Gov. Chris Christie Had Secret Weight-Loss Surgery

May 7, 2013, 11:43 am EDT
Gov. Chris Christie Had Secret Weight-Loss Surgery

New Jersey Governor Christ Christie had weight-loss surgery last February.

Christie had the surgery — in which a band was placed around his stomach to restrict the amount he could eat — at the urging of his family, the Associated Press is reporting.

Christie has long been the butt of jokes about his weight. While he’s never disclosed how much he actually weighs, he’s always held that the subject was fair game for comedians. However, he did take exception when a former White House physician, Dr. Connie Mariano, commented that she worried about him dying in office. Read 

Sen. Chambliss Hits Hole-in-One While Golfing With President

May 6, 2013, 7:32 pm EDT
Sen. Chambliss Hits Hole-in-One While Golfing With President

In a golf outing designed to ease tensions between Senate Republicans and President Barack Obama, one of the Republican Senators invited managed to steal the show.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., struck a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews today.  Buoyed by the excellent shot, Chambliss and his partner, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., won their match against Obama and his partner, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.

Interestingly enough, Chambliss was not the best golfer present among the foursome playing. According to Golf Digest‘s ratings of political golfers, Udall is the best golfer in Congress with an estimated handicap of 2. Corker is right behind him with a handicap of 2.1. Chambliss was actually the third-best golfer present, with a handicap of 7.4. Read 

Will Subprime Mortgage Issues Sink Commerce Nominee?

May 2, 2013, 8:15 pm EDT
Will Subprime Mortgage Issues Sink Commerce Nominee?

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fundraiser and heir to the Hyatt (NYSE:H) hotel fortune, is widely seen as a prize for her efforts. For many, it might also be seen a slap in the face.

In a CBS News article, Pritzker was also noted as a frontrunner to the subprime mortgage crisis that helped drag the United States into recession in 2007-2008. In 1988, Pritzker’s family and a partner bought a failed bank for $42.5 million, receiving $645 million in tax credits in the process. After renaming the bank (from Lyons Savings Bank to Superior Bank), they bought Alliance Funding, which soon moved into subprime lending.

Superior Bank was one of the first banks to do such risky lending, one of the first banks to bundle off those risky loans and sell them as securities, and also one of the first banks to fail as a result. By 2001, Superior Bank had collapsed. Read 

Russia Charging NASA $70M Per Astronaut for Flight to Space

May 1, 2013, 12:36 pm EDT
Russia Charging NASA $70M Per Astronaut for Flight to Space

The price of getting Americans into space has gone up.

Russia has increased the amount of money it charges the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to ferry U.S. astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station by $8 million per person. That means each time the U.S. sends an astronaut to the space station in coming years it must pay the Russian Space Agency $70.6 million, the Associated Press notes.

The higher price is included in a contract signed by NASA covering transit to and from the space station in 2016 and 2017. Under the agreement’s terms, NASA will pay the Russians a total of $425 million for transportation via Russia’s Soyuz vehicle. Read 

Rep. Paul Ryan Now Supports Gay Adoptions

May 1, 2013, 11:38 am EDT
Rep. Paul Ryan Now Supports Gay Adoptions

Another prominent Republican has shifted his views on a gay rights issue.

U.S. Representative from Wisconsin Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in last year’s election, told attendees at a town hall-style event on Monday that he now supports adoption of children by homosexuals. More than a decade ago, he voted to support a ban of adoptions by homosexuals in the District of Columbia, USA TODAY noted.

Ryan said that his view on the subject had changed since that vote and he would not vote for such a ban today. Despite his changed stance on gay adoption, Ryan says he is still opposed to gay marriage, insisting that the definition of marriage remains between a man and a woman. Read 

Former Congress Members Hold Hearings on Alien Coverup

Apr 29, 2013, 7:54 pm EDT
Former Congress Members Hold Hearings on Alien Coverup

The truth is out there — and six former members of Congress are hoping to get to the bottom of it.

A week-long series of hearings hosted at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. is hoping to find clear answers on whether or not extraterrestrials have contacted Earth. There are 30 hours of congressional-style meetings planned, starting today and running through Friday.

Many of those testifying aim to prove that aliens — the kind from space, not the ones from other countries — are real, have contacted Earth, and that our government has hid this fact. Read 

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