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Congressional Leaders Debate Votes Needed To End Shutdown

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House Speaker John Boehner has explained often why his Republican caucus is standing firm on the spending bill: because of the dangers he thinks are posed by the president's health care law. But on Sunday, Boehner went further, and said the votes are not there to pass a "clean" spending bill that would fund the government without making changes to the Affordable Care Act. That statement goes against many other observers, both Republican and Democrat, who believe the opposite.
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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.
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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.