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- Robert Pattinson Lines Up Next Big Screen Project
- OBAMA'S HANDSHAKE IS LESS THAN CASTRO HATERS THINK
WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of the glorious and the absurd in commemorating Nelson Mandela, what did many Americans focus on with our own president, Barack Obama? In fact, at least half of the coverage I have seen on TV has been a smart-aleck discussion of how the American president deigned to shake the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro. But let us dig a little deeper into this distortion of American foreign policy before we pass judgment. In the beginning of the South African struggle for freedom in the mid-20th century, the young Mandela believed not in non-violence but in violent revolution;
- Is Irish Spring the Worst Soap on Earth?
Philip: Irish Spring smells good. Elle: Irish Spring is the worst soap in America. It smells like a Walmart, or a truck stop bathroom, or anywhere else where someone has tried to mask a horrible smell with an overpowering air freshener instead of actually cleaning away the source of the stink. Every person on Earth with an ounce of common sense would rather bathe under a waterfall than in a shower.
- White House denies 'Orwellian' news manipulation
The White House rejected claims Thursday that it had clamped down on press access more than previous administrations after it was accused of mounting an "Orwellian" image control campaign. President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney faced a fresh grilling from reporters who have been complaining for months that the in-house White House public relations shop is churning out propaganda photographs and crimping editorial freedoms. The association representing White House reporters has warned that streams of official photographs and videos detailing Obama's behind-the-scenes activity are no more than "visual press releases" that constrain independent news coverage. "We're not operating any differently than other White House (press) offices have operated, except that the Internet exists," said Carney.
- Did Paul Ryan Just Ruin His Chances for 2016?
Conservative groups piled on the agreement negotiated for their side by Paul Ryan, calling it "a huge Republican cave-in" and "surrender." Ryan—also a possible presidential candidate—now finds himself in the awkward position of trying to sell an agreement blessed by President Obama to a conservative base that reflexively opposes anything with a whiff of bipartisanship. It isn't easy to run for president from Washington—especially if you want to actually govern. "When it comes to the presidential nomination in 2016, tea-party activists are going to look at who has been true to our core principles, and this budget deal is not," said Jenny Beth Martin, cofounder of the Tea Party Patriots.
- Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
- US military reveals laser can down drones, mortars
The US Army has for the first time successfully tested a vehicle-mounted laser that managed to shoot down incoming mortar rounds and drone aircraft, officials said Thursday. Installed in a dome-shaped turret atop a military vehicle, the high-energy laser hit more than 90 mortar bombs and several small unmanned planes over a six-week test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The experimental weapon, dubbed the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), likely would not be operational until 2022 if the Army decides to purchase the system, according to officials. "If you're engaging a target at the same range, a 100 kW laser will destroy the target in one-tenth of the time than the 10kW would," said Terry Bauer, a program manager at Boeing, the lead contractor on the project.
- Country star Ray Price leaves hospital for hospice