Today's Takeaway | February 8, 2013

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Friday, February 08, 2013

How will Obama Address the Looming Budget Crisis? | John O. Brennan, Drones and the Future of the CIA | Super Computer Watson Goes to School | Robots Come and Go, But Some Trades May Always Be Manual | Telling Stories of Love and Loss — in Just Six Words | New Movie Releases: 'Side Effects,' 'Identity Theft,' and 'Top Gun 3D'

How President Obama and Congress Could Avoid Sequestration

If Congress and the President do not reach a spending deal by March 1st, budget cuts will automatically go into effect. Todd Zwillich explains the steps the president and Congress are taking to avoid sequestration.

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Obama's C.I.A Nominee John O. Brennan Has "Personal Objections" to Torture

At his Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, John O. Brennan tried to restore Americans' faith in the C.I.A. While Brennan expressed his disapproval for torture, he staunchly defended the C.I.A.'s drone program.

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Super Computer Watson 'Enrolls' in College Classes

This semester, the know-it-all supercomputer Watson is heading to school. Watson made a name for itself after it trounced all its human competitors on Jeopardy! last year. The supercomputer is "enrolling" at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where Dr. Shirley Jackson is president.

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Robots Come and Go, But Some Trades May Always Be Manual

Advertised as the first full-service window washing robot, the Winbot 7 is a kind of Roomba for windows. But can a robot really replace a real, live window washer? Patrick J. Shields, who has been washing windows for 25 years, says no way.

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What's Your Six Word Story of Love or Loss?

As Valentine’s Day nears, we’re asking you for your biggest stories of love and loss. But there’s a catch: We want you to tell your story in just six words.

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New Movie Releases: 'Side Effects,' 'Identity Thief,' and 'Top Gun 3D'

Every Friday, The Takeaway’s Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in on the weekend's film releases. This week, there are three: the crime drama “Side Effects,” the vigilante road trip movie “Identity Theft,” and the 3D re-release of the eighties action classic, “Top Gun.”

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