Quantcast

Rick Santorum Tied With Romney in Michigan, Facebook Posts Can Fight Depression, and Top 10 Things You Should Read on Your Lunch Break

It's Michigan and Arizona primary day! Here are the top 10 stories you need to read on your lunch break:

(1) Breaking: Palestinian nonviolent activist and PolicyMic pundit Fadi Quran has been released from prison. Fadi's upcoming release brings a culmination to a dramatic international advocacy campaign which began last Friday, when he was arrested and imprisoned by Israeli authorities. In just four days, Fadi's story spread like wildfire in the media, on Facebook and Twitter, and via PolicyMic and Change.org. Thanks for all your support!

(2) Michigan is too close to call. The New York Times projects that Mitt Romney has a 55% chance of winning, and will notch 38.7% of the vote. Santorum has a 45% chance of winning and is projected to notch 38% of the vote. The race is too close to pinpoint a true frontrunner. The outcome could help determine whether the race continues, or whether Republicans will finally start to rally around one candidate.

(3) Michigan is a testing ground for doubt on Mitt Romney. According to the New York Times: Michigan is the "best chance yet to turn nagging questions about Mitt Romney into deep doubts about his candidacy. His defeat could send the nominating fight onto an unpredictable path and reset the Republican race. But a victory here for Mr. Romney, along with one in the Arizona primary the same day, could help cool the misgivings that some Republicans have raised about him — just in time for a challenging run of Super Tuesday contests next week that will allow another wave of voters to render judgment."

(4) The FBI is preparing cases against nearly 120 suspects on and off Wall Street as it expands its dive into insider trading. According the Wall Street Journal, the operation, nicknamed "Perfect Hedge," is the first time the FBI has quantified the size of its investigation. Since late 2009, prosecutors have charged 66 individuals at hedge funds and other companies with insider trading and won 57 convictions or guilty pleas.

(5) Francois Hollande, the Socialist favorite in France's presidential election, wants a 75% tax on top earners. On French prime time TV, he promised that if elected, he would undo tax breaks enacted by Nicolas Sarkozy. "Above 1m euros [£847,000; $1.3m], the tax rate should be 75% because it's not possible to have that level of income," he said.

(6) Newt Gingrich's campaign advisors condemn Mitt Romney and issue a 'Call to Conscience' in letter to newspaper editors in Super Tuesday states. See the letter here. Two senior advisers, U.S. Reps. Robert Walker and J.C. Watts sent a letter yesterday to editors of several newspapers in five of the upcoming primary and caucus states (Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Ohio) calling on newspaper publishers and editors to critically evaluate the impact that Governor Romney's campaign is having on the integrity of America's political system. "The purpose of this letter is to ask you to look at the facts ... and if you agree about the threat they pose to the integrity of the electoral process we ask that you use the mighty voice of America's newspapers to warn voters about Governor Romney's attempt to use money and mendacity to secure the Republican nomination.''

(7) Title IX may actually be hurting female athletes. Title IX, the 1972 federal legislation mandating equal access for women in education, including sports, has succeeded in equalizing the playing field for young women. But, this has come at a serious cost for many female athletes. Title IX has increased health risks for the players, led to a drop in the number of women coaches, and increased exposure to sexual abuse.

(8) Facebook posts can serve as early warning signs of depression. Mental health experts say that dark postings should not be dismissed because they can serve as signs of depression and an early warning system for timely intervention. Last year, researchers examined Facebook profiles of 200 students at the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some 30 percent posted updates that met the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for a symptom of depression.

(9) Watch as Michael Douglas, known for his role as the financial executive Gordon Gecko in the film Wall Street, condemns Wall Street insider trading:

 

(10) Political Cartoon of the Day:

Photo Credit: MoneyBlogNews

Like us on Facebook:
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
New Response

Be the first to comment

Top Responses ()
All Responses ()
Load More Responses Show All Responses

Loading Responses

CLOSE | X

Do you agree that our
generation needs a voice?