8:48am

Tue January 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Stephen Colbert Says His SuperPAC Raised $1 Million

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 10:44 am

Comedian Stephen Colbert at a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina.
Richard Ellis Getty Images

"I'm rolling seven digits deep!" is what Stephen Colbert told the Federal Election Commission in his superPAC's filing this morning.

The comedian said that as of January 30, his political action committee had collected $1,023,121.24 in donations.

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7:44am

Tue January 31, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Mitt Romney Sings 'America The Beautiful'

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns at The Villages, Fla. on Monday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Maybe it's the latest poll numbers. Maybe it was being among a crowd of a few thousand supporters.

But Mitt Romney, long-known for being a little stiff, broke out into song during a campaign event at a retirement community in The Villages, Fla.

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7:17am

Tue January 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Protesters Sue Utility After TVA Bans Costumes

Last July, people protested the Tennessee Valley Authority's plan to finish a nuclear plant. They came to a board meeting dressed as zombies. The TVA then banned costumes. The Knoxville News Sentinel says this explains how the TVA is now being sued by Santa Claus and a pirate.

7:11am

Tue January 31, 2012
The Two-Way

As Florida Votes, Polls Put Mitt Romney Comfortably Ahead

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets people during a grassroots rally with supporters at Lake Sumter Landing on Monday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Odds are that today's Republican primary in Florida won't be nearly as dramatic as the previous contest in South Carolina. Polls have been predicting a comfortable win for Mitt Romney and, as The Washington Post reports, a Quinnipiac University poll released, yesterday, gave Romney a 14-point lead over Newt Gingrich.

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7:06am

Tue January 31, 2012
Around the Nation

Air Travelers In San Francisco Can Relax With Yoga

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Where else would it start but San Francisco? Yoga has joined the food courts and massage stations as a pre-flight experience. San Francisco International Airport is now offering a yoga room. Travelers can stretch and de-stress before squeezing into those painfully crowded planes. It's equipped with mats, warm lights kept low and walls painted a serene blue. But if that's not what relaxes you, there is always the bar. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

5:41am

Tue January 31, 2012
Business and the Economy

KentuckianaWorks Asks for Donations

KentuckianaWorks is trying to raise at least another $200,000 for its SummerWorks program, which creates jobs for young people in the region. “Last year we put more than 200 young people to work. There were more than 30 public and private employers involved with this as well. So this year we want to take it even higher,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.

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5:36am

Tue January 31, 2012
All Politics are Local

Beshear Confident in Support for Gambling

Responding to critics, Governor Steve Beshear says he believes he already has ample support in the state Senate to send an expanded gambling amendment to the ballot. Beshear says there are 23 state senators who would vote in favor of the measure. That doesn’t mean all 23 support gambling though, as some senators, like Republican Damon Thayer, have said they will vote to put the issue on the ballot but aren’t supportive of gambling in Kentucky. Opponents have said the governor does not have the votes in his favor.

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5:34am

Tue January 31, 2012
Education

KCTCS Takes on Low Graduation Rates

The state’s community and technical college system is enlisting Governor Steve Beshear in an effort to increase Kentucky’s African-American college enrollment and graduation rates. At a news conference in the Rotunda today,  KCTCS and Beshear announced a new effort to hold college fairs at African-American churches across the Commonwealth on February 12.

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4:35am

Tue January 31, 2012
Business

Sotol Maker Tries To Break Into U.S. Spirits Market

Americans drank more than 100 million liters of tequila in 2010. It's no wonder then, that a little-known spirit from Mexico is trying to make its name in the United States. Introducing Sotol — a smoky smooth liquor distilled in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

12:01am

Tue January 31, 2012
Middle East

Longtime Allies, Egypt And U.S. Now Have Differences

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 7:50 am

The U.S. is insisting that Egypt establish a full-fledged democracy and move away from military rule. Here, an Egyptian woman covers her head in a national flag as she demonstrates in a pro-democracy rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Jan. 27.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

For many years, top Egyptian officials coming to Washington could expect a warm welcome, with few points of contention.

But for a group of Egyptian generals now in the U.S., several points of friction are likely to dominate the agenda between the longtime allies.

Egypt doesn't like the new conditions U.S. lawmakers have placed on American aid. And the U.S. is furious with the way Egypt has been treating U.S. groups that promote democracy. At least three Americans have taken shelter in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

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