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Democrats are condemning a House GOP attempt to prevent President Obama's health care law from paying for abortions as an assault on women and a waste of precious legislative time when Americans are demanding action on the economy and job creation.

"First of all, it's not a jobs bill. What are we doing but wasting time?" Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters Thursday. "Every woman in America should be concerned about this assault on women's health."

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Netflix is moving up in the world, at least among Manhattan's (fictional) social scene. "Gossip Girl" and other hit shows on The CW network, including "The Vampire Diaries" and "One Tree Hill," will be available on Netflix's streaming instantly service on October 15, according to the terms of a reported $1 billion, four-year-deal Netflix signed with The CW's corporate parents, Warner Bros and CBS Corporation.

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A new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D), as well as surveys from other firms, shows that Republican politicians might just be right when they say that the Occupy Wall Street protests aren't cut from the same cloth as the Tea Party protests -- in fact, survey respondents are more likely to support Occupy Wall Street.

The poll asked registered voters simply this: "Do you support or oppose the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement?" The result: Support 35%, Oppose 36%.

The next question: "Do you support or oppose the goals of the Tea Party movement?" The result: Support 39%, Oppose 45%.

And then this comparative query: "Do you have a higher opinion of the Occupy Wall Street movement or the Tea Party movement?" The result: Occupy Wall Street 40%, Tea Party 37%, with OWS leading within the poll's ±3.7% margin of error.

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Canadian telecom giant Research in Motion declared it's nearly-week long global BlackBerry outage to be over in a press conference at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, but said it was still struggling to identify exactly what caused the catastrophic failure in the first place.

"All services are back up globally," confirmed RIM founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis in the teleconference.

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Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been accused of a lot of things: torturing political opponents, overseeing a corruption-filled regime and living a lavish lifestyle as most of his people languish in poverty. Now he can add not paying his legal fees to an American lawyer to his list.

Lanny Davis, who previously represented the government of deposed Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, is suing the Republic of Equatorial Guinea for stiffing him on a legal bill.

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In an apparent answer to the White House's jobs proposal, Senate Republicans are planning to unveil what they call the "Real American Jobs Act."

The bill lays out a distinctly conservative vision for the U.S. economy that would lower tax rates for individuals and businesses, pursue free trade, and roll back environmental regulations while expanding domestic energy production. To top it off, Republicans would seek to pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, Politico reports.

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President Obama is offering an especially warm welcome to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok Thursday after the House and Senate approved three free-trade agreements last night, the South Korea deal being the largest and packing the most economic punch.

The approval of all three deals - with South Korea, Columbia and Panama -- ends a years-long impasse and hands President Obama an impressive victory and some nice timing for the South Korean President's visit.

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Speaking on his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh lashed out against GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

“Romney is not a conservative,” the conservative commentator said. “He’s not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isn’t… This isn’t personal, not with what country faces and so forth. I like him very much. I’ve spent some social time with him. He’s a fine guy. He’s very nice gentleman. He is a gentleman. But he’s not a conservative.”

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