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As the candidates' talking points become more and more familiar, the seemingly numberless GOP debates are becoming tougher to mine for substance. However, that doesn't mean we can't get our kicks elsewhere, and in Tuesday night's debate, much of the fun came from Ron Paul's facial expressions. His reaction shots are particularly golden. Watch for yourself below:

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The Yahoo acquisition rumor mill has been sent buzzing again with the news that Microsoft signed a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo, which would allow Microsoft to gain more detail on Yahoo's assets but prevent Microsoft from talking to other potential bidders, according to the New York Times Dealbook.

Not only that, but in a savvy move, before it signed the non-disclosure agreement, Microsoft in October held talks with other potential bidders, including Silver Lake and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, about teaming up to buy part or all of the struggling Yahoo, Dealbook reported.

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A group of hackers claiming to represent Anonymous's Antisec movement hijacked two Gmail accounts belonging to a retired California Department of Justice cybercrimes investigator, now a private investigator, and on November 18 published 38,000 private emails and identifying contact information online.

Among the data published by the hackers in a torrent file were two versions of what appears to be Facebook's guidelines for law enforcement agencies, according to Public Intelligence, a collaborative research website dedicated to the freedom of information.

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President Obama hasn't used his recess appointment power very often. But he didn't hesitate to install Donald Berwick as the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services without Senate confirmation over a year ago, to lead the implementation of the new health care law. Berwick's has, without a doubt, been Obama's most important recess appointment, and his most effective. But he will step down early next month -- a few weeks before his term expires -- because filibustering Republicans continue to deny him an up or down vote.

The GOP claims its opposition is rooted in Berwick's past praise of Britain's state-run National Health Service. But his powers as CMS administrator obviously stop well short of socializing the United States health care system. So what gives?

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The Obama campaign is keeping its sights aimed at Mitt Romney, with a conference call with reporters Wednesday slamming Romney for attacking Newt Gingrich's positions on immigration reform in the debate Tuesday night.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) said: "I think we're all profoundly disappointed by Mitt Romney's comments in the debate, where he chastised former Speaker Newt Gingrich about his statement that this country should have a humane immigration policy, and that we ought to have the policy that takes into consideration not separating families, not discriminating against children by not educating them.

"And he was taken to task, I thought pretty severely by Mitt Romney - the same individual that has had multiple positions throughout his different campaigns.

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Capital New York reports:



On Monday, New York Times Company vice president and assistant general counsel George Freeman wrote a letter to Deputy Police Comissioner Paul Browne on behalf of 13 news organizations requesting an “immediate meeting” to discuss the NYPD’s treatment of journalists during last week’s Occupy Wall Street protests.

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