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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars are clogging up the skies with their private jets as they descend on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to liaise over issues such as terrorism, the central banks and growing economic inequality.

"Decision-makers meeting in Davos must focus on ways to reduce climate risk while building more efficient, cleaner and lower-carbon economies," former Mexican president Felipe Calderón told USA TODAY.


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In the SOTU:

I've served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn't what you signed up for – arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

SOTU is over and out goes this email:

I hope you're excited about the agenda I laid out tonight for 2015. Now it's time to get to work. Let's go -- make a monthly contribution to support Democrats now:


Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Question for the crowd:

Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

I ask simply because the current age of 21 seems arbitrary when you look at the broad range of ages at which Americans are deemed to be adults capable of legally making their own decisions and being held accountable for them.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Danny Jacobson was a 26-year-old Army sergeant, thousands of miles away from his hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, when he penned a four-page letter to his wife back in the states. World War II was winding down, Hitler had committed suicide six days earlier, and half a dozen administrative clerks from the 179th Infantry had set up shop in a Munich apartment. But this wasn't just any apartment. It was one of Adolf Hitler's many German residences, where he had lived with his longtime companion Eva Braun. And the off-white stationery Jacobson used for his letter? Hilter's very own. It included the Führer's name and the Nazi swastika printed on the top left corner. The almost seven-decades-old letter is now a part of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. At the museum in Washington, curator Pollin believes the letter holds special significance in these times, when European Jews are again facing rising anti-Semitism.

Friday, January 16, 2015

CLICK! CLACK! DING! After more than 40 years, the vintage thumping sound of dusty Underwood, Olivetti and Remington typewriters filled, once again, the New York Gazette editorial room. Looking down the rows of desks, the gloomy floor is filled with the flickering light of hundreds of candles bouncing off the lifeless, pitch-black computer screens.

Today is the 24th day of continuous blackouts in New York, Washington DC, Moscow and hundreds more cities worldwide. It is considered to be only the beginning of a spiraling conflict. Who could have imagined though, that the greatest escalation of the 21st century might have started with a single cup of coffee? read more


In a related story, researchers have figured out a way to read the scrolls in Pompeii using X-ray technology.


#2 ..."and then the Lord descended from the sky in a shiny vessel spouting flame and removed his helmet so that he could breath our air and speak to us, and he said "backward humans, take me to your leader".

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