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Restaurant Slump May Signal Economic Slowdown

Economists theorize that we've been out of the recession since June 2009.  The recovery has been a slow one at best.  If the recent news from the restaurant world is any signal, we might be in for an even slower recovery

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Obama Continues Transparency Mission With Media Coffee Klutch

Barrack Obama ran for election on a campaign platform of transparency.  He vowed not to fall prey to party politics and to maintain equal access to the POTUS and the White House for all.

How then do you reconcile that with yesterday's one-sided media reception?
An all-star list of progressive and liberal media folks came to the White House today to chat with President Obama over coffee in the Roosevelt Room

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Source: srqpix via flickr
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Chia Obama Back On Shelves

I actually saw one of these this weekend while doing some holiday shopping.

It appears that the Chia Obama is back on store shelves - just in time for the giving season.
CVS stores began stocking the special edition Chia in select markets this week, according to the company that produces it -- just in time for the holiday season

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Biden’s Hidin’: Transparency Meeting Closed To The Press By Obama Administration

The Obama administration rode into Washington with a battle cry of "governmental transparency".  Today, Vice President Joe Biden proves it by holding a Transparency Board Meeting that is closed to the press and the general public

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(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Obama Proposes Government Censorship Of The Internet

Freedom of speech - right?  How 'bout the President shutting down or limiting what's on the internet?
“The President ... may declare a cyber security emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States Critical infrastructure information system or network,” is the clause buried deep in the bowels of the Cybersecurity Act of 2010 now before the Congress which has had one debate already in the Senate

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Source: ashley or something
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Lights Out For 100-Watt Incandescent Bulb

January 1, 2012 marks the date the you will no longer be able to buy 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.  The "green" regulation that outlawed them will take effect as we welcome the new year.
It's part of the government's effort to move consumers away from inefficient energy-hog incandescents and toward energy-saving light sources, like compact fluorescent bulbs, halogen bulbs or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs

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(Photo by Frank Polich-Pool/Getty Images)
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Obama Taxes Christmas Trees

With a feeble economy that's threatening to derail the Christmas plans of many families across America comes this piece of news:  The Obama administration has imposed a 15-cent tax on Christmas trees

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Obama’s Diet Pays Off; Gets Clean Bill Of Health

The results of Barack Obama's recent physical have been released.
In a two-page report released by the “first doctor,” Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman gave the president a strong bill of health, saying he was a physically active 50-year-old who eats a healthy diet (the president regularly cites the influence of the first lady, Michelle Obama, for that one), stays at a healthy weight and “on occasion drinks alcohol,” in moderation

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(Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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First Lady To Publish First Book

Grab a side of french fries and ice cream;  Michelle Obama is getting ready to publish a garden book that describes the vegetable garden that's grown on the South Lawn for the last three years.
First Lady Michelle Obama's book about her garden will be titled American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities and will be published in April

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The Delorean Goes Electric

Forget that electric cars are actually worse for the environment than standard gasoline models.  One of the touchstone vehicles of the early 1980's is coming back - as an electric.
The DeLorean Motor Company of Humble, Texas has announced plans to build all-electric version of the iconic, stainless steel gull-wing sports car made famous in the “Back to the Future” films of the 1980’s

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(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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Barack Obama’s Teleprompter Stolen

What will he say now?

It appears that Barack Obama's teleprompter and podium has been stolen.
A van containing President Obama's teleprompter and podium were stolen from a Virginia hotel parking lot on Monday, according to NBC12 in Richmond

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Lowe’s Shutting Down Stores, Slowing Future Openings

The flaccid economy continues to present problems for some of the nations largest companies.   With less money available for home improvement-style projects, Lowe's is forced to change their business model

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