NJ’s Chris Christie Re-Elected Governor by a Landslide

Nov 6, 2013, 12:14 pm EDT
NJ’s Chris Christie Re-Elected Governor by a Landslide

Chris Christie was re-elected as the Governor of New Jersey on Tuesday by a landslide.

Christie, who may also run for President in 2016, won at least 50% of the peoples’ votes. When 88% of the ballots were counted, Christie had 60% and his rival, Democrat Barbara Buono, had 39% of the votes. Buono decided to concede the race 40 minutes after the polls were closed. Buono had a hard race because due to the fact that she wasn’t backed by Democratic leaders. Christie was helped with the race due to his high approval ratings for how he handled Sandy last year. New Jersey governors can only serve two terms and if Christie runs for President in 2016 he may have to leave his position before his term as governor is finished, reports The New York Daily News.

“I will not let anyone, anything, any political party, any governmental entity or any force get in the way of the completion of my mission,” Christie, while referring to plan to rebuild after Sandy, told ABC News. “I sought a second term to get things done, now watch me do it.” Read 

Senator Rand Paul Faces Plagiarism Charges

Nov 6, 2013, 11:39 am EDT

On Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul acknowledged that he had failed to properly attribute some passages in some speeches, articles and books to the sources they were drawn from.

The popular Republican told CNN that, “ultimately, I’m the boss, and things go out under my name, so it is my fault.” While he admitted making errors, he complained that he had been targeted by the media and was under more scrutiny than other politicians, USA TODAY notes.

Among instances of material lifted from other sources without proper crediting were three paragraphs contained in an op-ed published in the Washington Times in September, a passage in Paul’s recent book, “Government Bullies,” and a description of the movie Gattaca in Read 

White House Resumes Tours With Special Surprise

Nov 6, 2013, 9:56 am EDT

Visitors to Washington, D.C.’s most famed address were welcomed by the couple that currently calls it home on Tuesday morning.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama personally greeted people taking the first tours of the nation’s executive mansion since March. White House tours, long a popular tourist attraction in the nation’s capital, were shut down earlier this year after the administration said that sequester-mandated budget cuts had eliminated the funding needed to keep them going, CNN notes.

The suspension of White House tours, which cost the Secret Service about $74,000 a week in personnel expenses, drew sharp criticism from Republicans, who called the action unnecessary and a political stunt. Read 

Apple CEO Stands Up for Gay Rights in the Work Place

Nov 5, 2013, 10:03 am EDT
Apple CEO Stands Up for Gay Rights in the Work Place

The head of one of the world’s leading technology companies has taken a very public stand against workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, raging that diversity “turns out to be great for the creativity that drives our business.” Cook strongly backed the Employment Non-Discrimation Act (ENDA), which is currently before congress. The law would make it illegal for companies to fire workers over sexual presence or gender identity.

In his article, Cook wrote that “embracing people’s individuality is a matter of basic human dignity and civil rights.” He added that works performed at their highest level when they “feel valued for who they are.” Read 

U.S. Commander Traded Navy Secrets for Lady Gaga Tickets, Prostitutes

Nov 4, 2013, 2:21 pm EDT
U.S. Commander Traded Navy Secrets for Lady Gaga Tickets, Prostitutes

U.S. Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz traded navy secrets for Lady Gaga tickets and prostitutes.

Misiewicz allegedly traded confidential information on ship routes to Leonard Francis’ Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He would then move the ships at Francis’ direction and divert them to ports where the company could overcharge the Navy for fuel, food and other services. The company also invented tariffs with the help of fake port authorities. The relationship between the two started when Misiewicz attended a production of The Lion King in Tokyo with an employee from Francis’ company. After this he started trading information to the company. Misiewicz called Francis “Big Bro” in emails and Francis would refer to him as “Little Bro.” Misiewicz and Francis, along with several others, have been arrested and the federal government has suspended its contracts with Francis, reports the Associated Press.

Francis is currently being held in San Diego without bail. Misiewicz was arrested in Colorado and is expected to be sent to San Diego. Read 

NYC Cupcake Shop Inundated With Obamacare Help Calls

Nov 4, 2013, 1:06 pm EDT

A New York City cupcake shop has been inundated with Obamacare help calls after is was listed as a place that people could get help with signing up for insurance.

According to the state Health Department, it wasn’t a mistake to list the establishment as a place for people to get help with their insurance. The department does admit however, that the bakery’s phone number was not meant to be listed on the state’s website as a contact for people to get help with insurance. The website should have listed the numbers of navigators, who would then meet people at the locations to help them. The bakery received over 150 calls from people who were looking for help with Obamacare, but it only has a single table that can seat four people. The bakery was recommended as a location by an Obamacare contractor, but no one ever got around to informing the bakery that it had been added to the list of locations for people to get help and it wasn’t offered any kind of reimbursement for the use of its space, reports the New York Post.

The bakery wasn’t the only place that was listed on the website without being told. The places included in the list that have nothing to do with Obamacare help include shops, restaurants and a limousine service. Read 

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