The US added a disappointing number of jobs in March; Malawi’s president has died; Coke and Pepsi leave Koch-funded ALEC; and violence continues in Syria despite an agreed upon ceasefire. Meanwhile, Kim and Kanye may be an item; Matt Lauer will stay on ‘Today’; and a MD woman somehow loses her winning Mega Millions ticket.
Unemployment Rates for March, http://1.usa.gov/Hjsai8
After producing 200,000 jobs for three months straight, the US added a disappointing 120,000 jobs in March. According to the Bureau Labor of Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.3% to 8.2% due to less people looking for work as opposed to them actually finding jobs.
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika ‘dead’, http://bbc.in/HmcAl7
Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has died from a heart attack. Cabinet officials reported his death to the BBC although an official announcement has yet to be made. The 78-year-old was a former World Bank official. He was blamed for Malawi’s recent economic downturn and had been accused of trouncing on the country’s democratic rights.
(via CBS News) ALEC under fire as Coke drop its membership, http://cbsn.ws/IcaXTg
An influential group known for pushing conservative laws at the state level — including voter ID laws and Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law — is under fire for its views, and at least one of its major backers has dropped its membership in the organization. Coke said Wednesday it was withdrawing from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a non-partisan organization working to promote free markets and limited government through state legislators after a liberal leaning group started a petition to urge ALEC’s member companies to drop their financial support of the group.
With sights set on Romney, Obama says eager for campaign, http://reut.rs/I6ExhR
At a fundraiser in Washington last night, President Obama said that he cannot wait to publicly compare his plan for America to that of the Republicans’ this election cycle. Since Romney seems the most likely GOP candidate, the president has begun calling him out directly, especially for backing a GOP budget that bears consequences for the lower classes: “It’s good to have the truth on your side,” Obama said.
(via POLITICO Morning Tech) MICROSOFT’S PAY FOR PLAY: Microsoft is paying apps-makers to design the popular products for Windows phones, according to The New York Times. http://nyti.ms/IaUz4R
Erika Wood says “Florida. How Soon We Forget.,” http://nyti.ms/HedOMD
Board seeks Marine’s dismissal in Facebook case, http://apne.ws/I1llOK
A military board is asking that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein be dismissed after he criticized President Obama on his “Armed Forces Tea Party” Facebook page. Stein superimposed the president’s face on a ‘Jackass’ movie poster as well as a movie poster for ‘The Incredibles,’ changing the title to ‘The Horribles.’ The Marine Corps administrative board said that Stein is guilty of misconduct and deserves a less-than-honorable discharge. A general will make the final decision.
Matt Lauer to Stay With NBC’s ‘Today’ Show, http://nyti.ms/I1Mv8q
Possible Mega Millions lottery winner says she lost ticket, http://bsun.md/Iep0at
Kim Kardashian Plays Coy About Dating Kanye West, http://bit.ly/Hlxvql
“Bully” gets a PG-13 rating after profanity edits, http://cbsn.ws/HjAXAO
Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire Could Be Delayed, http://bsun.md/HlxKSk
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