Daily Archive: October 15, 2013

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Opinion

Republicans, stop living in fear

by Donna Brazile (CNN) — As Senate negotiators, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell huddle for another day to avoid the nation’s default this week, we’ll know in a few days if Congress — more accurately, House Republicans — will choose to plunge this nation into a second recession, possibly triggering a global financial meltdown, or agree to compromise.

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Health

Tips for working with health insurance brokers and agents

Scantily clad model Katina Shoemaker offers a flyer to a man who declined, saying he has insurance, as Shoemaker and fellow models display signs encouraging the public to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, during a promotional campaign launched by Colorado HealthOP, a health care co-op, in Denver, Tuesday Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) Tips to avoid fraud in the health insurance marketplace: — Don’t trust a website that asks you to enter personal data such as a Social Security number, bank account number or credit card information other than the federal exchange website, http://www.healthcare.gov .

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Entertainment

Labelle, Latifah honorees of Black Girls Rock!

Singer Patti LaBelle poses backstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) by Jonathan Landrum Jr.Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Patti Labelle is a known diva and Queen Latifah does not consider herself one, but both will be among those honored as part of the Black Girls Rock! awards show on BET. Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond announced the show’s honorees in a statement Monday. Other honorees include tennis champion Venus Williams, screenwriter-producer Mara Brock Akil, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, community organizer Ameena Matthews and children’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman.

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International

Thai bar owner arrested following Rihanna’s tweets

Rihanna performs in Perth, Australia during the first concert of the Australian leg of her Diamonds World Tour. (AP Photo/Lee Griffith, File)BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested a bar owner in connection with a lewd sex show mentioned in racy tweets by pop star Rihanna during her recent trip to Thailand, officials said Monday, two weeks after an Instagram photo of Rihanna with a protected primate led to the arrest of two other men.

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Lifestyle

Poll: Half of older workers delay retirement plans

Graphic designer Tom Sadowski, 65, who delayed his retirement, works from home in Sterling, Va. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Matt SedenskyAssociated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Stung by a recession that sapped investments and home values, but expressing widespread job satisfaction, older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is at least somewhat likely they will work for pay in retirement, according to a poll released Monday by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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Opinion

America’s problem: We’re too dumb

by LZ Granderson (CNN) — I’m a sucker for all of those man-on-the-street interviews that late-night shows do to reveal just how dumb Americans are. It’s fun to laugh at the people who struggle with simple math problems or are unable to find any country we’re at war with on a map. More than a few even get tripped up trying to name the branches of government. It’s all fun and games until you remember that elections have consequences, and that many of those people who said they could name the president — but not the commander in chief — will soon be standing in a voting booth, armed with a ballot.

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Business

Rdio is the best streaming music service

by Adrian Covert NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Rdio isn’t the streaming music service with the most users or features. But unless you’re a serious music nerd, Rdio is the most usable option. For vast amount of music fans, Rdio has the best design and functionality, making it CNNMoney’s Best In Tech for the streaming music category.

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National

At tea party-like rally, Obama told to ‘put the Quran down’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally in front of the WWII Memorial Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) by Ashley Killough, Shannon Travis and Brian Rokus WASHINGTON (CNN) — Angered by the closure of national landmarks due to the partial government shutdown, a crowd of conservatives removed barricades Sunday at the World War II Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial as they rallied against President Barack Obama and Democrats for their role in the ongoing stalemate. High-profile speakers with close ties to the tea party appeared at the event, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The rally, billed as the “Million Vet March on the Memorials,” drew far fewer than a million people and evolved into a protest that resembled familiar tea party events from 2009, with yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags throughout the crowd and strong anti-Obama language from the podium and the audience.