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Monday, February 08, 2016

A Nigerian medical scientist has taken Instagram by storm since she began posting images of a hijab-wearing Barbie doll a few weeks ago. Haneefa Adamwas inspired to create the Hijarbie account after coming across the Barbie Style Instagram page. "I thought I had not seen Barbie dressed in a hijab before so I decided to open an Instagram account and dressed Barbie up in the clothes that I made," she said. "It has roots in my religion and cultural identity. The way Barbie dresses is very skimpy and different and there's nothing wrong with it. I just wanted to give another option for Muslim girls like me." read more


In recent years, Bernie Sanders has been billed as one of the hosts for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's retreats for the "Majority Trust" -- an elite group of top donors who give more than $30,000 per year -- at Martha's Vineyard in the summer and Palm Beach, Florida, in the winter. CNN has obtained invitations that listed Sanders as a host for at least one Majority Trust event in each year since 2011. The retreats are typically attended by 100 or more donors who have either contributed the annual legal maximum of $33,400 to the DSCC, raised more than $100,000 for the party or both. read more


Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, breaking with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, all of whom indicated support for opening up the Selective Service to women during Saturday night's debate. "I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'" Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall here. "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong, it is immoral, and if I am president, we ain't doing it."


North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying what it called a satellite, drawing renewed international condemnation just weeks after it carried out a nuclear bomb test. Critics of the rocket program say it is being used to test technology for a long-range missile. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. read more


As Super Bowl 50 ended and Peyton Manning had his storybook ending to the season (and perhaps career), he sounded oddly robotic in his on-field interviews, touting Budweiser beer with all the spontaneity of a Nascar driver. "I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy," he first told the on-field reporter, then told Jim Nantz on the trophy podium, "I'm going to drink a lot of beer tonight, Jim, Budweiser. Von Miller's buying. Manning's first celebratory kiss after the game was with Papa John founder John Schnatter.


The top five Super Bowl 50 commercials chosen by public votes in the USA Today Ad Meter came from Hyundai, Dorito's and Heinz. The five worst were from Squarespace, OIC is Different, Persil and Jublia. The most popular commercial featured comedian Kevin Hart using Hyundai's Car Finder feature to track his daughter on a date with a boy to put a stop to any funny business. read more


Sunday, February 07, 2016

The Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50, beating the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-10. The Broncos -- led by Peyton Manning who, at 39, is the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history -- scored first on a first-quarter field goal and never relinquished the lead in a game that many speculate will be Manning's last.


A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidently killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized. The unusual lawsuit was filed Friday amid city leaders' efforts to win back the public's trust after several cases of alleged police misconduct. read more


At a New Hampshire campaign rally today, Bush highlighted his own record of helping people with disabilities, and as he's been doing for weeks, lambasted Trump for what he calls his habit of "disparaging" people, suggesting this time that his rival candidate needs a visit to the couch. "It's just ridiculous. It's a sign of deep insecurity. I'm not a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but the guy needs therapy," Bush said to applause and laughter.


Madeleine Albright, who has been stumping for fellow former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire this weekend, added that Sanders' responses to foreign policy questions at the last presidential debate "surprised" her. "I've been very concerned about his lack of knowledge," she said, citing his answer to a question about which country poses the biggest threat to the U.S. right now. "I think that he gave very kind of simple answers," she said. "In contrast to Secretary Clinton, who not only talked about what was going on in each of those countries, but also [spoke about] the other concerns about it, and the relationship to each other, and what the United States had to look out for." read more


A national Native American church that courts have allowed to possess and distribute peyote will soon open branches in three former Orange County pot shops, where they plan to use and dispense marijuana and other illegal drugs as part of religious ceremonies. What's more, church members say almost anyone can join the religion and partake in its hallucinogenic sacraments, regardless of whether they have Native American heritage. "I want to bring these healing medicines to the masses," church founder James Mooney said. "We don't knock on doors and tell everyone we have the answers. ... We come from a society that derives from Christian-Judeo beliefs. So it's hard to get beyond that religion is what they say it is."


Hillary Clinton first grabbed the national spotlight 47 years ago as an idealistic young feminist, chiding the paternalistic establishment in her Wellesley commencement speech. So it's passing strange to watch her here, getting rebuffed by young women who believe that she lacks idealism, that she overplays her feminist hand and that she is the paternalistic establishment. Bernie Sanders may be a dead ringer for Larry David, but Hillary is running the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" campaign. She can't fire up young voters by dwelling on what can't be done in Washington and by explaining that she's more prose than poetry. read more


[Bernie] Sanders is like the rare punk rocker who never sold out, never signed with a big label and doesn't see why you'd want to buy designer jeans when thrift store Levis fit just fine and are less than $10. Also, he still has a flip phone. But as the campaign has progressed, and Sanders' political revolution has gained steam, Sanders and his campaign have begun doing and saying things that look an awful lot like a traditional campaign. (This isn't to say Hillary Clinton isn't doing some of these same things, like flying in a charter jet and spending lots of money on polling. She is. But Clinton is a professional politician and owns it.) read more


Two are dead and 10 others are injured following an early morning shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The shooting took place just before 1 a.m. at Glitz Ultra Lounge on Universal Boulevard in the city's tourist district. Three off-duty OPD officers were at the scene working as security when the incident took place. Around 300 people were in the club.


Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum explained last night in a series of tweets why he thinks Marco Rubio's repeat-himself gaffe at Saturday night's GOP debate is damaging. "Republicans are asked to nominate an unknown quantity who has not offered useful information to predict the kind of president he'd be," Frum writes. "Last night, they got a maybe unfair glimpse of the kind of president he'd be when the pressure was on. It was unnerving -- and what has Rubio offered over this campaign to calm those nerves when they twitch?"


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