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    Worried about the government holding on to your phone data and checking out all those risqué photos you texted your husband while he was away on his business trip last month? Well good news! This morning, President Obama announced new limits on the NSA's surveillance program. In fact, they're calling it a "major overhaul" of how the NSA handles phone "metadata" -- that's what they're calling those naked photos you sent, er, and all the other phone data collected by the government. Here's everything you need to know about these changes and how they'll affect your marriage. I mean, your life.

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has taken an enormous hit politically for the "Bridgegate" scandal that saw his advisors fired for closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge on the first day of school last September. The major traffic snarl kept some young children from school and may have even prevented ambulances from getting through to provide lifesaving care to an elderly woman who was dying.

    It's not a very funny scandal at all. But Jimmy Fallon and Bruce Springsteen -- "The Boss" who basically represents Jersey life for so many of us -- have found a way to make us chuckle in spite of it all.

    Last night, Springsteen was a guest on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon show, and the resulting music video has to be seen to be believed:

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    Most of us probably haven't thought about former Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon for years. If ever. You may not even remember him at all if you were born after 1990. Who was this man that everyone is talking about today on the morning of his death at 85, eight years after falling into a coma from a stroke? 

    This is not the place for a complete history of the man. You can go to places like CNN or YouTube for many Ariel Sharon biographies. It would take 20 blog posts to even touch the surface of who he was. But if you grew up in the 70s, 80s or 90s, you probably have at least some inkling whether you followed politics or not. This is a name that you saw in the newspapers and on the evening news all the time. When I remember Ariel Sharon, and all that he has done for his country and his people, what I think about is: "Don't mess with Ariel Sharon, and don't mess with Israel."

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    After being exposed as a patron of high-priced prostitutes, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's obviously no stranger to scandal. But now he may have to contend with a whole new flood of it, in the wake of a tell-all from a former high-priced call girl named Rebecca Woodard.

    Woodward was just 21 when she got pregnant with Spin Doctors rocker Chris Barron. By the time their daughter Isabella was born, Barron had already moved on, but six years later, he picked up Isabella from Woodard’s home and never returned, according to the Daily News. Woodard received court papers weeks later informing her that Barron had filed for custody, and the battle for their daughter got dirty -- and pricey -- fast. Woodward says she ended up turning to notorious Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis to make the kind of money she needed to fight for her daughter. In Woodward's new book, Call Girl Confidential -- written under the pen name Rebecca Kade -- she alleges that Spitzer was one of her clients ...

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    For several years, Republicans have had an elephant in the room sitting on their chances of winning the hearts and minds of the majority of Americans ... Yup, it's their "women problem," which House Speaker John Boehner finally owned up to today! "Some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be," Boehner noted. And according to a report from Politico, his actions speak even louder than his words: Boehner aides have been gathering with GOP staffers to help them fine-tune their messaging to women. Ha.

    Well, in an effort to tackle this ginormous problem, perhaps they may want to review some of the most recent, misogynistic gaffes their fellow party members have delivered! Here, six of the most cringe-worthy quotes Republican representatives have hurled at the ladies and that are now costing them big in elections ...

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    Exactly 50 years after the violent, tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the debate about how and why he was murdered remains just as fiery as ever. But this year, many famous faces have stepped up to the plate to contradict the Warren Commission, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone to kill JFK. Among them: Marina Oswald, the late suspect's estranged wife. Although she initially told the Warren Commission that her husband shot Kennedy, she now maintains that he was innocent, and the murder was a cover-up.

    Marina's not alone. No less than 61 percent of Americans believe there's more to Kennedy's murder than the "official" findings, reports a Gallup Poll. Here, 10 reasons it's crazy to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the one and only assassin ...

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    With Friday, November 22 being the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, it's been difficult to avoid images, debate, news stories and documentaries galore. The subject is still a contentious, sad one for our country. But an occasion like this one also offers an opportunity to look back on JFK's life and remember who he was not just as a POTUS, but as a man, a husband, a father.

    As a country, we'll never forget the gut-wrenching image of little John-John saluting at his father's funeral, but we'll also always remember the little boy under President Kennedy's Resolute desk. There are many more images like that one that aren't as famous, but are just as heartwarming.

    So in honor JFK's happy Camelot days of parenting in the White House, here, eight more sweet photos of the President doting on his little ones Caroline and John F. Kennedy, Jr. ... 

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    Prominent Virginia politician Creigh Deeds was brutally stabbed Tuesday morning in what appears to be an attempted murder and suicide by his 24-year-old son Gus. Gus died from a gunshot wound at the scene, and the state senator remains in critical but stable condition at the University of Virginia hospital.

    Police don’t have a motive yet, but it’s quite possible the young man wasn’t mentally stable. He was committed to a psychiatric ward the day before the stabbing but was released because there weren’t enough beds to keep him there.

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    Toronto mayor Rob Ford is arguably the most entertaining politician in office today, what with all the crazy allegations against him, his self-admitted crack smoking, and his tendency to fly off the handle when talking to the press.

    He did not disappoint on Thursday, when he vehemently denied the allegation that he pressured a female staffer to let him go down on her.

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    Thanks, feminists. Now look at what you did! Seriously guys, sometimes I just can’t even fathom what the mindset is with all this clamoring for free birth control. It’s like some people believe they’re being oppressed if Big Daddy Government doesn’t give them free contraceptives or something.

    There’s an insulting new ad campaign out called got insurance?, which of course plays off the famous (infamous?) got milk? ads from a few years back. According to the website, the initiative is a “project of the Thanks Obamacare campaign, created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education to educate everyone about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.”

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