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Last week the U.S. Commerce Department released a report that highlighted the ongoing lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. The study showed that the disparity began at university with only 27 percent of degrees in the field being awarded to women in 2009.

Now it turns out that many of those women who do go on to pursue an academic career in science say that their career prevents them from having as many children as they want. In addition, almost a third of young women scientists who took part in a newly-published study worry that their careers will prevent them from having a family.

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News Corp's Sunday broadsheet the Sunday Times has reportedly banned the use of subterfuge -- including the use of pseudonyms and alter egos -- in the wake of the News Of The World phone hacking scandal, according to The Guardian.

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Last week, the New York Times/CBS News poll put an emphatic point on the acrimonious debt debate by producing a new record: the highest disapproval rating that Congress had ever received in the survey since it began in 1977.

The reasons are pretty obvious: not only did Congress, and specifically the House GOP play chicken with the US credit rating (and actually succeed in drawing a downgrade from one rating agency, S&P), the legislative branch took that chance with an economy still struggling to emerge from a deep recession with the added strife of three current military entanglements abroad. In other words, it was actually hard to make the situation much worse, but Congress did.

The sad distinction now is between the usually low approval ratings of Congress, and historically high disapproval ratings. And behind that distinction is a simple question: does it even matter when it comes to elections?

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Mitt Romney is condemning Democratic strategists for planning an array of attacks on his character in order to bring him down in a general election.

The former Massachusetts governor took particular exception with a quote from an unnamed Democrat in a Politico story on the strategy, who said that "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney." The person's connection to the White House was left vague, however -- the article merely described them as "aligned" with the re-election campaign.

"It is disgraceful that President Obama's campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to 'kill' his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks," Romney said in a statement. "President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama's billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change."

The article in question listed a number of vulnerabilities Democrats hoped to exploit, most of which have already been raised in the press in recent weeks: Romney's awkwardness on the campaign trail, his reputation for changing positions, and his professional background as a high-powered executive at Bain Capital.

The polls are now open in Wisconsin for the big event: Six recall elections targeting incumbent Republican state senators, in a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union law and other budget decisions, with the potential for control of the state Senate to be flipped to the Democrats after just seven months of one-party GOP government.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. CT, and will close at 8 p.m. CT. Under Wisconsin's recall laws, these elections are effectively special elections, with the incumbents each facing a Democratic challenger in a head-to-head race. And given the unusual nature of these races, it is nearly impossible to predict who will win, with everything riding on turnout.

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In August 2001, Governor Rick Perry stopped by Edinburg, Texas, to deliver a speech before a gathering of Mexican and United States officials on issue related to the border. Emphasizing the cultural and economic connections between the two nations, Perry called for new investment in infrastructure and an easing of restrictions on border traffic to further deepen ties. He also took a moment to tout a groundbreaking new law that allowed children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition at Texas universities.

"We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, 'we don't care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.'" he said. "And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That's why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede."

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Sometimes -- well, a lot of times -- cable news networks have to fill air time. Like when they have to wait for President Obama to make a statement. And especially when those remarks are pushed back 30 minutes.

Enter Donald Trump, cable news' recent favorite financial analyst. While America waited for Obama to speak on Monday, as stock markets were cratering, Trump -- who, for a successful business mogul, seems to have a remarkable amount of free time to do interviews -- weighed in on everything from the United States' debt deal (which he says shows a lack of leadership), the president (whom Trump said earlier he is still no fan of) and China (America's "enemy").

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