The jihadist group Islamic State, or IS, released a video Saturday showing the decapitation of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was kidnapped in Syria.
If you believe our country’s psychics, the New England Patriots are about to win Super Bowl XLIX.
The Huffington Post reached out to psychics across the nation with an “odd Super Bowl request” — we wanted to know who they thought would win Sunday’s game. Although it must be stressed that this is outside the normal purview of their job, 25 psychics got back to us to give a prediction for fun. As Beth Bennet of Georgia aptly put it: “Psychic abilities just don’t work like this, but that’s not what you want to know…”
Many of the psychics who wrote back with predictions expressed that they like to have a sense of humor about the job — so even though it’s not what they usually use their abilities for, they were willing to try to figure out who will win the game. Marcel Cairo of Ohio wrote in an email, “I’ll ask the ghost of Walter Peyton to tell me the outcome (joke). :-)”
Of course some psychics may end up predicting the wrong score, a fact that a few pointed out. “If I’m wrong, please try to make my name as small as possible. 3 point font. Har har,” wrote Jessica McKay form New Jersey.
Some of the psychics circumnavigated the question a bit by bringing in outside teams. When psychic Tristan Rimbaud of Kentucky tuned in, he said he saw the New England Patriots beating the Minnesota Vikings, a team that didn’t even make the playoffs this year. Others expressed how they know borderline nothing about sports and had to look up who was playing and how points are scored.
In any case, all these psychic predictions mean the information below should probably be considered a definitive source of knowledge for how the upcoming game will turn out. Gathering all the psychic data, here are a few main things to note…
- 16 out of 25 psychics chose the New England Patriots to win.
- The rough mean score from all the answers was New England Patriots 23, Seattle Seahawks 21.
- The most common score predicted for the New England Patriots was a tie between 21 and 23, which were each predicted three times.
- The most common score predicted for the Seattle Seahawks was a tie between 17 and 24, which were each predicted four times.
Note: Two of the psychics gave multiple score possibilities. We used the first score they listed for the map below.
The map of predictions:
Here are the psychics we interviewed:
Alabama: Judi Lynch, Arkansas: Gabbie Chase, California: Anthony Teresi, Connecticut: Jeff McBride, Delaware: Deanna Fitzpatrick, Florida: Joseph LoBrutto, Georgia: Beth Bennett, Idaho: Kerry Ryan, Indiana: Jeffrey Poe, Iowa: Jessica Climer, Kentucky: Tristan Rimbaud, Maryland: Tanisia Smith, Minnesota: Alison James, Missouri: LA Martin, Nebraska: Kelli Miller, Nevada: Terri Jay, New Hampshire: Gwen Houghton, New Jersey: Jessica McKay, New Mexico: Karen Tallkat Conley, Ohio: Marcel Cairo, Oklahoma: Terry L. Blackshire, Pennsylvania: Bob Kenney, Washington: Marc Lainhart, West Virginia: Aeson Knight, Wyoming: Amy Woods
Spanish entrepreneur and publisher of the Grupo Planeta, Jose Manuel Lara, died Saturday in Barcelona, executives of the communications group said. He was 68.
Sergio Mattarela, a constitutional court judge and several times a minister, was elected Saturday to be president of Italy in the fourth parliamentary vote on the matter and for which he needed a simple majority of 505 votes.
Lt. Osvaldo Albarati was killed on Feb. 26, 2013, after he had confiscated cellular phones and other contraband from the accused, who were inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Guaynabo, a U.S. federal prison outside San Juan, the FBI said earlier this week in a press release.
The child’s body wasn’t intended to be mummified but it was found in an extraordinarily dry, high-altitude location.
Nine individuals have been indicted and could face the death penalty for the February 2013 murder in Puerto Rico of a correctional officer of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Atletico Madrid scored three goals before the first 30 minutes of Saturday evening’s match here against SD Eibar had expired and cruised to an easy 3-1 win in muddy conditions.
The match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium got off to an electrifying start on a cold afternoon with Real Madrid’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo sitting out the game following a red card a week ago, and Real Sociedad taking a 1-0 lead after the game had scarcely begun.
Arthur L. Alarcon, a judge who served on California and federal benches for 50 years and was the first Latino appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died. He was 89.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and you are frantically searching for some way to watch the game with all those friends you invited over at the last minute, right? That, or you are at home alone with a pint of ice cream.
Either way, it’s OK, and everything is going to be fine! It’s actually super easy to watch the Super Bowl online this year. Just click over to NBC, and they’ll have everything set up for you. You don’t even need proof of a cable subscription or anything.
Yes, dear American, your online dreams have been answered
Want to watch 10 straight hours of Super Bowl coverage in what can only be described as the modern-day equivalent of Chinese water torture? You can! NBC will start its livestream at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, Feb. 1, and will continue to stream Super Bowl coverage until around 10 p.m., when it’ll throw on a new episode “The Blacklist.” The actual Super Bowl starts around 6:30 p.m. on NBC.
This isn’t the first time NBC has streamed the Super Bowl, but it is the first time it’s been able to include the halftime show in the stream, which is good news for those of you who are forced to watch the Super Bowl but hate, you know, football.
One thing to note: The streaming service won’t work on your smartphone. But honestly, you don’t want to be that guy anyway.
Of the various domestic policy prescriptions of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, one message stood out clearly: though the economy has improved significantly since the darkest days of the Recession, the nation still has much work to do when it comes to reducing economic inequality.
It’s true that this theme was never stated explicitly by President Obama. Indeed, the President adopted a rather triumphant tone in his description of the state of our economy, arguing that “[T]he shadow of crisis has passed,” and characterizing 2014 as “a breakthrough year for America,” a year in which “our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” He described an economy that, in the past four years, has “has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined,” and pointed to the recovery of the auto industry and the explosive growth of the tech industry as signs of the economy’s vitality.
Yet, despite the bright tone of his rhetoric on the economy, nearly the entirety of the President’s domestic agenda centered on proposals that would reduce inequality and provide education, labor protections, and fair pay to those who have been left out of the recovery. In substance, if not in style, the 2015 State of the Union served as a forceful reminder that most American families have been left out of the recent gains in GDP and corporate profits, and that the government has a prime role to play in ensuring that all of the citizens of the wealthiest nation on Earth are able to provide for their families.
President Obama proposed a number of smart policies to address working Americans’ stagnating incomes. He called on Congress to address the gender pay gap by ensuring that women are paid as much as men for doing the same work, rather than two-thirds of what their male counterparts make in the same occupations. He briefly addressed wage theft, urging Congress to make sure that employees are paid for the overtime that they actually work. He called for laws that strengthen rather than undermine unions, and for legislative support of pro-worker policies such as child care and paid sick leave. And the President challenged those who resist increasing the minimum wage to go and try and support a family on less than $15,000 a year themselves.
These proposed policies would benefit Latino families. A minimum wage increase would benefit 6.8 million Hispanic workers, nearly one-quarter of the Hispanic workforce. And we’ve discussed previously how too many Latino families still lack the means to access a good education, escape poverty, or to enjoy a secure retirement. For Latinos, policy that invests in our families, our students, and our workers simply cannot wait.
Thankfully, these income-reducing initiatives are highly feasible. The nation can pay for a more broadly shared prosperity, for example, through tax policy changes that reward companies that invest in American jobs and infrastructure rather than those that stow profits overseas and ship good-paying jobs abroad. When the rich pay their fair share and are no longer able to game the system, the country will have more funds to pay for education, healthcare, job training, and other initiatives that will benefit struggling working families.
For too long, government policy has been captured by corporate interests and Wall Street. These power players and their lobbyists have fashioned laws that benefit the rich and powerful while leaving workers and families to fend for themselves. Latino voters know that things need to change, and polling shows that they favor an active government that supports its striving citizens rather than one that subsidizes the risk-taking ventures of those with the deepest pockets. It is a welcome development to see the President devote a significant portion of his domestic policy suggestions to initiatives aimed at lifting up those women, people of color, and youth who continue to struggle to find a secure place in our economy. Now, it is up to Congress to decide whether 2015 will be a year of increasing prosperity for all Americans, or a return to the disastrous financial deregulation and anti-worker policies of the recent past.
The only DNA found on the gun that killed Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman belonged to the deceased, the person directing the investigation said.
WASHINGTON — As undocumented immigrants prepare to apply for President Barack Obama’s new deportation relief programs, they’re also facing a barrage of concerning news. House Republicans voted to end the policies. Senate Republicans are aiming to do the same. Twenty-six states sued the federal government, hoping to block Obama’s programs from going into effect, and the House is considering filing a suit as well.
It’s enough to make some undocumented immigrants nervous — and some advocates think that’s the intention. Their goal now is to convince immigrants that it’s safe to come forward.
“The lawsuits and legislation are partly about scaring immigrants into not coming forward and partly about pandering to the deportation-only wing of the Republican party,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said in an emailed statement. He added, “The law is clearly on the president’s side, and I think the courts will agree.”
Obama announced a series of executive actions in November that could allow up to 5 million people to stay in the U.S. and work legally, focused on people who came to the U.S. as children and on those who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
Republicans have said the policies are unconstitutional and an overreach of Obama’s authority, and are taking steps to block them. The House voted earlier this month to tie measures to end the president’s immigration policies to a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Friday that it will get a vote in the upper chamber next week.
The White House has threatened a veto, but the bill won’t get to the president’s desk to begin with. The entire Senate Democratic caucus voiced support this week for keeping immigration measures out of a DHS funding bill, and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters on Friday that Democrats plan to block the bill from going forward next week.
“Our goal is to keep the Democrats united and make it clear to Sen. McConnell and the Senate Republicans that this House approach is unacceptable,” Durbin told reporters on a call hosted by the pro-immigration reform group America’s Voice.
Supporters of the executive actions also think they will prevail in the courts, even if there are short-term setbacks. A judge is set to issue a first ruling soon on the lawsuit from 26 states contending Obama’s actions were unconstitutional. Marshall Fitz, the vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, told reporters on Friday that advocates expect the judge’s “personal bias” will lead to him ruling in favor of the states, but that an appeals court — or, if it went that far, the Supreme Court — would determine the executive actions were constitutional.
“As a federal district judge, he does have the power to slow the process down, but he’s not going to be the final arbiter of the legality of the president’s actions,” he said on the America’s Voice call. “And we are extremely confident that at the end of the judicial process these actions will ultimately be upheld as constitutional and that they will go into effect.”
There is no set start date for the policy for parents, although it’s not expected for a few months. The expanded DACA policy will begin accepting applications on Feb. 18.
Advocates are trying to get people ready to apply as soon as the process begins. Their reasoning is that the more people apply, the harder it will be to take the policy away. Then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), now the governor, said as much in December when announcing the states’ lawsuit against Obama. “It will be difficult or impossible to undo the president’s lawlessness after the defendants start granting applications for deferred action,” he said in a statement at the time.
Lorella Praeli, advocacy and policy director for United We Dream, said “the best way to fight Republicans’ attempts” to block the programs is to make sure people apply.
“What has become evident to us is that the Republican party’s overall strategy with regards to the executive action on immigration is to create kind of a chilling effect so that people don’t come forward and apply,” Praeli said.
Members of Congress have been involved in the effort as well. In Nevada, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D) office has distributed flyers that instruct immigrants on how to prepare to apply for relief, including how to request any immigration files they might have with DHS by using a Freedom of Information Act request. Gutierrez has been holding workshops around the country to spread the word about the deferred action programs. His Saturday event in Chicago is set to be the biggest: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, Sen. Dick Durbin (R-Ill.), Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez are also slated to attend, according to the congressman’s office.
Laura Vazquez, an immigration legislative analyst for the National Council of La Raza, said the community-based organizations the group works for are seeing a lot of interest in the executive actions, but also some concerns. She said they are trying to communicate that it’s safe to apply for executive action.
NCLR sent an email from Vazquez to its network earlier this month: “Don’t be afraid; this bill is not a law and applications for administrative relief will be coming out in the next few months. Don’t let these recent actions deter you from preparing to apply for relief.”