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What We Read Today 13 December 2014

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U.S. Senate aims to vote Monday on $1.1 trillion spending bill (Richard Cowan and David Lawder, Reuters)  Efforts for the U.S. Senate to pass the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund the government for the rest of fiscal year 2015 (ends 30 September 2015) collpased Friday night.  The bill had been passed by the House Thursday.  A special resolution has been passed by the House to keep the government funded until Wednesday night, according to a late article from The Washington Post, to give the Senate time to get the bill to a vote.

Negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to speed the process along collapsed during late-night talks in the nearly abandoned U.S. Capitol.  A major concern on the Democratic side was regarding a roll-back of the Dodd-Frank Law provisions limiting the the investment in derivatives by banks.  Conservative Republicans were arguing for an immediate defunding of the actions authorized on immigration reform by President Obama's recent executive order.  If either change were made then the bill would have to return to the House for another vote, so it is likely that both initiatives will not be seen through. 


Heartbeat during marriage proposal (Flowing Data)  About 40 minutes of output from a heartrate monitor worn before during and after a marriage proposal at the Roman Collosium.

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Boom: North America's Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem (Weather Films, vimeo)  Exposee on the "Ford Pinto" of rail cars.

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Storms Batter California (Reuters)  See what happens when drought is followed by heavy rains.

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