Picture 1198Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots
First lady Michelle Obama played Santa Claus on Wednesday afternoon, delivering two bulging sacks of donated toys to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Quantico. Earlier this month, when she unveiled the White House Christmas decorations, Obama also kicked off a toy collection drive to benefit Toys for Tots. So far, White House staff have donated some 500 gifts including board games and Legos and at least one spectacular Barbie Corvette. Obama delivered about a third of those goodies to Quantico. The rest will go to a distribution center in Anacostia. No word on which facility will be the lucky recipient of the Barbie luxury automobile. (Continue Reading…)

White Americans’ majority to end by mid-century
The estimated time when whites will no longer make up the majority of Americans has been pushed back eight years — to 2050 — because the recession and stricter immigration policies have slowed the flow of foreigners into the U.S. Census Bureau figures released Wednesday update last year’s prediction that white children would become a minority in 2023 and the overall white population would follow in 2042. The earlier estimate did not take into account a drop in the number of people moving into the U.S. because of the economic crisis and the immigration policies imposed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. (Continue Reading…)

Obama plans to sharply boost U.S. broadband access
The Obama administration is to award $2 billion in grants and loans over the next 75 days as part of a plan to dramatically expand Americans’ broadband Internet access and create tens of thousands of jobs. Vice President Joe Biden is due to make the announcement in Dawsonville, Georgia on Thursday. He will give details of an initial $182 million investment in 18 broadband projects in 17 states, officials said. The $2 billion is part of an overall $7.2 billion set aside in President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic recovery package to bring broadband access to unserved or underserved U.S. communities. (Continue Reading…)

Sudan heading towards ‘violent breakup’: think tank
Sudan is heading towards ‘violent breakup’ due to the lack of implementation of peace deals between Khartoum and the west, south and east of the country, the International Crisis Group warned Thursday. “Sudan is sliding towards violent breakup,” the Brussels-based think tank said in a report entitled “Sudan: Preventing Implosion.” “Unless the international community, notably the US, the UN, the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Horn of Africa Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD), cooperate to support (peace deals), return to north-south war and escalation of conflict in Darfur are likely,” the ICG said. (Continue Reading…)

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