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Lawmakers unveil $1.1 trillion spending plan

Congressional negotiators late Monday unveiled a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of another government shutdown.

The spending bill puts flesh on the bones of a bipartisan budget deal struck in December, when Republicans and Democrats agreed to partially repeal sharp spending cuts known as the sequester.

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This Should End Well: Couple Asks the Internet to Name Their New Baby


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Choosing baby names is far from child’s play, so one couple has invited the Reddit community to suggest some options, USA Today reports.

So far on NameMyDaughter.com, the most popular first name for the baby due Apr. 2 is Amelia, and the most popular middle name is All-Spark. “Megatron,” “Not Zelda,” and “Streetlamp” made the top 15 in the first name category, while at the bottom, the number “13”and “Kids’R’Gross” have thankfully only received one vote each, respectively. Highlights from the middle name submissions include “You” (21 votes), “_” (5), “LOL” (3), and of course, “Reddit” (7 votes).

Canadian software developer and  future dad, Stephen McLaughlin, said in a separate Reddit thread that he has been moderating the list closely and has only had to remove the names of “several STIs and a couple of sexual positions.” Generally, he said he is “quite surprised by how respectful people have been.”

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Pope Francis Urges Mothers To Breastfeed In The Sistine Chapel


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Pope Francis encouraged mothers of hungry babies to breastfeed inside the Sistine Chapel, before baptizing the baby of a couple who married in a civil service.

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West Virginia Eases Water Ban After Chemical Spill


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West Virginia officials on Monday began lifting the four-day-old tap water ban that has disrupted life in parts of the state since a chemical spill into the Elk River contaminated the water supply Thursday.

The ban was being lifted slowly, starting in the area near Charleston, the state’s capital and largest city, in order to avoid further problems caused by a rapid spike in demand, the Associated Press reports.

“The numbers we hdave today look good an we are finally at a point where the ‘do not use’ order has been lifted,” Gov. Earl Tomblin said during a news conference.

State authorities issued the ban after customers reported a strange licorice smell in the tap water. An investigation revealed the odor was a result of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCMH, about 7,500 gallons of which had leaked out of a 40,000 tank at a Freedom Industries facility. People in…

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11 Surprising Facts About Women and Poverty From the Shriver Report


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Maria Shriver’s annual report on Women in America came out Sunday, and the findings are bleak.

“These are not women trying to ‘have it all,'” Shriver wrote in the introduction to the report, which was co-sponsored by the  Center for American Progress. “These are women who are already doing it all — working hard, providing, parenting, and care-giving. They’re doing it all, yet they and their families can’t prosper, and that’s weighing the U.S. economy down.”

Here’s what we learned from the in-depth report on how women are doing in  post-recession America.

  1. 1 in 3 American women, 42 million women, plus 28 million children, either live in poverty or are right on the brink of it. (The report defines the “brink of poverty” as making $47,000 a year for a family of four.)
  2. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, and these workers often get zero paid sick…

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‘Octomom’ Charged With Welfare Fraud


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The mother of 14 known as “Octomom” was charged with welfare fraud Monday after she failed to report thousands of dollars in earnings, the LA District Attorney’s Office said.

Nadya Suleman, who caused controversy when she gave birth to octoplets via IVF when she already had six children and no job, allegedly failed to report over $30,000 in earnings. She was charged on Jan. 6 with one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury by false application for aid, CBS reports. 

The DA’s office accused the 38-year-old of filing for public assistance in Lancaster a year ago without mentioning she was getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos she had made. Suleman has attempted to support her family through sexually explicit films and nude photographs.

Prosecutors are expected to ask for $25,000 bail at her arraignment Friday. She could face up to five years…

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We care
You care
They care
Obama cares
GOP don’t give a s**t!

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Sochi Olympics Put Spotlight on Moscow’s ‘Gay Ghetto’


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While the world’s eyes are on Russia for the upcoming Winter Olympics, gay activists are hoping the Games will also put a spotlight on Russia’s recent ‘anti-gay’ propaganda law.

Pavel Petel, an internationally renowned gay performer, gives insight into what some call the “gay ghetto” of Moscow’s LGBT scene.

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“If I Prove False” – Cara Dillon and John Smith


THE DAILY SHOW: “slumdogs vs millionaires”


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