Posts by Joel Roberts, Yahoo! News

  • What if Bill Gates was your Secret Santa?

    Yahoo News4 mths ago

     

     

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    A Reddit user named Rachel got a huge surprise this week when she learned that the "Bill" who was her Secret Santa in the site's annual gift exchange is actually Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

    Rachel didn’t realize right away that the package of presents appeared to have come from the billionaire philanthropist, whose office confirmed his participation in the gift exchange to Yahoo News.

    "I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow,” “In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wishlist full of makeup, nailpolish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly I felt bad for this ‘Bill.'"

    But then she dug in a little deeper.

    "I opened this and it’s a man holding a sign … And then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything — was from Bill GATES."

    So what did Rachel get? A stuffed cow.

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  • Bill Clinton: I never denied smoking marijuana

    Yahoo News4 mths ago

    More than 20 years after saying he "didn't inhale," Bill Clinton is setting the record straight about his youthful pot smoking.

    “I didn’t say I was holier than thou, I said I tried. I never denied that I used marijuana," Clinton told Fusion TV's Jorge Ramos in an interview aired Tuesday night.

    Back in 1992, in the midst of his first presidential campaign, Clinton famously equivocated when asked about his drug use, saying that during his days as a Rhodes Scholar in England, "I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it, and didn’t inhale, and never tried it again."

    The quote has been lampooned for decades and widely seen as an attempt by Clinton to avoid political damage by denying that he had actually smoked pot, since it supposedly never entered his lungs.

    Ramos asked Clinton if he would answer the question differently today, given changing attitudes about marijuana that have allowed Barack Obama, for example, to talk openly about his teen drug use without suffering politically.

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  • Weekend in politics: Obama wraps up Middle East trip, and more

    Joel Roberts at The Ticket1 yr ago

    President Barack Obama wraps up his three-day trip to Israel on Friday with visits to symbolic sites, including the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995.

    Obama plans to have lunch with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then tour the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

    Later, he is traveling to Jordan for a meeting with King Abdullah II. He will visit the ruins of the ancient city of Petra on Saturday before returning home to Washington.

    Also Friday, Congress looks to wrap up work before departing for a two-week Easter recess. Senate Democrats appear poised to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second round of tax hikes on the wealthy.

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  • Thursday in politics: Obama continues Middle East trip, and more

    Joel Roberts at The Ticket1 yr ago

    On the second day of his Middle East trip, President Barack Obama heads to the West Bank for meetings with Palestinian leaders. Obama will hold a working lunch with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, followed by a news conference. Obama has said he is not bringing any new initiatives to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and expectations for a breakthrough are low.

    Earlier Thursday, in a stark reminder of the region's volatility,militants fired two rockets into southern Israel from Gaza. Obama was miles away in Jerusalem at the time. He is not planning to visit Gaza during his trip.

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  • GOP senator reverses gay-marriage stance after son comes out

    Joel Roberts at The Ticket1 yr ago

    A prominent conservative senator said on Thursday that he now supports gay marriage.

    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told reporters from the Columbus Dispatch and other Ohio newspapers that his change of heart on the hot-button issue came two years after his son, Will, told him and his wife that he is gay.

    "It allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a Dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have—to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years," Portman said.

    In an interview with CNN, Portman said his son, then a freshman at Yale University, told him "that he was gay, and that it was not a choice, and that it's just part of who he is, and that he'd been that way for as long as he could remember."

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  • Tuesday in politics: Obama talks immigration in Vegas, and more

    Joel Roberts at The Ticket1 yr ago

    Immigration remains at the top of the Washington agenda Tuesday, as President Obama travels to Las Vegas to rally public support for his proposals for reforming the nation's immigration system.

    The president will deliver remarks in a campaign-style event this afternoon at Del Sol High School.

    White House officials said Obama would largely endorse an immigration blueprint announced Monday by a bipartisan group of senators, though the president's plan was expected to be more progressive and include a faster pathway to citizenship for millions of people already in the U.S. illegally.

    Also Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets to consider Obama's nomination of John Kerry to be secretary of state. Kerry is expected to win overwhelming approval from the panel, which he currently chairs.

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