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Watch President Obama’s Full Interview With Stephen Colbert On ‘The Colbert Report’

The full interview on The Colbert

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Shortly after crashing The Colbert Report to deliver his own version of “The Word,” President Barack Obama settled in with longtime faux-combatant Stephen Colbert for a lengthy chat.

The clip above covers the disappointing mid-terms (“the election didn’t go as I would have liked”), where he goes from here, the stunning recent jobs report and growing economy, and many of the factors revolving around the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Throughout the interview, Colbert’s trademark wit and humor were matched only by the President’s charisma — he snuck in a crowd-pleasing remark at nearly ever turn — and the screams of the young audience. After the break, the duo returned to continue their talk, this time discussing whether or not the POTUS still loves his job, his home life, the nuclear launch codes, and the temptation to push the limits of his office’s power.

7 worst right-wing moments of the week — Stephen Colbert is destroying America, apparently

7 worst right-wing moments of the week — Stephen Colbert is destroying America, apparently

Stephen Colbert, Bill O’Reilly (Credit: AP/Alex Brandon/Kathy Willens)

Salon

Conservatives lose their minds over last week’s late-night shakeup, while a GOP candidate talks incest

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

1. Various conservative clowns: Stephen Colbert will single-handedly destroy America.

The hysteria on the right about Stephen Colbert’s elevation to CBS’s Late Night post has been nothing short of hilarious. Even before news hit that Colbert would replace David Letterman when he retires, Bill O’Reilly frantically declared that Colbert is responsible for the “destruction of America.” That’s quite a distinction, when there are so many other things vying for the title of “America’s Top Destroyer.” (Wait, reality contest show idea: “Who will be America’s Next Top Destroyer?”)

More than failing infrastructure, abject refusal to deal with the coming climate catastrophe, rampant, spiraling inequality to rival the Gilded Age, near daily mass shootings, the criminalization of poverty; or deportation of millions of legions of innocent undocumented immigrants [insert your favorite scourge here], it is Stephen Colbert who is ushering in the decline of this great nation. In addition, O’Reilly also said, Colbert is an “ideological fanatic,” a “deceiver” and responsible for the mayhem following UConn’s March Madness win.

No, we don’t really get that last one either.

Rush Limbaugh sputtered that Colbert’s promotion was “an assault on the heartland of America,” prompting millions of heartlanders to scurry to their bomb shelters with multiple firearms, canned goods and bottled water. He also said it represented a “redefinition of comedy,” a “redefinition of what’s funny.” This is true, Rush. Comedy has been redefined to mean something that makes actual people laugh.

And, after numerous attempts to identify the full extent of the outrage, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro finally landed on this metaphor: In making a career out of pitch-perfect conservative pundit mockery, Stephen Colbert was guilty of no less than the moral equivalent of “vile political blackface.” Clever wordsmith Shapiro called this “Conservativeface,” a neologism that seems destined to catch on.

No word on whether Colbert is the Anti-Christ.Although a few years back a little outfit called Christfire implied as much, calling Colbert Stalinesque, Hitleresque and a bigger threat to America than Islamic terrorism.



All right ye liberals! You’ve been warned! Laugh your way straight into Satan’s clutches.

2. Advisor to Texas GOP gubernatorial hopeful: (OK, it’s Charles Murray): There’s no evidence women are significant thinkers.

It’s pretty well known that American Enterprise Institute “scholar” Charles Murray is a colossally dishonest thinker who shrouds claims of white intellectual superiority in pseudo-science. But he has proven himself offensive and wrongheaded on other topics as well. This week at a talk at University of Texas, he stood by his claim that women have not contributed much significant thought to the field of philosophy. But don’t feel too bad, gals, because Murray did allow that some of you are very good in literature.

Murray’s enlightened views on women naturally include his oppositions to equal pay laws. He argues that such laws would hurt women by discouraging companies from hiring them, and anyway he doesn’t even believe in pay discrimination—it’s a myth invented by liberals. “Women prefer to stay home with their children,” he says. And they also choose lower-paying jobs.

Who cares what Charles Murray says, you ask? Well, Texas GOP hopeful Gregg Abbott does. He takes some of his cues on education from Murray and specifically cited Murray’s work in his argument against universal pre-K. Of course, Abbott keeps some pretty questionable company in general. He’s also appeared with Ted Nugent, whose enlightened views on women and blacks are fairly well known.

h/t: RawStory

3. Virginia GOP candidate Bob Marshall: No incest exception for abortion because sometimes people want to have incest.

The good people of Virginia have themselves a real prize in Republican Bob Marshall, who is running to represent them in Congress. In fact, his views are so extreme on things like abortion and same-sex marriage that even his fellow Virginia Republicans can’t stand him. And that is saying something. He’s the one who introduced the bill requiring women who want abortions to have an ultrasound first, which helped make Virginia the butt of late-night jokes.

Still, he does have a following among other crazy social conservatives who could carry him to a congressional seat, where he could continue to embarrass his state. Marshall is anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage and anti-Planned Parenthood. He has some pretty bizarre religious ideas, too. Remarks of his that came to light this week include his opposition to abortions even in the case of incest, because, “How do you know it’s not voluntary? Sometimes it is.”

He has also said that disabled children are punishment for women having abortions. Here is his very science-based assertion: “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” he said.

No clue as to what his source for this bizarre claim is. Voices in his head, perhaps.

h/t: RawStory and: RightWingWatch

4. Reince Priebus: There should be no caps on campaign donations at all!

The chairman of the Republican National Party, Reince Priebus, echoed the words of his master Charles Koch this week when he came out for removing all caps on campaign donations. He also suggested that donors should not even have to be disclosed. Well, theoretically, he thinks disclosure might be okay, but….

“I mean, you want to be for disclosure,” Preibus said. “But when you start to see some of the cases out there where people are targeted, and businesses are targeted and picketed and threatened for political contributions, then now you’re suppressing free speech through disclosure. So I mean, even things that I want to agree with are getting to be very difficult.”

So to summarize, money is speech and should therefore not be limited in any way (particularly when it is flowing into Republican coffers). But unlike actual speech, money should be spoken in secret and not be open to scrutiny or criticism.

Because that hurts money’s feelings.

5. Detroit columnist Nolan Finley: Woman candidate is “milking the vagina business.”

Detroit News’ editorial page editor and columnist Nolan Finley displayed his ability to keep it real classy this week. Notoriously anti-Democratic and pro-corporate, he has long been using his perch to rabidly oppose the candidacy of Democrats, most recently Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer and his running mate, Lisa Brown. This week Finley wrote:

[Brown’s] confrontational style will give the ticket the spunk the colorless Schauer lacks, but won’t broaden his appeal. Brown could help bring in campaign cash, however. She’s still milking the vagina business, and is a minor celebrity among feminists.

Wait, there’s a vagina business that can be milked? How come we did not know that?

What that curious term means to Finley is that Lisa Brown favors reproductive rights for women, which in his world (roughly the 1950s) makes her an extreme left-wing liberal.

Milking the vagina business.

What will the Republican woman haters club come up with next?

6. Minnesota GOPer: I’m running for Congress because no child should be exposed to science.

Aaron Miller loves to tell the story of how his daughter came home in tears from school on the day when she learned about evolution. That’s not what her daddy taught her. Determined that his daughter and other innocent children should never again be exposed to science that might be upsetting to them, Miller was galvanized to run for Congress. The government has obviously declared “war on our values,” he thought. Well, he was just going to declare war right back at them.

Miller has already gotten endorsements from other creationists in government, like Minnesota State Rep. Allen Quist, who has  argued that it is only reasonable people and dinosaurs coexisted and that the Book of Job offers science lessons.

He also joins a GOP field full of anti-science deep thinkers, like Paul Broun of Georgia who knows that  evolution is a lie “straight from the pit of hell.” In Texas, all four GOP candidates competing for the lieutenant governorship in Texas are  pushing to teach creationism in public schools. Even more plentiful are the climate science deniers. They even get to head up congressional science committees.

Because the GOP is determined that every child should grow up in blissful ignorance.

h/t: ThinkProgress

7. Florida Rep: Floridians can’t vote on solar ballot measure.  

Solar energy is increasingly popular among Floridians, which is why a Republican representative is hellbent on keeping the issue out of the polls. As we all learned in high school civics class, democracy means not letting people vote on things you don’t want them to vote on. A Senate committee in the Sunshine State approved an amendment for the November ballot that would give tax breaks to businesses that install solar panels. But Ritch Workman is using his power as the chairman of the House Finance and Tax Committee to prevent that from happening. His lame excuse?

“I just don’t see the need to continue to expand the incentives and underwriting of solar,’’ Workman said. “Solar is coming a long way and eventually it’s going to be able to stand on its own two feet. But right now it doesn’t.”

More likely, say proponents of the bill, Workman is under the sway of Florida’s electric utilities, which adamantly oppose rooftop solar energy because it will end their monopoly.

Ah well, it’s not as if there’s some big hurry to convert to clean energy or anything. It’s not as if climate change and global warming are some big urgent problem that the whole country needs to immediately address in no uncertain terms in order to avert what is certain to be catastrophic climate events, the likes of which we are only just beginning to see. No, no, no.

Anyway, we all know the sun is for frying your skin, not heating your home or running your appliances. Silly.

10 things you need to know today: April 11, 2014

A torch is passed. 

A torch is passed. (AP Photo/CBs, Worldwide Pants Inc.)

The Week

Kathleen Sebelius resigns as Obama’s health secretary, Stephen Colbert is tapped to replace Letterman, and more

1. Sebelius resigns as health secretary
Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as health secretary after taking heat for months over the troubled ObamaCare website rollout. Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas, touted the health law as a success after a surge of sign-ups before the open-enrollment period ended March 31. On Friday, President Obama is expected to announced that he is nominating Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to fill the job. [The Associated Press]

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2. Stephen Colbert picked to succeed David Letterman
Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman as the next host of The Late Show, CBS announced Thursday. The handover will take place in 2015, although Letterman has yet to decide the date of his last show. “Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert, the 49-year-old host of The Colbert Report, said. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps.” [CBS Los Angeles]

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3. Scott Brown enters New Hampshire Senate race
Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown announced Thursday that he was making another run for the Senate — this time in New Hampshire. Brown, a Republican, pulled off an upset to win the late liberal standard-bearer Ted Kennedy’s seat in 2010, only to be defeated by Elizabeth Warren two years later. Now he is trying to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, calling her a “rubber stamp” for President Obama. [The Boston Globe]

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4. U.N. approves peacekeepers for the Central African Republic
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday authorized sending nearly 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic. Christians and Muslims have been fighting there for months. The U.N. troops are scheduled to take over for about 6,000 African Union soldiers in September. They’ll be aided by a 2,000-member French force already there. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said the African Union force had become “overwhelmed.” [Los Angeles Times]

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5. Man surrenders after fatal Florida day-care center crash
A Florida man with alleged gang ties, Robert Corchado, turned himself in at the Orange County, Fla., jail Thursday to face charges that he fled the scene of a fatal accident after hitting a car with his SUV, and sending the other vehicle crashing into a day-care center. A 4-year-old girl, Lily Quintus, was killed in the KinderCare center. “She was incredible and she deserved so much more,” her mother, Nicole Quintus, said. [CNN]

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6. Ten die when a FedEx truck and a bus collide in California
Ten people were killed Thursday when a FedEx truck crossed a Northern California freeway andslammed into a charter bus, bursting into flames. The bus was carrying a group of high school seniors on their way to visit Humboldt State University. The drivers of the truck and bus reportedly were killed, as were five students and three chaperones. [USA Today]

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7. Scientists implant lab-grown vaginas in four patients
Medical researchers have successfully implanted lab-grown vaginas in four teenage girls born with underdeveloped vaginas due to a rare condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome. The process, described in an article published this week in The Lancet, involved taking a vaginal tissue sample from each patient, and using it to grow cells that were layered onto biodegradable scaffolding, then implanted. [The Washington PostThe Lancet]

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8. Hillary Clinton dodges a shoe thrown during her speech
A woman was taken into custody Thursday after allegedly throwing a shoe at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was giving a speech to a metal-recycling conference at a Las Vegas hotel. Clinton crouched and dodged the projectile, then cracked a joke and continued her speech. “Is that somebody throwing something at me?” Clinton asked. “Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” [Reuters]

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9. California town declares Sriracha factory a public nuisance
The city council in Irwindale, Calif., has declared The Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, which pumps out 100 million pounds of the fiery sauce annually, to be a public nuisance because it emits noxious odors. The city had already won a lawsuit in November forcing the plant to partially shut down. Once the council gives final approval to the declaration at its next meeting, the company will have three months to figure out how to reduce the smell. [The Associated Press]

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10. Nirvana and Kiss inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday in its first year of eligibility. Surviving Nirvana musicians Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear performed some of the iconic grunge band’s hits, with singers such as Joan Jett, Lorde, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon standing in for late frontman Kurt Cobain. Kiss, Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Linda Rondstadt, Peter Gabriel, and Hall and Oates were also inducted. [Rolling Stone]

Breaking: Stephen Colbert named next host of ‘Late Show’

Good news…

NBC News

CBS announced on Thursday that “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert will be the next to helm the “Late Show” desk. He’ll succeed David Letterman when Letterman retires next year after more than 20 years as the host.

The announcement raises several questions, chief among them whether the comedian will host the show in character, as he does on Comedy Central’s “Report.” Another question mark is where the show will be taped. “The Late Show” currently films at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, but CBS has not yet announced where the Colbert-helmed version will tape, or who the producers will be.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” Leslie Moonves,  president and CEO of CBS, said in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said in a statement. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

“I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

This story will be updated.

Colbert Hears Obamacare Horror Story from Someone Who Is Definitely NOT an Actor

This is hilarious…

Mediaite

Last month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid(D-NV) took to the floor of the Senate to declare the all of those Obamacare “horror stories” you keep hearing are “untrue.” While that was taken by some as a bit of an overstatement, there is one prominent ad from conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity in which people who are definitely actors share their completely made up Obamacare “horror stories.”

“The ad isn’t based on anyone’s real story,”Stephen Colbert explained Monday night. “It’s based on everyone’s fake story.” To combat all the misleading information out there, Colbert found his own Obamacare horror story from a totally real Louisiana resident who was definitely not legendary actor Sir Patrick Stewart.

Asked directly if he is an actor pretending to have had a bad experience with Obamacare, “Chuck Duprey” told Colbert, “No, I have never trod the boards, I am an average American Joe who prefers to crack open a domestic beer and watch the NASCAR.” From there, the man described the devastating moment that he monthly health insurance premium went through the roof. He only had to break character a handful of times.

Watch video below, via Comedy Central:

Stephen Colbert Calls Out Don Lemon For Obama, Rob Ford Comparison (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post

Stephen Colbert poked fun at the various comparisons that pundits are making about the failure of the Obamacare rollout on Monday, specifically CNN Don Lemon’s recent argument that Rob Ford and Obama are in a similar boat.

The glitches in the president’s health care exchange system have been defined as the worst thing to happen to the country “since slavery,” and have been compared to numerous past disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

But Colbert’s favorite Obamacare comparison as of late was CNN anchor Don Lemon’s recent statement pinning President Obama and Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford side-by-side.

Lemon stated on CNN’s “NewsRoom” that “you won’t find two politicians who’ve had worse weeks…. President Obama saying ‘I’m Sorry’ over and over for his so-called signature achievement Obamacare, Rob Ford though admitting to crack– to be a crack smoker.”

To this, Colbert was completely perplexed, and called out what he believed was the absurdity in “comparing the first black president to the first blackout mayor.”

“Yeah, they’re both in trouble. Therefore it’s an entirely fair comparison,” he mocked. “The same way that since they’re both on video, it’s fair to compare Don Lemon’s reporting to this dog milking a goat.”

Watch the video for the full clip. 

Colbert Hammers Koch Brothers, Right-Wing Pundits Over Obamacare Alarm

The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert took aim at the Republicans as they continue to lose the media narrative on the government shutdown over Obamacare. Check out the clip above as he offers some tongue-in-cheek mockery of right-wing panic over the Obama administration’s attempts to sell the program to young people, and the Koch Brothers’ attempts to convince them they don’t need insurance.

Mark Sanford South Carolina Victory Takes Him From ‘Free Fall’ To Rebirth

Mark Sanford wins…

The Huffington Post

“Americans”,  journalist David Halberstam once wrote, are “remarkably tolerant of error, particularly if it is self-confessed.”

Mark Sanford is thanking his lucky stars that’s the case. The former South Carolina governor won his old seat in Congress back on Tuesday, after voters in the state’s coastal 1st Congressional District decided to overlook his many misadventures since he first admitted an extramarital affair in 2009.

Sanford, 52, a Republican, defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a 58-year old businesswoman best known nationally as comedian Stephen Colbert’s older sister, in a special election to fill a seat vacated by former Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Scott was appointed by the state’s Republican governor to the U.S. Senate after Jim DeMint left his seat early to lead The Heritage Foundation, a D.C. think tank.

“It would be the most obvious of obviouses to say that I thought politics was forever over for me,” Sanford told The Huffington Post in an interview last week. “But something happened that never happened in our state, which is, you know, a United States senator retired early. I mean that just doesn’t happen in South Carolina.”

Two weeks ago, Sanford was in “free fall,” as he described it. His past indiscretions -– which played out in front of a national audience four years ago -– were dredged back up by news of trespassing complaints that had been lodged against him by his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, for showing up at her home uninvited.

“I said to my guys at the time, ‘Look, this thing’s over with if people think that I’m the kind of guy that would go, you know, creeping through the hedge of my ex’s house,'” Sanford said.

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10 things you need to know today: April 30, 2013

Bangladeshis display pictures of missing relatives outside the site of the devastating building collapse.

Bangladeshis display pictures of missing relatives outside the site of the devastating building collapse.

The Week

1. ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE KILLS SUSPECTED PALESTINIAN MILITANT
Israel said Tuesday it had killed a Palestinian man who was involved in the firing of a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on April 17. The airstrike hit a motorcycle, killing the driver — whom Israel identified as an al-Qaeda linked militant — and wounding a passenger and a bystander. It was the first such strike in Gaza since an Egyptian-brokered truce took hold in November, and the biggest test yet for the already shaky ceasefire. [USA Today]
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2. JASON COLLINS BECOMES FIRST GAY NBA PLAYER TO COME OUT
Jason Collins won praise from fellow basketball players Monday when he became the first active professional male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins, who finished this season with the Washington Wizards, wrote in an article for Sports Illustrated. “Proud of @jasoncollins34,” L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted. “Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others.” [New York Times]
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3. COLBERT BUSCH AND SANFORD TRADE DEBATE ATTACKS
Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Republican Mark Sanford clashed in an aggressive debate on Monday night — the only one they’ll have before next week’s special election to fill a vacant South Carolina congressional seat. Sanford called Colbert Busch, the sister of comic Stephen Colbert, a tool of Nancy Pelosi who’s too liberal for the conservative district. Colbert Busch called Sanford a hypocrite for preaching fiscal responsibility after using taxpayer money to fly to Argentina to visit his mistress. [Politico]
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4. BANGLADESH OFFICIALS SAY NO MORE SURVIVORS IN COLLAPSED BUILDING
Rescuers in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they had given up hope of finding more survivors in the rubble of an eight-story garment-factory complex that collapsed last week, killing nearly 400 people. The news stoked anger over unsafe conditions and low wages in the South Asian nation, which relies on clothing production for 80 percent of its exports. Protesters are demanding that the government enforce tougher building safety standards. [Reuters]
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5. AUTHORITIES FIND FEMALE DNA ON BOSTON MARATHON BOMB PART
Investigators say they have found female DNA on a fragment of the pressure-cooker bombs used in the deadly Boston Marathon attack. Federal agents collected DNA samples during a search of the Rhode Island family home of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, on Monday. Law enforcement sources said, however, that the presence of the DNA on a bomb piece doesn’t necessarily mean a woman helped with the plot — the DNA could have come from someone like a store clerk or victim. [CNN]
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6. U.S.-SOUTH KOREA MILITARY DRILLS END
The U.S. and South Korea wrapped up two months of annual joint military exercises on Tuesday. The drills involved 10,000 U.S. troops, and angered North Korea, which threatened war after the United Nations tightened economic sanctions as punishment for Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and missile tests. During the drills, which North Korea called “attack rehearsals,” the U.S. flew nuclear-capable bombers in South Korean airspace. [BBC News]
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7. VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACESHIP REACHES MILESTONE
British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic took a step toward its goal of launching a commercial space flight service on Monday, when the company’s new spaceship fired up its rocket engine in flight for the first time. The SpaceShipTwo craft broke the sound barrier during the 16-second power-up over California’s Mojave Desert. Branson plans to be one of the first non-test pilots to ride the spaceship in about a year. Customers are lining up to pay $200,000 per ride. [Reuters]
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8. FRANCE FREEZES MILITARY SPENDING
France, faced with weak economic growth, is freezing its military spending over the next three years, the government announced Monday. To maintain the ability to act alone, as it has done recently in Mali, France said it would cut nearly 10 percent of defense jobs but spend more money for high-tech equipment. The decision means that the government of President Francois Hollande will have to cut back elsewhere to keep a promise to slash $79 billion in state spending over the next five years. [New York Times]
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9. NASA RELEASES IMAGE OF MAMMOTH SATURN STORM
NASA has released an image taken by the Cassini spacecraft showing a massive storm on Saturn’s north pole with an eye spanning 1,250 miles — 20 times the size of the eye of a hurricane on Earth. The space agency calls the vortex “The Rose” — scientists gave low clouds a false reddish hue to distinguish them from higher clouds. NASA said the clouds on the storm’s edges were flying at 330 miles per hour. [NPR]
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10. JETS RELEASE TIM TEBOW
The New York Jets announced Monday that they had cut quarterback Tim Tebow after a failed experimental year. “Unfortunately,” coach Rex Ryan said in a statement, “things did not work out the way we all had hoped.” The controversial player still has legions of fans, many of whom admire him for his strong Christian beliefs. But some sportswriters say his NFL career might be over now, and suggest that his next move might be to play in the Canadian Football League. [USA Today]

Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. ..

Politico

National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid.

Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.

“Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election,” said Andrea Bozek, an NRCC spokeswoman.

Sanford is facing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a Clemson University administrator and sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, in a race that has grabbed the national spotlight.

The NRCC’s move comes hours after Tuesday night’s report by the Associated Press that Sanford’s ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, filed a court complaint accusing him of trespassing at her home in early February – which would be a violation of the terms of their divorce agreement.

Republicans said they were caught off guard by news of Jenny Sanford’s complaint. They worry other damaging revelations about Mark Sanford’s personal life that they aren’t aware of could come out in the coming weeks.

The NRCC has spent a nominal amount on the race on polling and other activities. But officials determined that devoting potentially millions more — which was under discussion — isn’t worth it.

“This is an unfortunate situation but this is what happens when candidates aren’t honest and withhold information,” said one GOP operative.

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