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A New York snow scene following a major blizzard..  (AP Photo/The Syracuse Newspapers, David Lassman)

The Manhattan snow storm: A rush of 'blizzard buddies' - and the Great Kale Panic of '15

- The Washington Times

Only in New York, perhaps? As snow falls and gale force winds howl down city streets, some residents of the Big Apple now seek "blizzard buddies." That's right. They don't want to face Winter Storm Juno alone. Scores of romance-minded New Yorkers have taken to Craigslist with unapologetic invitations for companionship, amour and cocoa - among many other things.

Image from the Public Religion Research Institute

53 percent of Americans say God rewards 'athletes of faith' with good health, success on the field

- The Washington Times

Sunday is often associated with both church and devoted football watching. Now there's an intersection of the two: 53 percent of Americans and 56 percent of sports fans say "that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success on the playing field." So says a new survey of public sentiment about sports and religion conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Religion News Service.

"Intelligent' computer keyboard can identify users by the pattern of their key taps. (American Chemical Society)

True cybersecurity: 'Intelligent' computer keyboard identifies users by pattern of their key taps

- The Washington Times

Protective computer passwords have some competition. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel intelligent computer keyboard that not only cleans itself - but can identify users by the pattern and style of their fingertips and keystrokes. The "human-machine interfacing" device, reported in the American Chemical Society's academic journal "Nano," could provide a foolproof way to prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attends a gathering to announce that Seton Hall University and the parent company of Hackensack University Medical Center are planning to build a private medical school, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Nutley, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Chris Christie on 'last-ditch effort' to regain his mystique, says New Jersey analyst

- The Washington Times

He was once intensely popular, and his signature style wooed the media and voters both in and out of his home state. Those who watch him closely think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is about to lose his mojo. "It's been fascinating to see the Christie strategy unfold over the past two years. It's been a bit like watching a ping pong match," says one New Jersey pollster

Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a farewell speech to a joint session of the Texas Legislature, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rick Perry to speak at CPAC in February - emphasizing 'ideas and opportunity'

- The Washington Times

CPAC will welcome former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in their speakers lineup at the annual gathering of conservatives in February, The Washington Times has learned. "If 2014 taught us anything, it's that Americans are looking for a positive vision for this country, and 2016 will be no different. Republicans have the chance to be the party of ideas and opportunity," says Mr. Perry.

Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., does a sound check as he prepares to give the Tea Party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Tea party leader suggests emerging unity between establishment GOP and the grassroots

- The Washington Times

There's emerging unity between tea party and establishment Republicans says Taylor Budowich, executive director of the Tea Party Express. The national political action committee organized an official grassroots response to the State of the Union address by Rep. Curt Clawson, a Florida Republican who won his office in a special election by 40 percentage points last year, with much bedrock conservative support. Mr. Budowich finds evidence of this unity in the response itself.

President Barack Obama shakes hands after delivering the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

31.7 million viewers: State of the Union address was least watched in 15 years

- The Washington Times

Nielsen reveals the preliminary news about President Obama's State of the Union address: It garnered an estimated audience of 31.7 million people across 13 cable and broadcast networks, making it the least watched address in the last 15 years, when former President Bill Clinton‘s finale garnered drew 31.4 million viewers in 2000.

Critic suggests White House cancel State of the Union address - too 'big, noisy, overhyped'

- The Washington Times

"Are we ready for a big, noisy, overhyped prime-time production that has outgrown its simple origins and usually leaves us feeling both gorged and disappointed? If not, you may want to skip the State of the Union address and prepare for something humbler, like the Super Bowl," says Steve Chapman, a Chicago Tribune columnist, who notes that President Obama has already revealed much of his speech to the nation. "Cancel the State of the Union," says Mr. Chapman.

The New Hampshire Rebellion - a nonpartisan grassroots group -  wants politicians to know their state is 'not for sale." (Image from New Hampshire Rebellion)

Cold fury: 'New Hampshire Rebellion' walks 250 frozen miles to protest big money in politics

- The Washington Times

The New Hampshire Rebellion, a nonpartisan grass-roots group that has declared that the Granite State is "no longer for sale" to presidential candidates, has made good on its promise to walk over 250 miles from the four corners of the state, to eventually converge on the State House in Concord for a big rally by Wednesday. Despite freezing temperatures and challenging weather, the intrepid group is receiving a warm welcome, apparently.

GOP accused of omitting Univision from 2016 debates to 'avoid uncomfortable immigration questions'

- The Washington Times

It only took a few hours for the squabbles to break out following the Republican National Committee's announcement revealing the time, place and network for the Party's nine official Republican presidential debates. Critics complained that such networks as Univision and MSNBC had been frozen out of the line-up, which is a lot skinnier than it was in 2012, when 20 debates crowded the schedule.

General William Donovan works in the OSS headquarters offices during World War II. (OSS Society)

Saved from the wrecking ball? New plans emerge for OSS HQ, historic home to the nation's top spies

- The Washington Times

Three cheers, and perhaps a 21-gun salute for a rare cultural victory in the age of hasty conclusions and insta-buildings. The General Services Administration is now mulling over practical ways to preserve one of the most unique clutch of buildings in the nation's capital, all previously faced with a most undignified tear down. The august former headquarters of the Office of Strategic Services - that's the precursor of the CIA - were at risk of facing the bulldozer, potentially to fall in favor of new office space for the Department of State, which stands close by, as does the Lincoln Memorial, Kennedy Center and multiple historic sites.

The Embassy of FInland in the nation's capital has won a coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for it site design and practices. The embassy interior is shown here.  (Embassy of FInland)

A first: The green-minded Embassy of Finland wins a coveted LEED platinum certification

- The Washington Times

On-site composting, high efficiency water faucets, low energy consumption, bikes for staffers and no plastic cups on the premises - these are just a few measures one green-minded embassy has taken. And to much acclaim. The Embassy of Finland in the nation's capital has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification - and the first embassy in the U.S. to win the ultimate designation. There's history. In previous years, the striking and beautifully designed diplomatic site has won a "green," then a "gold" designation. Such efforts can only enhance the nation's image on these shores and elsewhere.

(AP Photo/Laramie Daily Boomerang, Jeremy Martin)

Portly pastors: Study finds over a third of America's clergy are obese due to stress, long hours

- The Washington Times

Potluck dinners and donuts at the Sunday coffee hour are not to blame. Over a third of America's ministers and clergy are now considered obese because of demanding hours, lower pay and dwindling self care says a new study from Baylor University released Monday. Researchers based their conclusions on the responses of 539 clergy members from multiple denominations and religious traditions - to discover the complex challenges for those with a calling.

Rep. Robert Aderholt, Alabama Republican, has introduced legislation to counter President Obama's executive amnesty proposal. (Robert Aderholt)

Push-back legislation against executive amnesty from Robert Aderholt and Steve King gains momentum

- The Washington Times

While the opening dramas of the 114th Congress played out, one Alabama Republican was in action mode: Rep. Robert Aderholt quickly introduced the "Repeal Executive Amnesty Act," directed at President Obama's executive amnesty proposal, an idea that has irked conservatives for many weeks. And Rep. Robert Aderholt's legislation is gaining momentum - including an endorsement from Sen. Jeff Sessions, also from Alabama.

The tiny nano-drone Zano promises to take the ultimate selfie. (Lantronix)

Dronies, anyone? Tiny drone packed with technology aspires to deliver the ultimate selfie

- The Washington Times

Now creating buzz: Zano, a powerful little drone that comes with a promise: "Taking your selfies to new heights." It can perch on a palm then rise up to snap high quality still or video images with a 5-megapixel camera. "Oh, the noble quest for the perfect selfie," says Jill Scharr, a staff writer for Tom's Guide, an industry review. "Meet the Zano, a camera-equipped drone barely bigger than a person's hand, and designed to let users take high-quality photos that even a selfie stick can't reach."