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On One Year Anniversary, Pope Francis Asks Followers to Pray for Him

On Thursday, Pope Francis continued the theme with which he began his papacy, marking his one-year anniversary by tweeting, "Please pray for me." One year ago, when Francis introduced himself from the balcony of St. Peter's, he asked the crowd to bless him rather than confer a blessing on them. The request for blessings from the faithful has been a recurring theme for Francis; he usually concludes his public appearances with such a request. Mar 14, 2014 2:30 AM PT

Senate Makes Deal to Extend Unemployment Benefits Again

Ten senators, including members of both parties, have reached a deal extending by five months long-term unemployment insurance benefits that have already expired. Over two million Americans would be affected. The retroactive payments would be marked from December 28, 2013 to the end of May 2014. Mar 13, 2014 8:09 PM PT

Harry Reid: 'Radical' Kochs Blocking Aid to Ukraine

Sen. Harry Reid took the lead among Democratic senators on Thursday in maligning the billionaire Koch brothers, accusing them of using their clout to block aid to the Ukraine unless Congress puts off IRS rules changes affecting nonprofit insitutions such as the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity. Mar 13, 2014 7:49 PM PT

NASA Employees Fly First Class at Taxpayer Expense

If you want to fly first class for airplane travel and leave the cost to the taxpayers, join NASA. Scripps News is reporting that there have been numerous instances in recent years of NASA employees taking upgraded flights costing tens of thousands of dollars more than the cost for coach travel. Mar 13, 2014 3:12 PM PT

Russia Will Build Two More Nuclear Plants in Iran

Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday that Russia, not content with defying the West as it invaded the Crimea, has now made a preliminary agreement with Iran to build two more Iranian nuclear power plants. This will help blunt the effect of the West’s sanctions on Iran, as the deal entails as much as 500,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude being sent to Russia, which would boost Iran’s crude exports by 50%. Mar 12, 2014 7:34 PM PT

Obama at Gap: The Ladies Will Be Impressed by My Style Sense

Give credit to Barak Obama; there is simply no subject in which he is not an expert. On Tuesday, Obama stopped by a Gap store in Times Square to shop for clothes for his wife and daughters, and promptly bragged, “I think the ladies will be impressed by my style sense.” Mar 12, 2014 3:55 AM PT

Rep. Donna Edwards: Climate Change Will Kill Off Real-Life College Mascots

Donna Edwards (D-MD), noting the National Wildlife Federation’s attempt to alert the American public to animals endangered by climate change by comparing college mascots to the animals, said, “I can’t wait to dig through the report and actually compare the dangers to those mascots to my brackets come Sunday.” Mar 12, 2014 3:45 AM PT

Millennials Less Religious, More Liberal than Their Elders

A study by the Pew Research Center found that those people who were born between 1981 and 1995, known as the “millennial generation,” were less religious than their elders, less willing to view themselves as patriotic, and more willing to identify themselves as liberal. Mar 9, 2014 4:45 AM PT

While Crimea Burns, Obama Golfs

What does Barack Obama do while ineffectually dealing with the Russia and Ukraine fight over the Crimea? Mar 9, 2014 4:37 AM PT

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