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President Barack Obama, Pope Francis meet for first time
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President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in a 52-minute private audience as part of his jam-packed tour of Europe and the Middle East.
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President Barack Obama, Pope Francis meet for first time

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President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time Thursday in a 52-minute private audience as part of his jam-packed tour of Europe and the Middle East.

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President Obama appeared on the Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns with comedian Zach Galifianakis to talk about healthcare reform and other topics. Enjoy.

Companies including Apple, American Airlines, Marriott, and Verizon are urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a controversial bill passed last week that would allow businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs. Critics say the bill opens the door to discrimination against homosexuals and threatens to reverse economic recovery in the state. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has also come out in opposition of the bill, with local business leaders expressing worry that the NFL would move the Super Bowl from Arizona next year if the measure is signed into law.

Companies including Apple, American Airlines, Marriott, and Verizon are urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a controversial bill passed last week that would allow businesses to deny service based on religious beliefs. Critics say the bill opens the door to discrimination against homosexuals and threatens to reverse economic recovery in the state. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has also come out in opposition of the bill, with local business leaders expressing worry that the NFL would move the Super Bowl from Arizona next year if the measure is signed into law.

politico:

From the White House.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing criticism for the decision to keep public schools open amidst a snow storm on Thursday. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña also ruffled some feathers when she said during a press conference, “it is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now.” The city’s teachers union was among the mayor’s critics, issuing a statement from President Michael Mulgrew:

“I understand the desire to keep schools open. The only thing that trumps that is safety. Having students, parents and staff traveling in these conditions was unwarranted. It was a mistake to open schools today.”

shortformblog:

Clay Aiken’s announcement that he’s running for Congress starts out with a harrowing tale of the domestic violence his mother faced while he was just an infant.

huffingtonpost:

President Barack Obama Slams Fox News In Bill O’Reilly Interviewhttp://huff.to/MpJwP4#foxnews  #billoreilly   #obamahttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/5cli

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President Barack Obama Slams Fox News In Bill O’Reilly Interview
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pewresearch:

During and immediately after the State of the Union address, the overall reaction on Twitter was more negative than positive and virtually the same as last year’s verdict. The Pew Research Center used a combination of computer algorithms and human coding to analyze the reaction on Twitter in terms of the topics discussed as well as the sentiment expressed.

Here’s our coverage of reactions to the State of the Union.

pewresearch:

During and immediately after the State of the Union address, the overall reaction on Twitter was more negative than positive and virtually the same as last year’s verdict. The Pew Research Center used a combination of computer algorithms and human coding to analyze the reaction on Twitter in terms of the topics discussed as well as the sentiment expressed.

Here’s our coverage of reactions to the State of the Union.

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Lawmaker apologizes for threatening reporter 
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New York congressman Michael Grimm apologized Wednesday for physically threatening a reporter at the Capitol, saying there’s “no excuse” for his behavior and that the incident “shouldn’t have happened.”
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Lawmaker apologizes for threatening reporter 

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New York congressman Michael Grimm apologized Wednesday for physically threatening a reporter at the Capitol, saying there’s “no excuse” for his behavior and that the incident “shouldn’t have happened.”

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) threatened a reporter following President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. The altercation started after the journalist asked Grimm about alleged campaign finance wrongdoing. Grimm later responded with this statement on the incident:

"I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last."