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Newt Gingrich looks to be winning the race-baiting competition this Republican primary season. Fueled by a new version of his well honed attacks on the safety net, Gingrich celebrated Martin Luther King Day on Monday by restating what has become a staple of his stump speeches, calling President Obama the  “best food stamp president in American history. The remark came, this time, after debate moderator Juan Williams asked if Gingrich's campaign-trail suggestion that poor students be given jobs as janitors might me  “viewed at a minimum insulting to all Americans, but as particularly to African Americans?  “The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barrack Obama than any president in American history, Gingrich said before an audience that erupted into vociferous applause.
In the run-up to Tuesday's Florida Republican presidential primaries, our state's distressed economy got national attention from the likes of the New York Times, NBC News and Bloomberg News. Those portraits were grim enough, but here come a batch of statistics that makes Florida's situation look even darker. The Corporation for Enterprise Development, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, released on Tuesday a sweeping study of the finances of average Americans. Their biggest finding: 43 percent of U.S. households are  “liquid-asset poor.  That's about 127 million people.
There is good in every man and bad in every man too - at least that's what they say. But what is goodness, what makes one man appear to be good in one person's eyes, yet bad in another person's view? There are no really bad boys, just misunderstood souls, say some teachers. And there are other people who also say, that if you examine the minds of truly bad men, you would find someone who's merely troubled and misunderstood. Tell that to the families of the victims. Whichever way you want to analyze it, the actions of a truly bad man can be devastating. People do seem to prefer good men to bad men.
Clarence Page Two years after a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing hundreds of thousands, more than a half-million Haitians are still sleeping under tarps, often in camps without enough water or toilets. As another hurricane season approaches, many people are asking, what happened to the generous donations that Americans gave? Congress should make it easier to find out. No one is charging corruption, at least not at the top of the aid organizations. But as aid agencies pumped out press releases touting their successes during the second anniversary of the quake, the charities also confronted a rising tide of skepticism about why so many earthquake victims remain un-housed. For example, two-thirds of the displaced have left the camps, according to the American Red Cross, which says it has relocated more than 100,000 people into transitional housing. It also says it has spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the past year.
United States President Barack Obama is definitely “fired up and ready to go as his State of the Union address showed on Jan. 24. As was expected, the president made an all-out attempt to rein in those disappointed and wavering immigrant votes by dedicating a part of his wide-ranging address to immigration reform. After months of silence amidst rising deportation levels, Obama, speaking undoubtedly to Latino and immigrant voters, insisted: “We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. Jobs/economy, immigration, and education were the top three issues Latinos told the National Council of La Raza they wanted the president to address in his speech. And he did!
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