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NPR has an incredible story about Doug Seegers, who spent his life dedicated to music and after decades without success ended up homeless, living under a bridge and busking for coin in Nashville until he was discovered my a Swedish singer, Jill Johnson, who happened to be in town shooting footage for a segment about down-and-out musicians and visited a food pantry where Seegers hung out.

"He sat down very calmly and picked up his guitar and just played us this amazing tune, 'Going Down to the River,' " Johnson says, "which made us all just fall into tears. I'm speechless today, still. It was just overwhelming and so beautiful and so real and genuine.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.

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Charlene Dill didn’t have to die. That's how this article from Orlando Weekly starts about a young mother of three who died while selling vacuums door to door. On that day, in order to make enough money to survive, she made two last-minute appointments. At one of those appointments, in Kissimmee, Charlene collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor.
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Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, totally schooled Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on health care Tuesday.

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And he sets the record straight while he does it. During the well publicized debate with the creationist Ken Ham, Mr. Nye demonstrated time after time that there is a method to why things are the way the are and the answer to that is real science.

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Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 08:13 PM PST

Chuck Todd Loved The GOP Response

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Chuck Todd of NBC loved the Republican response by Rep. Catht McMorris Rodgers for its "straightforwardness".

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Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws, the the U.S attorney in Manhattan announced on Thursday.

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Rachel Maddow just raised an interesting question that could put this scandal on to a whole different level. What if this wasn't about the non-endorsement? What if it was something much deeper?

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Just read that the president, the first lady or the vice president will not be heading to Russia for the Winter Olympics. Clear signal to Russia over the discrimination of LGBT people. Instead, the delegation will be lead by Janet Napolitano.


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I was very busy traveling this week and didn't have time to check who won the TN Democratic Party's primary for US Senate seat. Last night I caught a tail end of Rachel Maddow Show (it was promised to be a really good one - and it was) to find out that a guy named Mark Clayton had won the primary. And apparently, as first reported by Rachel and now even in the state's biggest (and fairly conservative) newspaper "The Tennessean", this Clayton guy is really not a Democrat, never voted for a democrat in his life (except for himself this time around), and that he also belongs to anti-gay hate group.
Unbelievable, right? How could the Dems vote for this guy? Could this be an accident? I strongly believe this was not an accident. Here's what happened when I went to vote during early voting period.

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Politico is reporting

Breaking News: Obama administration to formally reject permit for Keystone XL pipeline

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Scene Reporter Captures Own Arrest on Video, Refutes State Troopers' Charges.

First the Tennessean published this from Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman:

"Tennessee Highway Patrol spokeswoman Dalya Qualls just sent this email regarding last night's arrest of Nashville Scene reporter Jonathan Meador, who was covering the protests:

"We plan to review all of the materials documenting the arrest or Mr. Meador and depending on the review will respond appropriately. It is not our intent to interfere with a journalist doing his or her job."

She attached the citation issued Meador. The trooper wrote that Meador smelled of alcohol and "appeared to be intoxicated and unable to care for himself."

Luckily, the reporter that was arrested was able to record his own arrest and now posted the video. Follow me to the priceless video

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