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What Reagan Missed: Other News of the Day

Other News - Rob Portman

Gay is now OK for Senator Rob Portman. The Ohio Senator has had a change of heart on the issue of same-sex marriage. Although he co-sponsored the controversial 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, his stance on gay marriage began to change when his son told him he was gay. Take Away: to get all Republicans on board with gay marriage, we must turn their sons gay. CNN

The Vatican denies Dirty War allegations against the new Pope. A Vatican spokesman says there’s no evidence that Pope Francis failed to speak out against human rights abuses during military rule in his native Argentina. And the church sex scandals? Also didn’t happen. BBC News

Other News - CPAC RomneyMitt Romney get the B-list treatment at CPAC. Mitt Romney addressed the crowd at CPAC but there wasn’t as much enthusiasm for his speech compared to other speakers. Attendee Laurie Pettengill, a former New Hampshire state representative, summed up the general feeling about the former Republican presidential candidate: “He’s kind of last year.” Ouch. Poor Mittens. Politico

Canada is still obsessing over Marc Ouellet losing the Pope Vote. Apparently pope candidate Marc Ouellet of Quebec beat Pope Francis in the first rounds of voting before asking his backers to switch their support to the Argentinian. Time to let it go Canada. It’s over. National Post

Other News - Chuck HagelUS solution to North Korea: More Missiles. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that the Pentagon is beefing up West Coast missile defenses in response to escalating threats of attack from nuclear-crazy Kim Jong-un. Washington Post

Obama unveils a new clean energy blueprint that seeks $2 billion in revenue from federal oil and gas leases over the next 10 years to pay for research on clean-energy vehicles. The president has given up trying to push comprehensive climate change legislation through Congress and is now focusing on smaller scale solutions. The Globe and Mail

Other News - Syria Rebels

Syria’s not doing so well. The United Nations has expressed alarm at the slow arrival and modest level of financial support to help Syrian civilians who have either fled the conflict or are trapped inside the war-torn country. New York Times

In related Syria news, countries are split on whether to arm Syrian insurgents fighting to topple Bashir al-Assad’s regime. France and Britain say go for it but the rest of the European Union has reservations, arguing that arming the rebels could backfire. New York Times

Think before you sext. Especially if you’re sexting children. New Jersey high school students could face child porn charges for sharing nude pictures. CBS News

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