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6-Year-Old Asks Putin: Would Obama Save You From Drowning?

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Russian President and 2005 Super Bowl championVladimir Putin’s annual televised Q&A is just getting more bizarre. Shortly after a celebrity call-in from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Putin got a question from a six-year-old: did Putin think Obama would save the Russian president from drowning?

“I don’t want to be drowning, but…” Putin said. “I don’t think I have a close personal relationship with Obama. I think Obama is a courageous and good person. For sure he would save me.”

The question came three hours and forty-nine minutes into the Q&A. If that seems long, consider that Putin’s Q&A last year lasted a record four hours and forty-eight minutes.

Watch the clip below, via RT:   ALSO note that the video looks like it’s the entire session but when you click “play” it will go to the last 5 minutes of the session.

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10 things you need to know today: April 17, 2014

Ukrainian troops on their way to Kramatorsk, Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops on their way to Kramatorsk, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The Week

1. Separatists attack Ukraine base as Geneva crisis talks begin
Pro-Russia separatists attacked a military base in east Ukraine on Thursday as diplomats gathered in Geneva for crisis talks. Three separatists were killed in the clash, making it the deadliest yet in the 10-day uprising. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Kiev’s attempt to crush the protests by force was pushing the country into an “abyss.” The White House threatened Russia with fresh sanctions if it doesn’t defuse tensions. [Reuters]

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2. Hope fades in search survivors on sunken South Korean ferry
Hundreds of people were feared to have died aboard a ferry boat that sank within sight of land just off South Korea’s southern coast. Nine people have been confirmed dead, but the toll is expected to rise sharply as crews continue to look for the nearly 300 passengers still missing a day after the vessel tipped over in cold water. Investigators are looking into reports by survivors that the crew told people to wait for rescuers instead of escaping. [USA TodayCNN]

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3. Canadian becomes the first arrested over the Heartbleed security bug
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested 19-year-old Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes on Wednesday and accused him of hacking the Canadian Revenue Agency’s website last Friday. Solis-Reyes is the first person arrested in connection with the Heartbleed security vulnerability in popular online encryption systems. One hacker wrote that the arrest should “draw attention to how big a deal this is.” [The Toronto Star]

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4. Judge calls strict North Dakota abortion law unconstitutional
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that North Dakota’s “fetal heartbeat law,” which effectively banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, was unconstitutional. The law was considered the nation’s most restrictive. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland wrote in his ruling that the Supreme Court “has unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability.” [The Associated Press]

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5. Obama unveils $600 million job-training push
President Obama announced a plan to spend $600 million on competitive grants to train Americans for jobs that will pay well, and help the nation maintain an edge in the global economy. “Not all of today’s good jobs require a four-year college degree,” Obama said Wednesday. “But I promise you, there’s not a job out there that’s going to pay a lot if you don’t have some specialized training.” [The Associated Press]

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6. Local politician speaks up for anti-Semitic-murder suspect
The mayor of a town near the home of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross (aka Frazier Glenn Miller), who has been charged with killing three people at Kansas City Jewish community facilities, said Wednesday that he shared some of Miller’s beliefs. “Kind of agreed with him on some things,” said Marionville, Mo., Mayor Dan Clevenger, “but I don’t like to express that too much.” Miller has been charged with murder and anti-Semitic hate crimes. [KSPR]

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7. Firetruck slams into California restaurant, injuring 15
Two firetrucks responding to an emergency collided at an intersection in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one of them crashing into a restaurant. Fifteen people, including six firefighters, were injured. Most suffered only minor injuries, but one person was sent to a hospital in critical condition. “There was a loud boom and a lot of shaking,” said Wendy Wu, a waitress. “I thought it was an earthquake.” [Fox News]

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8. Strong earnings push Alibaba’s valuation to $168 billion
Alibaba’s estimated valuation shot 9.8 percent higher this week after the Chinese e-commerce company reported record sales and earnings. Alibaba is preparing to make an initial public offering of stock later this year, and analysts polled by Bloomberg estimated its value at an average of $168 billion, up from $153 billion in February. Alibaba’s unexpectedly strong earnings lifted shares of Yahoo, which holds a 24 percent stake in the company. [BloombergThe Associated Press]

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9. Portland flushes water over possible contamination
The city of Portland, Oregon is dumping 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old man was caught urinating in a reservoir. The 50-million-gallon reservoir was cut off following the incident, and results from tests looking for contamination are expected on Thursday. Still, the city plans to dump the reservoir and clean it. “That water goes directly into people’s homes,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator, said. [Reuters]

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10. Biden joins the selfie bandwagon
Vice President Joe Biden opened an Instagram account on Wednesday, and promptly earned 22,000 likes for an exclusive photo. Biden posted a selfie he took, with a smiling President Obama at his side, in the back of the president’s armored limo. “Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram. Thanks for following and stay tuned.—VP” [The Telegraph]

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President Obama Slams Congress As ‘Least Productive’ in HIstory

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AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster

We all know this, but now it will be recorded in the history books…

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“We have to have a Congress that works — not one that is — march in lockstep, not one that agrees with every proposal I put forward, but a Congress that is serious about governance and is thinking about the next generation and not just the next election,” Obama told roughly 60 guests at a Democratic fundraiser in Houston, according to a transcript of his remarks.

The President expressed frustration that Senate Republicans uniformly blocked debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have made it easier for a woman to sue an employer if she was paid less than a male colleague for the same work. He made reference to former Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land (R), a candidate for U.S. Senate, who recently said that women would rather have flexibility in their jobs than an equal salary.

“I think there was a candidate for the Senate, a Republican in Michigan, who voiced the opinion that women make other choices,” he said, according to the transcript of his remarks. “And I think that’s certainly true; every individual makes other choices. Very rarely do you meet people who make the choice to be paid less for doing the same job.”

On immigration reform, Obama criticized the House for holding up a vote on the issue after the Senate already tackled it with bipartisan support.

“It’s not because it doesn’t make sense,” he said. “It’s not because there’s some serious dispute or technical difference in terms of policy. It has to do with politics. We’ve got to stop that.”

The President also circled back to his midterm rallying cry, warning donors that they need to get out the Democratic vote in the face of an influx of money from super PACs and increased efforts to “discourage people from voting.”

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10 things you need to know today: March 26, 2014

Flowers are left near a demolished home where a woman's body was found. 

Flowers are left near a demolished home where a woman’s body was found. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Week

Washington’s mudslide death toll continues to rise, some Americans get an ObamaCare deadline extension, and more

1. Likely death toll from mudslide rises to 24
Search crews recovered two more bodies Tuesday under the Washington state mudslide and believed they had located another eight, pushing the likely death toll to 24. Authorities expect it to rise further. As crews continued looking for signs of life on Wednesday, four days after the disaster, as many as 176 people remained missing. “We haven’t lost hope that there’s a possibility that we can find somebody alive in some pocket area,” said a local fire chief. [Fox News]
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2. The Obama administration extends the health care enrollment deadline
With ObamaCare’s open enrollment ending in less than a week, the Obama administration is scheduled to announce Wednesday that it will give more time to people who have started the application process on HealthCare.gov but fail to finish by Monday. Those who say they were delayed by technical problems will have until mid-April to ask for an extension. The administration had long said the March 31 deadline was firm. [The Washington Post]
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3. Russia takes Ukraine’s last warship in Crimea
Russian forces seized the last Ukrainian naval ship in Crimea on Tuesday, completing Moscow’s takeover of military control in the breakaway Ukrainian region. The assault followed several days of similar, mostly bloodless moves against Ukrainian bases as Russia pushed forward with the annexation of Crimea after voters there passed a referendum to secede from Ukraine. [Reuters]
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4. Facebook buys virtual reality startup Oculus
Facebook is buying a small virtual-reality startup, Oculus VR, for more than $2 billion, its second major acquisition in just over a month. Skeptics said Oculus’ advanced technology was better suited to immersive games than social media. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said virtual reality and social media were a natural mix. “Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences,” he said. [San Jose Mercury News]
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5. FBI clears agent who shot and killed Tsarnaev’s friend
An investigation has cleared the FBI agent who shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a friend of the late Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, top Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said Tuesday. Hours earlier, prosecutors in Florida, where the agent and another investigator interviewed Todashev in his apartment about a triple homicide, said they would not file charges. The agent told state officials he fired after Todashev attacked him. [Los Angeles Times]
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6. Maduro accuses three generals of plotting to overthrow him
Venezuelan security forces arrested three air force generals and accused them of plotting a coup against the government, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. “This captured group has direct ties with sectors of the opposition,” Maduro said. Opposition leaders said Maduro causing the violence by rounding up his political rivals. “Nicolas threw gas on the fire,” opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski tweeted. [CNN]
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7. Investigators blame the fatal Paul Walker crash on speed
“Unsafe speed” caused the Nov. 30 crash that killed Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker, according to a report released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The high-performance Porsche Walker was riding in was going as fast as 93 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone when the driver — Walker’s friend, Roger Rodas — lost control and crashed. Rodas was also killed when the car burst into flames. A pair of nine-year-old tires might have contributed to the accident, too. [Los Angeles Times]
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8. Pitbull that bit 4-year-old won’t be killed
A pitbull that attacked a 4-year-old boy last month won’t be put to death, a judge ruled Tuesday. The dog will, however, be defanged, neutered, and have a microchip implanted under its skin. The dog, named Mickey, was restrained in the yard of the boy’s babysitter in February when the child walked within the radius of its 18-foot chain. Supporters of the animal wore “Save Mickey” T-shirts to the court hearing. [The Associated Press]
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9. Secret Service agents sent home from the Netherlands
The Secret Service sent three agents home ahead of President Obama’s arrival in the Netherlands this week. One was found inebriated in his hotel; the other two were accused of complicity. A Secret Service spokesman said the behavior never compromised Obama’s security. It did, however, add to the embarrassment of an elite agency struggling to repair its image after a prostitution scandal. [The Associated Press]
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10. Paltrow and Martin separate
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced on her GOOP website Tuesday that she and Coldplay’s Chris Martin were splitting up after 11 years of marriage. In a blog post titled “Conscious Uncoupling,” the couple wrote that they had been trying for more than a year to “see what might have been possible between us,” and had decided to “remain separate.” Paltrow and Martin have two children, Apple and Moses. [TV Guide]

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10 things you need to know today: March 25, 2014

Relatives of those missing on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 protest in Beijing. 

The Week

Obama will propose curbing NSA data collection, Malaysia says Flight 370 crashed, and more

1. Obama will reportedly push to end NSA bulk phone surveillance
The Obama administration plans to propose an overhaul of National Security Agency spying that would end its mining of bulk phone recordsThe New York Times reported Tuesday. The law would leave the data under phone-company control. The NSA would have to get a warrant from a judge to examine specific records. An ACLU spokesman said the U.S. can track terror suspects “without placing millions of people under permanent surveillance.” [The New York Times]
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2. Authorities in Malaysia conclude that Flight 370 crashed
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that satellite and flight data indicated that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing on March 8, “ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” with no survivors. The announcement touched off despair among the loved ones of the 237 people who were on board the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Search crews are still looking for traces of the plane. [The Washington Post]
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3. Washington mudslide death toll rises to 14
The death toll from a weekend mudslide in Washington state climbed to 14 on Monday, after search and rescue crews found another six bodies. As many as 176 people have been reported missing. The devastated area covers a square mile, in which about 30 homes were destroyed. Authorities described the prospects for finding survivors as grim. “We have not found anybody still alive on this pile since Saturday,” said a local fire chief. [King5.com]
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4. The U.S. and its allies kick Russia out of the Group of 8
President Obama and allies in six major industrialized nations effectively booted Russia out of the Group of Eight on Monday as punishment for Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. The U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Britain agreed to boycott a planned June G-8 summit in Sochi, Russia, and meet in Brussels as the Group of Seven instead. They also threatened tougher sanctions. [The New York Times]
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5. Former Madoff aides convicted in connection with his Ponzi scheme
Five former aides of Bernard Madoff were convicted Monday on 31 fraud and conspiracy chargesconnected to the imprisoned financier’s $17.5 billion scam — the biggest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Madoff, who is serving a 150-year sentence, insists he acted alone. One juror said however that “the facts spoke for themselves.” She said the defendants collected hefty pay from Madoff for decades and were his “soldiers.” [Bloomberg Businessweek]
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6. Polluted air blamed for millions of deaths
Air pollution was the world’s biggest health hazard in 2012, killing seven million people, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The estimated toll was twice as high as previously estimated. If accurate, it meant that one in every eight deaths was linked to dirty air. “The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes,” said the WHO’s Maria Neira. [Reuters]
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7. Disney buys YouTube programmer Maker Studios
Disney announced Monday that it had agreed to buy YouTube content provider Maker Studios for $500 million. Disney also said it would pay up to $450 million more if Maker hits targets for performance, bringing the potential value of the deal close to $1 billion. The move marks an attempt to connect to the youthful audience that turns to short-form videos. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
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8. U.N. says 2013 was the sixth warmest on record
The United Nation’s weather agency, the World Meteorological Organization, reported Monday that 2013 was the sixth warmest year on record. The WMO’s secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, said the warming probably contributed to last year’s extreme weather patterns, including droughts and tropical cyclones. Rising sea levels, for example, increase damage from coastal flooding in major storms like November’s deadly Typhoon Haiyan, he said. [The Associated Press]
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9. Men arrested for parachuting off of 1 World Trade Center
Three men accused of parachuting off the 104-story One World Trade Center construction site in September turned themselves in at a New York City police station on Monday, as did an alleged accomplice. A defense attorney said the men — Marko Markovich, 27; Andrew Rossig, 33; Kyle Hartwell, 29; and James Brady, 32 — were “professional thrillseekers.” He said they would plead not guilty to burglary and reckless endangerment charges. [Reuters]
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10. Girl Scout beats a decades-old record for cookie sales
An Oklahoma City girl, Katie Francis, has broken the record for Girl Scout cookie sales. Francis sold 18,107 in the seven-week fundraiser, which ended Sunday night, beating the old high mark of 18,000, set in the 1980s. Francis sold 12,428 boxes last year. Her trick, she says, is devoting a lot of time to the project, and making a sales pitch to every person she meets. [The Associated Press]

 

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10 things you need to know today: March 24, 2014

Obama arrives in the Netherlands. 

Obama arrives in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong/POOL)

The Week

Obama arrives in The Hague to discuss Russia, 18 remain missing after a deadly Washington mudslide, and more

1. Western leaders join forces to counter Russia’s power play
Ukraine ordered its last troops out of Crimea on Monday after Russian forces seized a Ukrainian marine base in the contested region. Also on Monday, President Obama arrived in The Hague planning to discuss the Ukraine crisis with other G7 leaders on the sidelines of an official nuclear summit. The meeting was expected to focus on coordinating sanctions against Moscow for annexing the Ukrainian region after a secession referendum passed under a heavy Russian military presence. [Voice of AmericaThe New York Times]
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2. Eighteen remain missing after Washington mudslide that killed eight
At least 18 people remained missing Monday two days after a Washington state mudslide that left eight people confirmed dead. Heavy rains triggered the landslide, which buried homes and cars under as much as 15 feet of mud and debris and swept away at least six houses. Crews searching the treacherous quicksand-like terrain found “no signs of life,” and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he expected “hard news” to come. [Reuters]
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3. Chinese search-plane crew reports possible Flight 370 debris
A Chinese plane hunting for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished on March 8, spotted “suspicious objects” in the southern Indian Ocean on Monday, but a sophisticated U.S. military reconnaissance plane was unable to relocated them. A reporter aboard the Chinese aircraft said the crew saw “two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones” scattered across an area that was many kilometers wide. [CNN]
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4. Obama beefs up the team hunting for Kony
President Obama has sent 150 more Special Forces and other military resources into Uganda to search for warlord Joseph Kony. Obama first ordered about 100 Special Operations fighters to helphunt for Kony in 2011, but now for the first time he has called for dispatching aircraft — at least four CV-22 Ospreys along with refueling aircraft. In all, there will be about 300 U.S. forces in Uganda when the reinforcements arrive this week. [The Washington Post]
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5. Oil spill blocks ships and threatens wildlife in Galveston Bay
An oil spill in Galveston Bay blocked the busy Texas shipping channel and threatened a nearby wildlife sanctuary. Local emergency managers called the spill “significant” and the Coast Guard estimated that as many as 168,000 gallons might have been spilled from a barge. Crews tried to skim up oil and prevent the slick from spreading using absorbent booms as about 60 vessels, including cruise ships, were told to stay out. [Los Angeles Times]
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6. Train derails at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, injuring 32
A commuter train derailed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Monday, crashing through the end of the platform at an underground station. The eight-car train came to rest after plowing part of the way up a set of stairs and escalators. The accident left 32 passengers injured, although police said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. [The Associated Press]
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7. Egypt condemns 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death
An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death, marking an escalation of the military-backed interim government’s crackdown on the Islamist organization. The ruling was part of a larger trial against 1,200 people charged over clashes in southern Egypt last August after security forces broke up Cairo camps where Brotherhood members were demanding the return of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. [TIME]
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8. Venezuela arrested 15 police officers for alleged abuses
Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Sunday that prosecutors were pursuing 60 investigations into accusations of human rights violations committed by security forces against anti-government protesters. Most of the demonstrations have been peaceful, but some armed activists have fought with police and soldiers. Ortega said the 15 police officers had already been arrested. [The Associated Press]
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9. Hard-right National Front makes gains in France
France’s far-right National Front party gained strength in the first round of municipal elections on Sunday. Analysts said voters were fed up with both conservatives and Socialists, and angry over the country’s limping economy. The anti-immigration National Front still might wind up controlling just a couple of cities after next Sunday’s second round, but that would be an improvement for the party, as it runs none now. [The New York Times]
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10. Kentucky ends Wichita State’s unbeaten streak
The upsets continued in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, with Kentucky knocking off previously unbeaten No. 1 seed Wichita State by a score of 78-76 to advance to Friday’s Sweet 16 round in Indianapolis. Kentucky was the pre-season No. 1 but had a disappointing 26-10 season. Now the Wildcats will face defending champions Louisville for a shot to move into the Elite Eight. [USA Today]

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Obama: ‘If Men Were Having Babies, We’d Have Different Policies’

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On Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared at a college in Orlando, Fla., to pressure Congress into passing legislation aimed at easing the burden on women in the workforce. Flanked by a female audience members, the president said that women deserve paid sick days and equal pay with men. “If men were having babies, we’d have different policies,” he observed.

“Women are still earning just 77 cents on every dollar that a man does,” Obama said. “Women with college degrees may earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less over the course of her career than a man at the same educational level, and that’s wrong.”

“This isn’t 1958,” he added. “It’s 2014.” He said that he was pressuring Republicans to support The Paycheck Fairness Act, which he said they continue to block. “We’ve got to get them to change their minds and join us in this century because a woman deserves equal pay for equal work,” Obama said to applause.

“A woman deserves to take a day off to care for a sick child or a parent without running into hardship,” the president continued. “A woman deserves work place policies that protect her right to have a baby without losing her job.”

“It’s pretty clear that, you know, if men were having babies, we’d have different policies,” Obama said. “Right?”

Watch the clip:

http://youtu.be/lUXlUsZTUQE

 

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10 things you need to know today: March 19, 2014

Russians rally in the Red Square in Moscow. 

Russians rally in the Red Square in Moscow. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Week

Putin signs a treaty annexing Crimea, Obama awards overdue Medals of Honor, and more

1. Putin signs a treaty making Crimea part of Russia
Russian-backed forces stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in Crimea on Wednesday and raised the Russian flag, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty annexing the Crimean Peninsula. A Ukrainian serviceman was killed Tuesday as a base in the main Crimean town of Simferopol was attacked — the first death in fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russia forces since Moscow sent in troops three weeks ago. [The Washington PostReuters]
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2. Obama awards top medal to soldiers overlooked due to discrimination
President Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who investigators said were passed over due to their race, religion, or ethnicity. The honorees — 17 Hispanic, one black, one Jewish, and five white — served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Only three are still alive. “No nation is perfect,” Obama said. “But here in America, we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past.” [The New York Times]
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3. NSA can record every call made in a foreign country
The National Security Agency surveillance system can record “every single” telephone call in a foreign country, according to people familiar with the latest documents leaked by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The NSA can even replay conversations up to a month old. A classified summary says the system can collect a country’s every call — billions of them — and store them in a 30-day buffer offering a look “into the past.” [The Washington Post]
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4. Judge rejects KSM testimony in bin Laden relative’s trial
A judge ruled Tuesday that jurors in the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, would not hear the testimony of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. From Guantanamo Bay prison, Mohamed told the defense that Abu Ghaith “was not a military man” in al Qaeda. Judge Lewis Kaplan said a defense request to admit the testimony was “entirely baseless.” [Reuters]
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5. Court delays Oklahoma lethal injections due to drug shortage
An Oklahoma appeals court on Tuesday postponed two inmates’ executions, a day after the state said it had run out of two drugs it uses in lethal injections. The executions of convicted killers Clayton Locket and Charles Warner were pushed back one month to give the state time to find an adequate supply. [The Associated Press]
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6. TV station helicopter crashes in Seattle, killing two
A news helicopter crashed in Seattle on Tuesday near the city’s famous Space Needle, killing the pilot, Gary Pfitzner, and a photographer, Bill Strothman. The helicopter was taking off after refueling at a helipad on top of Fisher Plaza, which houses KOMO-TV. It made what a witness described as a “whining” sound, then spiraled down, landing on a car and igniting a fireball that injured a driver. [The Seattle Times]
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7. Toyota is expected to settle safety investigation for $1 billion
The Justice Department is expected to announce Wednesday that Toyota has agreed to pay $1 billion — one of the largest fines ever for an automaker — to settle a criminal investigation into its handling of unintended-acceleration complaints. For several years, Toyota did little more than change floor mats before recalling millions of cars in 2009 and 2010. Toyota says it has made changes to be more responsive. [CNN]
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8. Two winners share the third largest Mega Millions jackpot ever
Two winning tickets were drawn in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery, which had a jackpot estimated at $400 million. The payoff is the third largest in the history of the game, which is available in 43 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winning tickets were sold in Maryland and Florida. The record prize, $656 million, was split by three winners in 2012. [Chicago Tribune]
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9. California town approves the nation’s highest minimum wage
The Richmond, Calif., City Council voted late Tuesday to raise the local minimum wage to $12.30 an hour by 2017, which would give the city the highest minimum wage in the U.S. Richmond is just north of San Francisco, which currently holds the record at $10.74 an hour. Opponents said such a hike would drive businesses out of town; supporters said Richmond’s current minimum, $8 an hour, is not enough to live on. [NBC Bay Area]
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10. Rolling Stones cancel tour
Mick Jagger honored his late girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, on Tuesday, as his legendary rock group, the Rolling Stones, canceled a seven-day tour of Australia and New Zealand after her death. “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way,” Jagger wrote. He praised Scott, 49, for her “great presence” and talent, and said, “I will never forget her.” [The Associated Press]

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Sunday Talk: Everybody’s a critic

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With only a few days remaining in the ACA’s open enrollment period, time is running out for President Obama to enslave Americans with his socialist health care coverage.Much to the delight of Death Panel advocates, thus far,  pool of enrollees has skewed older than originally projected.

And so, in an effort to reach the “Young Invincibles” considered crucial to his plan’s success, Obama answered some planted questions from comedian Zach Galifianakis.

Although I’m not a presidential scholar like Bill O’Reilly, I find it impossible to believe that Abraham Lincoln would’ve agreed to do an interview like this while Confederate General Robert E. Lee was watching.

But, really, the worst part of the whole unmajestic episode is that the president wasn’t even as funny as Galifianakis’ previous guestCanadian menace Justin Bieber.

In my humble opinion, Obama shouldn’t quit his day job.

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ); Sen.Dick Durbin (D-IL); RoundtableJon Ralston (Ralston Reports), Former White House Press Secretary Robert GibbsCarolyn Ryan (New York Times) and Israel Ortega(Heritage Foundation).Face The Nation: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; “Miracle on the Hudson” Pilot Chesley Sullenberger; Former NTSB Chairman  Mark RosenkerBob Orr (CBS News); RoundtableMichael Gerson (Washington Post), Anne Gearan (Washinton Post), Bobby Ghosh (TIME) and Margaret Brennan (CBS News).

This Week: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT); Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates;  Roundtable: Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Georgetown University Prof. Michael Eric DysonWilliam Kristol (Weekly Standard), Katrina Vanden Heuvel (The Nation) and Greta Van Susteren (Fox News).

Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Former Managing Director of the NTSBPeter Goelz; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); RoundtableGeorge Will (Washington Post), Judy Woodruff (PBS), Republican Strategist Karl Roveand Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte; Air Crash Investigators Colleen KellerSteven Wallace and Richard AboulafiaCommander William Marks of the USS Blue Ridge; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); RNC Chairman Reince PriebusRoundtableCharles Blow (New York Times), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and Ron Brownstein (National Journal).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Bassem Youssef, the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” (preview); a report on the future of drones (preview); and, a look inside Tabasco’s hot sauce empire (preview).

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Obama’s “Undignified”? Here’s What’s Undignified!

The Huffington Post

Your call: Obama sitting “Between Two Ferns”? Or Republicans standing for…?

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