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3:06pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Orders Independent Review Of Solyndra Loans

The White House today ordered an independent review of the Energy Department loans that were made under a clean-energy loan program to companies like Solyndra.

The AP reports:

The announcement of an independent review came as House Republicans prepared to meet next week for a possible vote on a subpoena of White House documents related to Solyndra Inc.

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2:45pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Opinion

For Witty, Warm, Wonderful Advice, We Asked Beth

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Amy Dickinson writes the Ask Amy advice column for the Chicago Tribune. Her column appears in 150 newspapers across the country.

I think the best advice is simply good advice.

It's helpful, useful and delivered with respect.

Ask Beth's specialty was advising young people about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. This is a tricky business because kids and teens are often misinformed — or simply uninformed.

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2:42pm

Fri October 28, 2011
It's All Politics

Mitt Romney Criticized For Slow Motion, Climate-Change 'Flip Flop'

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 3:00 pm

Mitt Romney.

JIM WATSON AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney drew barbs Friday for his continued shift to the ideological right on the climate change issue.

Actually, the criticism for Romney that blew in from both the political right and left came as critics accused him of a full flip flop on global warming.

Romney's political foes jumped on comments he made in Pittsburgh Thursday at a campaign appearance.

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2:39pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Newt Gingrich

Could Gingrich Be Next GOP Challenger To Surge?

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 8:36 pm

Newt Gingrich is introduced before the start of a Republican presidential debate earlier this month in Las Vegas.The former House speaker is hoping for a surge after a highly anticipated Iowa caucus poll is released this weekend.

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich remains a long shot for the Republican presidential nomination.

He's been polling a distant fourth in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as in pivotal, winner-take-all Florida — all contests that will play out in January.

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2:39pm

Fri October 28, 2011
The Two-Way

Bin Laden Capture Earns Leon Panetta A $10,000 Bottle Of Wine

Originally published on Fri October 28, 2011 3:23 pm

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Susan Walsh AP

It was a bet made as a joke. Last New Year's eve, California restaurateur Ted Balestreri had then-CIA director Leon Panetta and about 28 others over for a dinner party. He was talking to his guests about his wine collection, when the 141-year-old bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild came up.

It was the oldest wine in his possession and Balesteri said he wouldn't serve it, but if Panetta captured Osama bin Laden he would uncork the $10,000 legendary bottle of wine.

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