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Politics, Protocol and Prisoners
Former US President and statesman, Jimmy Carter, has been a man on a mission in Cuba. Accepting an invitation from government officials - no doubt with an agenda - Mr. Carter met with Cuban President Raul Castro and many other interesting people during his 3-day visit there earlier this week.
WORLD EVENTS: Seven civilians died and 25 were hurt in a coalition air strike on a pro-Gaddafi convoy in eastern Libya; Japan officials anticipate a long-term evacuation of Japanese residents in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster; 1st qtr. 2011 US unemployment rate falls to 8/8%; As the political crisis deepens, Yemen’s street protestors number in the tens of thousands.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: What do Ansel Adams, Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., Norman C. Francis, Fred Rogers and Janet Davison Rowley have in common? They are all recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
POLITICAL INTERESTS: Republican presidential hopefuls, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and current Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour are scheduled to speak at the Palm Beach, FL Club for Growth’s 2011 Winter Economic Conference in their bid for consideration in the 2012 elections.
PERSONALITIES As seen on TV, James “Jay” Carney, second WH Press Secretary under US President Barack Obama and replacement for Robert Gibbs. Experience credits include Director of Communications for US VP Joe Biden, Washington Bureau Chief for Time Magazine, and regular contributor to the “roundtable”segment of ABC news’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Carney is married to Senior Correspondent for ABC News, Claire Shipman.
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Hudspeth County, (TX) Attorney, C. R. “Kit” Bramblett, recognizes country-singer-songwriter Willie Nelson as a treasured icon of the Lone Star state, and is recommending a plea bargain penalty for his latest pot bust as a new song for Texas and a fine of $100.
ALLSPICE FOR LIFE: The preliminary research of an AHA study reports that you can trim your risk for developing high blood pressure by as much as 20% if you start your day with a bowl of cereal.
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