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The U.S. gained the largest number of international migrants between 1990 and 2013 — nearly 23 million, equal to 1 million additional migrants per year. The United Arab Emirates recorded the second-largest gain with 7 million, followed by Spain with 6 million.


Their hopes are peaking. Citizen’s Outreach, a grass-roots group hoping to persuade the state of Nevada to name a 4,000-foot mountain near Las Vegas after Ronald Reagan, says the Nevada Board on Geographic Names voted 5-2 to approve its proposal. The win comes despite a petition from anti-Reagan activists and local Democrats claiming that President Reagan’s legacy has little to do with the “values” of the state.

Still, the renaming project had the support of Paul Laxalt — the former U.S. senator and Nevada governor, who went on record to note that Reagan “loved Nevada and Nevadans loved President Reagan.

“With the Nevada board’s approval, the proposal now moves to the federal Board on Geographic Names for consideration,” says spokesman Chuck Muth. See their outreach at


“Eliminating Government-funded Oil-painting or EGO Act.”

That’s the snappy name of recent legislation introduced by one Rep. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican. He means to prohibit the use of federal funds for the costs of official portraits of members of Congress, heads of executive agencies and heads of offices of the legislative branch.

Mr. Cassidy was inspired to propose the measure after discovering that the EPA spent $38,350 for a painting of former administrator Lisa P. Jackson. The bill is already on its way through the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

For those who worry, portraits of presidents are privately funded, reports Richard Simon, a political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

“The House of Representatives has 286 portraits in its collection, including portraits of former Ways and Means Committee Chairmen Wilbur Mills, Arkansas Democrat, remembered for his escapades with stripper Fanne Foxe, and Dan Rostenkowski, Illinois Democrat, who served 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud,” Mr. Simon observes.


Here’s 30 seconds worth of, well, uplifting news. The wee Alaskan town of Talkeetna has announced that its mayor — recently injured in a close encounter with a dog — is much better. That would be Mayor Stubbs, the cat elected to the office by write-in vote 16 years ago in the unincorporated town of 876, located in the very shadow of Mount McKinley, and not far from Sarah Palin’s hometown of Wasilla.

News of the wounded kitty spread fast: 9 Lives — the cat food manufacturer — picked up most of Mayor Stubbs’ $3,000 vet bill; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent him a gift basket. Donations came in from as far away as Australia and Germany, so many that owner Laure Stec has donated the money to a local animal shelter. She is optimistic about the mayor’s future.

“When he recovers, he’s set,” Ms. Stec told the Alaska Dispatch. “I just got a package of organic catnip donated to us from someone in Canada, so he’s set.”

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