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113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list Reviewed by thevixi on . This Is Article About 113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list

The good news for Congress as it heads into the final workdays of the year is that, for the first time in five years, there are no edge-of-the-cliff December crises threatening to bring the country to its knees. The bad news is that whatever gets done in December will still be part of a year [...]

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113th Congress, going down in history for its inaction, has a critical December to-do list

The good news for Congress as it heads into the final workdays of the year is that, for the first time in five years, there are no edge-of-the-cliff December crises threatening to bring the country to its knees. The bad news is that whatever gets done in December will still be part of a year with record-low congressional accomplishment. From the confirmation of a new Federal Reserve chairman to the expiration of dairy pricing rules, House and Senate leaders head into the final month of 2013 with ... more→

3D printing: Should you believe the hype?

(MoneyWatch) For some time now, it appears that 3D printing -- the technology that builds physical objects on a small "printer" by progressively depositing layers of melted plastic -- is on the verge of going mainstream. Prices for 3D printers are plummeting, with units available for $1,000 or less. And pundits suggest that soon we'll manufacture all sorts of gadgets in our own homes that we once had to travel to a store to purchase. For evidence of the promise of 3D printing, look no ... more→

Trial Sends Warning to Rank-and-File Putin Foes

Some of his supporters, citing video evidence, say he threw only a lemon. Mr. Belousov, 21 and the father of a 2-year-old son, had no previous criminal record, but he has been in jail for a year and could serve 12 more years if convicted on all counts. He is one of a dozen participants in the May 6, 2012, demonstration — representing a cross section of the middle-class Muscovites who turned decisively against Mr. Putin — whose trial opened Thursday in a Moscow court. ... more→

Straight Sets: Nadal Wins Eighth French Open Title

Rafael Nadal has made the extraordinary look routine at the French Open before, and his eighth title was no exception. Nadal shrugged off countryman David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, to win the event for the eighth time in nine years, improving his record at Roland Garros to 59-1. Ferrer, a heavy underdog coming into the match despite having not dropped a set en route to the final, was able to challenge Nadal at moments but could never sustain any significant ... more→

Microsoft seeks new course in shifted landscape

(MoneyWatch) Microsoft (MSFT) plans a major restructuring to cement CEO Steve Ballmer's strategy of a "devices and services company," according to the blog AllThingsD. As Kara Swisher notes, the changes come with increasing investor pressure and questions about whether the company should break into separate parts, despite the fact that the stock price has climbed nearly a third in the last six months.This is more than a realignment of resources. Even with massive sales and continuing development of new products, Microsoft has hit a conceptual ... more→