It Takes 155 Million Hot Dogs and 15,000 Fireworks to Celebrate the Fourth of July

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This weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate the nation's Independence Day . The Second Continental Congress voted to become independent from Great Britain on July 2, 1776, and approved the Declaration of Independence two days later. John Adams wrote to his wife at the time that the second should be celebrated "with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more." See also: 15 Fun Products to Geek Up Your 4th of July BBQ [PICS] Though the holiday has come to be celebrated on the fourth, Adams should be impressed by the sheer amount of pomp and parade that marks the occasion every year. Or at least by the number of hot dogs we eat that day. Read more... More about Travel , Lists , Fireworks , Facts , and July 4th Read more »

In Commencement Speech, Obama Unloads on Climate Change ‘Deniers’

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Giving the commencement address at the University of California at Irvine on Saturday, President Obama openly mocked the climate science and policy positions of many Republican lawmakers, without naming any names This was the first time that Obama had launched such a frontal assault on those who are trying to stymie his efforts to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases that are causing global warming, such as carbon dioxide On June 2, the Obama administration introduced draft regulations to reign in emissions from existing power plants in the U.S. by 30% below 2005 levels by the year 2020. Many Republicans denounced these proposed rules as a "War on Coal," and argued against them on scientific grounds as well. Read more... More about Climate Change , Obama , Global Warming , Us World , and Politics Read more »

Eric Cantor Steps Down as House Majority Leader After Stunning Primary Loss

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Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) reflected on his shocking primary defeat and announced he was stepping down as House majority leader Wednesday afternoon. "While I intend to serve out my term as a member of Congress, effective July 31 I will be stepping down as majority leader," Cantor said at a press conference in the basement of the Capitol. See also: 12 Theories Why Eric Cantor Lost to an Unknown Economics Professor In his brief press conference, Cantor reflected on his loss and called the defeat a setback, saying, "Growing up in the Jewish faith, you learned a lot about individual setbacks. Each setback is an opportunity and there’s always opportunity in the future. While I may have suffered a personal setback last night, I could not be more optimistic about the future of the country." Read more... Read more »

Congress Had No Idea About Bergdahl Swap

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public before it happened. That's according to three congressional officials who spoke to The Associated Press. See also: Politicians Delete Digital Praise of Bowe Bergdahl Release The officials said Thursday that the threat — not just concerns that the captive's health might be failing —drove the Obama administration to quickly make a deal to rescue Bergdahl. The threat had been transmitted by Qatari officials at the height of the negotiations. Read more... More about Us World , Politics , Us , World , and Bergdahl Read more »

Politicians Scramble to Delete Pro-Bergdahl Tweets as Backlash Grows

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At least six politicians have now deleted tweets they sent about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl All of them sent tweets offering initial praise of Bergdahl's release, only to later backtrack and pull the posts off the web. But thanks to Politwoops, a website from the Sunlight Foundation, the Internet never forgets See also: Taliban Release Video Showing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's Handover to U.S. They include four Republican members of Congress, one Democrat and the Republican state senator who won Iowa’s five-way Senate primary on Tuesday night. That's two more than the four Mashable reported on Tuesday. See who's scrambling to run from the spreading Bergdahl backlash. Read more.. Read more »

Clay Aiken’s Primary Opponent Found Dead

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The man who ran against former American Idol star Clay Aiken in a North Carolina congressional primary is dead, the Courier-Tribune reports . Keith Crisco, 71, was found dead in his home, a representative from the Asheboro Elastics Corp, which was owned by Crisco, tells NBC News . Reports say he suffered a fall. He was reported dead at the scene. Crisco and Aiken were locked in a too-close-to-call primary battle in North Carolina's Democratic primary for U.S. House District 2. Crisco was trailing Aiken by just a few hundred votes and was waiting for the final count before deciding if he would press on in the race Read more »

The Best Way to Protest the FCC: Slow Down the Internet?

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For some in the online community, the best way to protest the FCC's proposed rules that would end net neutrality is to slow down the Internet. Last month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans to propose new rules that would allow broadband providers to "enter into individual negotiations with content providers." The news was met with criticism both from individuals and from major tech companies . See also: FCC Proposal Would End Net Neutrality as We Know It A vote over starting the formal process for turning Wheeler's proposal into law is scheduled to take place on May 15. And while various protests and online campaigns targeting the FCC are already in the works, some opponents are suggesting a more direct plan of action. Read more... More about Net Neutrality , Fcc , Us World , Politics , and Us Read more »

Facebook Q1 Earnings: What to Expect

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Facebook has beat Wall Street estimates with each of its last three earnings reports. Will it manage to do the same this time around? The social network is scheduled to report its March quarter earnings after the market closes on Wednesday. The consensus among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters is that Facebook will post earnings of $0.24 a share on revenue of $2.36 billion. That would be a significant increase from the same quarter a year ago when it reported revenue of $1.46 billion. See also: Facebook in 2014: Fighting for Social Supremacy Advertising revenue is expected to come in around $2.13 billion, thanks to strong growth on mobile. Shyam Patil, an analyst with Wedbush, wrote in an investor note that mobile ad revenue should total nearly $1.2 billion for the quarter, up more than 200% year-over-year Read more... Read more »

Facebook Q1 Earnings: What to Expect

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Facebook has beat Wall Street estimates with each of its last three earnings reports. Will it manage to do the same this time around? The social network is scheduled to report its March quarter earnings after the market closes on Wednesday. The consensus among analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters is that Facebook will post earnings of $0.24 a share on revenue of $2.36 billion. That would be a significant increase from the same quarter a year ago when it reported revenue of $1.46 billion. See also: Facebook in 2014: Fighting for Social Supremacy Advertising revenue is expected to come in around $2.13 billion, thanks to strong growth on mobile. Shyam Patil, an analyst with Wedbush, wrote in an investor note that mobile ad revenue should total nearly $1.2 billion for the quarter, up more than 200% year-over-year Read more... Read more »

General Motors Is Trying to Limit Lawsuits Over Ignition Defect

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General Motors on Monday filed a motion to limit lawsuits from consumers related to a defect with its ignition system that has prompted a recall of 2.6 million vehicles and has been linked to 13 deaths. The automaker filed the motion in U.S. bankruptcy court to set a bar on lawsuits related to cars it sold before its 2009 bankruptcy. Plaintiffs in a class-action suit against the company over the ignition glitch also filed a motion to declare that GM can't use the bankruptcy to shield itself form such claims. See also: All the Cars Recalled So Far This Year GM argues that after it emerged from bankruptcy protection it became in effect a different legal entity. "New GM's recall covenant does not create a basis for the plaintiffs to sue new GM for economic damages relating to a vehicle or part sold by old GM," the company wrote in a filing in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The motion doesn't address claims related to accidents, including personal injury and wrongful deaths. Read more... Read more »