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The White House tepidly endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (R-NV) decision to go a bit nuclear Thursday night and change a Senate rule in order to allow passage of the widely popular China currency manipulation bill... and prevent a potentially embarrassing vote on the President's jobs bill.

"Well, I don't know the particulars or the arcane details [of Senate parliamentary procedure]," Carney said. "But I can say, yes, we think it's generally a problem that the filibuster has become a tool that is applied so broadly to measures that normally require just a majority vote."

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Like many in the Western world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has noticed that China is on track to become the world's largest carbon emitter per person by 2017 and that its carbon emissions may be increasing at a rate faster than researchers anticipated, despite the fact that the country anticipates being able to meet its pledge to cut total carbon emissions by 5 percent by 2020.

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The zombie apocalypse has come to Netflix, but it might not be enough to stop the company's shares from leaking blood, according to a leading entertainment analyst.

The first season of premium cable channel AMC's hit zombie show "The Walking Dead," will be available streaming exclusively through Netflix beginning Friday thanks to a deal struck between the two companies, according to a press release from AMC.

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From a WMUR Granite State Poll:

… Romney is the choice of 37 percent of likely Republican primary voters. Surging to a distant second is businessman Herman Cain, with 12 percent. He is followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul at 9 percent.

President Obama plans to issue an executive order designed to safeguard the nation's most important national security websites and computer networks after an Army private leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks last year.

The order concludes a seven-month government-wide review of the breach and imposes a new security system designed to protect classified information while allowing the exchange of information between all those who "reasonably" need it to do their jobs, according to a White House fact sheet previewing the order.

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Nearly everyone with an Internet connection has weighed in on the death of Steve Jobs, but here's one person's reaction that you definitely don't want to miss: Google Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt has spoken out with striking candor in video and written interviews, praising his friend, business partner, and rival as the "greatest computer entrepreneur in history."

Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek for an article published online Thursday, Schmidt relates how he began making deals with Jobs in the 1990s, when Jobs had left Apple to find NeXT and Schmidt was an executive at Sun Microsystems.

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