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  1. WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE? Pete Seeger Dies at 94 Lucas Jackson/Reuters

    1. Pete Seeger Dies at 94

    Folk legend Pete Seeger died of natural causes on Monday night at the age of 94. Seeger wrote and adapted classic songs, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and the Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The folk singer was a major influence on Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Bruce Springsteen. Seeger was also a vocal political and social activist: he is the only singer in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who was convicted with contempt of Congress after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. An ardent communist in his younger years, Seeger maintained his belief in its ideals but broke with the party and later apologized for not condemning Stalin and the Soviet Union earlier. “Songs won’t save the planet,” Seeger said “But, then, neither will books or speeches…Songs are sneaky things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons.”

    January 28, 2014 6:31 AM

  2. STAND BY YOUR MAN Palin Defends McCain Darren Hauck/Getty

    2. Palin Defends McCain

    She may not be the ally that he--or anybody--wants, but John McCain can still count on his former running mate, Sarah Palin, for support when times get tough. Although they have butted heads on recent political issues, she sharply criticized the Arizona Republican Party’s resolution denouncing McCain as a liberal. “It’s perplexing to see Senator McCain’s good efforts to uncover the Obama agenda being ignored and perhaps even hindered now by those wanting to censure the Arizona Senator,” she wrote in a Facebook post. In the same post she said, “Despite our differences on some other issues, there is no questioning Senator McCain’s dedication to national security in spite of the White House’s agenda.”

    January 28, 2014 7:19 AM

  3. DOLLARS AND SENSE Obama to Raise Gov't Minimum Wage Eric Thayer/Reuters

    3. Obama to Raise Gov't Minimum Wage

    In tonight’s State of the Union Address, President Obama will announce that he will use his executive powers to increase the minimum wage for workers on new government contracts. He will also call on Congress to pass legislation to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. “Hardworking Americans—including janitors and construction workers—working on new federal contracts will benefit from the Executive Order,” the White House said in a statement. Congress hasn’t increased the minimum wage in seven years.

    January 28, 2014 7:16 AM

  4. transparency Tech Firms to Share NSA Requests Mike Blake/Reuters

    4. Tech Firms to Share NSA Requests

    Silicon Valley can now tell you if they're siphoning your information to the government. The Department of Justice announced a deal with major tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple, to share the amount of government date requests it receives each year. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed the order as part of President Obama's NSA reform, and it comes after companies like Google and Apple have taken backdoor NSA collection programs to court.

    January 27, 2014 4:49 PM

  5. FUND THE ROYALS Queen Not Down to Last $1M Chris Jackson/Getty

    5. Queen Not Down to Last $1M

    Queen Elizabeth might not be in the poorhouse just yet. A report from Britain’s House of Commons showed concerns about the royal family's reserve fund, which dropped from £35 million to £1 million in just over a decade. The report also chided the family for the disrepair of its land and castles. Even so, the Queen herself is actually worth around $500 million. Regardless, the Public Accounts Committee report says the Queen needs to cut back on spending and claims that her advisers aren’t doing enough to help her manage her finances.

    January 28, 2014 4:51 PM

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  7. EXAGGERATE MUCH? Billionaire: Liberals Still Nazis Robert Galbraith/Reuters

    6. Billionaire: Liberals Still Nazis

    Billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins is not backing down for comparing liberals to Nazis. Perkins wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal last weekend saying as much. On Monday, he doubled down in an email to Bloomberg News. “In the Nazi area it was racial demonization, now it is class demonization,” Perkins wrote. Silicon Valley and Perkins's former firm have blasted him in response.

    January 27, 2014 3:23 PM

  8. GRUNT WORK Army Commander Masturbated to Rep. US Army

    7. Army Commander Masturbated to Rep.

    Martin P. Schweitzer, a commander in the U.S. Army, was fond of cleaning his gun to Rep. Renee Ellmers. In emails unearthed by the Washington Post on Tuesday, Schweitzer said he masturbated "3 times over the past 2 hours" after meeting with congresswoman he described as "smoking hot." Schweitzer told the Army last summer his emails were “childish” and “truly stupid.” An inspector said his promotion to major general has been on hold. A statement by Rep. Ellmers called the emails "entirely innappropriate of the commanders who are tapped with leading the men and women under their command."

    January 27, 2014 4:09 PM

  9. everyone calm down Bibi's Son Dating a Non-Jew Pool photo by Olivier Fitoussi

    8. Bibi's Son Dating a Non-Jew

    Oh the scandal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, Yair, has apparently been dating a non-Jewish Norwegian woman for two months and the Orthodox aren't happy about it. Yair's uncle says the 23-year-old is "spitting on the grave of his grandfather and grandmother," by seeing 25-year-old Sandra Leikanger after meeting her at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel. His uncle, Hair Ben-Artzi, says if the two marry he "would bury" himself, while other Orthodox religious leaders have also come out to condemn the relationship.

    January 27, 2014 5:51 PM

  10. WHY? Colorado Student Immolates Himself Rick Wilking/Reuters

    9. Colorado Student Immolates Himself

    Early Monday morning, a student walked into his high school cafeteria in Colorado and lit himself on fire, surviving but suffering burns on 80 percent of his body. A female food worker was slightly injured when she broke the fire extinguisher glass, and a male custodian doused the fire. Between 60 and 70 students were in the cafeteria at the time. The Westminster high school was evacuated after the incident and will be closed until Tuesday, though it is unclear when classes will resume.

    January 27, 2014 3:43 PM

  11. PULP FRICTION Tarantino Goes Medieval on Gawker Jason Merritt/Getty

    10. Tarantino Goes Medieval on Gawker

    Quentin Tarantino is pretty f-ing far from okay with Gawker publishing his unreleased script. The director filed a copyright lawsuit against the media company Monday for publishing the 146-page script for The Hateful Eight. The movie won't be made after the script was leaked last week. "Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people's rights to make a buck," the suit says. Gawker hasn't responded yet, but it has been sued over posting material like celebrity sex tapes and book proposals.

    January 27, 2014 3:32 PM

  12. STEPPING DOWN Coke-Busted Congressman Resigns Steve Nesius/Reuters

    11. Coke-Busted Congressman Resigns

    Republican Congressman Trey Radel announced today that he will resign from Congress. The GOP freshman pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in November after he was caught buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover police officer. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other Republicans had called for him to resign, and the House Ethics Committee said it would launch an investigation. At the time of his arrest, he said "I will take it one day at a time and, in doing so, I hope to rebuild and regain trust."

    January 27, 2014 9:57 AM

  13. SADLY IRONIC Marlboro Man Dies From Smoking Reuters

    12. Marlboro Man Dies From Smoking

    It was announced yesterday that Marlboro Man actor Eric Lawson died from smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases on Jan. 10. During the late 1970s, Lawson appeared in print Marlboro ads as a ruggedly masculine cowboy and was himself a lifelong smoker since the age of 14. In later years, he parodied the famous ads with an anti-smoking commercial, but continued to struggle with smoking until his diagnosis of COPD. “He knew the cigarettes had a hold on him,” said his wife, Susan. “He knew, yet he still couldn’t stop.” 

    January 27, 2014 6:47 AM

  14. HORRIFYING Crocodile Snatches 12-Year-Old David Gray/Reuters

    13. Crocodile Snatches 12-Year-Old

    Australian police are searching for a crocodile believed to have consumed a 12-year-old boy who was swimming with his friends in a billabong in Australia's Kakadu National Park. Another boy was mauled on the arm, but managed to get away. Police have shot two crocodiles dead in their hunt for the boy, but “neither of them had anything in their stomachs," Sgt. Stephen Constable said. The saltwater crocodiles in the area can grow to more than 23 feet long and weigh more than a ton.

    January 27, 2014 6:27 AM


    14. Florida to Vote on Medicinal Toke

    Florida may become the 21st state to approve medical marijuana thanks to a state Supreme Court decision Tuesday. In a 4-3 ruling, the court ruled a ballot initiative wasn't misleading and could be voted on in November. The proposal would allow a strain of weed with low THC and high CBD to be used. Parents and physicians say that combo helps prevent epileptic attacks, especially in kids, without getting people quite so high.

    January 27, 2014 5:56 PM

  16. HINDSIGHT Hil: Benghazi My Biggest Regret Win McNamee/Getty

    15. Hil: Benghazi My Biggest Regret

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that the biggest regret of her tenure was the 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission at Benghazi in Libya, which left four Americans dead.  She told a panel at the National Auto Dealers Assocation Convention in New Orleans we sent civilians to “a lot of dangerous places.” She also said she hasn't driven a car since 1996.

    January 27, 2014 11:51 AM

  17. UNILATERAL Obama Ready to Stiff-Arm Congress MANDEL NGAN

    16. Obama Ready to Stiff-Arm Congress

    President Obama wants Congress to know he'll ask for its help during this week's State of the Union address, but he doesn't need it. Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Obama's speech will include proposals that he can act on without Capitol Hill. That means signing executive orders, as he did on EPA regulations last year, or calling business and civil leaders to work together on projects. "It vaguely sounds like a threat," Sen. Rand Paul said after hearing Pfeiffer. 

    January 26, 2014 4:24 PM

  18. MAN ON THE RUN Snowden: U.S. Wants to Kill Me The Guardian/Getty

    17. Snowden: U.S. Wants to Kill Me

    In a move that is sure to further endear Edward Snowden to Americans, the former NSA contractor claimed on a German television show that the U.S. government actively wants him murdered. "These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket and then watch me die in the shower," Snowden said. He also stoked German tensions, saying "I'd say that it's not very likely that anyone who was watching the German government was only watching Merkel—and not her advisers nor other government officials nor ministers, heads of industries, or even local government officials."

    January 27, 2014 6:43 AM

  19. UGLY Russia Would Ban 'Sex Propaganda' Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty

    18. Russia Would Ban 'Sex Propaganda'

    Two steps forward, one step back for sexual progress in Europe. On Friday, Russian lawmakers filed a bill in the lower house of parliament to expand the country’s notorious “gay propaganda” law to all forms of sex. Without citing any actual statistics, the bill claims Russians are losing their virginity at a younger age, which is why people who produce any forms of “sexually explicit media” should be punished. In contrast to that questionable flow of logic, Northern Cyprus voted to repeal the last sodomy law in Europe.

    January 27, 2014 12:29 PM

  20. BALLER Jason Collins Gets SOTU Box Seat Jonathan Daniel/Getty

    19. Jason Collins Gets SOTU Box Seat

    Hey Putin, this is how we do in the USA. Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay active player, will sit with Michelle Obama at the State of the Union on Tuesday. Two men from the Boston Marathon bombing will attend join them: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman. Arredondo was the man in the cowboy hat who rescued Bauman after his legs were destroyed by a bomb. Other guests include the fire chief of Moore, Oklahoma, which was hit by an EF5 tornado last year.

    January 27, 2014 10:42 AM

  21. SAME LOVE Gay Couples Wed at Grammys Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty

    20. Gay Couples Wed at Grammys

    A night that prominently featured LL Cool J and light-up cowboy boots actually managed to have some emotional gravity, at least for 34 couples. During Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance of their Grammy-nominated, pro-gay “Same Love,” Queen Latifah officiated a mass wedding of 34 couples. As she pronounced them married, Madonna came on stage to sing her 1986 hit “Open Your Heart.” Gay and straight couples took part in the ceremony. Latifah said "I look forward to the day when presiding over a historic wedding ceremony like this is just the norm—normal special, not extra, extra special," she said.

    January 27, 2014 6:25 AM

  22. LOOSE LIPS Rand Paul: Remember Lewinsky Bill Pugliano/Getty

    21. Rand Paul: Remember Lewinsky

    Rand Paul is making sure certain stains don't wash away. Responding to Democrats' claim that Republicans have launched a “war on women,” Sen. Paul said people should remember Bill Clinton, who exhibited “predatory behavior” toward Monica Lewinsky and “took advantage of a young girl in his office.” He made it clear that he believes it's relevant if Hillary Clinton runs for president. "Now it's not Hillary's fault,” he said. “But it is a factor in judging Bill Clinton in history."

    January 26, 2014 1:53 PM

  23. SYMBOLIC? Pope's Peace Doves Attacked Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

    22. Pope's Peace Doves Attacked

    This is why we don't have world peace. In a gesture that should have been quietly moving, children standing alongside Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square released white doves. However, a seagull and a large black crow that were set free from a window of the Apostolic Palace swooped down to attack the doves, bruising two and causing one to lose its feathers. We can only assume the children were traumatized.

    January 27, 2014 6:23 AM

  24. CRISIS NOT AVERTED Ukraine Justice Ministry Captured David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

    23. Ukraine Justice Ministry Captured

    Although President Viktor Yanukovich began to offer some political concessions this weekend, anti-government protests continued in Kiev and civilians clashed with police. On Sunday, protesters stormed the justice ministry, breaking windows and making barricades from furniture and snow packed into bags. The minister, Olena Lukash, threatened to call a state of emergency and end talks with the opposition. “I will be forced to ask the president of Ukraine to stop the talks if the building is not freed immediately and negotiators are not given a chance to find a peaceful solution to the conflict," Lukash told Ukraine's Inter news channel. Two months of clashes marks Ukraine's most violent period since it won independence in 1991 during the Soviet Union's collapse. At least six people have been killed.

    Protestors and police continue to violently clash in the streets.

    January 27, 2014 6:21 AM

  25. FRIGHTENING Guns Kill or Hurt 20 Kids a Day Scott Olson/Getty

    24. Guns Kill or Hurt 20 Kids a Day

    A new study analyzing firearm hospitalizations shows that an American child is hospitalized due to a firearm injury nearly every hour of the day. Although only 6 percent of these cases result in death, the damage from guns is “often suffering severe and costly injuries, [which] clearly shows that this is a national public-health problem," says Robert Sege, director of the division of family and child advocacy at Boston Medical Center and a co-author of the study. The study also showed a major racial gap on youth firearm injuries, with black children suffering from 47 percent of all hospitalizations.

    January 27, 2014 6:44 AM

  26. LATE NIGHT WAR Leno's Wife Hates Conan David Livingston

    25. Leno's Wife Hates Conan

    Mavis Leno said Sunday night on 60 Minutes she was much more upset than her husband was when Conan O'Brien made Jay Leno out to be the reason he lost The Tonight Show in 2010. "It made me angry because there was this perception that for some reason Jay had decided to give up the show," Mrs. Leno said of NBC's decision to give the show to Conan [before giving it back to Jay]. "It was like he gave the show to Conan and then he took it back. That was not what happened, OK? That was not what happened."

    January 26, 2014 6:52 PM