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January 28, 2013
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  • This week's poll: Women in combat
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week announced that the Pentagon was ending its ban on women serving in combat roles. Supporters of the move say women deserve the opportunity to fight in combat units, and the change will help women advance up the military ranks. Opponents claim that women do not possess the physical strength needed to fight on the front lines and add that women to combat units will hurt morale and effectiveness among the male troops. This week's question: Do you support or oppose the decision to allow women to serve in combat? If you care to share the details of your position on this issue, you can send it to us using this link. Select "Content Feedback" as the category. Results will be posted Friday.
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Agenda Items 
  • Businesses brace for "staggering" second-term regulatory push
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    Business leaders and industry lobbyists say they're expecting a wave of new executive-branch regulatory activity as President Barack Obama's second term gets under way. Unable to push legislation through a deadlocked Congress, the only way Obama can forward his agenda is to use his administration's regulatory authority, officials say. "They're going to try to do with regulation what they cannot do with legislation," says Mike House of legal and lobbying shop Hogan Lovells. The Hill/RegWatch blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Data Points 
  • Should smokers' jobs be targeted to reduce health care costs?
      
    Source: Esri
    The implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has states looking at health care issues in a new light. For example, Oklahoma state Sen. David Holt, a Republican, is proposing legislation that allows employers to fire cigarette smokers. Holt believes people will stop smoking if they are concerned about losing their jobs -- thereby saving the state money. Holt's proposal would affect only his state, but how would such a law affect different states if it became a federal statute? This post maps where smokers live throughout the U.S. and sheds light on what states and regions would be affected the most. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The Conversation 
Daily Chuckle 
  • The inauguration dub
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    Reuters
    President Barack Obama's inauguration gets the Bad Lip Reading treatment, with absurd phrases dubbed over the president's actual words. "I'll do the spaceman boogie, I'll brush on my sassy face. ... I enjoy makeup," Obama solemnly swears in this parody version of his presidential oath. YouTube (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief on Business & Politics readers in the past week.

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SmartQuote 
A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader."
--Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister
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