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Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - Vir­tu­oso: ‘Se­ri­ous dif­fer­ences’: Pants on Fire:

Forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Bashar as­sad have fired scuds at main rebel forces, a ma­jor escalation in the fight­ing but also sign of des­per­a­tion on the part of the as­sad regime. Repub­li­cans aren’t budg­ing on tax rates, and Democrats are re­sist­ing steps such as rais­ing the Medi­care el­i­gi­bil­ity age as talks to avert a fis­cal cliff again ap­pear stalled.

sitar mae­stro Ravi shankar,whose in­flu­ence on the Bea­tles and ap­pear­ances at rock fes­ti­vals made him a flower-power cult fig­ure and who brought in­dian mu­sic to the world stage, dies at 92. He col­lab­o­rated with mu­si­cians from jazz, rock and the clas­si­cal reper­toire. Poli­tiFact names its lie of the Year.

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