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- Iran mulls ban on vasectomies, decrease on abortions to bolster population
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers ‘more deadly than jihadists’
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SWEETEN THE DEAL
The White House routinely hands out little pots of honey from its beehive to select guests. Though it might not go over so well with health-minded first lady Michelle Obama, the White House should consider issuing its own brand of chocolate — just to shore up the nation’s economy.
“Chocolate is big business, and Halloween is its biggest holiday. According to a recent survey from the National Confectioners Association, 72 percent of all candy spending this Halloween will be on chocolate. Last year, more than $12.6 billion was spent on chocolate in the United States, 3.8 percent more than the year before,” reports Alexander Hess, an analyst for the Wall Street 24/7 blog.
Imagine the sales of a White House confection. That ought to defray some of those Air Force One expenses.
POLL DU JOUR
• 85 percent of Americans are concerned about the health care costs they will face in the future.
• 81 percent have not tried to visit the federal or a state-run health care insurance exchange website.
• 45 percent think the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.
• 41 percent think they will receive worse care under the new health care system.
• 25 percent say health care will be “about the same”; 15 percent say they will get better care under the new system.
• 37 percent say the new health care law should be “protected.”
• 33 percent say they have no “savings”; 28 percent say they could last a few months on their savings.
Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 12 to 14.
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