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    More than 60 emergency responders, including a SWAT team, swarmed a house in New York after police received a call from someone claiming to be a 17-year-old boy who had just killed his mother and brother. The caller contacted police over Skype yesterday afternoon to say he was Rafael Castillo and that he had not only murdered his family members, but was prepared to shoot even more people. The caller even provided police with his address.

    But when cops responded, they discovered everything was just peachy keen. Rafael's mom was alive and well -- making coffee in the kitchen -- while his brother had just returned home from lunch. And where was Rafael? Doing the one thing that gave police some idea of who may have been behind the vicious prank call that cost its department $100,000 -- he was playing video games. 

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    On Thursday, President Obama apologized to the multitude of Americans that are losing their health care plans as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

    "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he said in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this."

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    Did you know that there are six members of Congress that were born in the '80s? That’s 1980s, not 1880s, as the stereotypical “old guy politician” image suggests. Let that sink in for a minute ... we have members of Congress that are also members of Gen-Y.

    And they’re ready to shake up the pervasive politics-as-usual aura in Washington. Two of these youngins, Republican Aaron Schock and Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, have teamed up to form the “Congressional Future Caucus,” with the aim of keeping the millennial generation in mind when discussing policy solutions.

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    As presidential scandals go, the recent IRS scandal is so, so ... Something you think you should care about but don't because it's about taxes. Isn't there a German word for that? Snoresenfreude? Anyway, it's ALL. SO. SCINTILLATING and it just keeps getting better. Here's the latest shocker: President Obama's lawyer learned about the IRS case weeks ago but didn't tell Obama about it because ____. (Fill in the blank. It's like Mad Libs!)

    Well, we could speculate all day. Or we could watch SNL's Amy Poehler and Seth Meyer explain the IRS scandal on their segment, "Really?!? With Seth and Amy." Because Obama apparently gets his briefings from television. And I get my news from comedy shows. But I'll do a little fact checking on Amy and Seth just for fun.

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    By now, pretty much the entire country is uncomfortably, devastatingly aware of what went on in Ariel Castro's. You'd think it would be impossible to not be completely beside yourself hearing about how three women -- Amanda, Michelle, and Gina -- spent 10 years living a nightmare that the adjectives horrific and inhumane don't even begin to describe. Unless you're Rush Limbaugh, that is. Ol' Rush, it seems, doesn't believe in paying attention to the details of news stories. He just hears the general gist before drawing wide-sweeping, wacked-out, totally tone deaf conclusions ...

    Like how apparently, the Ohio kidnap victims must've been part of a welfare scam, because that's what the deal was in a recent episode of Hawaii Five-O that Rush watched ... Yup. And "double welfare benefits if one of the women has a baby,” he declared, reminding listeners one of the victims had a baby. Oh, and wait wait! It's all Obama's fault, too! (Of course it is.)

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    It's almost Tax Day! Ehrmagerd, taxshez. Have you done yours yet? I hear that tax clock ticking away. But hey, you still have a few hours before Monday, so why not procrastinate a little more with a few tax-related factoids, jokes, and stories? Gather 'round the paperwork bonfire and enjoy a few laughs and head-scratchers. BEFORE YOUR DAY OF TAX RECKONING! Mwa ha ha.

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    It’s been three years since Congress rammed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act down our throats, and the legislation remains wildly unpopular. According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll last month, nearly two-thirds of Americans still have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare.

    The law made its way through the court system, with the Supreme Court eventually upholding it as constitutional last June, on the grounds that it was a tax, and not a mandate. In other words, it was decided that the government isn’t forcing Americans to buy a product they may or may not want -- it is just taxing them if they don’t.

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    Okay, there's this buzzword floating around a lot these days. Maybe you've heard it? Sequester. As in, "Who will suffer the most from the sequester?" Or, "Where will the sequester cuts hurt your community?" Or, "Should we panic over the sequester, and if so, how soon? Today? Yesterday?"

    You may be wondering, WHAT THE HELL IS THE SEQUESTER? So you Google that, and you get lots of words. Words with no pictures, and no mention of the Oscars, either, so that's super boring. But wait! "Robert Pattinson" is here to explain to you what the sequester is and how it could affect you.

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    What’s that mantra about repeating something often enough until it becomes a truth? Maybe that’s what top Democrats are trying to do in regard to the massive spending problem we have in our country right now. Pay no attention to the trillion-dollar deficit over the budget line!

    President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Steny Hoyer have all said recently that we don’t have a spending problem. This week, Senator Tom Harkin publicly promoted the delusion, saying, “I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem.”

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    The State of the Union Address 2013 was on tonight, but if you missed it, have no fear -- I’m here to recap it for you. It can be hard to keep everything the president says straight, especially when he says things that directly contradict with other things he’s said or done in the past. So just for fun, let’s take some of his best lines of the night and match them up against his record, shall we?

    There were too many shady statements to mention them all here or I’d bore you as silly as if you had actually watched the speech. For the sake of brevity, let’s just go over the top 13 things he said that made me snicker, guffaw, or face-palm.

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