U.S. Federal Trade Commission Cracking Down on Marketers Spamming Cell Phones With Text Messages

March 9, 2013

“The 29 defendants listed in the complaint sent 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers promising them free gift cards worth as much as $1,000 to retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, the FTC said in a press release.”

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U.S. Consumer Debt Increases $16.2 Billion in January

March 9, 2013

“Consumers barely increased credit card debt in January, when Social Security taxes rose and lowered take-home pay for most workers. A measure of credit card debt grew only $106.1 million after a $3.2 billion drop in December.”

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Egypt Electoral Commission Delays Parliamentary Elections Set to Begin Next Month

March 9, 2013

“Thursday’s move comes after a court ruled that the electoral law backed by President Mohamed Morsi needed to be reviewed by the Supreme Constitutional Court.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Release 21 Detained United Nations Peacekeepers to Jordanian Forces

March 9, 2013

“The seizure of the troops on Wednesday increased fears that the Syrian conflict was causing instability in the sensitive border area. The peacekeepers are part of a four-nation force that patrols the disputed Golan area between Israel and Syria.”

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NASA: Something Unexpected is Happening to the Sun

March 9, 2013

“Solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center believes he has a different explanation. ‘This is solar maximum,’ he says.”

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U.S. Air Force Deletes Data on Drone Deployments in Afghanistan

March 9, 2013

“The Air Force maintained that policy for the statistics reports for November, December and January. But the February numbers, released March 7, contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had previously been.”

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY): Filibuster Was Just The Beginning

March 9, 2013

“I hope my efforts help spur a national debate about the limits of executive power and the scope of every American’s natural right to be free. “Due process” is not just a phrase that can be ignored at the whim of the president.”

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February 2013 Jobs Report: U.S. Economy Adds 236,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7%

March 9, 2013

“Many economists like JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist of TDAmeritrade, expected around 171,000 jobs would be added. Economists expected the jobless rate to drop back to the 7.8 percent it was in September.”

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Stocks: Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes at All-Time High For Fourth Consecutive Day

March 9, 2013

“Shortly after the close, the Dow was sitting at 14,397.07, up 67.58 or 0.47%. The blue-chip index traded as high as 14,413.17 but couldn’t hold on.”

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Suicide Bomb Kills 8 Civilians Outside the Afghan Defense Ministry During U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Kabul Visit

March 9, 2013

“Pentagon spokesman George Little says the secretary was in a briefing at a U.S.-led military coalition facility in another part of the city when the explosion occurred.”

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Seriously Considering Presidential Run in 2016

March 9, 2013

“The Kentucky Republican senator showed serious clout by holding a 13-hour filibuster to delay the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s candidate to head the CIA, John Brennan.”

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U.S. Special Operations Commander Adm. William McRaven Requests Congress Ease Restrictions on Training Foreign Units With Human Rights Violations

March 9, 2013

“McRaven did not name specific countries, but in his testimony to the committee, he said that the US military is being “forced out at a time when we probably need to engage them more than ever before.””

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Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK): White House Delaying Release of Embarrassing Federal Government Cybersecurity Assessment

March 9, 2013

“The annual report from the White House Office of Management and Budget was due March 1, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told a joint hearing of the homeland security and commerce committees on U.S. cybersecurity.”

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China Posts Unexpected Trade Surplus in February

March 9, 2013

“February’s exports were 21.8% higher than a year earlier, when the Lunar New Year fell in January, while imports were 15.2% lower than the year-earlier month.”

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Study: Earth Was Cooling Until “Unprecedented Reversal” in the 20th Century

March 9, 2013

“Research released Thursday in the journal Science uses fossils of tiny marine organisms to reconstruct global temperatures back to the end of the last ice age.”

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