HOUSE VOTES TO PREVENT
SENATORS: The Republican-led House pushed through legislation Wednesday (March 6th) on a bipartisan vote to prevent a government shutdown on March 27th, while easing the short-term impact of the $85 billion in sequester spending cuts. The bill would ensure funding through the end of the fiscal year on September 30th, while giving the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs greater flexibility in implementing their sequester cuts. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where negotiations are taking place to give the same type of flexibility to domestic agencies. Meanwhile, President Obama hosted a dinner with a dozen Republican senators in an effort to get bipartisan support for a deficit-cutting agreement that includes the higher taxes he seeks as well as cuts to Medicare and other benefit programs that the GOP wants.
PAUL CARRIES OUT 13-HOUR FILIBUSTER
Rubio referenced rappers Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa.
Earlier in the day, Holder came close to giving the statement Paul wanted, saying when
asked by Cruz at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing if the Constitution allowed the federal government to kill a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil who doesn't pose an imminent threat, that the situation was hypothetical, but he didn't think that the use of a drone or lethal force would be appropriate. Paul was driven to carry out the filibuster by Holder telling him in a letter Monday
that he supposed it was possible under an extraordinary circumstance that the president would have no choice but to authorize the military to use lethal force, such as a drone, inside U.S. borders, citing the attacks on 9/11 and at Pearl Harbor as examples.
BIG ATMOSPHERIC INCREASE IN HEAT-TRAPPING CARBON DIOXIDE: The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased dramatically last year, according to
federal figures, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another two degrees as many global leaders have hoped. Scientists say the CO2 jump reflects the world's economy speeding up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in
in 1959, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's greenhouse gas measurement team. More coal-burning power plants, especially in the developing world, are the main reason emissions keep going up, even as they've declined in the
scenarios used in the most recent international projections.
expected legal challenges, includes exemptions for rape, incest, danger to the life of a pregnant woman, and major fetal conditions.
INTERN KILLED BY
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN
Daily News that he was fleeing a gunman who was trying to shoot at him when he slammed into the car carrying the couple. He told the newspaper he drove away because he was worried he'd be killed. However, police said there were no reports of shots fired in the area at the time of the crash.
GIFFORDS CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS AT SITE OF HER SHOOTING: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned Wednesday (March 6th) to the
in the attack. Giffords, who can speak only haltingly as she continues to recover from being shot in the head, said only a few words, stating, "Be bold. Be courageous. Please support background checks." A gun control group started by Giffords and Kelly began airing a new TV ad in
NEW GUIDELINES: GIVE BABIES PEANUTS, EGGS, OTHER ALLERGENIC FOODS EARLY: New guidelines that are out amid rising rates of children's food allergies reverses what had been the previous recommendation, now advising that the most allergenic foods, such as peanuts, eggs, milk, soy and shellfish, should be introduced to babies at ages four to
six months as a way to prevent food allergies. The guidelines from the
were one year old; eggs until they were two, and peanuts, shellfish, tree nuts, and fish until they were three. But in 2008, the
WE'RE TRYING TO BUY AMERICAN AGAIN: More of us are making an effort to seek out and buy products that were made in the U.S.,
to this shift in the zeitgeist, companies are focusing more on U.S manufacturing again. Walmart announced earlier this year that it will increase sourcing of
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BULLYING DAMAGES THE BULLIES
SCOTT WEILAND: STONE
Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland continues to maintain that "no one in the band can be fired" in the wake of the rest of the group doing just that to him last week. But while Weiland said last week that his dismissal was a publicity stunt concocted to "boost ticket sales" -- for some mysterious, unannounced tour -- he now has told Spin that the whole affair is "something that has taken on its own life. Behind the scenes, it's really not anything different than what was going on before."
LAYNE STALEY REMEMBERED BY
McCready, who got clean just before recording Above, told Pulse of Radio he often thinks about what his two bandmates would have done if they had lived: "It's an interesting, sad feeling at times, because I wonder what those guys would be like now. You know, I wonder if Layne would be a dad or Baker would be a dad or, you know, those kind of things that are important to me now, as opposed to when I was in my 20s, are so different and I wish they could experience that."
DID YOU KNOW? Mad Season was started in 1994 when Mike
McCready met John Baker Saunders at a
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Barrett Martin talking about Layne Staley
TRENT REZNOR TELLS REDDIT TROLL TO ‘GO F--- YOURSELF’: Trent Reznor and his bandmates in How To Destroy Angels went on Reddit on Wednesday (March 6th) for an "Ask Me Anything" q-and-a session, but one reader's rather nasty attack prompted an equally sharp response from Reznor. Apparently incensed at Reznor's decision to sign How To Destroy Angels to a major label after vowing years ago never to work with one again, one participant wrote, "As millionaires, why did you sign up with a record label to promote your new album? . . . I don't buy the 'get it to as many people as possible' excuse, especially when Trent conveniently places a spotlight on his former cash cow a few days before your band releases this new album . . . When can I get my (Nine Inch Nails) toothpaste?"
Reznor responded, "Sorry, the WiFi on our yacht is having issues. We can't get your full question to load. Try sending me an email at gof***yourself@youc***.com."
CHECK IT OUT: Read the entire Reddit chat at http://tinyurl.com/bcjby5c
CARRIE FISHER CONFIRMS HER RETURN TO '
Illustrated. When asked what Princess Leia is like today, Carrie joked, "Elderly. She's in an intergalactic old folks' home. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."
LEONARDO DICAPRIO IMPERSONATES JACK NICHOLSON: Leo DiCaprio made an appearance on a Japanese TV show and revealed his hidden talent of imitating Jack Nicholson's facial expression. Leo didn't attempt to impersonate Jack's voice but he definitely
has the eyebrows down. Take a look: http://tmz.me/XRqEtn
THE SCIENCE BEHIND
actually see each other differently after a few drinks, but that they do have more desire. Dr. Amanda Ellison, a researcher at
However, drinking alcohol shuts down the part of the brain responsible for impulse control, including sexual impulses. Ellison says that these two things together can mean people are less selective about who to mate with. In a related study, scientists found that people who were made to believe they were drunk and then asked to deliver a speech gave themselves better marks than those who believed they were sober-- regardless of how drunk they actually
were. The study concluded that the more alcohol one consumes the more attractive they find themselves. (TIME)
NOT SLEEPING WELL? IT
whether they suffered from the three main symptoms of insomnia: trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or not feeling refreshed in the morning. They found that for people who had all three insomnia symptoms there was a 453-percent increased risk of heart failure, compared with those with no insomnia symptoms. Researcher Dr. Lars Laugsand from the Norweigan University of Science and Technology says that sleeping problems could trigger stress responses that negatively affect heart function. The study was published the European Heart
Journal. (Daily Mail)
woman as to whether or not they have a successful career. The study found that over half of participants cited work-life balance as the most important indicator, and that more than two-thirds of employees surveyed believe they can have both a successful career and a full life outside of work. More than half of those surveyed even said they've turned down a job offer because of the potential impact it would have on their work-life balance. The study was based
on surveys from over four-thousand business executives from medium to large organizations in 33-countries. (Huffington Post)