World number one Rafael Nadal will face Fernando Verdasco
in an all-Spanish semifinal showdown at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

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“For us it’s an incredible feat to have two Spanish players in the semifinal. One is going to be in the final so we have to be very happy with that,” Nadal told media. The winner will go through to face either American Andy Roddick or Swiss former world No. 1 Roger Federer who is looking to equal U.S. legend Pete Sampras’ record haul of 14 Grand Slam titles.

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The US House of Representatives has passed President Barack Obama’s
$825bn economic stimulus package.

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Passed by 244 votes to 188, no Republicans backed the plan, saying it was too expensive and would not work. It must now be approved by the Senate, where it could face stiff opposition as the Democrats have a slimmer majority. The bill would cut taxes for people and businesses by $275bn, while pumping more than $540bn into a range of initiatives including road and bridge repair, increased unemployment benefits, investment in new technology and renovations to 10,000 schools.

In a heated debate, a succession of Republicans in Congress have condemned the stimulus package as a wasteful government spending exercise that will do little to create jobs.

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A new bill introduced in Congress authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to set up a network of FEMA camp facilities to be used to house U.S. citizens in the event of a national emergency.

The National Emergency Centers Act or HR 645 mandates the establishment of “national emergency centers” to be located on military installations for the purpose of to providing “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster,” according to the bill.

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Texas Congressman Ron Paul has warned that passing the latest proposed economic stimulus package would be akin to pouring kerosene on an already raging fire. Paul, who is also a member of the House Financial Services Committee, warned that such measures will cause a recession to turn into a full scale depression possibly worse than that of the 1930s.

During a Television interview with CNN, Paul explained why he believes stimulus funding is such a destructive policy.

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You’ve probably noticed: The Obama administration and Congress are talking about spending an unprecedented sum of money to try to revive the economy.

President Obama and House Democrats laid down the marker with an $825 billion package of spending and tax cuts.

Dozens of proposals. Hundreds of pages of legislation. Billions of dollars.

What are some of the headline proposals, and what is the debate all about? The legislation is a work in progress, but here is an overview.

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Chris Jericho is about to Whip that Ass!

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Jessica Alba is disappointed in all of us for paying attention to her during what she blogs is “perhaps the most salient time in our country’s history.” (Don’t worry, Jess, we’re more disappointed in ourselves than you’ll ever know.)

She’s speaking, of course about the “a-hole” episode, when Jessica called out Bill O’Reilly and then harassed a reporter who didn’t want to answer her questions—taunting him with “Be neutral about it, be Sweden!” This, of course, gave TMZ a chance to call her a ditz for not saying Switzerland.

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This CatholicVote.org video, first posted on the Internet Jan. 19 to coincide with Barack Obama’s inauguration, has become a YouTube sensation, and is said to be aired during the Super Bowl.

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How much private information is available about you in cyberspace? Social Security numbers are just the beginning.

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