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It sounds like something out of "The Minority Report," but apparently it's really happening:

Corporations are reaching into people's minds to mine their emotional reactions to their products and advertising campaigns and concepts.

This mind-blowing phenomenon is the subject of a fascinating -- yet at the same time incredibly creepy magazine story-- in the September issue of Fast Company by writer Adam L. Penenberg.

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Surely Super Committeeman Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) will appreciate his fellow Ohioan Sherrod Brown (D-OH) vouching for his willingness to compromise.

"Rob has shown a willingness to find common ground by looking at both tax reform and spending cuts in order to reduce the deficit," Brown said in a statement after GOP leaders announced their six appointees.

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Coming off of Tuesday's state Senate recall elections, Democrats remain determined to recall Gov. Scott Walker next year, though they were unsuccessful in their ambitious goal of taking a majority in the state Senate. But for his part, the prospective recallee Walker says the people of Wisconsin don't want yet another election.

"I think setting aside me, if you went around and talk to the average voter, the best thing they like about today is the ads are gone, at least outside of these two remaining Senate districts," Walker said, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

"I've heard repeatedly from people who are just disgusted at all the ads, disgusted at all the money. They're tired of seemingly year-round campaigning, and whether it's a gubernatorial recall, any other recall, I don't think there's a whole lot of enthusiasm for having a whole 'nother wave of ads and money come into the state of Wisconsin."

Democrats had hoped to flip the Republicans' 19-14 state Senate majority by gaining at least three seats. When the votes were counted in the six Republican incumbents' districts, though, the Dems gained two seats for a 17-16 GOP majority, with two remaining recalls next week in districts held by Democratic incumbents.

Stephen Colbert made good on his promise. On the Colbert Report Monday, he promised to release his first television ad on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, and he has done just that.

The ad -- sponsored by Colbert's Super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow,Tomorrow" -- opens with an ominous Colbert voice over, warning of a "money storm" of conservative interest groups gathering over Iowa, each of them trying to influence voters to support Rick Perry at the Iowa straw poll this weekend.

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Facebook has begun closing the accounts of California prison inmates after a convicted child molester viewed the pages of his victim from behind bars, authorities and the social networking site said.

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Republican National Committee chairman and Wisconsin native Reince Priebus is very upbeat about the results of Tuesday's state Senate recalls, in which Republicans were able to retain their majority. And what's more, he says it presents a valuable lesson -- and a pocket-sized John Galt speech -- for the whole nation.

MSNBC host Contessa Brewer asked Priebus what message could be 'extrapolated' from the recalls, which were launched by the Democrats and organized labor in a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's new law eliminating most collective bargaining rights that public employee unions had previously enjoyed. Democrats picked up two seats, just short of the three that they needed in order to flip control of the chamber.

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FARK.com Founder Drew Curtis on Wednesday disclosed that he's managed to escape the threats of a patent holding firm called "Gooseberry Natural Resources" -- without having to pay a cent.

"Their patent had nothing to do with Fark," wrote Curtis in a Wednesday blog post on the subject. "The patent troll realized we were going to fight them instead of settle, so they asked for our best offer. I said how about you get nothing and drop the lawsuit? They accepted."

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