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We’re Talking About: Feb. 4, 2010

-Despite their portrayal in pop culture as overentitled, micromanaging shrews, mothers who employ nannies often struggle to communicate with them and vent to friends instead. Recognizing this communication gap, some schools have begun training nannies to draw out their employers’ needs. [ New York Times ]

-Senator and former Republican Arlen Specter obtained $10 million in earmarks for abstinence-only education between 2003 and 2009. Since switching to the Democratic Party , he has not sought funding for abstinence education. [ Politico ]

- Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly square off in the Fox News host’s infamous No Spin Zone . While O’Reilly pokes fun at Stewart’s large vocabulary and pot-smoking audience, Stewart offers a blistering critique of the right-wing narrative that his opponent’s network tries to pass off as news. [ Gawker ]

-A new report released yesterday found that only 8 percent of teens have embraced Twitter . Seeking to connect with friends rather than the world at large, today’s teens prefer more intimate forms of social media like texting and Facebook. [ Washington Post ]

-MIT-trained neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui was found guilty of attempted murder for trying to kill American servicemen in Afghanistan. [ NY Post ]