Mike Nichols dies at 83, Bio-Wiki  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Director Mike Nichols, one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday evening, according to a note from ABC News' president to its staff. Nichols, 83, who directed "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "The Graduate," was the husband of former "ABC World News" anchor Diane Sawyer. - Referenced Article

Mike Nichols Biography Wiki


Boston First on Forbes List of America's Smartest Cities  

Forbes Magazine By : Staff Reporting

In this difficult recovery, many of the strongest local economies have been those with a high share of educated people in their workforce, particularly areas where technology companies and other knowledge-based industries are growing most rapidly.

To determine the metro areas that are gaining brainpower in the 21st Century, we scored the nation’s 380 metropolitan statistical areas based on three criteria. - Referenced Article


Missouri governor declares state of emergency in Ferguson  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of an expected grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown. In his executive order, Nixon cited the "possibility of expanded unrest."

He said that people have the right to protest peacefully but that citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage. - Referenced Article


Tony Abbott laments to world leaders  

The Sydney Morning Herald By : Staff Reporting

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed his frustrations to world leaders at his inability to impose a $7 fee on GP visits and blamed voters who love free government programs for supporting wasteful spending.

In his opening address to world leaders gathered for the Leaders' Retreat at Queensland's State Parliament, Mr Abbott spruiked his successes at stopping asylum seekers travelling to Australia by boat and his repeal of carbon pricing. - Referenced Article


Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, Wiki-Bio  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Congress returned this week to a looming immigration shutdown, a new climate change deal, and leadership elections in both parties, but recently unearthed remarks by Jonathan Gruber, a prominent architect of the Affordable Care Act, may have generated the most buzz.

The comments, dug up by an amateur researcher, came from a conference a year ago in which Gruber said that the bill was “written a tortured way to make sure the [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes.” Referenced Article

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Top Congressional Republicans slam U.S.-China climate deal  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Top Congressional Republican leaders quickly criticized the U.S.-China climate change pact to cut carbon emissions that President Barack Obama announced while traveling in Asia.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Jim Inhofe, who is expected to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, slammed the agreement in statements released shortly after the deal was announced Wednesday. - Referenced Article


U.S., China Announce Climate Breakthrough  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The U.S. and China, which together account for more than a third of all of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, have negotiated a sweeping agreement to cut emissions drastically by 2030, a deal that President Barack Obama called a "major milestone" Wednesday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

The White House said the U.S. would seek by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below a baseline level from 2005. - Referenced Article


Indian PM Narendra Modi Greatly Expands His Cabinet  

Time By : Staff Reporting

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved to give fresh focus to the country’s economic growth on Sunday, with a cabinet reshuffle that added 21 new ministers to his government.

The major change came in the portfolios of finance and defense, both previously held by Arun Jaitley — a senior leader in Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). - Referenced Article


President Obama: People want to see this city work and it's not working  

Face The Nation By : Staff Reporting

The decision to nearly double the number of American advisers deployed to Iraq "signals a new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or ISIL), President Obama said Sunday, but U.S. troops will still stay out of combat operations.

Mr. Obama sat down for a wide-ranging interview with CBS' News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer on the 60th Anniversary of "Face the Nation." - Full Article

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The Advocate named Putin The Person of the Year  

Vox By : Staff Reporting

The Advocate has just named, as its person of the year, Russian President Vladimir Putin. The magazine's fantastic cover makes the reasoning behind Vladimir Putin selection perfectly clear.

The Advocate explains that it picked Putin because "the Russian President became the single greatest threat to LGBTs in the world in 2014." So he's the Advocate's person of the year in sort of the same way that Adolf Hitler was Time magazine's person of the year in 1938.

To see why Putin has earned this distinction, go read the Advocate's story, a bracing take on LGBT life in Russia.

The Person of the Year cover text forms a Hitlerstache on Putin's face. - Referenced Article


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