- Obamacare: House Republicans have a plan to defund it that will avoid a shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls House Republicans "anarchists," union bosses summoned to White House to get them to tone down their criticism

- 70% of Americans oppose increase of the debt ceiling

- White House will now "pivot" and "focus on the economy"

- CA will raise minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016

- Syria: Reactions to Russian President Vladmir Putin's NY Times op-ed and the notion of American exceptionalism

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SEN. RICK SANTORUM - PatriotVoices.com

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A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented.  His grassroots approach to campaigning – including visiting every one of Iowa’s 99 counties and his stunning victory in the Iowa caucuses – catapulted him to frontrunner status where he ultimately won 11 states and 3 million votes during the Republican primary process.  In June, 2012 Rick Santorum launched Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity.  With a goal of recruiting one million members, Patriot Voices will transform the political landscape of our country.

REP. ROBERT PITTENGER (NC-9) - Pittenger.House.Gov

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Robert Pittenger is serving his first term in the United States Congress, representing the citizens of North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District, and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services.  Congressman Pittenger's district encompasses portions of Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties, and is home to the second largest financial center in the country, located in Charlotte.

JUSTIN MOORE - JustinMooreMusic.com

Justin's third album “Off the Beaten Path” is out Tuesday, “Off the Beaten Path” Tour launches later this year, and his new single “Point at You” is available at iTunes

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Justin was born in Poyen Arkansas, population 272 where he'd was raised by his parents, Tommy Ray and Charlene Moore, on the family's 100 acres of land. One would have to go to Poyen to really get a sense of just how "small town" it is. There are no street lights, mostly dirt roads, a florist in an old trailer and one filling station; however, as Justin sings in his single, "Small Town USA," it's where "everybody knows me and I know them and that's the way I believe we were supposed to live." Listening to the lyrics, you know Justin's music is from the heart and that he wouldn't want to have been raised anywhere else.

LISA JOHNSON MANDELL - LisaJohnsonMandell.com and FrontDoor.com

Lisa reviews "Insidious: Chapter 2," "The Family" and "Jayne Mansfield's Car"

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Lisa is the Yahoo! Movies Film Critic, and is the Hollywood Insider for HGTV’s FrontDoor.com.