Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Nevada caucus

  • Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are in Vegas. While Mitt Romney was quickly announced the victor in the Florida primary at 8 p.m., the two GOP presidential contenders are hosting election night parties in the Silver State ahead of Saturdays caucuses.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • Sarah Palin on Tuesday said that if she was a caucus-goer in Nevada, she would vote for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, repeating a call she made in earlier states in the Republican presidential race.
  • (Politico.com)
  • Henderson, Nevada — Vowing to wage an "energized" and aggressive ground war in the Silver State, Texas Rep.
  • (San Francisco Gate)
  • (JTA) -- Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has denied involvement in the decision to hold a special Republican caucus in a Nevada county to accommodate Sabbath-observant Jewish voters. Clark County last week moved its Feb. 4 caucus to 7 p.m.
  • (JTA)
  • Rick Santorum already are here, having conceded they weren't going to do well in Florida's primary but banking on the friendlier - and cheaper - confines of a caucus state. They spent the morning in Colorado, then flew to Nevada by evening.
  • (Washington Times)
  • Where: 15 sites across Washoe County. The GOP caucus locations are not necessarily the same places where Republicans have cast votes in the past. To find you caucus location, log on to www.washoecountygop.org. Go to the pre-caucus registration box.
  • (Reno Gazette)
  • "He's been spending a lot of time on caucus states. His campaign manager announced this is going to be a big focus." While Florida Republicans will hit the polls on Tuesday, Paul will be stumping in Colorado and then Nevada.
  • (ABC News)
  • Henderson, Nevada — Vowing to wage an "energized" and aggressive ground war in the Silver State, Texas Rep.
  • (Houston Chronicle)
  • While rival Mitt Romney cruised to a commanding win in Florida, Paul and Santorum both spoke to supporters in Nevada, which holds its caucus Saturday.
  • (msnbc.com)
  • The presidential campaign of Texas Rep. Ron Paul is calling it "underhanded" and "completely unacceptable" that the Nevada GOP has scheduled a special evening caucus in Las Vegas on Feb. 4 to accommodate billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
  • (San Francisco Gate)

Newt gingrich

  • Can Newt Gingrich come back a third time? With his loss in Florida on Tuesday, Gingrich will spend the next month trying to prove the answer is yes. We were dead in June and July . but we came roaring back and we will again, Gingrich said.
  • (AP - msnbc.com)
  • Mitt Romney turned the tables on Newt Gingrich in Tuesdays Florida primary, stealing his Tea Party clothes in the process.
  • (msnbc.com)
  • (CNN)-- The only thing that will keep Newt Gingrich running past Florida is ego. Its no great surprise that Gingrich lost Florida.
  • (CNN)
  • Tonight, the probability of Newt Gingrich winning the Presidential nomination has been severely reduced, if not eliminated.
  • (Forbes)
  • For Newt Gingrich, February could be the longest month.
  • (msnbc.com)
  • TAMPA, Florida -- With Mitt Romneys decisive victory in Florida Tuesday, some Republicans may call for Newt Gingrich to throw in the towel.
  • (CBS News)
  • Reeling from a decisive loss in the Florida primary Tuesday, former House speaker Newt Gingrich re-framed his campaign as a grassroots venture representing every American.
  • (CBS News)
  • ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was like the election never happened.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • Newt Gingrich raised nearly $10 million in the final three months of 2011, according to reports his campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.
  • (New York Times Blogs)
  • MIAMI -- If you listened carefully to Newt Gingrichs concession speech tonight, you heard the first strains of what could be an independent, third-party run for the White House if he doesnt get the Republican nomination.
  • (Huffington Post)

Mitt Romney

  • Mitt Romney romped to a blowout victory in Floridas Republican U.S.
  • (msnbc.com)
  • Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Despite the one-sided setback, the former House speaker vowed to press on.
  • (msnbc.com)
  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney coasted to a first-place victory in Floridas primary Tuesday, laying claim to all of the states 50 delegates in the winner-take-all contest.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Mitt Romney won the Florida presidential primary Tuesday, taking a long stride toward capturing the GOP nomination and dealing a potentially mortal blow to the hopes of the once-resurgent Newt Gingrich.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • Mitt Romney may have won a blowout victory in Floridas presidential primary, but Newt Gingrich is not about to concede defeat.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • Mitt Romney won Florida (BEESFL)'s Republican presidential primary, re-establishing himself as the front- runner for his party's nomination in a race that rival Newt Gingrich has pledged to drag on for months.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • TAMPA, Fla. -- Florida was, at one time, the state that could sew up the Republican presidential nomination for Mitt Romney and end the primary. Not anymore.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • TAMPA, Florida -- A triumphant Mitt Romney rallied his supporters Tuesday night in Florida, pivoting back to attacking President Obama as he looks ahead to the general election in November after winning the Sunshine state.
  • (CBS News)
  • POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The call went out the night Mitt Romney lost the South Carolina primary.
  • (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • Though he lost Tuesday's Florida Republican primary, Rick Santorum still performed very well among his base of social conservatives, for whom abortion is a litmus-test issue.
  • (Washington Post)

Branson Centre Jamaica Summit

    Florida election results

    • Another week, another GOP presidential primary in the bag, this one perhaps set to resonate more than the contests before it. Florida broke the presidential primary rules by scheduling its winner-take-all contest for the last Tuesday of January.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • (Both Paul and Santorum held election night events in Las Vegas significantly influenced the decision-making of Floridas voters. Update 8:45 p.m. ET: Story updated to reflect new vote results and Romneys victory speech. Update 9:08 p.m.
    • (YAHOO!)
    • We curate the latest on the evening of Mitt Romneys victory in the Sunshine State. Full results can be viewed at the Florida Election Watch site maintained by the Florida Department of State Division of Elections. 9:10 p.m.
    • (Atlantic Online)
    • While the GOP race grabbed the most attention this Election Day, there were plenty of other races around Southwest Florida as well! In Bonita Springs Tuesday night, incumbent Ben Nelson Jr. retained his mayoral seat with 65-percent of the vote.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • (CNN) - Floridas closely watched junior senator said Tuesday his states primary election would determine the eventual 6 p.m. ET for CNNs live coverage of the Florida primary results and follow real-time results on CNNPolitics.
    • (CNN)
    • The Florida GOP presidential primary is the fourth Republican contest of the year. Sign up for Breaking News Email Newsletters and get an email right in your inbox when the Florida Presidential Primary winner is declared.
    • (News Channel 2000)
    • Thank you FL! an exuberant Romney tweeted minutes after the race was called.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • Because the Florida Panhandle is in the Central time zone, a result will not be called by the Associated Press or television networks until 8 p.m. Eastern, even though results will be coming in from the rest of the state.
    • (Sun Sentinel)
    • Look for national polls to follow the Florida results and start to show Romney getting separation so a return to general election campaigning and an articulation of his rationale for running should be a boost in this area.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Because Huhn did not win a 50 percent plus 1 majority, she will face Halpern again in a run-off election March 13 an engineer and faculty researcher at the University of South Floridas College of Marine Science.
    • (St. Petersburg Times)

    Chris christie

    • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has apologized for a remark about civil rights but says hes not sorry for using a slang term to describe a lawmaker who compared him to segregationist Southern governors.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has apologized for a remark about civil rights but says hes not sorry for using a slang term to describe a lawmaker who compared him to segregationist Southern governors.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • TRENTON — In a departure from his guns-blazing style, Gov. Chris Christie apologized Tuesday night for not being "clear enough'' in his comments juxtaposing the current push for same-sex marriage to struggles for racial equality.
    • (Morris County Daily Record)
    • Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Representative John Lewis, a veteran of the U.S.
    • (Businessweek)
    • Surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey gives Gov. Chris Christie good grades for supporting government sealed records.
    • (Burlington County Times)
    • Gov. Chris Christie unveiled a sweeping plan last week to overhaul New Jersey's university system, with the aim of capturing more grant money at a time when higher education is severely underfunded.
    • (The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog))
    • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's effort to cut the state income tax would provide minimal relief to middle-class families, according to the state's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, the Newark Star-Ledger reported Tuesday.
    • (NewsMax.com)
    • Gov. Chris Christie announced today that Tom Considine is stepping down as head of the states Department of Banking and Insurance. The governor nominated Ken Kobylowski as his replacement.
    • (PolitickerNJ.com)
    • Governor Chris Christie's budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30 funds only 14 percent of the pension payment recommended by actuaries, even after his benefit changes enacted last year, Fitch said in a report today.
    • (Bloomberg)
    • TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie said today he was aware of the civil settlement reached last month between federal authorities and the liquor store run by the family of state Supreme Court nominee Phillip Kwon.
    • (NJ.com)

    Election 2012

    • WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 31, candidate campaign committees and super PACs will reveal how much money they raised and where they spent it during the final three months of 2011.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A Democratic former Oregon state legislator was favored to win a special election on Tuesday to fill the congressional seat vacated by disgraced Democrat David Wu, who resigned in a sex scandal.
    • (Reuters)
    • WASHINGTON — Get ready to find out who the millionaires are behind this years presidential election.
    • (Delaware Wave)
    • The Election Oracle shows Paul with a field-high favorability rating of 45 on Monday. As throughout the month, Paul has been generating a more favorable conversation online than any other 2012 candidate, President Obama included.
    • (Daily Beast)
    • The 73-year-old Burton first won election in 1982 to the district Wayne that Burton carried on his way to winning the 2008 and 2010 primaries. (Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • NAPLES — If the 2012 presidential preference primary is to match voter turnout for the 2008 presidential preference election, nearly 50,000 will have to be at the polls in Collier County on Tuesday.
    • (Naples Daily News)
    • Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Erick Kioko says it would take a miracle for his three attackers to face punishment for hacking off his left arm with a machete during the ethnic violence that followed Kenya's disputed presidential election four years ago.
    • (Businessweek)
    • Mayor Joe Bruno said he attended the board meeting on Jan. 19, and told board members, In my opinion, that's a school board election and, if any change is going to happen, it's up to the school board to pass the resolution.
    • (NJ.com)
    • Court documents were filed in Chicago on Monday by composer Frank Sullivan, a co-writer of the Grammy-award winning song, citing copyright infringement. Mr Sullivan registered ownership of the song in 1982.
    • (Daily Telegraph)
    • As polls showed Mr Gingrich trailing Mitt Romney, his moderate rival, by as much as 14 points, the former House Speaker used Mike Reagan, a former talk radio host, to help wrap himself in the mantle of Americas 40th President, his guiding ideological light.
    • (Daily Telegraph)

    Dan burton

    • Republican Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana said Tuesday he wont seek re-election to a 16th term.
    • (AP - msnbc.com)
    • Longtime Indiana congressman Dan Burton says he wont seek election for a 16th term in Congress. The 5th District Republican had narrowly survived tough Republican primary battles in his past two campaigns.
    • (Chicago Tribune)
    • Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who has faced a series of primary challenges in recent years, has decided not to seek reelection this year, sources tell The Fix.
    • (Washington Post)
    • U.S. Rep. Dan Burton came to the Indiana House of Representatives, where he began his political career in 1966, to announce he is retiring from Congress.
    • (Indianapolis Star)
    • INDIANAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep Dan Burton, who represents Indianas fifth congressional district, announced his retirement Tuesday morning. Burton, 73, made the announcement at the Indiana Statehouse, citing a family health problem.
    • (6 News WRTV)
    • INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Republican Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana says he wont seek re-election to a 16th term. The 73-year-old Burton told reporters Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse that he wouldnt run again.
    • (WOOD)
    • INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana says he won't seek re-election to a 16th term. The 73-year-old Burton told reporters Tuesday at the Indiana Statehouse that he wouldn't run again.
    • (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)
    • INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana said Tuesday he won't seek re-election to a 16th term.
    • (Washington Post)
    • Funny enough, just yesterday we published a new edition of our House Open Seat Watch, and Dan Burton was most definitely on our watch list.
    • (DAILY KOS)
    • INDIANAPOLIS | Republican Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana says he wont seek re-election to a 16th term. Burton told members of the Indiana House on Tuesday that hell serve out his term but not run again.
    • (NWI.com)

    Facebook subscribe

    • On average, journalists using Facebook's subscribe feature have seen a 320 percent increase in subscribers since November, according to a Facebook analysis of 25 journalists.
    • (Mediabistro.com)
    • Facebook has been making an effort to attract journalists through its subscribe feature. Apparently it has had some considerable degree of success. Those using the tool have reportedly seen an average increase of 320% since it was launched in November.
    • (Wall Street Journal)
    • A Facebook analysis studying journalists' use of the subscribe feature finds that the group have experienced a 320 percent average increase in subscribers since November, 2011.
    • (AllFacebook)
    • Last week, the social network expanded on that with a new music-sharing feature.
    • (CNET News)
    • Of course, we will be there live to bring you all the details and real-time coverage. Connect with us on any of our social profiles below. Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to receive updates.
    • (eGMCarTech (blog))
    • I reach out broadly, knowing that I can curate my newsfeed with tools that Facebook makes to help dial up and down different voices and topics. Step Two: I give all friends the benefit of the doubt.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Comments Box has been a big win for Facebook, giving it exposure, driving use of its Subscribe feature, and demonstrating how Facebook authenticated identity can make the internet a more civil place.
    • (Salon)
    • Or, in other words, Facebook fans of a brand dont suddenly become super-shoppers of that brand – in many ways, they already are. And thats why theyre fans. For more from David, subscribe to him on Facebook: David Murphy.
    • (PC Magazine)
    • Subscribe to my updates at Facebook.com/DanSchawbel. In this interview, Philip talks about what inspired his book about his experiences at Harvard Business School, how you can get admitted, and more. In 2008, you wrote "Ahead of the Curve.
    • (Forbes)
    • As Facebook pushes its subscribe feature further and emphasizes sharing more and more, however, the social networking giant is only going to see more public content from its users, and thus so will the FBI.
    • (ZDNet)

    Teens Break Into CNN

    • Some people just have to feed their Facebook addiction, no matter what the cost. Just ask two teens who were arrested at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning after breaking into the CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Their parents probably didn't "like" this situation.
    • (News One)
    • The two teens caught checking their Facebook pages after allegedly breaking into CNNs Atlanta newsroom werent able to post status updates Friday afternoon. Thats because they were in jail, each held on $500 bond.
    • (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
    • Atlanta cops arrested two teens around 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning for busting into a CNN Newsroom -- to check their Facebook accounts.
    • (New York Daily News)
    • The more I break The CNN article notes that students do not see these drugs as harmful. Really? Obviously somewhere there is a disconnect.
    • (Milton Daily Standard)
    • (CNN) -- The Girl Scout cookie cant seem to catch a break. Under fire in years past for including a Colorado troops decision to allow a 7-year-old transgender child into its troop.
    • (Denver Channel)
    • (CNN) -- Mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on It was Etta James that bridged rhythm and blues with rock and roll.
    • (KTLA.com)
    • Often, he said, that meant calling an email provider and tricking the friendly lady who answered the phone into handing over a password to someones account, enabling him to break in to The New York Times, CNN and other outlets.
    • (Huffington Post)

    Driver shoots police dog

    • LOS ANGELES (AP) - An armed driver bailed out of a stolen car and fired at a police dog after a wild hours-long Southern California freeway chase. Police say the dog wasnt hit and the 22-year-old driver was arrested. The suspects name is being withheld.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • An armed driver bailed out of a stolen car and fired at a police dog after a wild hours-long Southern California freeway chase. The dog wasnt hit and the 22-year-old driver was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
    • (San Francisco Gate)
    • LOS ANGELES — An armed driver bailed out of a stolen car and fired at a police dog after a wild hours-long Southern California freeway chase. Police say the dog wasn't hit and the 22-year-old driver was arrested. The suspect's name is being withheld.
    • (Washington Post)
    • Police have released the name of a man shot and killed early Saturday morning by a Scottsdale police lieutenant. He is 25-year-old Jason Prostrollo. A police K-9, Raider, was wounded in the shooting. Officers said Sunday the dog is improving every hour.
    • (KPHO)
    • 45-caliber service pistol as he tried to shoot out to stop for police, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.
    • (CharlotteObserver.com)
    • The police driver with a new found passion to bear witness to the world's events." Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarked on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter.
    • (Salem-News.Com)
    • Six men planning to stage an armed robbery in the Eastern Cape have been arrested in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday. Captain Thulani Zwane said the six were arrested after a high-speed chase and a shoot but the driver sped off.
    • (Independent Online)
    • Mr. Pink angrily suggests that their robbery of a jeweler, orchestrated by Joe Cabot, was a police setup by a female driver of the car he stole along with Mr. White; and Mr. Orange shooting and killing the woman after she shoots him.
    • (Worldnews.com)
    • The incident began when Officer Steven Dodds with the Lincoln City Police Department pulled over a vehicle for speeding about 40 miles north of Waldport. As Officer Dodds approached the driver his vehicle and dog near Waldport.
    • (Katu.com)
    • Johannesburg - Six men planning to stage an armed robbery in the Eastern Cape were arrested in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.
    • (Independent Online)

    Kyle Johansen Alaska

    • When Alaska state Rep. Kyle Johansen penned a resolution to urge the federal government to take over New Yorks Central Park, he may not have expected a hearing on the issue let alone a mention in The New York Times. But he got both.
    • (AP - msnbc.com)
    • Rep. Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, said the ballot group, the Alaska Sea Party, is following the law, which calls for quarterly reports. But Johansen said it is important that lawmakers know who funded the effort.
    • (Tacoma News Tribune)
    • State legislators in Alaska, that is. Annoyed with outsiders meddling with the right to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, state Rep.
    • (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
    • Botelho, who leads the group of elected officials making up the board of the Alaska Sea Party, doesn't yet know what he'll be asked to testify about. Rep.
    • (Juneau Empire)
    • Alaska — Some Alaska lawmakers, hoping to make a point about federal encroachment on state rights, are urging the federal government take over Central Park and designate it as a wilderness area. Rep.
    • (Republic)
    • Some Alaska lawmakers, hoping to make a point about federal encroachment on state rights, are urging the federal government take over Central Park and designate it as a wilderness area. Rep.
    • (MySanAntonio)
    • state legislators are asking the federal government to take over Central Park — legislators in Alaska, that is. Annoyed with outsiders' meddling with the right to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, state Rep.
    • (Bend Bulletin)
    • JUNEAU -- Some Alaska lawmakers, hoping to make a point about federal encroachment on state rights, are urging the federal government take over New York Citys Central Park and designate it as a wilderness area. Rep.
    • (Tacoma News Tribune)

    Peru mashco piro tribe

    • These incredible images are the closest ever recorded of a previously uncontacted Indian tribe in the remote forests of Peru. Taken in ManĂº National Park, south-eastern Peru, these detailed images show the daily life of a family from the Mashco-Piro tribe.
    • (Daily Mail)
    • The behavior of the small group of Mashco-Piro Indians has puzzled scientists. They say it may be related to encroachment by loggers and by low-flying aircraft from nearby natural gas and oil exploration in the southeastern region of the country.
    • (San Francisco Gate)

    Scott walker

    • MILWAUKEE — A man charged with stealing money from a veterans group while he was an aide to now-Gov. Scott Walker had been fired from a previous state job for misusing public money, a newspaper reported Monday.
    • (Post-Crescent)
    • The state Government Accountability Board said it would not post petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker online Monday as previously announced while staff evaluate privacy concerns.
    • (madison)
    • Its kind of funny how each side in the potential recall election of Gov. Scott Walker is ripping the other side for out-of-state funding.
    • (Post-Crescent)
    • In the upcoming recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin faces the first ever gubernatorial recall in the state, and only the third gubernatorial recall in the country's history.
    • (TPM)
    • MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board isnt saying if or when it will post online petitions seeking the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
    • (Pioneer Press)
    • As soon as April, millions of Wisconsinites will vote on whether to oust Gov. Scott Walker--a rising Republican star and arguably the most polarizing governor in politics today--just two years into his first term in office.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • MADISON — A former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker accused of embezzling money meant for veterans previously was fired from a state job for gross misconduct, including misuse of public funds, newly released records show.
    • (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
    • MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two women who were on Republican Gov.
    • (Yahoo Finance)
    • Scott Walker. The board made the petitions available to the Walker campaign on Friday and promised to post them online for the public to view Monday.
    • (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
    • MADISON, Wis.
    • (Huffington Post)

    Oregon Special Election

    • A Democratic former Oregon state legislator was favored to win a special election on Tuesday to fill the congressional seat vacated by disgraced Democrat David Wu, who resigned in a sex scandal.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • PORTLAND, Ore.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The two political parties are test- marketing their strategies for the presidential campaign and congressional races in a special election in Oregon.
    • (Businessweek)
    • Ballots for the February 14 special election are now available at the Clark County Elections Department. Voters from five school districts also will receive their ballots via mail by Thursday.
    • (Oregonian)
    • In most cases, the candidates dont even know its happening. Both Democrats and Republicans in Oregons House of Representatives say jobs will be the No. 1 priority in next months 35-day legislative session.
    • (Katu.com)
    • 12525 Oregon Highway 202 • Clatskanie Library, 11 Lillich St., Clatskanie For more information contact the Clerk and Elections Office at (503) 325-8511 or go to the Clatsop County website, www.co.clatsop.or.us and click on Jan.
    • (Daily Astorian)
    • It goes without saying that all political eyes in the U.S. will be on Florida and its Republican presidential primary Jan. 31.
    • (Human Events (blog))
    • That would put the primary around the end of April and the special general election around the end of June.
    • (FOX News)
    • Republican businessman Rob Cornilles invoked former Rep. David Wu in his last TV ad of Oregon's 1st district special election. Heading into the final weekend in the all-mail election against state Sen.
    • (Roll Call Online)

    Eurozone unemployment

    • Unemployment in the eurozone reached a new record last month, in a further sign of the currency bloc's faltering economic recovery. Joblessness in the 17 countries that use the euro rose to 10.
    • (Financial Times)
    • BRUSSELS -- Unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone ended 2011 at 10.4 percent, a new record high for the single currency since its launch at the start of 1999, official figures showed Tuesday.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Luxembourg - The unemployment rate in the 17-member eurozone rose to a 14-year high in December, reaching 10.4 per cent, the European Unions statistical agency reported on Tuesday.
    • (Monsters and Critics)
    • (RTTNews) - The unemployment rate in the euro area remained unchanged at a historic high in December, lifting fears of a possible recession in the currency bloc, data released by Eurostat showed Tuesday. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 10.
    • (RTT News)
    • BRUSSELS — Eurozone unemployment has risen to its highest level since before the euro was introduced, data showed on Tuesday, a day after EU leaders promised to focus on creating millions of new jobs to try to kick-start Europe's floundering economy.
    • (Toronto Star)
    • Official figures show that unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone ended 2011 at 10.4 percent, a new record high for the single currency since its launch at the start of 1999.
    • (AP - msnbc.com)
    • (BRUSSELS) — Unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone ended 2011 at 10.4 percent, a new record high for the single currency since its launch at the start of 1999, official figures showed Tuesday.
    • (Time)
    • EUROZONE UNEMPLOYMENT/ (brussels.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)(+32-2-287-6830) COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012. All rights reserved.
    • (CNBC)
    • (RTTNews) - Unemployment figures from Germany and Eurozone and mortgage approvals from the U.K. are the major statistical reports due on Tuesday, headlining a busy day for the European economic news. At 2.
    • (RTT News)
    • Indeed, the Eurostat data agency in Brussels calculated that eurozone unemployment hit a record 10.4 percent in December.
    • (France 24)

    Brad Lander

    • NEW YORK -- A New York City councilman is calling for the creation of an inspector generals office to oversee the police department.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Democratic City Councilman Brad Lander echoed them in an interview with news website Capital (http://bit.ly/AAB873 ) and says he's working to formulate a proposal.
    • (Washington Post)
    • The bill was sponsored by councilmembers Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Steve Levin, members of the Progressive Caucus.
    • (In These Times)
    • "More buses in the morning would be an awesome second step.
    • (BrooklynPapers.com)
    • Panicked parents like Shin prompted the DOT to make the changes. Councilman Brad Lander (D - Cobble Hill) led the charge organizing Brooklynites to push the city for a makeover.
    • (New York Daily News)
    • Members of the NY City Council, most notably Councilmembers David Greenfield and Brad Lander, were also inspired.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Mr. Levin, along with another councilman who represents Brooklyn, Brad Lander, issued a joint statement affirming what is known as the Borough Hall Skyscraper District.
    • (Crain's New York Business)
    • Ricki, now 19, never went to overnight camp again, but Landers other two children - daughter Hyla and son Brad - loved overnight camp and went many times, Lander said. Im happy I went to camp.
    • (Cleveland Jewish News)
    • I want to personally thank Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, NYC Council members David Greenfield, Brad Lander, and Lew Fidler, and representatives from the Mayors office for attending our event.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • I used to love playing this style of game when I was a child. I looked all over the App store for a good classic lander, said Brad London, president of Hot Mustard Studios. I just couldnt find the right one for me.
    • (Physics Based Space Game - Gamasutra)

    Rick santorum florida primary

    • Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Newt Gingrich shouldnt be urging lags in the polls and has given up on Tuesdays Florida primary. Hes moved on to other states including Colorado and Nevada.
    • (AP - msnbc.com)
    • The Florida Division of Elections estimates the Republican early turnout at 293,760 votes. Nine candidates will appear on the ballot in Tuesday's primary, but only four of them – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul- are still in the race.
    • (ABC News)
    • Mr. Santorum plans to be in Missouri on Monday afternoon and will make a stop in Minnesota on Monday evening, his campaign said late Sunday.
    • (Wall Street Journal)
    • It turns out that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorums 3-year-old daughter far behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in Tuesdays critical Florida primary.
    • (Philadelphia Daily News)
    • Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator plans to be back in Minnesota for more campaigning before caucus day. Meanwhile, Florida holds its pivotal primary Tuesday as Romney seeks to tighten his grip on the GOP nomination.
    • (Marketplace.publicradio.org)
    • Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Representative Ron Paul Heres a closer look at the Florida primary and mechanics: Who may participate in the Republican primary? The Florida election is open only to the 4.
    • (Yahoo Finance)
    • Facing a sure loss in Florida, Rick Santorum moved his campaign to Missouri on Monday He is the first Republican candidate to appear in Missouri in advance of its Feb.
    • (Dallas Morning News)
    • Rick Santorum has based his long-shot run for the presidency There are 50 delegates at stake in Floridas winner-take-all primary, meaning theres no consolation prize, explaining why Mr. Paul was in Maine and Mr. Santorum is looking west.
    • (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
    • Early voting for Ohios March 6 primary begins today, allowing Republican presidential who studies winning margins in those little-watched counties. And if youre Rick Santorum, the former U.S.
    • (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

    Jerry seinfeld super bowl commercial

    • And in other exciting news were not supposed to care about, Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno will join forces for an Acura commercial on Super Bowl Sunday, hyping the carmakers new Acura NSX.
    • (San Jose Mercury News)
    • That upcoming Jerry Seinfeld spot for the (also upcoming) Acura NSX Super Bowl spot mentioned earlier today? Heres it is, via Acuras own YouTube channel.
    • (MSN Money)
    • "Transaction" Jerry ad for the Super Bowl spot advances the storyline and features such current and former athletes as Deion Sanders, Steve Nash, Troy Aikman and Tim Duncan.
    • (The Big Lead)
    • and doesn't disappoint with a who's who of American pop culture including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Matthew Broderick, The Pussycat Dolls, supermodel Adriana Lima, Donald Trump and David Beckham.
    • (Marketing Mag)
    • The car companies have busted out their debit cards for 2012 Super Bowl car commercials. This isnt new The new spot features Jerry Seinfeld as he attempts to bribe his way into getting the first spot in line for the upcoming Acura NSX supercar.
    • (insideline.com)
    • In the full two-and-a-half minute version of the commercial, the Ferris While Broderick headlines the Honda ad solo, Jerry Seinfeld teams up with Jay Leno to advertise Acura NSX.
    • (AceShowbiz)
    • So if you're wondering whether the former Pro Bowl left tackle is and companies alike — namely Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Hefner and Flintstone vitamins — to send him cease and desist orders.
    • (NJ.com)
    • After nine years on the air, NBC and Jerry to commercial considerations, is the comedy value of funny-sounding phrases and words.
    • (Worldnews.com)
    • And in other exciting news about things were not supposed to care about, Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno will join forces for an Acura commercial Super Bowl Sunday, hyping the carmakers new Acura NSX.
    • (Contra Costa Times)

    Pfizer earnings 4q 2011

    • Pfizer (PFE) is scheduled to report 4Q 2011 earnings before the opening bell on Tuesday, January 31.
    • (Seekingalpha.com)
    • The New York-based drugmaker still beat Wall Street expectations, but it significantly trimmed its full-year forecast for both earnings per billion throughout 2011; that included a $1.3 billion hit in the fourth quarter.
    • (AP - msnbc.com)
    • INDIANAPOLIS - Drugmaker Eli Lilly (LLY) says its net income tumbled 27 percent in the last quarter of 2011 as the loss of a key patent $749.6 million in the fourth quarter.
    • (CBS News)
    • Executives also will review the companys 2011 highlights, which include a dozen partnerships Bristol and its partner on the drug, Pfizer Inc., are seeking U.S.
    • (Drug Discovery & Development)
    • The New York-based drugmaker still beat Wall Street expectations, but it significantly trimmed its full-year forecast for both earnings per billion throughout 2011; that included a $1.3 billion hit in the fourth quarter.
    • (Newser)
    • The earnings parade continues with results due from Amazon.com Amazon Expected To Post Weaker 4Q Results Amazon.com Inc.
    • (4-traders (press release))

    Mitt Romney Sings

    • Maybe its the latest poll numbers. Maybe it was being among a crowd of a few thousand supporters. But Mitt Romney, long-known for being a little stiff, broke out into song during a campaign event at a retirement community in The Villages, Fla.
    • (NPR News)
    • THE VILLAGES, Fla. -- For weeks on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has been reciting verses from America the Beautiful, which he calls his favorite patriotic hymn. On Monday night at a rally here, Romney tried to one-up himself.
    • (Washington Post)
    • In the establishments best-case scenario, the party is left with Mitt Romney, a candidate whose core yet its typical of the pro-Romney chorus that has been singing so loudly since Gingrich won the South Carolina primary.
    • (RealClearPolitics)
    • In the race for to keep ahold of the Presidency, it seems Barack Obama has at least one advantage over his potential opponent Mitt Romney - the ability to hold a tune.
    • (Daily Mail)
    • Mitt Romney, hoping to rally last minute support ahead of attended the rally at Eastern Shipbuilding Groups Millville yard.
    • (WMBB TV)
    • Republican front-runner MItt Romney spoke to a packed house in Pompano Beach It had all the trappings of a pep rally, with Romney on stage and an adoring crowd holding signs and cheering nearly everything he said.
    • (MiamiHerald.com)
    • If elected president, Mitt Romney might consider ending a tax break that helped made available more than 500 pages of tax-return data for 2010 and 2011 amid signs the issue was hurting him with some voters.
    • (Yahoo Finance)
    • Mitt Romney sprinted on stage appearing exuberant and confident liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He led the crowd into singing America the Beautiful.
    • (Daily Commercial)
    • THE VILLAGES — On the eve of the Florida Presidential Primary, GOP contender Mitt Romney came to Lake Sumter "This is a campaign about the soul of America," Romney told the audience, many of them holding Romney signs. "I want to restore America.
    • (Villages Daily Sun)

    Stephen hester rbs ceo

    • LONDON -- Britains leaders, politicians and union leaders on Monday welcomed the decision by the chief executive of nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland to refuse, under huge media pressure, a million-pound ($1.6 million) bonus.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Diamond is the next executive likely to face scrutiny as Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc CEO Stephen Hester waived his 963,000-pound ($1.5 million) bonus after the payout sparked a political and public backlash.
    • (Businessweek)
    • RBS CEO Stephen Hester could theoretically receive an 8 million pound bonus under a long-term incentive plan that gives him a maximum of 375 percent of his annual 1.
    • (Reuters UK)
    • Frankly the office of CEO has been rubbished by the unparalleled pressure bank branch and processing staff at RBS that Stephen Hester has finally bowed to public pressure to waive his nearly £1 million bonus.
    • (The Guardian)
    • THE battle over RBS CEO Stephen Hesters pay has absorbed an awful lot of weekend press and media in Britain - one might call it a bout of Hesteria.
    • (Economist.com)
    • Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hester will waive his 2011 bonus, amid increasing pressure for him to forgo the award.
    • (Bloomberg)
    • Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hester made a "sensible and welcome decision" in waiving his 963,000-pound ($1.
    • (Businessweek)
    • A spokesman for the partly state-owned bank said CEO Stephen Hester would no longer be taking have called on the government to use its 83 percent stake in RBS to cancel Hesters bonus. Salaries at RBS and Lloyds (LSE:LLOY.
    • (Yahoo Finance)
    • U.K. Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband will seek a lawmaker vote on RBS (RBS) CEO Stephen Hester's 2011 bonus. Labour is planning a debate and a vote, which will not be binding, the week beginning Feb. 6, Miliband's office said by telephone today.
    • (Bloomberg)
    • The New York Times reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) announced yesterday that it would pay its CEO, Stephen Hester, a $1.5 million bonus representing less than half the bonus he received last year.
    • (Financial News Network Online)

    Marc 1 pipeline

    • LAPORTE, Pa.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • The bios below were provided by Pipeline.  For more on Pipelines Innovator of The Year event, see the links to our coverage and embedded video at the end of this post. Mark Allen is president and founder of Wichita-based Enertech.
    • (Omaha World-Herald)
    • pipeline in northern Pennsylvania say they relied on the pipeline companys assurances that it would minimize the use of eminent domain.
    • (Indiana Gazette)
    • Hoffa is not alone among labor leaders. The list of those urging Obama to approve the pipeline reads like a whos who of Big Labor.
    • (Washington Examiner)
    • Among those opposed to the president's decision is Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. The "Obama administration's decision to deny or delay the Keystone Pipeline project from moving forward is disappointing and frustrating," Begich said.
    • (NewsMax.com)
    • in northern Pennsylvania say they relied on the pipeline companys assurances that it would minimize the use of eminent domain.
    • (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
    • WASHINGTON — Arkansas lawmakers expressed disappointment Wednesday in President Barack Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, and John Boozman, a Republican, and Reps.
    • (Southwest Times Record)
    • Construction of the pipeline will directly employ some 20,000 private-sector workers and if spin-off jobs are included, could result in more than 100,000 jobs.
    • (MLive.com)

    Florida primary

    • When Florida violated the Republican National Committee's rules and moved its primary to Jan. 31, and made the contest winner take-all for delegates, its reasoning was pretty simple. Officials wanted the state to play a prominent role in the primary process.
    • (ABC News)
    • Mitt Romney is favored to defeat Newt Gingrich in today's presidential primary in Florida, home to the largest and most diverse Republican electorate and the biggest bloc of convention delegates to date.
    • (Bloomberg)
    • Floridas Republican voters head to the polls Tuesday as GOP favorites Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both hope to grab some momentum with a win in the crucial Sunshine State primary. The polls in South Florida open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • Today is the day when we will find out if the Republican campaign will be a long, grinding, brutal slog to the convention or a slightly shorter, grinding, brutal slog to the convention.
    • (Washington Post)
    • Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Floridas pivotal primary, as Mitt Romney seeks to tighten his grip on the Republican presidential nomination. Newt Gingrich reset the race by scoring an overwhelming victory in South Carolina.
    • (msnbc.com)
    • U.S. Rep. Ron Paul is already looking beyond Floridas primary election going into Tuesdays contest. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Texas libertarian will hold a campaign call to arms rally in the Silver State on Tuesday.
    • (Huffington Post)
    • Only registered Republicans in Florida can vote in the presidential primary. All Bonita residents can vote in the mayor's race and those living in District 4 can vote in the council race. Fort Myers Beach residents can vote on a bond issue.
    • (News-Press)
    • There isn't only one presidential primary election in Florida (STOFL1) today. There are five.
    • (Bloomberg)
    • Enjoy the Florida primary while it lasts, because we're about to enter the dead zone of the Republican campaign season. Florida will be the last big event for Republican presidential candidates until Feb. 28, when both Arizona and Michigan hold their contests.
    • (ABC News)

    Toy companies drug money

    • Drug cartels have developed a number of money laundering schemes in recent years to turn dirty proceeds into clean cash. Among them was working with a Los Angeles toy company that sold cuddly stuffed animals.
    • (AP - msnbc.com)
    • LOS ANGELES — The co-owners of a Los Angeles toy company are expected to be sentenced Tuesday for their role in laundering millions of dollars for Colombian drug traffickers blame her for holding up their money. By Matt Volz.
    • (PennLive.com)
    • My exploring brought me to a fun, handmade toy store that I visited 30 years ago American values, our problems with drugs and alcohol, harsh conservative politics, and retirement income in the USA and Europe. Mr.
    • (American Reporter)
    • Patrick and Angie are then hired by the childs Aunt Beatrice to find Amanda and discover that Helene and her boyfriend Skinny Ray had recently stolen money from Cheese, a local drug lord daughters favorite toy.
    • (Worldnews.com)
    • West Angeles provides gas money, donated work clothes and workshops intended we refer them to another organization or company that can better suit their needs.
    • (Neon Tommy)
    • Syres and her husband have an electrical contractor company and money is tight. Seeing at the bottom of a receipt how much you save is a kicker, she said. Its also a family affair.
    • (Appeal-Democrat)
    • By identifying stocks that are poised to go up or down based on seasonal tendencies, traders can increase their odds of making money toy stores, national and regional drug stores, and supermarket and discount store chains.
    • (TMCnet)
    • One serving of the same oatmeal, without brown sugar, contains 18 grams of sugar, according to the company's nutrition facts McDonald's decided to charge 10 cents per toy.
    • (The Final Call)
    • Hopefully there will be a few that havent taken money from the crooks behind this law. I will cease doing business with any company that performs such child could not have another???s toddlers toy.
    • (ZDNet)
    • Only the Rockville facility is currently using the system, developed by a Florida company called JPay And theres no chance inmates can get drugs or other contraband slipped to them. Not everyone has behaved during the visits, however.
    • (KCBY)

    Jordin sparks minidress

      Love health

      • Valentines Day is around the corner. But before you chalk it up to a greeting card holiday, consider this: Theres actually some real science behind those feelings of romance and affection. Researchers from around the U.S.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • A heart is a tender thing. It can be broken. It can explode with love. Or it can just sit quiet at times.
      • (Abilene Reporter-News)
      • Of course, you may argue, there's more to being rich than having money—there's love, health, freedom, etc. All true. But for the purpose of this blog, and in the spirit of research, let's stick with a specific figure.
      • (Forbes)
      • My focus on love these days has been catapulted to the highest reaches because of living with a terminal illness. Although I had a chance of cure when I was first diagnosed with cancer, that isn't the case now, according to the doctors.
      • (MetroWest Daily News)
      • The full menu of health screenings is as follows Kaia F.I.T. session starts in February Kaia F.I.T.'s "Share the Love" C.O.R.E Session starts in February.
      • (Reno Gazette)
      • Maybe Im still smarting from my own familys experience in the wake of my husbands death 18 years ago, when a therapist declared my youngest daughter love-starved because she drew people without arms. My daughter was 3.
      • (Los Angeles Times)
      • This time of year, people often focus on loved ones rather than focusing on heart-disease prevention, which could prolong their love affairs. February is American Heart Health month.
      • (Coloradoan)
      • The second annual "I Love My Heart — Meet Me at the Mansion" special evening for women, sponsored by Sharon Regional Health System's Heart and Vascular Institute, is set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa.
      • (Vindy.com)
      • Mannings endured three neck surgeries. In the clip shown by Storm on Mondays SportsCenter, Irsay says its a health issue not a money issue. Manning made about $18 million this season but never played a down.
      • (Indianapolis Star)

      Blake griffin perkins

      • Griffin, he threw it down on a guy facing him, even LeBron threw in the towel James, he actually jumped over another human being, and it was an alley-oop Blake Griffin is pretty athletic.
      • (New York Daily News)
      • Blake Griffins jaw-dropping one-handed jam over Kendrick Perkins sent Los Angeles Clippers fans into a frenzy, fired up his teammates, lit up the Twitterverse and burned the Oklahoma City Thunder.
      • (FOXSports.com)
      • Blake Griffin did it again. In fact, he somehow did it fiercer, stronger and with less mercy. During the third quarter of the Clippers-Thunder game on Monday night, reigning NBA Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin rose up and Mozgovd Kendrick Perkins.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • For a guy who was all over YouTube and twitter as the latest victim of a monster Blake Griffin dunk, Kendrick Perkins was philosophical after the game. "It happens," Perkins said in the corner of the Thunder locker room.
      • (NBC Sports)
      • Blake Griffin delivered the dunk of the season on a rim-rattling slam over Kendrick Perkins to highlight the Los Angeles Clippers 112-100 home victory over the NBA-leading Oklahoma City Thunder tonight (NZT).
      • (ONE News)
      • ​Blake Griffin can jump very high and has very long arms. Last night, his Los Angeles Clippers played the Oklahoma City Thunber, and he put those two skills to work in turning six foot ten inch, 260 pound Kendrick Perkins into a wisp of smoke.
      • (Riverfront Times (blog))
      • Sure, Blake Griffin dunks all the time The way Griffin lifted off against Kendrick Perkins, for a one-handed tomahawk that he launched from the top of the restricted area, even brought a message from Sir Isaac Newton, promising he would reconsider.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • Griffins one-handed jam over Kendrick Perkins early in third sent the crowd into a frenzy I couldnt breathe, Griffin said. Paul said, I told Blake after the game, Thanks for letting me be part of that.
      • (Seattle Times)
      • LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and a which the Clippers ended on a 3-pointer by Paul to lead 90-70.
      • (North County Times)

      False sat scores

      • NEW YORK (AP) - A senior administrator at Californias Claremont McKenna College has confessed to submitting false SAT scores to publications such as U.S.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • NEW YORK — A senior administrator at California's Claremont McKenna College resigned after admitting that for years he falsified SAT scores to publications such as U.S.
      • (Washington Post)
      • NEW YORK - A senior administrator at Californias Claremont McKenna College resigned after admitting that for years he falsified SAT scores to publications such as U.S.
      • (Anchorage Daily News)
      • The whole idea that there is one useful intellectual skill set and that the SAT Verbal measures it is alluring false.
      • (Daily Beast)
      • When you take isolated spending and test scores, it creates a false perception that our system is broken bring this one up and this is going to rise with it, he said. About 60 people sat in on the special presentation.
      • (KELOLAND TV)
      • The AFC would score their first touchdown of the contest after that. Charles Woodson: Starting Cornerback Charles Woodson almost jumped in front of a pass in the first quarter. The cornerbacks didnt do much as they just sat back all game.
      • (YAHOO!)
      • Concerning student achievement, students Gary Diegert and William Schaeffer were presented certificates for high SAT scores. Diegert scored a 1200 while Schaeffer achieved a 1300.
      • (Republican & Herald)
      • If Derrick Rose, ex-player for the University of Memphis, went straight to the NBA, Memphis' 2007-2008 season wouldn't be vacated because of Rose's false SAT score.
      • (University Daily Kansan)
      • "But the false trails and the psychic eventually gave way to long Nine days ago, he confessed to authorities in a South Jersey diner as I sat next to him in the booth.
      • (Poynter.org)

      No child left behind

      • MIAMI -- In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • DOVER — The House Education Committee voted last week to recommend the passing of two bills relating to the states withdrawal from No Child Left Behind.
      • (Fosters Daily Democrat)
      • Ten years ago this month, President George W. Bush changed the way education is delivered in America. On Jan. 8, 2002, Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law.
      • (Nashua Telegraph)
      • Along with most teachers, I think that the No Child Left Behind law has some serious flaws and needs significant revision.
      • (Deseret News)
      • Perry Primary school is one of 20 Houston County schools that has made adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act for at least 3 years. All 20 schools have at least 40 percent of their students living in low-income households.
      • (13 WMAZ)
      • Earlier this month, the No Child Left Behind Act (NLCB) marked its 10th anniversary -- a milestone so inglorious a national journalist quipped that no one feels like going to its party.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • By CHRISTINE ARMARIO AP Education Writer MIAMI (AP) - In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • It seems that just about everyone is ready to leave behind No Child Left Behind, the 10-year-old federal law that attempts to make public schools accountable for measurable student achievement.
      • (Deseret News)
      • Iowa leaders are preparing to opt out of the No Child Left Behind law, and they want your thoughts on the proposal. The Iowa Department of Education will submit its application for a No Child Left Behind waiver on February 21st.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • For decades, I've been telling my readers that the federal government ought not to be in the education business and that constitutionalist members of Congress are duty bound to close down the Department of Education.
      • (New American)

      Intervention tv

      • Intervention airs Mondays at 10 p.m. EST on AE. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • BEIRUT — Syria said the Arab Leagues suspension of its monitoring mission in the country was an attempt to influence the United Nations Security Council and increase pressure for foreign intervention, state television said Saturday.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • Hundreds of peace activists participated in an anti-war protest organized by Stop the War Coalition, to oppose all military intervention from the western powers in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iran, for which the west could give no justification.
      • (Presstv)
      • CAIRO — Opposition Syrian National Council leaders were in Egypt on Saturday to press for UN intervention in Syria as frustration grew over failure by the bloc to stem 10 months of killing. And the U.S.
      • (Calgary Herald)
      • However, the impact of an intervention consisting solely of family meetings on depression and anxiety has not yet been evaluated. This study examines the preventive effects of family meetings for primary caregivers of community-dwelling dementia patients.
      • (Elites TV)
      • The British governments removal of Press TV from the Sky platform is a gross act of state intervention in the private media market even regardless of the fact that it is an obvious clampdown on freedom of the press.
      • (Presstv)
      • From the simply annoying to the deeply personal, television seems determined to shine a light on every aspect of our lives. Those shows include Intervention, Hoarders and Beyond Scared Straight.
      • (Spectrum)
      • Astonished On Sunday, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, became the first Arab leader to propose Arab military intervention to halt the violent crackdown on dissent by Syrian security forces.
      • (BBC News)
      • By offering low cost interventions to friends and family members; 449Recovery hopes to make the procedure seen on TV, an easy option for those looking to schedule an intervention for a friend or family member with drug and alcohol problems.
      • (PRWeb)

      House fox

      • When a homeless, but otherwise very well adjusted, teenager starts bleeding out of the ear in the clinic on House (Mon., 8 p.m. EST on Fox), she becomes the next patient for the good doctor and his team.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will submit her formal letter of resignation from the House of Representatives tomorrow, promising, in her letter, "I will recover and will return.
      • (FOX News)
      • Fox is in the HOUSE! Get it??? Last night, Fox was the big winner in the ratings, thanks to the return of House, which was the #1 telecast in primetime! It brought in 8.7 million total viewers, and a 3.
      • (PerezHilton.com)
      • Coverage begins on MSNBC at 3 p.m.; CNN, at 4 and Fox News and Fox Business at 5. House of Dark Shadows: Jonathan Frid and Joan Bennett star in this 1970 tale based on the classic 1960s-era supernatural soap opera (7 p.m. TCM).
      • (Los Angeles Times)
      • Hard on the heels of the Oregon Symphonys sold-out ABBA concert last weekend, the orchestra announced that Hugh Laurie, the curmudgeonly star of Fox Networks House, will sing the blues with the Copper Bottom Band on June 1.
      • (Oregonian)
      • BOSTON (AP) - The Kennedy family has transferred ownership of the main house on its storied Hyannis Port, Mass., oceanfront compound to an institute named for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
      • (Fox5 KVVU)
      • INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianas state lawmakers would have to submit to drug tests before they get perks like parking spots and laptops under a plan advancing in the state House of Representatives.
      • (Fox 19)
      • The return of House after nearly two months and the new J.J. Abrams drama Alcatraz pushed Fox to the top of the ratings heap Monday night, according to preliminary numbers. At 8 p.m., Foxs House received a 3.
      • (TheWrap)
      • WASHINGTON - Metros escalators are admittedly bad but a FOX 5 Investigation found the worst escalators That was before Metro decided to move its escalator maintenance and repairs in-house.
      • (Myfoxdc.com)
      • No injuries were reported. The two story house located at 64 Fox Garrison Road, off Route 152, Wadleigh Falls Road, is in a somewhat isolated, wooded area. On arrival at the scene, firefighters found the home engulfed in flames, spewing heavy smoke.
      • (Fosters Daily Democrat)

      Invasive Species

      • TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Groups representing states and cities in the Great Lakes region on Tuesday proposed spending up to $9.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • There is a war going on in the parks, gardens, ponds, rivers and greenhouses of Britain. At stake is the future of the countrys native flora and fauna.
      • (The Guardian)
      • As Asian carp and zebra mussels force native species out of their habitats across Minnesota, University of Minnesota professor Peter Sorensen hopes to bring a research center to campus to gain a better understanding of invasive species.
      • (Minnesota Daily)
      • Americans hunted many valuable and delicious animals like the beaver, turkey and bison until they were wiped out in many areas. Yet, fur-bearing and edible invasive species now run rampant, damaging native North American ecosystems.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • This editorial appeared recently in the Orlando Sentinel. The new federal ban on importing Burmese pythons and three other snake species is welcome, but too limited and too long in coming.
      • (The Ledger)
      • St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota may step up its efforts against invasive Asian carp using Outdoor Heritage Funds, one of four legacy amendment funds.
      • (Marketplace.publicradio.org)
      • With the advent of globalization, people sometimes forget that it is often best for animal and plant species to remain in their original habitats.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • WINDSOR, Ont. — Almost 6.3 tonnes of Asian carp, an invasive species no one wants in the Great Lakes, has been seized at the Windsor-Detroit border in the last three weeks.
      • (The Vancouver Sun)
      • Its also an object example of the need to reform the governments practice of dealing with invasive species. Instead of preventing problems, it only reacts to them. Pythons have been wreaking havoc in the Everglades for years.
      • (Orlando Sentinel)

      Next great baker

      • Monday evening, just before the finale of "The Next Great Baker," TLC will air a one-hour special featuring the contestants talking about the current season.
      • (New York Daily News)
      • Last week on Next Great Baker on TLC, we learned which three contestants would be heading into the season two finale.
      • (Sheknows.com)
      • Janesville, Minn., native Nadine Reibeling will be going for the gold Monday - the $100,000 grand prize in a nationally televised baking competition.
      • (Pioneer Press)
      • Six contestants remained on the Next Great Baker episode that originally aired January 16, 2012. In St. Paul, the Next Great Baker can be seen Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on TLC.
      • (Examiner)
      • Pittsburgh paramedic Megan Hart wont be the Next Great Baker after all, but shes not giving up baking.
      • (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
      • 8 p.m., TLC: Next Great Baker Finale Pre-Show — Before the winner of the baking competition is crowned, the contestants gather to answer viewers' questions and offer their thoughts on who they think will win. Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear) hosts.
      • (NorthJersey.com)
      • So, as Shulman said last week, its time for the next man to stand up and each had four points and three rebounds Saturday night. Baker had a first-half tip-dunk. I thought Lance did a great job, Shulman said. Hes not a 4.
      • (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
      • Perhaps Megan Hart isnt the Next Great Baker, but she proved she is pretty good. After eight weeks on the TLC reality competition show, Mrs. Hart, a paramedic from Lincoln Place, was eliminated this week.
      • (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
      • Baker also plays for the 16-U Minuteman Lady Flames program, coached by her father.
      • (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
      • Our two favorite Wilmington TV chefs – "Next Great Baker" Dana Herbert and "Masterchef" Jennifer Behm – are cooking up some classes. Herbert will launch a series on cake decorating in February, taught in his New Castle commercial kitchen.
      • (Delaware Online)

      Jennifer lopez divorce

      • Jennifer Lopez is refusing to field anymore questions about her divorce from Marc Anthony because they want to keep the trouble in their personal lives private for the sake of their two children.
      • (Houston Chronicle)
      • Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony may be getting divorced, but its looking like one of the most agreeable divorces possible.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • Jennifer Lopez walks arm and arm with her beau Casper Smart into the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday (January 30) in New York City.
      • (Just Jared)
      • Talk about keeping things friendly.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • Im going to kill you right now. Why do you have to bring it up! She refused to elaborate further by reasoning, Because everything I wanted to say about the divorce I said in that article.
      • (AceShowbiz)
      • J Lo is clamming up about her divorce for good! When the artist formely known as Jennifer Lopez split from her hubby Marc Anthony, she interviewed with Vanity Fair a month later. Sometimes we dont realise that we are compromising ourselves.
      • (PerezHilton.com)
      • Despite a divorce thats reportedly turning ugly, Jennifer Lopez and her her soon-to-be ex-hubby Marc Anthony tried to keep up appearances in the first episode of their upcoming television show, QViva! The Chosen.
      • (AOL Music)
      • Jennifer Lopez raised eyebrows when she started dating little known Jennifer only separated from her husband of seven years Marc Anthony in July, and their divorce is yet to be finalised.
      • (Daily Mail)

      Brad goreski

      • Stylist Brad Goreski had his boyfriend, Will Grace writer/producer Gary Janetti, a little worried when the pair agreed to play Plead the Fifth on Watch What Happens Live (Weeknights, 11 p.m. EST on Bravo).
      • (Huffington Post)
      • Fresh from visiting designer Billy Reid in Alabama, Brad Goreski is ready to get to work: a brand new office space, a photo shoot with DETAILS magazine, and booking a styling gig with Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell.
      • (Sheknows.com)
      • Tune in alert, as Bravos new star, secret fashion stylist Brad Goreski of "It's a Brad, Brad World" isn't afraid to show his emotions on his reality show.
      • (Monsters and Critics)
      • Brad Goreski wasn't always the beacon of style he is today.
      • (Mediabistro.com)
      • Have you watched the first episodes of Its a Brad, Brad World with a little bit of confusion mixed with intrigue? Well I have, since I was expecting to see much more styling. Instead, it has been episode after episode about Brads life.
      • (YAHOO!)
      • We caught up with Brad Goreski on the red carpet at Saturday's Art of Elysium 5th Annual Heaven Gala, and felt it appropriate to discuss how to master the red carpet, given that the Golden Globes were the next day.
      • (Socialite Life)
      • The stylist shared this pic on set with the reality star — could she pop up on an episode of Brad's new show? On Jan.
      • (Hollywood Life (blog))
      • There was a collective gasp when Season 4 of Bravos The Rachel Zoe Project debuted sans Brad Goreski, Zoes assistant known for his self-described little bit of geek chic with a little bit of showgirl style.
      • (The News & Observer)
      • There was a collective gasp when Season 4 of Bravos The Rachel Zoe Project debuted sans Brad Goreski, Zoes assistant known for his self-described little bit of geek chic with a little bit of showgirl style.
      • (NorthJersey.com)

      Africa famine

      • WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the famine in Somalia has eased but 13.3 million people across the Horn of Africa still need emergency food, shelter or other aid.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • The iconic Justice League characters from DC Entertainment are embarking on a new quest and calling fans to action with the "We Can Be Heroes" campaign.
      • (Ecorazzi.com)
      • Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly US$ 50 million was raised by the African Union (AU) to assist the countries in the Horn of Africa, threatened by famine, the AU Commissioner for the rural economy and agriculture, Mrs.
      • (Reliefweb.int)
      • Natural sciences can predict certain things quite well once they have established particular natural laws. But political and social sciences are notoriously bad at it. This is not surprising.
      • (The Guardian)
      • Presidents, prime ministers and senior government officials pledged the funds in August in a delayed response to the hunger crisis that threatened more than 12 million Kenyans, Somalis and Ethiopians with starvation.
      • (Daily Telegraph)
      • As the famine and drought in Africa continue to rage, DC Entertainment is turning to its strongest superheroes to help the 13 million people in need of lifesaving aid.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • A hesitant response by the international community likely led to thousands of unnecessary deaths in last years famine in East Africa finds a new report released by Oxfam and Save the Children.
      • (News.Mongabay)
      • NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali insurgents have shut down food aid distribution by a major aid group because they say the organization is distributing spoiled food in the famine-hit south.
      • (Washington Post)

      Condom recall

      • JOHANNESBURG -- A South African health official says they are recalling 1.35 million condoms given away at the African National Congress partys centenary celebrations amid charges some broke during intercourse and were porous.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • My father recalls the players running away from the mob he was leading Of course SanjaySons will still suppy the standard condom sizes into the Anzac market.
      • (PRLog (free press release))
      • The woman, aged in her 40s, had previously tested negative to the virus. Ms Borg said that the woman did not recall any conversation about using a condom or how the sexual interaction started.
      • (The Age)
      • However they had no idea that I smoked considering I did it with the utmost discretion, Luckyman recalls. On reaching the streets because he was always too high to care about wearing a condom.
      • (AllAfrica.com)
      • Try to recall last night, when you invested time in seducing her 6. Be sure to get rid of the condom To consider yourself Elite, we believe you must hold good values and use morality as your guide in your decision-making.
      • (Transworld News)
      • Patterson, more astute readers will recall, wrote that condom use denied them certain beneficial chemicals in semen.
      • (Eagles Insiders (blog))
      • They were so over, over the top that I recall one episode where Patsy was in Edina's kitchen and that torrid love affair will glisten once more, like a shiny new condom on a seasoned tricks prick.
      • (EDGE Boston)
      • "I WAS 23 years old at the time living in France, doing some crazy stuff in the gay community," he recalls. "When I saw people dying with my partner and can have sex without a condom because of the treatment I am taking.
      • (St. Martin Daily Herald)

      Catholic obama contraception

      • Roman Catholic bishops and institutions across Illinois are mounting their defenses against the Obama administrations requirement to include contraception in employees health benefits, a state mandate they have been able to avoid for years.
      • (Chicago Tribune)
      • When President Obama announced that because of health care reform, birth control would soon be available for free in new insurance plans, you would have expected universal approval.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • Catholic Church leaders across the U.S. have united to denounce President Obamas plans to mandate faith-based institutions to provide birth control and reproductive services in health insurance plans.
      • (Daily Mail)
      • Obama, who had Joe Biden, a Catholic, as his running mate because it doesn't provide full gynecological services such as family planning, contraception and abortion.
      • (ABC News)
      • The Obama administration today said it would move forward with a new mandate requiring most U.S.
      • (ABC News)
      • In a commentary for The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, U.S.
      • (Christian Post)
      • A group of religious organizations Monday thanked President Obama for his administrations recent decision on contraception had been put on opposition to the rule by some Roman Catholic organizations.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • (Newser) – Catholic leaders are blasting the Obama administrations new decision to require religious organizations health plans to cover workers contraceptives. Several priests railed against the move from the pulpit at Sunday Mass.
      • (Newser)
      • Catholic leaders in Maryland blasted the Obama administration for implementing a new rule coverage will have access to the full range of all FDA-approved forms of contraception. Nonprofit and religious employers have until Aug.
      • (Patch)
      • Preparing for the march, Catholic students gathered for Mass at The implications of Obama's power grab go further than contraception and will provoke opposition beyond Catholicism.
      • (Janesville Gazette)

      Deion branch

      • Deion Branch is back at the scene of his prime. The single most puzzling Seahawk of the Tim Ruskell era has returned not just to the Patriots, but to the Super Bowl.
      • (Seattle Times)
      • INDIANAPOLIS -- He plays offense. Hes won at least two Super Bowls, and he was the MVP the last time the Patriots won the NFL championship. Know who it is? Id have to say Tom, New England safety Patrick Chung said Monday. Nope, not Tom Brady.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • As Deion Branch prepares to play in his third Super Bowl, he has a very specific to-do list that has nothing to do with the Giants.
      • (Rock Hill Herald)
      • Deion Branch has earned two Super Bowl rings and one MVP award with the Patriots, but he's not interested in talking about past Super Bowls this week.
      • (NBC Sports)
      • FOXBORO, Mass. -- Deion Branchs Super Bowl MVP trophy is back at home in a glass case -- a beautiful one, apparently, that his wife made as a gift.
      • (NESN.com)
      • Psst Deion Branch. Ahmad Bradshaw. Psst The Patriots [team stats]' outside receivers. The Giants' running game. Look, Super Bowl XLVI doesn't come down to just one word like Mr. McGuire's plastics to Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.
      • (Boston Herald)
      • The other? Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch, who helped Brady and New England win their two most recent Super Bowls. Branch earned the honors with his 11 catches for 133 yards in New Englands 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.
      • (Sporting News)
      • FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Deion Branch's MVP trophy he earned in Super Bowl XXXIX with the New England Patriots sits in a glass case in his home. He relishes it. He shows it to his kids once and awhile. And every now and again, he talks about it.
      • (Albany Herald)
      • INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichicks stoic demeanor with the media can portray him as a head coach who isnt all that easy to play for on a weekly basis. Belichick even admitted as much after the Patriots victory against the Eagles in Week 12.
      • (NESN.com)
      • As part of a technology change, commenting will not be available on some articles for a number of months. Read more about the change here. INDIANAPOLIS — He plays offense.
      • (Austin American-Statesman)

      Anita collins stole

      • The archdiocese said it did not conduct a criminal background check when the employee, Anita Collins, was hired in 2003. Collins complex scheme drained money from an education fund at the same time the church was closing Catholic schools.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • Anita Collins, 67, from the Bronx, was previously convicted of grand larceny and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in another case, but the archdiocese said it didn't know since there was no background check performed.
      • (GlobalPost)
      • Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said Monday that Anita Collins wrote checks to herself or a relative but recorded them as payments to legitimate vendors. The archdiocese says its staff and outside auditors spotted the theft and alerted prosecutors.
      • (MyFox Houston)
      • But can we just pause and point out for a moment that Callista, Mary, Ann Romney, Anita Perry and Karen Santorum are wagon for a trip to Canada. Read some Gail Collins columns, I stole that from her.
      • (Yale Daily News)

      Florida primary election

      • Seeking more influence isnt anything new for Florida. Hoping to share New Hampshires first-in-the-nation primary date, the state set its 1972 primary for the second Tuesday in March.
      • (AP - msnbc.com)
      • You may have to be living under a rock to have missed the dramatic lead up to tomorrow's Florida primary elections for a Republican presidential candidate.
      • (Forbes)
      • Here's a closer look at the Florida primary and mechanics: Who may participate in the Republican primary? The Florida election is open only to the 4.06 million voters who were registered Republican as of Jan. 3.
      • (Businessweek)
      • get all the attention and often determine the course of the election before it gets to the bigger, more diverse areas of the country. Florida has done something about that. By moving its primary up to Jan.
      • (Dallas Morning News)
      • according to statistics from the Florida Department of State, which oversees elections.
      • (CNN)
      • LADY LAKE, Fla. People over age 65 are expected to cast about one-third of the votes in Tuesdays Florida presidential primary, and polls say theyre breaking strongly for Mitt Romney. Thats just like the rest of the state, and for much the same reason.
      • (CharlotteObserver.com)
      • Florida grabs the election limelight Tuesday as Republican voters take another step toward picking the party's presidential nominee.
      • (Star-Banner)
      • Today, Florida taxpayers will spend a significant amount of money to hold a primary election. Many of those taxpayers will not be allowed to vote in that election. The political parties should not be allowed to have it both ways.
      • (Florida Today)

      Florida poll

      • seemed surprisingly flat in two closely watched Florida debates last week. Since then, his popularity in daily tracking polls has fallen. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released late on Monday showed Romneys support at 43 percent versus Gingrich at 28 percent.
      • (msnbc.com)
      • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney heads into Tuesdays GOP presidential primary with a 14-point lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich among likely Florida Republican voters, a new poll shows.
      • (AZCentral.com)
      • The magnitude gets multiplied when its a community irrigation system or commercial-size swimming pool at a neighborhood, condominium or hotel. Water has a way of finding its way out, said Eddie Iglesias, president of Florida Pool and Leak Specialists.
      • (Sun Sentinel)
      • Your choice could determine who will take on President Obama this November, and it could be Mitt Romney's race to lose.
      • (Central Florida News 13)
      • For the first time in his race for the US Senate, Senator Bill Nelson, D-Florida, could have a tough road to re-election ahead of him. Thats according to a new, exclusive News 13 Florida Decides Poll.
      • (Nelson faces tough Senate race - Bay News 9)
      • ORLANDO, Fla. — Undeterred by sagging poll numbers, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is set to make a final appeal for support as voters in Florida go to the polls Tuesday.
      • (Washington Post)
      • GAINESVILLE - The Florida mens basketball team moved up two spots in the latest Associated Press college poll released today. The Gators (17-4), ranked No. 12 in the AP, moved up to No. 11 in the coaches poll. They host South Carolina at 9 p.
      • (Herald Tribune)
      • TALLAHASSEE -- An overwhelming majority of Florida voters — 71 percent — support prohibiting motorists from text messaging while driving, according to a new Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll. Florida is one of only 15 states without some kind of ban.
      • (Miami Herald)

      The x factor

      • Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger are leaving The X Factor after one season. Jones, 34, revealed on Monday via Twitter that he would not be returning to the show.
      • (YAHOO!)
      • When The X Factor U.S. executive producer/judge Simon Cowell said in a December 2011 interview that there will be bloodbath changes on the show in 2012, he wasnt exaggerating.
      • (Examiner)
      • Nicole Scherzinger, a judge on Foxs The X Factor, is leaving the show, Fox has confirmed to TheWrap. Her departure marks the second loss in one day for the show. Earlier on Monday, host Steve Jones tweeted that he is leaving.
      • (Reuters)
      • It's fair to say that no reality show singing competition winner has ever been on the kind of high-profile launching pad that The X Factor champion Melanie Amaro is about to experience: Her own Super Bowl commercial.
      • (Entertainment Weekly Online)
      • Amaros appearance in Pepsis Super Bowl XLVI spot is part of her historic grand prize win on FOXs, THE X FACTOR. The deal also includes a $5 million recording contract for the winner, making it the largest guaranteed prize package in television history.
      • (PR Newswire)
      • And then there were two! Paula Abdul has just become the third member of the The X Factor who is reported to not be returning to the show.
      • (omg! on Yahoo!)
      • The X Factor, which had a solid but less-than-blockbuste​r premiere year, won't go in to its second season standing still.
      • (MSN TV)
      • X Factor USA winner Melanie Amaro goes medieval with Sir Elton John in her forthcoming Pepsi Super Bowl commercial. Details surrounding the commercial were released Monday, along with a behind the scenes look at the shoot.
      • (Examiner)
      • It's official, Simon Cowell has not invited X Factor host, Steve Jones, for next season. Also, Nicole Scherzinger got the boot as well, I guess he listened to fans that they weren't happy with the Pussycat Doll.
      • (astrochicks)
      • BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: Today at The X Factor was a bloodbath which just claimed its biggest name.
      • (Deadline.com)

      Newt Gingrich Florida

      • Mitt Romney pushed for a big win over Newt Gingrich Tuesday in Floridas pivotal primary as he seeks to tighten his grip as the front-runner in the race to pick a Republican challenger to President Barack Obama.
      • (AP - msnbc.com)
      • For a moment, as he gazed out at the gargantuan crowd gathered in brilliant sunshine, Newt Gingrich caught a glimpse of what might have been.
      • (Time)
      • If he loses Florida, February doesnt look good for Newt Gingrich. Hell lose Nevada, with its large LDS population and lose Michigan (February 28), where Romneys father was governor.
      • (CNN)
      • MIAMI -- Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are getting down and dirty in his front-runner status with ruthless television and radio ads in Florida, where he has outspent Gingrich by 5 to 1, according to the Washington Post.
      • (CBS News)
      • FORT MYERS — Newt Gingrich brought Herman Cain and Ronald Reagans son, Michael, with him to Southwest Florida in a last-ditch plea for votes as he and his chief rival, Mitt Romney, crisscrossed the state Monday before todays election.
      • (Naples Daily News)
      • Washington (CNN)-- With a healthy lead in final polls the day before the Florida primary, Mitt Romney depicted chief rival Newt Gingrich on Monday as increasingly desperate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
      • (CNN)
      • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Starting at dawn and pushing deep into the night, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich stormed Florida on Monday in a final blitz of sharply negative campaigning, trading accusations on the eve of the states crucial presidential primary.
      • (Wichita Eagle)
      • FROM CNNs Jack Cafferty: As the Florida primary comes down to the wire, Newt Gingrich finds himself trailing badly in the polls but getting support from two high-profile Republicans. The question is whether it will do him any good.
      • (CNN)
      • Newt Gingrich displays an audience members poster during campaign His final event on the trail in Florida is scheduled for Monday night in Orlando.
      • (YAHOO!)

      Working poor

      • What does it mean to be poor? If it means living at or below the poverty line, then 15 percent of Americans -- some 46 million people-- qualify.
      • (Huffington Post)
      • House Republicans have hit upon a noxious scheme to help pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut: a tax increase on millions of poor working families.
      • (New York Times)
      • In Illinois, 26.4 percent of households are asset poor and 39.8 percent are liquid asset poor.
      • (Syracuse Post-Standard)
      • In Illinois, 26.4 percent of households are asset poor and 39.8 percent are liquid asset poor.
      • (Chicago Tribune)
      • They helped reduce many of the middle class to or below the level of the working poor. They made it impossible for them to earn enough money to pay taxes, and forced many to seek assistance - those entitlements at which Romney so often takes aim.
      • (Examiner)
      • I dont stand on the scale in front of the mirror or anything like that, Dunn said. Ive been swinging the bat a little bit and doing things (working out) Ive always done, just a little more.
      • (CBS Sports)
      • Seriously, youve got to be kidding me. I just received my 2012 vehicle registration bill - $207.96. My car is 15 years old and on its last leg. Three years ago, the tax was about $97, two years before that about $74.
      • (Maui News)
      • IDG News Service — Amid renewed reports of poor working conditions at factories making Apple products in China, its unclear whether customers will demand change.
      • (CIO)
      • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, joined by dozens of colleagues from his chamber controlled by Democrats, said census data show nearly half of the U.S. population has fallen into poverty or joined the ranks of the working poor.
      • (Staten Island Advance)
      • A community group set up after the February earthquake is working as the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff to help quake-hit families where other agencies have failed.
      • (Stuff)