Thursday, February 28, 2013

Supreme Court will hear these cases next month

Obama administration urges Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

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The administration says unequivocally in a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court that gay marriage

The Obama administration will throw its support behind a broad claim for marriage equality, urging the Supreme Court to rule that voters in California were not entitled to ban same-sex marriage there. The administration was not required to take a position in the case, but the lawyers who filed the challenge said the administration could not remain silent on the issue.

Administration to Urge Justices to Overturn a Gay Marriage Ban

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The federal government was not required to take a position in the California case, but it threw its support behind a broad claim for marriage

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Obama administration urges Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage ban

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The administration says unequivocally in a legal brief filed with the Supreme Court that gay marriage should be allowed to resume in California

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

By expelling American special forces from an embattled province, Afghanistan’s government has thrown the NATO coalition into confusion. It has also turned attention to these elite but shadowy troops. Afghanistan’s national security council have given the forces two weeks to leave Wardak province, after accusing them of complicity in murders and disappearances http://econ.st/ZGtiWP


Specially forced out

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The order was announced at a hastily convened press conference on February 24th and appears to have wrong-footed the coalition. Two days later the

Will you miss Pope Benedict XVI? What are your hopes for the next pope? http://yhoo.it/13VR3qI



Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties

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An estimated 150,000 people jammed the piazza to bid Benedict farewell and hear his final speech as pontiff.



By expelling American special forces from an embattled province, Afghanistan’s government has thrown the NATO coalition into confusion. It has also turned attention to these elite but shadowy troops. Afghanistan’s national security council have given the forces two weeks to leave Wardak province, after accusing them of complicity in murders and disappearances http://econ.st/ZGtiWP

Specially forced out

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The order was announced at a hastily convened press conference on February 24th and appears to have wrong-footed the coalition. Two days later the
Are you worried that the forced spending cuts set to take effect Friday could hurt the economy?
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Bernanke warns Congress it could hurt economic rebound www.cnn.com

The economy is expanding again, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday, but he warned lawmakers could slow the trend.

President Obama cut taxes for almost all working Americans; Ronald Reagan tripled the National Debt; George W. Bush doubled the ND. In modern history, Ronald Reagan oversaw the largest number of debt ceiling increases, and George W. Bush approved a near doubling of the borrowing cap during his two terms in office

Here's our main story for Tuesday about the forced spending cuts set to take effect Friday. What, if anything, do you think Washington should do to avoid the so-called "sequester"?




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More spin than solutions as spending cuts near www.cnn.com

President Barack Obama and GOP rivals rely on spin versus substance in trying to prod Congress into action to avert forced spending cuts.

President Obama cut taxes for almost all working Americans; Ronald Reagan tripled the National Debt; George W. Bush doubled the ND. In modern history, Ronald Reagan oversaw the largest number of debt ceiling increases, and George W. Bush approved a near doubling of the borrowing cap during his two terms in office

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In 1993, Bill Clinton and the Democrats increased the tax rates of rich people, launching several years of economic prosperity and job creation Bush tax cuts failed to stimulate as promised


Homeland Security floats idea of releasing non criminal detained immigrants as part of pre-sequester budget saving ...

Boehner blasts "outrageous" mass release of illegal immigrants

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House speaker says it's "hard to believe" release of illegal immigrants was the most sensible way to save ahead of sequestration






One major proposal, however, wouldn’t involve budget outlays: the president’s call for a rise in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9, with subsequent increases in line with inflation. The question we need to ask is: Would this be good policy? And the answer, perhaps surprisingly, is a clear yes.





















Why “surprisingly”? Well, Economics 101 tells us to be very cautious about attempts to legislate market outcomes. Every textbook — mine included — lays out the unintended consequences that flow from policies like rent controls or agricultural price supports. And even most liberal economists would, I suspect, agree that setting a minimum wage of, say, $20 an hour would create a lot of problems.





















But that’s not what’s on the table. And there are strong reasons to believe that the kind of minimum wage increase the president is proposing would have overwhelmingly positive effects.





















First of all, the current level of the minimum wage is very low by any reasonable standard. For about four decades, increases in the minimum wage have consistently fallen behind inflation, so that in real terms the minimum wage is substantially lower than it was in the 1960s. Meanwhile, worker productivity has doubled. Isn’t it time for a raise?





















Now, you might argue that even if the current minimum wage seems low, raising it would cost jobs. But there’s evidence on that question — lots and lots of evidence, because the minimum wage is one of the most studied issues in all of economics. U.S. experience, it turns out, offers many “natural experiments” here, in which one state raises its minimum wage while others do not. And while there are dissenters, as there always are, the great preponderance of the evidence from these natural experiments points to little if any negative effect of minimum wage increases on employment.





















Why is this true? That’s a subject of continuing research, but one theme in all the explanations is that workers aren’t bushels of wheat or even Manhattan apartments; they’re human beings, and the human relationships involved in hiring and firing are inevitably more complex than markets for mere commodities. And one byproduct of this human complexity seems to be that modest increases in wages for the least-paid don’t necessarily reduce the number of jobs.





















What this means, in turn, is that the main effect of a rise in minimum wages is a rise in the incomes of hard-working but low-paid Americans — which is, of course, what we’re trying to accomplish.





















Finally, it’s important to understand how the minimum wage interacts with other policies aimed at helping lower-paid workers, in particular the earned-income tax credit, which helps low-income families who help themselves. The tax credit — which has traditionally had bipartisan support, although that may be ending — is also good policy. But it has a well-known defect: Some of its benefits end up flowing not to workers but to employers, in the form of lower wages. And guess what? An increase in the minimum wage helps correct this defect. It turns out that the tax credit and the minimum wage aren’t competing policies, they’re complementary policies that work best in tandem.





















So Mr. Obama’s wage proposal is good economics. It’s also good politics: a wage increase is supported by an overwhelming majority of voters, including a strong majority of self-identified Republican women (but not men). Yet G.O.P. leaders in Congress are opposed to any rise. Why? They say that they’re concerned about the people who might lose their jobs, never mind the evidence that this won’t actually happen. But this isn’t credible.





















For today’s Republican leaders clearly feel disdain for low-wage workers. Bear in mind that such workers, even if they work full time, by and large don’t pay income taxes (although they pay plenty in payroll and sales taxes), while they may receive benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. And you know what this makes them, in the eyes of the G.O.P.: “takers,” members of the contemptible 47 percent who, as Mitt Romney said to nods of approval, won’t take responsibility for their own lives.





















Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, offered a perfect illustration of this disdain last Labor Day: He chose to commemorate a holiday dedicated to workers by sending out a message that said nothing at all about workers, but praised the efforts of business owners instead.





















The good news is that not many Americans share that disdain; just about everyone except Republican men believes that the lowest-paid workers deserve a raise. And they’re right. We should raise the minimum wage, now.



















Monday, February 25, 2013

The reviews of the Family Guy bad boy's behavior as host of the Oscars are all over the place. We've got a sampling. Who's right and who's wrong?


Seth MacFarlane: Crude Or Classy? Delightful Or A Dolt? You Be The Critic

www.npr.org   The reviews of the Family Guy bad boy's behavior as host of the Oscars are all over the place. We've got a sampling. Who's right and who's wrong?

Seth MacFarlane: Crude Or Classy? Delightful Or A Dolt? You Be The Critic

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Satirical news outlet The Onion agrees it went too far when it posted a tweet that referred to the young actress with a highly offensive four-letter word.

The Onion' Apologizes For Offensive Tweet About 9-Year-Old Quvenzhane Wallis

What will the British government do in response to the country’s debt downgrade? The dangers ahead are of not one, but two, vicious circles. The first is the one seen in Europe, where austerity programmes designed to reduce debt to GDP ratios, end up sending the economy into recession. The second vicious circle relates to the relaxed attitude of the authorities to the decline of the pound http://econ.st/Zv4gpD


FPRIVATE "TYPE=PICT;ALT="Choose your vicious circle

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The Bank of England is relaxed about lending the pound fall, and foreign investors are reluctant to hold low-yielding gilts.

David Cameron is a little horrid thing. He wants to privatize everything and everything will cost more. THE GOP is a Mental and Moral
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David Cameron is a little horrid thing. He wants to privatize everything and everything will cost more. David Cameron is a little horrid thing. He wants to privatize everything and everything will cost more. David Cameron as PM means ANNUS HORRIBILIS

How do you think Seth MacFarlane did last night?



According to TIME's TV critic James Poniewozik, "MacFarlane was uncomfortable, smarmy, unfunny–and not even bad in any memorably creative way." http://ti.me/YsbSs5



(A.M.P.A.S./Matt Brown/ABC)



Miss America contestants in 1923.

The October 1927 Fifth Solvay International Conference on Electrons and Photons, where the world's most notable physicists met to discuss the newly formulated quantum theory. 17 of the 29 attendees were or became Nobel Prize winners, includ...ing Marie Curie, who alone among them, had won Nobel Prizes in two separate scientific disciplines.



The leading figures were Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. Einstein, disenchanted with Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, remarked "God does not play dice". Bohr replied, "Einstein, stop telling God what to do".See More

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was a National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, serving from 1983 through 1985.



After a career in the Marines, he became part of the Reagan administration, and was a leading architect of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) for defending the United States against missile attack
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.In a first, the Oscar for best picture was revealed via satellite from the White House. First lady Michelle Obama opened the envelope last night to find "Argo." http://usat.ly/XSSg0Z




(Photo by Pete Souza, The White House)

About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they adopt a Mediterranean diet, a rigorous new study found. See what participants in the study were instructed to eat each week, and how many glasses of wine they were supposed to drink.




Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Disease, Study Finds

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About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a





"The Onion'"s vile tweet about 9-year-old nominee Quevenzhané Wallis continues to enrage readers: http://usat.ly/Yw1lds



Where do you think they should draw the line? Britain's most senior

About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they adopt a Mediterranean diet, a rigorous new study found. See what participants in the study were instructed to eat each week, and how many glasses of wine they were supposed to drink.




Mediterranean Diet Can Cut Heart Disease, Study Finds

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About 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people at high risk if they switch to a





"The Onion'"s vile tweet about 9-year-old nominee Quevenzhané Wallis continues to enrage readers: http://usat.ly/Yw1lds



Where do you think they should draw the line?Britain's most senior Catholic cleric, Scotland's Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has resigned his position as archbishop of Edinburgh and St. Andrews amid allegations of "inappropriate behavior" just days before he would have taken part in the conclave to elect the next pontiff.

Another top Catholic steps down amid scandal

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Just days before he was expected in Rome to help chose a new pope, Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns as Archbishop,

ntinuing their full-court press offensive just days before $85 billion in automatic cuts to federal spending kicks in, senior administration officials are highlighting the impact of the cuts on individual states.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

US forces 'must leave' Afghan region


The Afghan president orders US special forces out of Wardak province, over claims Afghans working for them are involved in torture and disappearances.

How do you count Catholics?

As Pope Benedict prepares to step down, speculation is intensifying as to who will lead the reported 1.2 billion followers of his church. But how did the Vatican arrive at that figure?

More money, more problems

Australia came out of the global financial crisis without a recession, but the cost of living in this booming economy is extraordinarily high.

Italy votes in key general election

Italians vote in a general election regarded as crucial for the country's effort to tackle its economic problems and for the eurozone at large.

• Eurozone recession 'to persist'

• Hollywood awaits 'open' Oscars

• Stars, fans and members of the media gather in Hollywood for what is likely to be one of the most unpredictable Academy Awards for years.

Senator Slams National Gun Registry

• Reuters/AP

• Oklahoma Sen. Coburn, left, warns any gun control legislation that keeps a national registry of firearm owners would be a deal breaker as panel struggles to find ways to curb gun violence.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

As emergency workers tended to injured fans and ambulance sirens wailed in the background, a somber Tony Stewart skipped the traditional post-race victory celebration following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
























A last-lap accident sent rookie Kyle Larson's car sailing into the fence that separates the track from the seats, and large chunks of Larson's car landed in the grandstands. The car itself had its entire front end sheared off, with a piece of burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence.









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At least 15 NASCAR fans were injured today after a crash at the Nationwide Series at Daytona International Speedway when debris, including a tire, flew into the stands.























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BREAKING: A crash involving several cars on the final lap of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2013, left an unk...nown number of spectators injured.





















Driver Kyle Larson's car went flying into a spectator fence, reportedly sending debris into the crowd. - USA TODAY





















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Debris flies into the stands, injuring some spectators, during a crash Saturday in the final turn of a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway. http://on.cnn.com/VZX7Ax





BREAKING: A crash involving several cars on the final lap of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on February 23, 2013, left an unknown number of spectators injured.




Driver Kyle Larson's car went flying into a spectator fence, reportedly sending debris into the crowd. - USA TODAY



Read more: http://usat.ly/YtqchO



Follow the latest updates on the wreck at BreakingNews.com: http://bit.ly/Ytq7e5



Photo: Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Clorox Chevrolet is involved in an incident at the finish of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

The Vatican is trying to tamp down rumors involving sex, money and gay priests that have been swirling in the Italian media and have been linked by some to Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign. The strongly worded denial comes on the eve of the pope's last Angelus blessing, expected to draw huge crowds of the faithful, before he steps down on Thursday. http://on.cnn.com/Walhs0




Obama’s sequester deal-changer trib.al

The president and his staff have been wrong about how the sequester came about.

Bob Woodward: Obama and his staff are wrong about how the sequester came about -- automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House. http://wapo.st/XSD1m5

Obama’s sequester deal-changer trib.al

The president and his staff have been wrong about how the sequester came about.

The Vatican is trying to tamp down rumors involving sex, money and gay priests that have been swirling in the Italian media and have been linked by some to Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign. The strongly worded denial comes on the eve of the pope's last Angelus blessing, expected to draw huge crowds of the faithful, before he steps down on Thursday. http://on.cnn.com/Walhs0

Vatican denies swirling rumors as pope prepares for final days www.cnn.com

The Vatican sought Saturday to tamp down rumors involving sex, money and gay priests that have been swirling in the Italian media and have been linked by some to Pope


The Hill Newspaper

The defense industry, led by the Aerospace Industries Association, and several medical trade groups have mounted a full-throated lobbying campaign against the budget sequester, which is set to take effect on Friday ...

Business fears sequester ax will cut through profits thehill.com

A variety of industries stand to suffer as looming federal spending cuts threaten to pare back government services.


Americans lost $16 trillion in total wealth from the end 2007 until early 2009. http://on.wsj.com/12YvB8x



How outrageous pricing and egregious profits are destroying health care
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North Korea Warns U.S. Forces of ‘Destruction’ Ahead of Drills http://nyti.ms/ZyTJgV



North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of war drills http://reut.rs/W9qS1y

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Clinton adopted a series of austerity measures balanced the budget and left us with a surplus but the Bush Administration ruined it in 5 years.


TAX CUTS : 3 TRILLION DOLLARS

BUSH'S WARS : 4 TRILLION DOLLARS

COLLAPSE

Poll: Deficit is essential issue for Congress to tackle politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

Washington (CNN) -- Do-nothing Congresses need not apply: a majority of Americans want something done on the federal deficit this year, an opportunity lawmakers will have when they return from their vacation.

Would you like to see Congress pass major legislation that tackles the deficit? If so, what would you like to see Congress do? Decrease spending? Increases taxes/revenue? Reform the tax code? Or some combination of these? Let us know!



For the first time since the waning days of the "fiscal cliff" battle in late December, President Obama reached out to congressional Republican leaders to talk about next week's impending budget cuts known as the sequester.



Movement in budget cuts battle? www.cbsnews.com

For the first time in weeks, President Obama reaches out to congressional GOP leaders






Syrian opposition activists said at least 31 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy. Most of the dead were civilians, but that members of the Syrian security services were also killed in Thursday's attack. More: http://nbcnews.to/YDBvpK





















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• Activists: Dozens killed after huge car bomb hits Syria's capital





















Syrian opposition activists said at least 31 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy. Most of the dead were civilians, but that members of the Syrian security services were also killed in Thursday's attack. More: http://nbcnews.to/YDBvpK





















Photo: SANA via APActivists: Dozens killed after huge car bomb hits Syria's capital





















Syrian opposition activists said at least 31 people were killed in a car bomb attack in Damascus near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party and the Russian Embassy. Most of the dead were civilians, but that members of the Syrian security services were also killed in Thursday's attack. More: http://nbcnews.to/YDBvpK





















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Wednesday, February 20, 2013





Politics

What do you think Mitt Romney will say at CPAC next month?



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Romney to make appearance at crucial conservative conference politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com

Washington (CNN) Mitt Romney is returning to the political spotlight. Two Republican sources confirm to CNN that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee will speak next month at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Boeing has found a way to fix battery problems on its grounded 787 Dreamliner jets that involves increasing the space between the lithium ion battery cells, a s...ource familiar with the U.S. company's plans told Reuters. "The gaps between cells will be bigger. I think that's why there was overheating," said the source, who declined to be identified because the plans are private. - http://reut.rs/VwlAL2



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Cameron marks Amritsar massacre


David Cameron becomes the first serving UK prime minister to pay his respects at the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres in British history.

Cameron marks Amritsar massacre

David Cameron becomes the first serving UK prime minister to pay his respects at the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres in British history.

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'Screams' heard at Pistorius home

A witness heard "gunshots, screams and more shots" from Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius's home on the night girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, police say.



England level NZ one-day series

Joe Root's mature 79 not out helps England to an eight-wicket win over New Zealand, levelling the one-day series at 1-1.



The real CIA spy in Argo

Ben Affleck's film about six Americans hiding in Tehran is a favourite for best picture at the Oscars. CIA agent Tony Mendez explains how the real rescue plan was hatched.



A foreign affair

Each year, Oscar organisers try to identify the best movie not in English. The BBC's Vincent Dowd takes a look at the nominees.



Keep it in the family?

To get a job in Italy, is it what you know or who you know that counts? The BBC's Ed Butler looks at whether giving positions to relatives is preventing young people from finding work.



Reduced to rubble

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Aleppo, a grand Syrian city that has been obliterated, as rebels battle to gain control of the airport - a key strategic target.



Should sperm donors have parental duties?

More and more men who donate are finding themselves forced to play a part in their biological children's lives. Pia Gadkari reports.



The future of console gaming

With the release of Sony's PlayStation 4 expected soon, six experts share their thoughts on the next generation of consoles.



'Screams' heard at Pistorius home

A witness heard "gunshots, screams and more shots" from Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius's home on the night girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, police say.



England level NZ one-day series

Joe Root's mature 79 not out helps England to an eight-wicket win over New Zealand, levelling the one-day series at 1-1.



The real CIA spy in Argo

Ben Affleck's film about six Americans hiding in Tehran is a favourite for best picture at the Oscars. CIA agent Tony Mendez explains how the real rescue plan was hatched.



A foreign affair

Each year, Oscar organisers try to identify the best movie not in English. The BBC's Vincent Dowd takes a look at the nominees.



Keep it in the family?

To get a job in Italy, is it what you know or who you know that counts? The BBC's Ed Butler looks at whether giving positions to relatives is preventing young people from finding work.



Reduced to rubble

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Aleppo, a grand Syrian city that has been obliterated, as rebels battle to gain control of the airport - a key strategic target.



Should sperm donors have parental duties?

More and more men who donate are finding themselves forced to play a part in their biological children's lives. Pia Gadkari reports.



The future of console gaming

With the release of Sony's PlayStation 4 expected soon, six experts share their thoughts on the next generation of consoles.



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Syria footballer 'killed by mortars'

A Syrian footballer has been killed in a mortar strike on a stadium in the capital, Damascus, a state news outlet says.

Cameron marks Amritsar massacre

David Cameron becomes the first serving UK prime minister to pay his respects at the scene of one of the bloodiest massacres in British history.

• Japan posts record trade deficit

• FBI to investigate Heinz trades

• 'Action needed' on football fixing

• Bulgaria PM to resign over protests

• China condemns US hacking report

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• BHP Billiton boss Kloppers to retire

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Brit awards hint at Adele surprise

The organiser of the Brit Awards hints that Wednesday's ceremony will make amends for cutting short Adele's victory speech last year

US Mulls Cybercrime Trade Penalties

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• The Obama administration is reportedly developing fines and other trade penalties against China or any other country guilty of cyberattacks amid evidence of an unrelenting cyber espionage campaign.

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1. nt Barack Obama says the "automatic, brutal spending cuts" of the March 1 sequester are "not an abstraction; people will lose their jobs." http://nbcnews.to/Xsr7Sr (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) This Dutch-made machine uses gravity and an electric motor to “print” stone and brick roads. It is capable of laying about 360 square yards of road a day. See more Photos of the Day here: http://on.wsj.com/ZeHrGIHow would you spend 36 hours in Melbourne, Australia? Would you take a tour of the street art that decorates Hosier Lane? Indulge in the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival? If you've been to Melbourne, let us know what you recommend.





36 Hours in Melbourne, Australia

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Home to street art, buzzing cafes and a cool bar scene, Australia’s second city is charged with creative energy.



1. Race is a central conversation when it comes to Oscar-nominated films “Django Unchained,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Flight” and “Lincoln.” And these films, all by white directors, raise the age-old question: Are white filmmakers ready to grant agency to black characters?



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Still Too Good, Too Bad or Invisible

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Several of this year’s Oscar-nominated films raise the age-old question of whether white filmmakers are ready to grant agency to black characters.



1. CBS News Holly Williams reports from New Delhi ...





Brutal gang-rape sparks culture crisis in India

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Brutal, deadly attack on Indian woman last year has led to strong push for change of women's status



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Liberals who questioned the Bush administration's cooked up intelligence before the Iraq War are being vindicated by new information. http://on.msnbc.com/WNR9PZ...




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Tea Party Patriots apologizes to Karl Rove for Nazi photo dailycaller.com

The leader of the Tea Party Patriots organization issued an apology Tuesday to Karl Rove after the group sent a fundraising email with a doctored photo showing the Republican strategist in a Nazi unif

Democratic lawmaker, Joe Salazar is now apologizing for making the statement, "Women who are afraid of rape cannot be trusted with a gun"



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"House Republicans took the government to the brink of shutdown last spring by demanding across the board budget cuts to many vital programs. Instead of focusing on job creation, as Americans wanted them to, the GOP turned its attention to slashing funds for programs that funded assistance for women and children, local law enforcement, the social safety net, environmental protections, and many other programs they deemed as either too expensive or unnecessary. And it cost us 370,000 jobs. mad









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General John Allen has decided to retire rather than proceed with his nomination as the NATO supreme allied commander due to "health issues" in his family, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.





















In January, Allen was cleared by Pentagon investigators of allegations of professional misconduct over email exchanges with a Florida socialite. Allen had commanded U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.









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House Republicans took the government to the brink of shutdown last spring by demanding across the board budget cuts to many vital programs. Instead of focusing on job creation, as Americans wanted them to, the GOP turned its attention to slashing funds for programs that funded assistance for women and children, local law enforcement, the social safety net, environmental protections, and many other programs they deemed as either too expensive or unnecessary. And it cost us 370,000 jobs. mad









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Do you think former Sen. Chuck Hagel should be confirmed as secretary of defense? And are you surprised that fellow Republicans have been so tough on Hagel during the confirmation process thus far?







































Hagel letter disavows old comments on Israel









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(CNN) In a letter sent to one of his sharpest critics Saturday, Chuck Hagel stated he could not remember and disavowed a report from 2007 where the Defense Department nominee was characterized as describing the State Department as an "adjunct" to the Israeli government










Would you like to see President Obama and Congress work out an agreement to avoid the forced spending cuts (aka "sequestration" or the "sequester") that are set to take effect March 1 or would you like to see the cuts take place? Let us know!



President Barack Obama says the "automatic, brutal spending cuts" of the March 1 sequester are "not an abstraction; people will lose their jobs." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) http://nbcnews.to/Xsr7Sr

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hugo Chavez returns to Venezuela from Cuba, where he has been treated for cancer. In photos posted on Twitter, the president lies on a pillow, flanked by his daughters.


Lebanese women are taking to the streets to demand laws to protect against abusive partners. But local religious courts often claim domestic violence is a matter of "personal status" outside their authority. FULL STORY
RACISM

SPACE SPECTACLE

'We're not living in a Western'

Cold-blooded violence is staining Corsica's picture-postcard image. Tom Esslemont reports from the peaceful French island with the highest per capita murder rate in Europe.

Profile: Rafael Correa

Ecuador's Mr Correa has won a third term in office - no mean feat in a country that went through seven presidents in the decade preceding his election.

The Oscars by numbers

To celebrate this year's awards, we look at the films and stars who've made the biggest impact over the last eight decades.

UK PM in India partnership pledge

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain and India can be one of the great partnerships of the 21st century, as he sets off for a three-day visit.

Singer Mindy McCready Dead at 37

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Singer Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, has been found dead at her home.

Media Angry Over Missing Obama's Round With Tiger

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Republican governors in New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida say they will not work with the federal government on creating insurance markets required under ObamaCare








Dems hold fire on climate votes - The Hill's E2-Wire











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Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority.









Republican governors in New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida say they will not work with the federal government on creating insurance markets required under ObamaCare















The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress http://bit.ly/XcrVMm











Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama









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The defense industry is no longer fighting to stop sequestration before March 1.











Defense industry shifts to minimize sequester damage, not stop it - The Hill's DEFCON Hill









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Recognizing that no one in Congress expects a deal before the across-the-board cuts hit in March, industry groups are now strategizing to get them reversed as soon as possible after they take effect, keeping the









The superliner SS United States was an engineering feat, but the advent of air travel doomed the large ship to mothballs. Mark Strassmann of CBS Sunday Morning reports on efforts to rescue and preserve this American icon; Also check out our photo gallery of the fabled ship then, and now: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-3445_162-10015760.html











The White House immigration plan that would reportedly allow undocumented immigrants to become legal U.S. residents within eight years is being circulated among President Obama's administration in case the bipartisan efforts of Congress to draft a comprehensive reform bill "break down," the president's chief of staff Denis McDonough said today on "Face the Nation."



The new Economist Quiz is now available on our website. Which country’s GDP shrank by 0.4% at an annual rate in the last three months of 2012? Who did American Airlines announce they are merging with, creating one of the world's biggest airlines? Answer these questions and more via http://econ.st/W3mzQ7











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England’s system of care for the elderly has long awaited an overhaul. The cost of it can demolish people’s estates: one in ten will run up expenses of at least £100,000 ($155,000). The overall care bill is growing as people live longer. This week the government tackled some of these problems, by outlining changes to the way in which care is paid for http://econ.st/11KXph3









Tamim Ansary is an Afghan-American writer and teacher; born in Kabul, he has lived in America since 1964. His 2003 memoir, “West of Kabul, East of New York”, describes the struggle between his Afghan and American self in a post-9/11 world. His new work, “Games Without Rules”, zones in on the “often interrupted” history of Afghanistan http://econ.st/YaTySf



President Obama reiterated his goal of bringing America up to speed with new high-speed rail projects nationwide. Meanwhile, the freight-rail systems are still helping farmers keep costs down and getting their crops out. Any new kind of rail expansion would have to take these long-established networks.











High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains









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“The Senate hasn’t passed a bill to replace the sequester. The president gave a speech showing that he’d like to replace it, but he hasn’t put any details out there. So that is why I conclude I believe it’s going to take place,” Ryan said this morning on This Week about the $85 billion in automatic cuts scheduled for March 1./l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fabcnews.go.com%2Fblogs%2Fpolitics%2F2013%2F02%2Fpaul-ryan-no-leadership-from-democrats-on-avoiding-automatic-budget-cuts%2F&h=yAQGVS6DN&s=1











Paul Ryan: 'No Leadership' from Democrats on Avoiding Automatic Budget Cuts abcnews.go.com









House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., blamed the White House and Senate Democrats for failing to avert automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place next month, saying, “there’s no









Chris Cillizza: The country has a confidence problem and it's Congress's fault http://wapo.st/YqrTyB





















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If things don’t change soon, the impact on the nation’s economy could be drastic.







































Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cuts May Extend Army Deployments


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Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan next year may see their war tours extended because budget cuts will drastically limit training for brigades to replace them, according to the top Army general.

G20 vows to tackle tax avoidance

G20 finance ministers meeting in Moscow pledge to crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals, and vow to abstain from "currency wars".

Malaysia detains Australian senator

Malaysian officials detain Australian senator, Nick Xenophon, under national security laws as he arrives on an election fact-finding mission.



Clean up for meteorite hit Urals

A big clean-up operation is going on in Russia's Ural region after Friday's spectacular meteor strike, which injured more than 1,000 people.

Top Iraq intelligence man

'killed'

Friday, February 15, 2013

House GOP attempts to block federal employee pay raise MSNBC


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A House bill would continue a federal pay freeze which has persisted since 2



The Parisian cabaret "Le Bouef Sur Le Troit" in 1922.



BREAKING NEWS: Asteroid 2012 DA14 has safely passed by Earth, according to NASA. The closest approach was 17,500 miles above Indonesia. "It has passed closest approach and this asteroid is going away," said Paul Chodus of the Near Earth Object team. http://on.cnn.com/QZYZDc





What if Ron Paul had won the Republican nomination? Could have the Texas congressman defeated Barack Obama in the 2012 general election?



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NO !! RP is a media creation and Libertarianism is an unrealistic ideology Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Pentagon on Valentine's Day to receive the Defense Department's Medal for Distinguished Public Service award from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)



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ALERT: President Barack Obama is about to speak about the economy and gun violence at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)



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Thursday, February 14, 2013

 Officials say burned remains found in a California mountain cabin have been positively identified as fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner. San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Thursday that the identification was made through Dorner’s dental records.


Don't let them tell you this economic meltdown is a complicated mess. It's not. Our national financial crisis is readily understood by anyone who has seen greed and hypocrisy. But we are now witnessing them on a profound, monumental scale.
























Conservative Republicans always want the government to stay out of business and avoid regulation as long as they are making lots of money. When their greed, however, gets them into a fix, they are the first to cry out for rules and laws and taxpayer money to bail out their businesses. Obviously, Republicans are socialists. The Bush administration has decided to socialize the debt of the big Wall Street Firms. Taxpayers didn't get to enjoy any of the big money profits on the phony financial instruments like derivatives or bundled sub-prime paper, but we get the privilege of paying for their debt and failures.





















Let's just consider the money. The public bailout of insurance giant (becoming a dwarf) AIG is estimated at $85 billion. According to one report, that's more than the Bush administration spent on Aid to Families with Dependent Children during his entire time in office.





















A bailout is a colloquial pejorative term for giving a loan to a company or country which faces serious financial difficulty or bankruptcy.











What really caused the subprime mortgage crisis?









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The Claim:





















Deregulation in the banking industry, which lead to high-risk mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations, played a role in the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis.





















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The crisis had absolutely nothing to do with deregulation, and everything with giving the wrong people too much money to buy houses they couldn't afford.





















The popular narrative among many economists goes like this: the housing crisis was accelerated by greatly reducing the risk for writing bad loans. Deregulation legislation allowed banks to act as both consumer and institutional banks, and with the hot housing market, lenders were writing mortgages and packaging them up and selling them off, taking a little money off the top. This led to unscrupulous lenders writing loans that they knew were bad. And when the properties foreclosed, it wasn't the banks who wrote the mortgages who took the damage, as it traditionally had been. Instead, the losses were passed on to institutions and private investors who were holding collateralized debt obligations and mortgage-backed securities.





















They make the following points:





















The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, removed barriers in the market among banks, securities companies and insurance companies, allowing banks to dabble in mortgage loans, mortgage-backed securities, and mortgage insurance.









The act was co-sponsored by Senator Phil Gramm, Representative Jim Leach, and Representative Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. -- all Republicans.









It helped create gigantic, do-everything financial entities that were too big to fail.









Phil Gramm took a prominent role in the banking industry after he left Congress, and in 2005 led the push for banking industry-backed legislation which would have lifted restrictions on predatory lending.









The great majority of bad loans were made by non-bank lenders like Ameriquest, Countrywide, and New Century. They collected points on the loan, and then bundled and sold them off to Goldman Sachs and other securities dealers, often misleadingly stating that they were AAA-rated investments.









Some also point to George W. Bush's signing of the American Dream Downpayment Assistance Act in 2003, as it put money into the hands of lower-income buyers who otherwise would not have been tempted to sign subprime mortgages.





















Some more moderate economists say that the crisis was due to a combination of many pieces of legislation that each had good intentions, but which came together in unexpected and bad ways.





















All of these people are incorrect. The entirety of the mortgage crisis can be laid at the feet of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, which reduced discriminatory credit practices against low-income neighborhoods. It banned a process called redlining, in which applicants from particular neighborhoods were graded using stricter criteria than in other neighborhoods.





















Perhaps it had good intentions -- but it was the sole cause of the subprime mortgage crisis 30 years later. While the non-bank lenders who wrote most of the bad loans were not subject to the Community Reinvestment Act, their hands were otherwise forced -- they had to offer these sub-prime loans to compete with the traditional lenders who had to follow the rules and not use redlining to screen for potentially risky applicants. Additionally, since non-bank lenders bore little risk, a profit could be made -- and there's nothing wrong with that; it's one of the basics of capitalism. But, some liberals referred to the non-bank lenders' behavior as "greed."





















According to the Federal Reserve, 6% of subprime loans made over the last ten years were made by lending instututions which are subject to CRA regulations. That 6% may not seem like a lot, but it was enough. The domino effect took hold, and the non-bank lenders like Countrywide (who were exempt from the CRA) simply followed the money.





















The mortgage crisis was not cause by deregulation. Not "too big to fail." Not unscrupulous lenders. And certainly not Bush's American Dream Downpayment Assistance Act.





















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And who was president in 1977? Why, none other than Jimmy Carter -- a Democrat.

























































Commodity Futures Modernization Act signed by GWB.





















Over half of these subprime loans came from mortgages companies not covered by CRA







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Conservatives blame the housing crisis on a 1977 law that helps-low income people get mortgages. It's a useful story for them, but it isn't true.

































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The idea started on the outer precincts of the right. Thomas DiLorenzo, an economist who calls Ron Paul "the Jefferson of our time," wrote in September that the housing crisis is "the direct result of thirty years of government policy that has forced banks to make bad loans to un-creditworthy borrowers." The policy DiLorenzo decries is the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to lend throughout the communities they serve.





















The Blame-CRA theme bounced around the right-wing Freerepublic.com. In January it figured in a Washington Times column. In February, a Cato Institute affiliate named Stan Liebowitz picked up the critique in a New York Post op-ed headlined "The Real Scandal: How the Feds Invented the Mortgage Mess." On The National Review's blog, The Corner, John Derbyshire channeled Liebowitz: "The folk losing their homes? are victims not of 'predatory lenders,' but of government-sponsored -- in fact government-mandated -- political correctness."





















Last week, a more careful expression of the idea hit The Washington Post, in an article on former Sen. Phil Gramm's influence over John McCain. While two progressive economists were quoted criticizing Gramm's insistent opposition to government regulation, the Brookings Institution's Robert Litan offered an opposing perspective. Litan suggested that the 1990s enhancement of CRA, which was achieved over Gramm's fierce opposition, may have contributed to the current crisis. "If the CRA had not been so aggressively pushed," Litan said, "it is conceivable things would not be quite as bad. People have to be honest about that."





















This is classic rhetoric of conservative reaction. (For fans of welfare policy, it is Charles Murray meets the mortgage mess.) Most analysts see the sub-prime crisis as a market failure. Believing the bubble would never pop, lenders approved risky adjustable-rate mortgages, often without considering whether borrowers could afford them; families took on those loans; investors bought them in securitized form; and, all the while, regulators sat on their hands.





















The revisionists say the problem wasn't too little regulation; but too much, via CRA. The law was enacted in response to both intentional redlining and structural barriers to credit for low-income communities. CRA applies only to banks and thrifts that are federally insured; it's conceived as a quid pro quo for that privilege, among others. This means the law doesn't apply to independent mortgage companies (or payday lenders, check-cashers, etc.)





















The law imposes on the covered depositories an affirmative duty to lend throughout the areas from which they take deposits, including poor neighborhoods. The law has teeth because regulators' ratings of banks' CRA performance become public and inform important decisions, notably merger approvals. Studies by the Federal Reserve and Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, among others, have shown that CRA increased lending and homeownership in poor communities without undermining banks' profitability.





















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But CRA has always had critics, and they now suggest that the law went too far in encouraging banks to lend in struggling communities. Rhetoric aside, the argument turns on a simple question: In the current mortgage meltdown, did lenders approve bad loans to comply with CRA, or to make money?





















The evidence strongly suggests the latter. First, consider timing. CRA was enacted in 1977. The sub-prime lending at the heart of the current crisis exploded a full quarter century later. In the mid-1990s, new CRA regulations and a wave of mergers led to a flurry of CRA activity, but, as noted by the New America Foundation's Ellen Seidman (and by Harvard's Joint Center), that activity "largely came to an end by 2001." In late 2004, the Bush administration announced plans to sharply weaken CRA regulations, pulling small and mid-sized banks out from under the law's toughest standards. Yet sub-prime lending continued, and even intensified -- at the very time when activity under CRA had slowed and the law had weakened.





















Second, it is hard to blame CRA for the mortgage meltdown when CRA doesn't even apply to most of the loans that are behind it. As the University of Michigan's Michael Barr points out, half of sub-prime loans came from those mortgage companies beyond the reach of CRA. A further 25 to 30 percent came from bank subsidiaries and affiliates, which come under CRA to varying degrees but not as fully as banks themselves. (With affiliates, banks can choose whether to count the loans.) Perhaps one in four sub-prime loans were made by the institutions fully governed by CRA.





















Most important, the lenders subject to CRA have engaged in less, not more, of the most dangerous lending. Janet Yellen, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, offers the killer statistic: Independent mortgage companies, which are not covered by CRA, made high-priced loans at more than twice the rate of the banks and thrifts. With this in mind, Yellen specifically rejects the "tendency to conflate the current problems in the sub-prime market with CRA-motivated lending.? CRA, Yellen says, "has increased the volume of responsible lending to low- and moderate-income households."





















Yellen is hardly alone in concluding that the real problems came from the institutions beyond the reach of CRA. One of the only regulators who long ago saw the current crisis coming was the late Ned Gramlich, a former Fed governor. While Alan Greenspan was cheering the sub-prime boom, Gramlich warned of its risks and unsuccessfully pushed for greater supervision of bank affiliates. But Gramlich praised CRA, saying last year, "banks have made many low- and moderate-income mortgages to fulfill their CRA obligations, they have found default rates pleasantly low, and they generally charge low mortgages rates. Thirty years later, CRA has become very good business."





















It's telling that, amid all the recent recriminations, even lenders have not fingered CRA. That's because CRA didn't bring about the reckless lending at the heart of the crisis. Just as sub-prime lending was exploding, CRA was losing force and relevance. And the worst offenders, the independent mortgage companies, were never subject to CRA -- or any federal regulator. Law didn't make them lend. The profit motive did.





















And that is not political correctness. It is correctness.











Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blamed the government for the housing crisis Tuesday during his response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. But Paul Krugman took issue with Rubio's assertion in a Wednesday blog post.























"Every piece of the government-did-it thesis has been refuted," the Nobel Prize-winning economist wrote. "[And Republican politicians] have responded by rewriting history to defend their prejudices."





















To what degree Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac played a role in the housing crisis has been a source of fierce partisan debate. Congressional Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have blamed the mortgage giants for the housing crisis and tried to curb their influence in recent years.





















But the data suggests that big banks played a bigger role in the housing crisis. Private institutions were responsible for more than 84 percent of subprime loans issued in 2006, according to Federal Reserve data cited by McClatchy Newspapers. Countrywide Financial, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo led the way in 2008, according to data from Inside Mortgage Finance cited by McClatchy.





















Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tried to benefit from subprime lending only when the housing boom was well under way, The Huffington Post's Ben Hallman writes in a new blog post. And their loans were often less risky, Hallman writes:













































The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is a program of the United States government to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector that was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008. It was a component of the government's measures in 2008 to address the subprime mortgage crisis.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What about 4 trillion dollars to arrest Saddan and to elect Karzai ?


Iraq didn't have WMD, an Army and never attacked the US

Sen. Rubio spoke out Wednesday morning about his viral, dry mouth moment Tuesday night after the State of the Union address. Do you think the moment, which immediately trended online, hurt or help Rubio overall? Let us know!



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A refreshed Rubio says 'I needed water'

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At last night's State of the Union, Obama touched on several keys areas, including immigration reform, gun control and Medicare.



Check out our breakdown of these and other issues here: http://usat.ly/14S9Rcy

In an exclusive USA TODAY interview, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he is prepared to put a "hold" on John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA, and to filibuster it if necessary, until the administration answers questions about the use of drones in the United States.



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MORE: In State of the Union address, president makes broad economic pitch aimed at middle-class growth; reiterates messages on gun violence, immigration, climate change



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 Obama: "Thriving middle class" key to finishing economic recovery

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"Gangsta rap used to be a reliable issue for politicians, but they were denouncing it. Now Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is praising it," writes Maureen Dowd in Opinion. "Republicans are so frantic to make their party less white and more hip that Rubio’s exegeses on gangsta rap are music to their ears."

The Rap on Rubio
In his State of the Union address, President Obama focused on ways to help the middle class and urged Congress to compromise to solve ongoing budget challenges.


Obama seeks to reignite economic agenda in speech

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In the first State of the Union address of his second term, President Obama tried to breathe new life into his economic

Obama on government size: "Let me repeat – nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth." WATCH LIVE:

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Obama on government size: "Let me repeat – nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth." WATCH LIVE:


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"In the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun... Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote." --President Barack Obama http://on.wsj.com/VeM8QY




What did you think of Obama's State of the Union address?



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Daily chart: The post of Bishop of Rome is considered to be a life-long commitment. And with only a handful of exceptions, it has been. Nearly all 266 popes have served until their death. But that does not mean that they were in the job for long. Popes tend to have a short shelf-life. Today’s chart looks at papal terms since 32AD. See chart http://econ.st/X8kbYt

“There is much progress to report,” Barack Obama stated with satisfaction at the beginning of his state-of-the-union address. He was referring to the improving health of the economy and the diminishing number of American soldiers in harm’s way abroad. But he might just as well have been speaking of his strategy for facing down Republican opposition in a time of divided government http://econ.st/V8dJG3

Obama asks for more

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Instead of striking a conciliatory tone Barack Obama laid out a partisan agenda in his state of the union address

Video: Our correspondents reflect on Barack Obama's state-of-the-union address to Congress http://econ.st/XA87if

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Iraq didn't have WMD, an Army and never attacked the USWhat were the most memorable moments of last night? Sen. Marco Rubio had a tough time Tuesday night when dry mouth intruded on his response to the State of the Union. But the unplanned nature of any little mistake has a certain appeal.

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Gotta start makin’ changes, as Tupac says. And Marco Rubio is doing just that as he leads a desperate white, male Republican Party away from country to gangsta.
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Republican lawmakers say a deal to reduce the deficit and replace $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to take effect on March 1 is even less likely after President Obama's State of the Union address.
In fourth State of the Union address, Obama makes broad economic pitch aimed at middle-class growth; reiterate
During last night's State of the Union address, 102-year-old Desiline Victor of North Miami watched President Barack Obama tell the amazing story of how she had to wait six hours to vote on election day. http://bit.ly/12Ks9hi (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)




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The first known "hypervelocity stars" with masses similar to that of our sun were found racing through space at up to 2 million miles per hour. What do you think is responsible for these ultrafast stars to rocket through space? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2c69

Sen. Marco Rubio takes an awkward water break while delivering the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. http://nbcnews.to/YbWnnP

President Obama used his State of the Union address to push Congress to make inroads on climate change "for the sake of our children and our future.”




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President Obama used his State of the Union address to push Congress to make inroads on climate change "for the sake of our children and our future.”





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What will be the state of President Obama when he speaks to the nation and Congress during the State of the Union address?

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Watching Obama for Signs of Change

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When the president gives his State of the Union address, many will be looking for evidence of what associates say is a newly emboldened leader.

President Obama has concluded his State of the Union address. He proposed universal pre-school, a minimum wage of $9 per hour, tighter gun laws and action on climate change. Do you support his proposals? http://wapo.st/YbNpqw

Pope Benedict said "I did this in full liberty for the good of the church."



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Pope asks for prayers, says he is resigning for 'good of the church'

Here's our list of 5 things we learned from Tuesday night's big speech. What 5 things did you learn from President Obama's State of the Union and the responses to it by Sens. Rubio and Paul?

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5 things we learned from the State of the Union www.cnn.com

As with any State of the Union address, President Barack Obama this year had several audiences and there were multiple aims for the White House: To show that he understands the economy is still struggling and that he will do more to help the unemployed find jobs, and to

Obama Presses for New Spending

But Republicans See More 'Stimulus'

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President uses State of the Union address to push for more government spending, a proposal panned by Boehner as a push for more stimulus policies.

Pope thanks public for 'sympathy'

The Pope thanks the public for their "love and prayers" after his resignation announcement, saying he stepped down for the "good of the Church".

EU and US launch free-trade talks

The European Union and the US will begin formal talks on a free-trade agreement, paving the way for the biggest trade deal in history.

State of the Union: Analysis

President Obama made his way through the throng of supporters smiling broadly, the picture of good humour. But his tone from the podium was rather different, writes Mark Mardell.

President Obama used his State of the Union address to push Congress to make inroads on climate change "for the sake of our children and our future.”




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President Obama used his State of the Union address to push Congress to make inroads on climate change "for the sake of our children and our future.”





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Photo: President Obama during his State of the Union address (Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times)

What will be the state of President Obama when he speaks to the nation and Congress during the State of the Union address?

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Watching Obama for Signs of Change

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When the president gives his State of the Union address, many will be looking for evidence of what associates say is a newly emboldened leader.

President Obama has concluded his State of the Union address. He proposed universal pre-school, a minimum wage of $9 per hour, tighter gun laws and action on climate change. Do you support his proposals? http://wapo.st/YbNpqw

Pope Benedict said "I did this in full liberty for the good of the church."



Pope Says He's Resigning for the 'Good of Church' abcnews.go.com

Pope asks for prayers, says he is resigning for 'good of the church'

Here's our list of 5 things we learned from Tuesday night's big speech. What 5 things did you learn from President Obama's State of the Union and the responses to it by Sens. Rubio and Paul?

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As with any State of the Union address, President Barack Obama this year had several audiences and there were multiple aims for the White House: To show that he understands the economy is still struggling and that he will do more to help the unemployed find jobs, and to

Obama Presses for New Spending

But Republicans See More 'Stimulus'

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President uses State of the Union address to push for more government spending, a proposal panned by Boehner as a push for more stimulus policies.

Pope thanks public for 'sympathy'

The Pope thanks the public for their "love and prayers" after his resignation announcement, saying he stepped down for the "good of the Church".

EU and US launch free-trade talks

The European Union and the US will begin formal talks on a free-trade agreement, paving the way for the biggest trade deal in history.

State of the Union: Analysis

President Obama made his way through the throng of supporters smiling broadly, the picture of good humour. But his tone from the podium was rather different, writes Mark Mardell.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address, said:




Hadiya Pendleton's parents "deserve a vote."



"Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.



The families of Newtown deserve a vote.



The families of Aurora deserve a vote.



The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote."



Big time philanthropy: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, gave roughly half a billion dollars last year to charity. Find out where it went: http://on.cnn.com/VRHjQeALERT:



President Barack Obama is about to deliver the annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress.‎"They deserve a vote. Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote."

- President Obama in his State of the Union address



What did you think of the president's speech? http://b.globe.com/XIUe2V



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Ears shut to the impending chorus of international condemnation, North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on February 12th. It said the detonation was of a “smaller and light” atomic bomb that was different from its previous two, and that it had “great explosive power”. Figuratively speaking, the blast may have been meant to resonate loudest in Washington, DC http://econ.st/VQCrL1


You can compare what President Obama says tonight with this graphic representation of the words the last five presidents have used in their State of the Union speeches.



20 more tallies on our larger infographic: http://abcn.ws/12GsmSE



ABC News State of the Union coverage begins at 8:50 p.m. ET at http://abcn.ws/live as well as on the free ABC News app for iPad/iPhone/Android.

North Korea advised U.S. in advance of its intention to conduct nuclear test, U.S. State Department spokeswoman says http://bit.ly/VctpFJ


The State Department is now answering questions about the #NorthKorea nuclear test for reporters

The UN laws should be applied to all nations around the world, not some selected! This is injustice from above!!

Obama deve anunciar saída de 34 mil militares do Afeganistão. http://migre.me/ddpFC

Boehner: the president lacks 'guts' and 'courage'

Former Italian Military Officials Sentenced in Abduction of Abu Omar http://nyti.ms/Y6WvDa

Nearly 1/3 of women who have served in the military say they were victims of sexual assault while on active duty. Today @KatieShow

A short history of movies with very long names
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Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) says he will sue @SunTimes over story about child support payments http://wapo.st/12ITTDb





At the largest gathering of humanity, who takes out the trash?
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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook calls David Einhorn's lawsuit against his company a "sideshow" http://reut.rs/VQYDoo $AAPL



Breaking: UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korean nuclear test and pledges further action. http://wsj.com



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UN Security Council to begin work on "appropriate measures" in response to North Korean nuclear test: council president http://bit.ly/VctpFJ



Tunisian Islamist leader expects new government this week





Einhorn’s preferred stock idea “creative”, discussing returning more cash to investors: Apple’s Cook #AAPL

North Korea tests nuclear device


North Korea carries out its third, most powerful nuclear test despite UN warnings, and says "even stronger" action may follow.

Benedict vows 'not to interfere'

Pope Benedict XVI will not interfere in the affairs of his successor after his decision to resign later this month, the pontiff's brother says.

Experts Say North Korea Nuclear Test Shows Advancement in Technology

Obama Calls Test 'Highly Provocative'
FLASHBACK: North Korea Video Shows NYC in Ruins After Attack

Monday, February 11, 2013

El alto número de fieles refuerza la teoría de un Papa latino o africano


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¿Crees que el próximo Papa será latinoamericano? El alto número de fieles refuerza la teoría de un Papa latino o africano

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¿Crees que el próximo Papa será latinoamericano? ¿Por qué el Papa renuncia ahora?

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As President Obama prepares to give his first State of the Union address of his second term tomorrow, gridlock in Washington continues to be the biggest obstacle, CNN’s John King writes. King discusses the vast partisan differences in expectations from the divided Washington. http://on.cnn.com/Y5dO7z



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