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“OK so there's flowing water on Mars. Yip yip yip yahoo. Hey, you know me, I'm science 101, big time guy, tech advance it, you know it, I'm all in. But, NASA has been corrupted by the current regime,” Limbaugh said on his show.

“Don't know how long it's going to take, but this news that there is flowing water on Mars is somehow going to find its way into a technique to advance the leftist agenda,” Limbaugh continued. Limbaugh said that although he wasn’t entirely sure what the agenda was, he was going to “assume it would be something to do with global warming.”

He also talked about the burden he faces of “being right and being alone,” which he said “is a challenging existence.”

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The good news is Christie has the lowest poll figures now as a governor of New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie is facing record-low approval levels among New Jersey voters, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Only 35 percent of registered voters in the Garden State say they approve of the Republican governor’s job performance in the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey, compared to 51 percent who disapprove. Those figures mark the lowest approval and highest disapproval ratings recorded by the survey center. In January, 39 percent said they approved of his performance and 47 percent did not.

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Today is the 150 anniversary of President Lincoln's death.

Editorial cartoon from 1865.The caption reads: (Johnson): "Take it quietly Uncle Abe and I will draw it closer than ever." (Lincoln): "A few more stitches Andy and the good old Union will be mended."

President Lincoln's gold pocket watch (kept at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History) was only recently discovered to have been signed by several watch keepers for normal maintenance, the graffiti was only discovered in 2009. The inscriptions are transcribed below.

"Jonathan Dillon April 13- 1861 Fort Sumpter [sic] was attacked by the rebels on the above date. J Dillon," the brass underside of the watch movement reads. It continues: "April 13- 1861 Washington thank God we have a government Jonth Dillon." The back of the watch movement also bears two other inscriptions: "LE Grofs Sept 1864 Wash DC," probably engraved by another repairer, and what appears to be "Jeff Davis." Whether the latter was intended as a retort by another watchmaker to Dillon's pro-Union sentiments is unknown.

While at Ford's theater, President Abraham Lincoln was shot attending a performance of Our American Cousin and died from his wounds the next day on 15 April, 1865. The body was buried in Springfield, Illinois, and on its train journey there, several stops were made in cities including New York, where the funeral cortege passed underneath Theodore Roosevelt's home on Broadway near Union Square (he can be seen in the window as a young boy in the image below).

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The Sony hacks (about 100 terrabytes were downloaded) are a ongoing source of indigestion for the studio. Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin have apologized after racially insensitive emails they sent to each other leaked online as part of a massive hack of Sony Pictures.

In the emails, published by BuzzFeed on Wednesday night, Pascal and Rudin discussed what movies President Barack Obama would probably count among his favorites. "'Ride-Along,'" Rudin wrote. "I bet he likes Kevin Hart." Other films with black casts that Pascal and Rudin presumed Obama would enjoy included "Django Unchained," "12 Years A Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Think Like A Man Too."

Rudin and Pascal have both issued written apologies today.

Salaries for many Sony employees reveals that there are seventeen U.S. employees of Sony Pictures with “annual rates” of $1 million or more. Of these seventeen, only one – Amy B. Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of SPE’s Motion Picture Group – is a woman. Pascal’s annual rate is $3 million, according to the spreadsheet, the highest on the list, and the same amount earned by Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. One other observation to make about Sony Pictures’ top-paid executives is that they’re almost entirely white. From some quick Internet searching, fifteen of the seventeen appear to be Caucasian, one (Dwight R. Caines) appears to be African-American, and one (Man Jit Singh) appears to be South Asian.

The real LOLz are Sony's Powerpoint presentations.

Some of the leaked E-mails are a hoot:

While considering Michael Fassbender for the Jobs role, Michael DeLuca, president of production at Sony studio Columbia, emailed that the actor’s role in Shame “just makes you feel bad to have normal-sized male genitalia.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that leaked documents also detailed a plan to combine the Jump Street and Men in Black franchises into one film for 2016 or 2017. The film, which reportedly doesn’t have a script yet, would star Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum interacting with the Men in Black universe. Prior Men in Black stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were not expected to be included prominently in the film.
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From CNN:

An announcement is expected later today from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, that was weighing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting, officials said. w enforcement in Ferguson is prepared for anything and everything once a grand jury decision is announced in the Michael Brown shooting, Missouri Public Safety Director Daniel Isom said Monday. State and federal sources told CNN the grand jury decision will be announced on Monday. Isom said ongoing dialogue with community members has led to "an understanding of the ground rules we'll move forward on. We're prepared for any decision that comes down," he said. When asked about outside agitators, Isom said, "The people who come from outside will be clearly identifiable and we'll deal with those people as well." The streets of Ferguson were quiet as the city waited to hear the grand jury's decision.
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Here are the House committee chairs for the next session in Congress. And the Senate's first appointments were made public yesterday. As Rachel Maddow noted, they have remarkable consistency, suggesting that maybe Republicans no longer feel that diversity is important to their electoral success.

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Australia's popular morning show host and prankster Karl Stefanovic has worn the same suit for a year — and no one noticed. The wearing of the rip-off Burberry suit for 356 days was a silent protest against the sexism his Today show co-host, Lisa Wilkinson, faces on a daily basis in regards to the clothes she wears, how she styles her hair, how she applies her make up and her general appearance. Stefanovic noted: Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they wear.

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The New York Times published an interesting graphic yesterday, outlining the ideological make-up of the Justices based on their decisions. And they noted:

In spacing the head shots at equal intervals, the graphics suggest a steady procession from left to right. But the reality is a series of clusters, a few loners and several telling gaps. There is no dispute that the court has a four-member liberal wing and a four-member conservative wing, with Justice Anthony Kennedy somewhere in the middle.

But not every liberal is liberal in the same measure. In the term that ended in June 2013, the three women on the court — Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — were tightly bunched on the left side of the array. They cast liberal votes around 70 percent of the time. Justice Stephen Breyer was substantially more conservative, casting liberal votes 59 percent of the time. Justice Kennedy is indeed smack-dab in the middle.

More here.
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A few weeks ago, incumbent Senator Thad Cochran was fighting for his political life. Thanks to large support from Democratic African Americans, Thad Cochran fended off a possible defeat last Tuesday. As the New York Times editorial wrote:

The prospect of electing an intemperate Tea Party candidate who was openly nostalgic for Confederate days was so repellent to many black voters in Mississippi that they did a remarkable thing on Tuesday, crossing party lines to help give the Republican Senate nomination to Thad Cochran, in office for 36 years. Now it’s time for Mr. Cochran to return the favor by supporting a stronger Voting Rights Act and actively working to reduce his party’s extreme antigovernment policies.

In Mississippi, as in many Southern states, politics has become so racially polarized that blacks generally vote for Democrats and whites for Republicans. But after Mr. Cochran came in second during the first round of primary voting earlier this month, he made an unusual appeal for help from black voters in the runoff. Many responded, the precinct results showed, and the reason was clear: Chris McDaniel, who was challenging Mr. Cochran, threatened to return the state to an era they loathed.


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