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April 6th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

President Obama goes on the “offensive”

President Obama has been working hard to convince Republicans to support his ideas.

And the media has a name for it.

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March 23rd, 2013
12:00 PM ET

How Washington’s “stupid” budget cuts are making America dumber

These past few weeks, President Obama has been on what’s been coined the ‘charm offensive,’ reaching out to Republicans in the hopes of finding some common ground to solve the fiscal problems facing our country.

Phone calls.

A dinner.

It's all part of the President's plan to build a "common-sense caucus."

It would be a remarkable accomplishment if Democrats and Republicans were actually able to reach across the aisle, because lately, when it comes to the economy, the Right and Left have only been able to agree on one thing: The forced spending cuts of sequestration were a pretty "stupid" thing to do.

But if it was really so stupid, why did our lawmakers allow it to happen? FULL POST

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March 16th, 2013
12:00 PM ET

Hopes for Young Pope Dashed

There's a new Pope. But is it the pope the world's Catholics were waiting for?

Catholics across the country and around the world were hoping for a younger Pope. And yet, newly installed Pope Francis is only nine years younger than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

So what gives? And what does one emotional member of the cardinal class and House Speaker John Boehner have in common?

OutFront’s Web Extra has the entire holy scoop.

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OutFront OutThere: Wichita Police Department Embroiled in Game of Cat and Mouse
January 27th, 2013
03:35 PM ET

OutFront OutThere: Wichita Police Department Embroiled in Game of Cat and Mouse

(CNN) – Police in Wichita, Kansas are on the hunt for some very nimble offenders.

The culprits infiltrated the evidence and property room building in downtown Wichita and escaped with several ounces of marijuana.

In their stomach.

"This is just one of those situations where some were able to get in and get to the good stuff,” Lieutenant Doug Nolte, a 20-year veteran of the police department’s force, tells CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront.

Evidence custodians first noticed the missing contraband when they were sifting through evidence bins connected to cases from 2009.

The culprits appeared to have chewed through three evidence bags of marijuana to get to the substance.

But what exactly were the clerks doing in evidence bins from four years ago? FULL POST

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OutFront OutThere: Chicago goes 335 days without a significant snowfall; why it might just kill us all
January 26th, 2013
03:55 PM ET

OutFront OutThere: Chicago goes 335 days without a significant snowfall; why it might just kill us all

(CNN) – It snowed in Chicago this week.

That might not seem like big news but it may have just saved us all from certain doom.

Just over an inch of snow settled on Chicago streets on Thursday, marking the city's first snowfall of at least an inch in 335 days.

According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, the last time The Windy City went this long without a significant snowfall was 1884.

Since the start of this winter season, Chicago has recorded just over 2 inches of snow. That's about a foot less than anticipated.

And while the city of Chicago is reaping the rewards – it's $20 million snow budget is almost untouched – there is a human side to the story.

About 100,000 tons of salt were spread by Chicago’s trucks last winter compared with just 8,000 (so far) this season. 

That is a huge drop-off and terrible news for drivers and suppliers who rely on the white stuff to make the green stuff.

Besides, what are you going to do with all that extra salt?  Pack bodies?­

Maybe. FULL POST

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