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What A U.S. Default Means For You

It's all over the news:  The White House and Congress are at an impasse on what to do with the credit ceiling.  But what happens if we reach August 2nd and there still isn't an agreement.  How does what happens in the Beltway affect you in the Heartland?

Do you invest money?  Do you have a credit card?  Are you in the market to buy a home or a car?  Are you employed by the government?
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How To Make More Money; Become A Congressman

As the job market languishes, here's some information on how you could boost your take-home pay;  All you need to do is get elected to congress.

U.S. Senators and Representatives took home an annual salary of $174,000 in 2010

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Contrary To White House Reports – U.S. Economy Continues To Shed Jobs

Is the U.S. economy roaring to a recovery....or racing to recession?
In the past week, Cisco, Lockheed Martin and Borders announced a combined 23,000 in job cuts.

Those announcements follow 41,432 in planned cuts in June, up 11

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When Has Taking Second Become A Bad Thing?

I spent the weekend watching the U.S. women's soccer team play Japan for the FIFA World Cup. I was disappointed they lost. So much work and to lose on penalty kicks at the end. The First thing I thought was, soccer is a cruel game, you spend an hour and a half running......running....running...and it's so hard to score a goal. All it takes is being in the right place at the right time.  The US team was getting the shots, just not the breaks. The other thing I thought was how proud I was of this team. The Americans are never looked at as the soccer power of the world, and for this team to make it to the finals was an accomplishment.That was yesterday, now there's today. I still feel nothing but pride for these women, but anger for the media and how they are treating these women. Since when is taking second a bad thing? The US is the second best team in the WORLD!! The thing is, it could have gone either way, and almost did. Back to the media..

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Don Rickles Mocks Sarah Palin’s Presidential Chances when Bristol Palin Appears on ‘Leno’ [VIDEO]

Bristol Palin stopped by ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ Thursday night to promote her new memoir, ‘Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far,’ published last month.

Of course Bristol’s famous mom, Sarah, came up during the interview, along with her possible presidential run, and Leno asked if there was any reason she shouldn’t run.

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Miller Beer Latest Casualty Of Minnesota State Shutdown??

Who would have thought a state shutdown could affect beer?
Miller, Coors and other popular beers may disappear from Minnesota stores and bars within days because brewing giant MillerCoors lacks the proper licenses due to the state's government shutdown

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Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Time

In a move watched carefully by some 20 cities and states, Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick days for workers.

The bill, signed by Governor Dannel Malloy earlier this month, covers only hourly service workers at companies with more than 50 employees and excludes manufacturers and some others.

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Steven Tyler and Stevie Nicks Eulogize Betty Ford

It's always a national story when a former first lady dies -- but when Betty Ford passed away over the weekend at the age of 93, the news affected not only those who remembered her years in the White House, but the thousands of people whose lives were affected by her groundbreaking work in addiction therapy.

Long before 'rehab' became a popular concept, Ford lent her name to the treatment center that has provided a safe haven and recovery tools to countless patients struggling with drug and alcohol addiction -- and two of the center's most well-known former residents have spoken out in remembrance of her work.

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Betty Ford, Former First Lady, Dies at 93

Former First Lady Betty Ford, the widow of President Gerald Ford, died Friday evening at the age of 93.

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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty Of Murdering Her Daughter

WHAT?!!!! Oh no....lookout!!! This will be a bigger case for CNN's Nancy Grace. She will have too much to say about this. She has mostly based her show on this muder and I think has pretty much judged her as guilty. (Is it just me or does Nancy Grace look like she has smelled a fart while she's doing her show. ) The big news...NOT GUILTY!!

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The Story of John Hancock’s Signature – Manage Your Life on Shine

You've heard it before...."Put your John Hancock here". What does it mean? I mean really? What does it mean? There's gotta be a story behind it. Betsy Ross was never hired by the government to sew the flag, so did she? Ok, I'm getting off track. Why is John Hancock's signature so big, why don't we say "Put your Thomas Jefferson here?

It's a neat story about American brashness, but it isn't very accurate. The truth is a tad less dramatic. Snopes.com explains that Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, gave a super-sized signature not because he was itching for a fight with the king, but because, among other things, he happened to be the first person to sign the document.

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Tom Petty Says It’s Not Okay For Michelle Bachman To Be An “American Girl”

In case you were wondering what side of the political aisle Tom Petty sits on -- now you know;  The 61 year old rocker who had a string of hits in the 1970's and 80's has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Republican Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann

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