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Obama's Team of Rivals, Getting Paid for Good Grades, and Bratz

John Moe

Angela Kim

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President-elect Barack Obama
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Our panel of non-experts weigh in on this week's news events in a parlor game to gauge what kind of week America had. Joining us on this week's panel are: author and New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee; television host Sofia Dickens; and Luke Burbank, who hosts the radio show "Too Beautiful To Live" in Seattle.

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On Monday, Barack Obama announced his security team. It features his primary opponent Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, George W. Bush's Defense Secretary Robert Gates sticking around at the Pentagon, and Jim Jones, who supported John McCain, as National Security Advisor.

Are Obama's appointments good news, bad news or no news?

A new website, gradefund.org, lets students help finance their education by signing up sponsors, friends, family, companies even. The size of the donations vary according to how good the students' grades are. The money is then sent either to the student directly or to the financial aid office.

Is this plan good news, bad news or no news?

Bratz are an extremely popular line of dolls. They're kind of like Barbie, but with more make-up and pouty expressions. They were invented by Carter Bryant years ago while he was working at Mattel, creator of Barbie. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that manufacture of Bratz must stop immediately and that the dolls must be recalled from shelves after the first of the year, reasoning that the Bratz brand was essentially the intellectual property of Mattel. It's a ruling that could have a huge effect on a multi-billion dollar industry.

Is this ruling good news, bad news or no news?

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