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Beer, cheer and a big TV: Americans drop $15.5 billion on their Super Bowl splurge

- The Washington Times

It is a big, bustling, hungry audience: media analysts anticipate that 189 million U.S. fans are expected to watch the fiftieth Super Bowl on Sunday, with another 100 million tuning in worldwide. Big game culture is in force: the National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $15.5 billion on team apparel, decorations and of course the traditional menu of pizza, nachos, beer, hoagies, chili and other goodies - like chicken wings. Americans will scarf down 1.3 million of them according to the National Chicken Council, a meticulous industry group which says this figure is up by 3 percent since last year. Not to be outdone, Dominos expects to sell 12 million pizzas.

Political advertisers favor a Clinton Vs. Bush match in 2016 (AP PHOTOS)

The most profitable matchup: Political advertisers hope it's Clinton vs. Bush

- The Washington Times

The 2016 race is projected to generate $6 billion in political advertising, drawing keen interest from those who create and manage the campaign. And some candidates are more lucrative than others, apparently. "A Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton presidential race would be best for business for the nation's leading political advertising firms," notes a new survey of national political ad agencies.

Former President George H.W. Bush visited the CIA on Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of his swearing in as the Agency's director in 1976. (CIA)

George H.W. Bush pays a call on the CIA

- The Washington Times

The CIA had a noteworthy visitor Friday. Former President George H.W. Bush returned to the agency's headquarters just outside the nation's capital to mark the 40th anniversary of his swearing-in as Director of Central Intelligence, and almost to the day. "He is credited with restoring focus and boosting morale in the institution, and he remains one of the most beloved Directors in the agency's history," the CIA stated in a historic overview.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial in winter on the National Mall. (National Park Service)

Monumental task: National Park Service plows away 61,875 tons of snow from National Mall

- The Washington Times

It's not like shoveling the walk. There's all that vulnerable marble and history to think of. The National Park Service took special care when crews went to the aid of the monuments, roadways and sidewalks along the National Mall, hidden under snow during the blizzard that recently paralyzed the city. The crews plowed and shoveled away 61,875 tons of the white stuff. The federal agency has shared its secrets of success.

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen has created a new ice cream flavor to honor Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Ben Cohen) ** FILE **

Ben & Jerry's co-founder creates ice cream flavor to honor Bernie Sanders: 'Bernie's Yearning'

- The Washington Times

They were there when Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for president last year. And they're back to campaign for the Democratic hopeful in their own style. Ben & Jerry's ice cream founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have gone to Iowa to talk up the 74-year-old, self-described socialist among voters at multiple events. Mr Cohen in particular took it upon himself to make an extremely limited edition ice cream flavor after the candidate - "Bernie's Yearning."

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre has asked President Obama to join him in a one-on-one debate about gun control in a new video. (Image from NRA video)

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre invites Obama to a one-on-one gun debate

- The Washington Times

The National Rifle Association has taken cryptic note of the White House lately, following President Obama's constant push toward gun control as a part of his legacy. NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre says that Mr. Obama has chosen to attack "what he misunderstands most about America--the Second Amendment, gun owners and the NRA." Mr. La Pierre also has issued an invitation to the president via a public video message.