard's key to entering the smartphone market.

Should Hewlett-Packard acquire BlackBerry?

The computer behemoth is struggling to catch up in the fast-moving mobile market. Is purchasing a flailing smartphone maker of yesteryear really the solution?

-Cybersecurity
Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours Wednesday, in protest of two anti-piracy bills that might allow big media companies to block access to websites accused of harboring pirated content.

Will Wikipedia's one-day blackout sink SOPA?

Reddit, Wordpress, Mozilla, Google, and dozens of other websites are joining the people's encyclopedia in protesting a controversial anti-piracy bill


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