News from The Hill:
Advocates for unemployed expect Congress will approve extended benefits
By Vicki Needham
“Advocates are optimistic Congress will extend federal unemployment benefits before the end of the year despite the supercommittee’s failure.
A supercommittee package had been seen as the most likely vehicle for the unemployment benefits scheduled to expire at the end of the year.
A package would have represented a compromise between Republicans seeking to cut spending and Democrats who wanted to provide some stimulus for the economy.
After the Thanksgiving break, Congress will have only three weeks to reach a deal before it recesses for the year, leaving little time to find a new vehicle.”
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The Marriages of Newt Gingrich
Married to Jackie Battley, Marianne Ginther, Callista Bisek
By Sheri & Bob Stritof, About.com Guides
Currently married to Callista Bisek, Newt Gingrich has been married three times. His two previous marriages ended in divorce after he had affairs with younger women and when his wives were seriously ill. Here is information about Newt Gingrich’s three marriage relationships.
Newt Gingrich Marriage Timeline
1962: Newt married Jackie Battley on June 19, 1962.
1963: Newt’s daughter Kathy was born.
1966: Newt’s daughter Jackie Sue was born.
1980: Newt met Marianne Ginther in January 1980.
1980: Jackie and Newt separated in April 1980.
1981: Jackie Battley and Newt Gingrich’s divorce was finalized in February 1981.
1981: Six months later Newt married Marianne Ginther on August 8, 1981.
1987: Marianne and Newt separated in June 1987.
1993: Newt and Callista Bisek began their affair in November 1993.
1993: Marianne and Newt reconciled in late 1993/early 1994.
1999: Newt and Marianne separated in May 1999 and filed for divorce in July.
1999: Marianne and Newt reached a settlement in their divorce case.
2000: Marianne and Newt’s divorce was finalized in April 2000.
2000: Callista Bisek and Newt announced their engagement.
2000: Newt married Callista Bisek on August 18, 2000.
Maggie Haberman: “Newt Gingrich addressed his multiple nuptials and admitted affairs more head-on than he has to date, telling the Christian Broadcast Network that he sought God‘s ‘forgiveness’ for the things he did wrong and that he now has a ‘great’ marriage.”
Source: Maggie Haberman. “Newt Gingrich: ‘I was doing things that were wrong.'” Politico.com. 3/08/2011.
Newt when asked how he could be unfaithful and give a speech on family values: “It doesn’t matter what I do,” he answered. “People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”
Source: John H. Richardson. “Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican.” Esquire.com. 8/10/2010.
AP: “In 1994, Gingrich responded to reports he’d had extramarital affairs while running a family-values campaign in 1978 by saying, “In the 1970s, things happened.”
Source: AP. “Wife’s lawyer to question woman in Gingrich divorce case.” Marysville Journal-Tribune. Marysville, Ohio. 8/13/1999. pg. 2.
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NBA players and owners have reached a “tentative understanding” to end the lockout, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced early Saturday.
Stern says he hopes to have the NBA season start on December 25. The NBA had already canceled games through December 15.
The current lockout has lasted 149 days. A previous lockout in the NBA lasted 204 days from July 1998 to January 1999 before a new collective bargaining agreement was reached by both sides. That agreement expired in June, sparking the latest developments.