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Obama thanks Clinton on ‘60 Minutes’

obamahillary-600President Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton will go down "as one of the finest secretaries of state" as he sat next to her in their first joint interview Sunday night on CBS's "60 Minutes."

"The main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say 'thank you,'" he said when asked why he wanted to do the interview with his former political foe.

"It has been a great collaboration over the last four years," he continued. "I'm going to miss her, wish she was sticking around, but she has logged in so many miles I can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit."

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NAACP defends soda-ban petition

kidwithsoda-400The NAACP's New York State chapter surprised some in the health community last week when the group filed a joint petition to block New York City's upcoming soda ban.

In partnership with the Latino Federation, American Beverage Association, New York Korean-American Grocers Association and the Association of Theater Owners of New York State, the civil rights organization filed a petition arguing that banning sugary drinks in New York City will negatively affect minority small-business owners.

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Newly weds search for bone marrow donor

25newlywedsbonemarrow-600OAKLAND, Calif. – Just when things were looking up for journalist Kevin Weston – he had just been offered a prestigious Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and he and his partner, Lateefah Simon, had less than a year earlier become parents of a baby girl – he was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of blood cancer.

That was last August. The disease had compromised his immune system and became compounded by an infection to his throat.

Doctors gave Weston, 44, two weeks to live.

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Rosa Parks’ life merits a stamp

rosa-parks-stamp-400Rosa Parks, the late legendary civil rights activist, is receiving a special honor this year to commemorate what would have been her 100th birthday.

According to USA Today, the U.S. postal service will be unveiling a stamp that features her image.

Parks became a household name when her act of civil disobedience (refusing to sit in the back of a bus during the segregation era) helped spawn the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

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Obama II

ObamaChris-1-600WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C. wore a morning chill as an estimated one million people gathered to be a part of the 2013 Presidential inauguration and parade on Monday.

I was among them, layered with the necessary clothing to keep warm. I drew very little comfort from the fact that the temperature was twice as high as it had been for the historic first inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.

The metro transportation system, city streets and security check points were congested with spectators eager for the day's events – all a part of Obama II.

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Obama calls America to action at Inaugural

22obamaoath-600President Barack Obama on Monday delivered a progressive and stunning second inaugural speech centered around the notion of equality.

The historic address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before thousands of onlookers came exactly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, on the day the nation celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, and in the 50th year since the civil rights turning-point known as the "March on Washington."

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Car talk: What’s good to know – before you owe?

22carbuyer-600A century ago, the prevalence of public transportation enabled many Americans to take a bus or trolley car to work, school, shopping or health care providers. Today, many communities lack these public services and consumers instead rely on a personal vehicle to manage their day to day concerns. Beyond mobility, owning a car has become a gateway to economic opportunity.

Buying a car is more than finding a car you like. Finding the best financing for that car is just as important. How consumers shop for vehicles and financing was the focus of a late 2012 survey sponsored by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Additional research on auto financing and sales is included in CRL's latest research report, The State of Lending in America and its Impact on U.S. Households, (http://www.responsiblelending.org/state-of-lending/).

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Gut-busting restaurant meals named 'dis-honorees'

cheesecake-factory-400Shrimp pasta, steak and eggs, maybe a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger.

Sound good?

Those dishes, as prepared by restaurant chains, may look and taste good, but they're loaded with calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar -- enough to earn them the dubious distinction of being named Xtreme Eating "dis-honorees" on this year's list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, known as the CSPI.

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Gun control support dips but still strong

ObamaSignsExOrderOnGuns-600WASHINGTON – There is strong support from Americans for many of the proposals to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday (Jan.16), but according to a new national poll, public support has slipped a bit when compared to surveys taken immediately after last month's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

A CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll also indicates that Americans generally favor stricter gun control and think that it is too easy to buy guns in this country, but they don't believe that stricter gun laws would reduce gun violence all by themselves.

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Oprah’s Armstrong interview

opraarmstrong-600It will take more than a television interview to reduce sanctions against Lance Armstrong, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday as Oprah Winfrey spoke out about her interview with the disgraced cyclist.

"Only when Mr. Armstrong makes a full confession under oath – and tells the anti-doping authorities all he knows about doping activities – can any legal and proper process for him to seek any reopening or reconsideration of his lifetime ban commence,a agency Director General David Howman said.

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Dick Gregory: Spike Lee is a punk and a thug

dick-spike-600Legendary social activist, comedian and author, Dick Gregory, has weighed in on the controversial Quentin Tarantino film, "Django Unchained," and he did so in explosive fashion.

In an interview posted to YouTube, Gregory says that the movie spoke to him in ways that no film had in all his years on earth. He then calls out Director Spike Lee for criticizing a film that he's never seen, saying that if anyone has created movies that are disrespectful to our ancestors, it's Lee himself:

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Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline

WASHINGTON – In schools today, black students get suspended at a rate that is more than triple the rate of their white classmates. As the uneven enforcement of zero tolerance policies disconnect minority students from their schools, juvenile detention centers and, in some cases, adult prisons welcome them with open arms.

Data collected by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education found that 70 percent of students arrested or handed over to law enforcement were black and Latino.

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Powell: ‘I’m still a Republican’

ColinPowell-600Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he's still a member of the Republican Party, despite voting for President Barack Obama in the last two elections and being very critical of the GOP of late.

"I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem – and I'm still a Republican," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "But in recent years there's been a significant shift to the right, and we've seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns."

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