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Who Made Benghazi ‘Political’?

Today’s Republicans are shocked, shocked that the Obama administration might have tried to politicize the attack. Funny, everyone seems to have forgotten what really happened in 2012.


Louis C.K. Apologizes to the ‘Fat Girls’

‘So Did the Fat Lady’ ends with a monologue for fat girls everywhere—a speech that, despite its premise, remarkably manages to be neither simple-minded nor condescending.


Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Dud

Sony paid the Michael Jackson estate a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights to the King of Pop’s unreleased music. Now, it’s our turn to pay.


Obama's decision on U.S. deportations poses political risks

By Jeff Mason and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's decision on possible changes to U.S. deportation policy sets up an election-year skirmish that could help Democrats win points with their political base while irritating Republicans who are open to immigration reform. The Obama administration is expected to announce revisions in the coming weeks to policies that determine how undocumented immigrants are selected for removal from the United States. Advocates want sweeping executive actions since broad legislation to rewrite immigration laws is stalled in Congress. But experts say the changes are likely to be modest as the White House holds out hope for a legislative fix this summer before November's midterm congressional elections or next year when a new Congress has been seated.


Rubio: Open Congress' retirement to all workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio in his latest in a series of national policy prescriptions.


Juiciest Bits From Tim Geithner’s Memoir

A punching bag as treasury secretary, Geithner finally gets to unload in ‘Stress Test.’ From confessing his ‘kind of like’ for Boehner to digs at Elizabeth Warren, the 10 best bits.


Percentages of children in preschool programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at the percentage of 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds in state-funded, pre-kindergarten programs by state and nationally during the 2012-2013 school year:

Donald Sterling’s Insane Damage Control

From his claim he was ‘baited’ into that racist rant to his blaming Magic Johnson for the whole scandal, the Clippers owner’s interview with Anderson Cooper was a spectacular fail.


Bush, Ryan focus on poverty while courting donors

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan courted some of Wall Street's most powerful political benefactors on Monday, insisting that love, friendship and "traditional marriage" can combat poverty better than government programs.


The Cheney Comedy Duo

They were at a conservative think tank to talk up Lynne’s new James Madison book, but the Cheneys seemed just as concerned with recent history—and intrigue in the Bush White House.


Why Russia Hates The Bearded Lady

In Copenhagen at the annual Eurovision Song Contest, victory went to “The Bearded Lady” from Austria. How did the competition get so silly, and so serious?


Who Is Solange?

The talented singer and fashion icon is way more than just the crazy girl who attacked Jay Z in a hotel elevator. (Did you know she starred in a ‘Bring It On’ sequel?)


Florida governor signs education bills focused on state standards

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Three education bills designed to push back against what conservative Republicans consider federal intrusion into local authority over schools were signed into law on Monday by Florida Governor Rick Scott. \"The legislation I am signing today will ... reaffirm that Florida school boards will select the textbooks with historic opportunities for public input,\" Scott, a conservative Republican up for re-election, said in announcing his bill signings. The measure by Republican state Senator Alan Hays was prompted partly by complaints from parents who felt some books unfairly presented foreign cultures and doctrines, such as sharia law, in public schools. Another measure, by Republican Senator Dorothy Hukill, forbids schools and county districts to collect \"biometric\" information from students, including fingerprint, palm print and other identification information.

Here’s How You Can Resist the NSA

It used to take serious nerd ninja skills to secure your communications. But a new plug-in for Facebook messenger could change all that.


Energy savings bill fails amid election politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill fell victim in the Senate on Monday to election-year politics and the Obama administration's continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.


Dead Or Alive, The Hits Keep Coming

Michael Jackson may be dead, but, as the much-hyped “X-scape” shows, he’s still making music. He’s not alone: from beyond the grave, our top ten list of posthumous albums.


Amid tensions in S. China Sea, US hosts China army chief

China's military chief will tour American warships on Tuesday in a four-day US visit that comes amid heightened tensions between Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbors over territorial disputes. An escalating maritime feud between China and Vietnam is expected to come up when General Fang Fenghui, chief of the People's Liberation Army general staff, holds talks this week with his counterpart, General Martin Dempsey, US officials said. Tensions between China and Vietnam spiked after Beijing said it would relocate a deep-water oil rig to a disputed area of the South China Sea, with Hanoi saying Chinese vessels rammed its patrol ships and turned water cannon on them.


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