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Obama Strains to Get Liberals Back Into Fold Ahead of Vote

Without offering regrets for policy choices that have angered liberals, President Obama is arguing that the Republican alternative is far worse.

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Carl P. Paladino, a candidate for New York governor, after being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly on Monday.
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For Paladino, a Softer Edge, if Only Briefly

Carl P. Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor of New York, has tried to unveil a more huggable version of himself, but his ornery side insists on being heard.

Karzai’s Kin Use Ties to Gain Power in Afghanistan

Dozens of relations and allies of President Hamid Karzai have taken positions in government and business, forming a powerful oligarchy.

At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture

Under Sam Zell, the Tribune Company was bankrupted by its debt, and employees describe a profane and alienating workplace.

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New York Missed or Ignored Signs on Girl Who Died

A report on a 4-year-old girl who weighed 18 pounds at her death showed failures by the child welfare agency.

Diplomatic Memo
Risks and Advantages in U.S. Effort in Mideast

The generosity of American concessions to each side, and the sides’ reluctance to accept them, have been telling.

Solar Power Plants to Rise on U.S. Land

The Obama administration wants to show its resolve to promote renewable energy despite Congress’s inaction.

Dim Outlook for Holiday Jobs

Many retailers said they would barely increase their seasonal jobs from the low level of last year.

Spaghetti Tacos and the Extremes of Young Cuisine

An offbeat meal that began as a gag on the Nickelodeon series “iCarly” is now a true tween phenomenon.

Gunmen Attack More NATO Supply Trucks in Pakistan

Dozens of tankers carrying fuel to Afghanistan for NATO troops were torched near Quetta in western Pakistan on Wednesday, the third major attack on supplies in the past week.

Three Share 2010 Chemistry Nobel

An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2010 Nobel Prize for chemistry for developing a tool that could allow chemicals as complex as those found in nature to be created, the prize committee said on Wednesday.

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British Embassy Vehicle Attacked in Yemen

The British Foreign Office said there had been an attack directed at a British Embassy vehicle and and one diplomat was slightly wounded.

Owners of Red Sox to Buy Liverpool Soccer Club

Liverpool have agreed to the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures, which owns the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool said.

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30 Years On, a Less Personal ‘Wall’ From Waters

Roger Waters has moved “The Wall” away from personal confession and toward its other theme: an indictment of power and authority misused.

Clean and Open American Elections

The government needs to make sure that the tax code — and American control of American elections — is not being violated.

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Developed by Thomas Etienne

A Damante is a very specific kind of poem with strong guidelines. In this project I wanted to combine this form of poem with News feeds to make it not only a pleasant experience to read the poems but to get headline words into your head.

The program in itself, searches out the news headlines. From them it creates an array of adjectives and verbs that go along with the subject through the use of RiWordnet.getDescription(). Then the descriptive words are inserts into a grammar structure for the poem. The guidelines to the poem are laid out like this:

Line 1: Noun or subject

Line 2: Two Adjectives

Line 3: Three -ing words

Line 4: Four words about the subject

Line 5: Three -ing words

Line 6: Two adjectives

Line 7: Synonym/antonym for the subject


Click to generate new Damante

Source code: and

Previous iteration: Haiku and October 5th Version

For more about the developer, go to

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