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cartoon-OctYou cannot put old age and youth together and expect a harmonious relationship, as far as romance goes. Even the Bible says that you cannot put old wine in new skins and expect it to be okay. Or was that new wine into old skins? No matter how you cut it, the old and new often are incompatible.

The age gap poses so many problems for some couples. But even with the attendant problems of the chasm that separates the two, people still attempt to cross it. A few may succeed for a while, but the majority just can’t.

King-Martin-LutherThe March for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1963. Organized by a coalition of civil rights, labor and religious organizations, it was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating for racial harmony in America.

The march was in support of civil and economic rights for African Americans and paved the way for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. People travelled to the 1963 March on Washington by bus, rail, car, plane, bicycle, on foot, and even by horse.

obama-and-cruzWhy the president and his Tea Party rival both have something to gain in this government face-off.

With each passing "crisis" in the zero-sum game of congressional politics, we've gotten used to sorting out the winners and losers of every battle. But as September's round of Washington's annual budget fight tightens up -- and a government shutdown looms for Tuesday -- what we have, so far, is a win-win: The Tea Party's Sen. Ted Cruz has the attention he craves, and President Barack Obama stays "covered."

My parents didn’t have much growing up: my dad was a truck driver, and my mom worked at JC Penney as a clerk, as well as a bunch of other odd jobs.  They struggled to find work. We lived in public housing. I learned quickly that I would have to work hard and study hard to follow my dreams. I got my first job while I was still in elementary school – selling TV Guides door-to-door.

I enlisted in the US Navy after high school and then worked my way through college and law school. I went on to a career in law, and then business, before deciding to run for Governor in 2010. In 2010, our state was in a free fall: we had lost more than 800,000 jobs during the four years before I took office, the real estate market had collapsed, and state debt had grown by about a billion dollars a year for two decades.

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