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Nineteen states are petitioning to secede from the union. The states have begun gathering signatures on the government made petitioning website, “We The People.” Louisiana and Texas have received over 10,000 signatures thus far. The website’s policy  is that if a petition receives over 25,000 signatures the Obama administration has to address the issue. I am sure there are 25,000 citizens in each state that aren’t too pleased with Obama’s re-election. This could make for an interesting debate, although unilateral secession was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The other states that have growing numbers include: Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri.What do you think? Would you like to see a few states axed from the country?

At Home

Puerto Rico has voted to become the United State’s 51st state for the first time.

When former Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said he’d like to “explain” the federal budget to recent Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, she shut down the condescending remarks saying, “I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House. And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of ‘does it create jobs,’does it lower the deficit’ and ‘does it help grow the middle class’ is an important one. I’m quite confident that I have those abilities.”

The number of parents taking out student loans for their children is increasing – and wearing them down financially.

The World

Greece – a crucial factor in Europe’s debt crisis – has passed a strict budget with tax increases and spending cuts.

A Syrian jet bombed  the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain a few yards from the Turkish border.

Hundreds of families a day are being evicted in Spain, causing a massive increase in homeless people. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has promised to announce emergency measures as possibly 2 million homes remain vacant.

Sporty

Following dosing charges, Lance Armstrong cuts ties with Live Strong charity.

The Lakers ditch coach Phil Jackson for Mike D’Antoni.

The Giants lose in this week’s NFL recap.

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Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya’ girl @EmeraldGritty.

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