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Five people calling themselves the "Google Track Team" clad in white track suits splashed with the phrase "don't be evil" followed Hill staffers around the hallways of a Senate office building where Google CEO Eric Schmidt was testifying on his company's practices on Wednesday.

Sponsored by the group Consumer Watchdog, the "mimes" were surprisingly talkative. One of the "mimes" even introduced himself and tried to shake Schmidt's hand after the hearing before an aide stepped in between the two.

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The CEO of solar panel company Solyndra at the time of its bankruptcy, who will be invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to speak at a House investigative hearing into the company this Friday, Sept. 23, originally said he would answer representatives' questions, according to an email from his attorney.

The email, sent Sept. 10 by Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison's counsel (the actual lawyer's name has been redacted) was posted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

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Nobody knows exactly where it will land, but a decommissioned, 6-ton NASA satellite climate research due to crash land on Earth this Friday, September 23, has been spotted on it's way down by an amateur French astronomer, Space Weather reports.

You can also track the satellite's path using a web tool developed by N2YO for Fox News, although it is currently down due to heavy demand. NASA plans to provide updates with increasing frequency over the coming days, and at the 24, 12, six and two hours before it hits, all of which will be posted here.

At the same time, there is a seemingly growing misunderstanding over the exact odds that the UARS satellite could strike a person, any person, which NASA has stated are 1 in 3,200, but which actually equates to one person being hit if the satellite were to crash 3,200 times.

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Former White House financial reform adviser Elizabeth Warren, who is now running to challenge Republican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts, is turning out to be one Democrat who is not shying away from the Republican cries of "class warfare" against President Obama's proposals to raise taxes on those with very high incomes -- instead offering up a full-throated rebuttal about the benefits that the wealthy were able to obtain from society at large, and the need to give something back.

In a video of a recent Warren appearance, posted online by an individual who says he or she is not affiliated with the campaign, Warren answered the charge. "I hear all this, you know, 'Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever,'" Warren said. "No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own -- nobody.

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by Marian Wang, ProPublica

It's become a mantra on Capitol Hill and a rallying cry for industry groups: Get rid of the job-killing regulations. In recent days, with nearly every one of the GOP presidential candidates repeating that refrain, the political echo chamber has grown even louder. Earlier this month, President Obama also asked the Environmental Protection Agency to back off more stringent ozone regulations, citing the "importance of reducing regulatory burdens" during trying economic times.

But is the claim that regulation kills jobs true?

We asked experts, and most told us that while there is relatively little scholarship on the issue, the evidence so far is that the overall effect on jobs is minimal. Regulations do destroy some jobs, but they also create others. Mostly, they just shift jobs within the economy.

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The AFL-CIO launched a furious lobbying spree Wednesday just hours before a key Senate Committee is set to vote on an anti-union proposal that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from filing suits against companies who move operations to right-to-work states.

The biggest union in the nation is trying to prevent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) from adding the anti-NLRB language to a spending bill funding the agency as well as the Labor and Health and Human Services Departments.

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Unnerved by talk of entitlement cuts in Congress, the nation's largest advocacy group for seniors is warning Republicans and Democrats alike to lay off their benefits.

AARP is launching a new TV campaign in which seniors tell "Washington" that cutting Social Security and Medicare is off the table.

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Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman accused Google of fixing the search results game on Wednesday, saying he doesn't know if his user review website would have made it if Google gave their products "preferential treatment" like they do today.

Stoppelman hasn't yet testified at the Senate's antitrust hearing on Google, but he's already posted his remarks and accompanying presentation online (embedded below).

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As early as January, Time called 2008 "The Year of the Youth Vote." Droves of young Americans got involved in the political process. In the key primary state of Iowa, then-Senator Obama rode an overwhelming 4-1 advantage with young voters to narrow victory over then-Senator Clinton. Even the youngest sub-set of voters, those under 25, gave him a net advantage of 17,000 votes; he won by less than 20,000.

Those in the key 18-29 demographic saw in Obama a man with hope for the future and rallied around him like no other candidate since JFK, a connection underscored when Caroline Kennedy cited her three teenagers influence when giving the candidate her endorsement. "They were the first people who made me realize that Barack Obama is the President we need," she said.

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