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I can’t see myself flaunting it in a bikini any time soon and that self-consciousness frustrates me. Each one a miracle, each one a blessing, but each has taken their toll on my body. I have three beautiful boys, three children I was told at 19 I would never have.

His policies have not helped create jobs; they have depressed them. And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America: His plan to raise taxes on small business won’t add jobs, it will eliminate them; his assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China; his trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk; his $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine.

My dad had been born in Mexico and his family had to leave during the Mexican revolution. That’s how I was brought up. I grew up with stories of his family being fed by the US government as war refugees. My dad never made it through college and apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter.

In our best days, we can feel the vibrancy of America’s communities, large and small. It’s when our son or daughter calls from college to talk about which job offer they should take, and you try not to choke up when you hear that the one they like is not far from home. It’s when we go to work in the morning and see everybody else on our block doing the same. That is the bedrock of what makes America, America.
It’s when we see that new business opening up downtown.

You did it because you’re an American and you don’t quit. You did it because it was what you had to do.
But driving home late from that second job, or standing there watching the gas pump hit 50 dollars and still going, when the realtor told you that to sell your house you’d have to take a big loss, in those moments you knew that this just wasn’t right. But what could you do? You did it because your family depended on you.

President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus, even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from our missile defence commitments, but is eager to give Russia’s President Putin the flexibility he desires, after the election.
Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone.

Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama Bin Laden. America, he said, had dictated to other nations. President Obama began with an apology tour. No, Mr President, America has freed other nations from dictators.
But on another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat. In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We’re still talking, and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning. I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour.

Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. That’s what this president doesn’t seem to understand. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. It’s the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s prosperity rather than trying to redistribute today’s.
He came back and changed the world. Usually, it doesn’t work out exactly as you might have imagined.

I had to travel a lot for my job then and I’d call and try to offer support. But every mom knows that doesn’t help get the homework done or the kids out the door to school. Five boys, with our families a long way away. Well, every mom and dad knows the answer to that.
Those days were toughest on Ann, of course.

The soles of Neil Armstrong’s boots on the moon made permanent impressions on our souls and in our national psyche. Like all Americans we went to bed that night knowing we lived in the greatest country in the history of the world. When President Kennedy challenged Americans to go to the moon, the question wasn’t whether we’d get there, it was only when we’d get there. Ann and I watched those steps together on her parent’s sofa. To be an American was to assume that all things were possible.

The president has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him. He had almost no experience working in a business.
The president hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task.

Except work harder, do with less, try to stay optimistic. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. Hug your kids a little longer; maybe spend a little more time praying that tomorrow would be a better day. I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. Now is the moment when we can do something.
This isn’t something we have to accept. With your help we will do something.That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. But Paul, I still like the playlist on my iPod better than yours.
Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than what divides us.

No amount of exercise or magic creams could get rid of the hanging flesh. I enquired about surgery but the cost was phenomenal and completely out of my reach. End Quote When I had my first daughter I was horrified by the state my body had been left in, so much so that i used to fantasise about getting hold of the “spare flesh” and cutting it off.

Looking at all those clips, you know, the hairdos and the freaky platform shoes, it’s like a home-movie nightmare that just won’t end, and all of these people sitting here at these tables, they’re my family of sorts, you know. Executives, producers, the directors, my fellow actors out there. We’ve giggled through love scenes, we’ve punched and cried and spit and vomited and blown snot all over one another – and those are just the co-stars I liked.

I felt like a fish out of water in a body that didn’t feel like my own. I felt like a whale for ages afterwards and my breasts were like Zeppelins, I hated them.
For about three years I felt utterly undesirable, and as a single mother I felt for a while (maybe about three years) that I would never be sexually attractive enough to find another partner. I suffered from an awful, disfiguring itchy rash all over my neck and chest about six months after the birth, which the doctor never properly diagnosed but vaguely said was to do with hormonal changes. It looked different, felt different, and was doing a whole lot of things that I didn’t understand.

And unlike the President, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.

I started suffering from anxiety around eight months after the birth, which caused a lot of fairly severe physical symptoms for about a year and came back in episodes for the next two years. The anxiety reinforced my sense of not being in my own body. My son is now four and a half, about to start school, and I only have felt truly back in my own body again for about six months. It wasn’t forever, though. Sometimes I felt like…
my body would feel alien to me, forever. I started dating again, and have now been in a stable relationship since March.

I have taken up rock climbing and am now doing things with my body that I didn’t think I would ever do again, and loving it.
Sam Watkins, Worthing, UK I’m sure that some women feel more comfortable with their bodies after pregnancy than I did, but this was my experience, and your article suddenly brought this home to me.

My body image totally destroyed any confidence I had, I had become a single parent-to-be when I was five months pregnant and as far as I was concerned I was now repulsive, and could never inflict my disgusting body on anyone else. Things have changed a lot, I am with a lovely partner, I have had another daughter, I have put on weight, so have filled out the flesh a bit, and both of my daughters love my “soft tummy”.

I’ve always tried not to care about how I look, but I care what other people think about how I look. I don’t want to be regarded with pity, I don’t want to look down and see my scars as a negative thing because society tells me I should. I don’t feel I can wear tight clothes because my belly doesn’t sit flat any longer, and thin skin feels unpleasant to the touch, fragile, delicate even.

Now, facing infertility due to a disease, I’m grateful for the scars and stretched skin… I’m grateful for that reminder every time I look in the mirror.
What blessing could top that? of growing that beautiful baby and keeping her healthy and giving birth to her. What scar could steal that joy? I once had the honour of bearing a child in my womb…

But after my second child at age 37, I’ve never been able to regain it and my tummy is a big flabby bump still, now nearly two years later. Julia, Newport
Rebecca Mildren in 2007 before her first of two pregnancies (l) and in 2013 After my first child at age 34, I managed – albeit briefly – to regain my pre-pregnancy weight. The grim reality for the majority of us is far different.

We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways.
And that’s how it is in America. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregants from all walks of life and many who were new to America.
In the days ahead, you will get to know Paul and Janna better. I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he’s not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom. But last night America got to see what I saw in Paul Ryan – a strong and caring leader who is down to earth and confident in the challenge this moment demands. He represents the best of America, a man who will always make us proud – my friend and America’s next Vice-President, Paul Ryan.

Abby Richon, Hagerstown, Maryland, US
My scars and stretch marks are glorious. They remind me of my birthing stories – the joy of holding my son and then my daughter, looking into their faces for the first time, greeting them into the world and letting them know how totally in love with them I was and still am. My wonderful pregnancies.

Fey: “The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year and also what I call the six weeks it took me to get into this dress.”
Poehler: “Ang Lee’s been nominated for Life of Pi which is what I’m going to call the six weeks after I take this dress off.”
ADELE – receiving the best song award Adele is also nominated for an Oscar for the title track from the latest Bond adventure “Oh my God!

And not on America.
What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs. In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Not on themselves. What America needs is jobs.

“It’s very strange to be here. We’ve been pissing ourselves laughing at all of it. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your world for a night.
“I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press, I never thought I’d say that. Sony pictures; MGM; Sam Mendes; Paul Epworth, who I did the song with; Daniel Craig for being such a wonderful Bond. “Honestly, I have come out for a night out with my friend Ida – we’re new mums – we’ve literally come for a night out.

My third pregnancy left me with a lot of excess fat but my kids make me proud – I love them to bits and would not change them for a straight model type body. Alexandra, Athens, Greece
Continue reading the main story “Start Quote As far as I was concerned I was now repulsive, and could never inflict my disgusting body on anyone else”

These are American success stories. But no-one ever is in the real world of business. In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologise for it.
We weren’t always successful at Bain. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? And yet the centrepiece of the president’s entire re-election campaign is attacking success.

It’s not fat, it’s a natural sign of what your body has done. I thought it would get better but after 12 years there is still all the excess skin and stretch marks. With my second pregnancy I experienced an even greater loss, as at seven months of the pregnancy the baby was diagnosed with severe problems and I was asked to terminate the pregnancy. I had a huge belly and excess skin and terribly red marks. Alison Thompson, Rossett, Wales
Before my first pregnancy I was very athletic but all of it changed when my son was born.

“In Lincoln, we see a man more interesting than the legend, and a far better guide for future presidents. We’re all here tonight because he did.”
JENNIFER LAWRENCE – receiving the best actress award Lawrence has also been nominated for an Oscar As Lawrence took to the stage, she read the inscription on her trophy and said: “What does it say? Every hard-fought effort to protect our union has demanded the same combination of steely resolve and necessary compromises that Lincoln mastered to preserve the union and end slavery.

The majority of us live unnatural lives – if we were all labouring on the land for our food and sustenance, there’d be no more squidgy tummies. I do think people are missing the point here – surely the point is not to worry whether we look “beautiful” or not – there are other things by which we can be valued!
And to try to insist that we all say wrinkly loose skin is “beautiful” when it’s really not is patronising!

I didn’t even know that it existed. The worst part is that I get disapproval from women the most. I had never seen an after-pregnancy belly with stretch marks and sags exposed. I hadn’t heard about it. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Most [people’s] reactions suggest that either I am at fault, ugly or very unfortunate”
End Quote After I gave birth I was shocked.

There is too much pressure on ordinary women to look like all these stick-thin celebs, who “pop out” the baby and slip gracefully into their size eight jeans again. My body was destroyed after a C-Section. That one event has devastated not only my body – which 13 years later I still see as “butchered” – but also my self-esteem, my mental health and my relationship with my husband.Here are some of the highlights from the stage at the 2013 ceremony, including Jodie Foster’s enigmatic acceptance of the lifetime achievement award.
AMY POEHLER and TINA FEY – opening monologue Fey (l) was Globe nominated for her role in 30 Rock while Poehler was nominated for Parks and Recreation Fey: “Tonight we honour the television shows that have entertained us all year, as well as the films that have only been in theatres for two days.”

Afterwards I was left with a saggy crepe-like stomach and my mother and sister lamented “Oh poor you.” I’d try to console myself “Well, I never liked my tummy anyway. Never wanted to wear a crop top/bikini in any event”. But after my third I’ve got to admit, I’d sooner not have this spare tyre of loose flab that looks huge in the mirror when I’m wearing fitting clothing.

It’s not bad work if you can get it, though.
“But seriously, if you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you’d had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too might value privacy above all else. Some day, in the future, people will look back and remember how beautiful it once was.

Monica Gonzalez, Davie, Florida Monica Gonzalez is worried about being able to feed her family It is outrageous, the government really needs to make some changes so this doesn’t happen again.
That is how we are able to have milk, cereal, bread, baby formula and eggs among other things. nI am a mother of two, we are low income and we depend on the WIC federal programme that gives healthcare and nutrition for women and small children. nWith the shutdown we are no longer receiving this help.

And what will we do once it goes? nTracey Stalcup, Murphy, North Carolina Tracey Stalcup and her husband’s home loan has been delayed My husband and I are just a few weeks away from closing on our first home.
It’s not fair to anybody, not just me, there are kids that are being affected, seniors, people could die because of this negligence. It is frustrating, all we can think about is, how long will our food last? nAs our loan was through a government-supported agency, the field workers who review and improve the loans will not be working during the shutdown.

I mean, thank you for the enthusiasm. single.
“Yes I am, I am single. Those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met. No, I’m kidding – but I mean I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. n”I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age. Can I get a wolf whistle or something?

I’m slim, but my tummy, at 54, and after two children, looks a bit like the top picture.
Actresses, models… those who have the motivation to work sufficiently hard afterwards to restore their figures are the proof that it can be done. No it’s not beautiful! Most women’s tummies after childbirth aren’t, and that is due to lack of exercise or a lack of hard physical work, and diet – simple as that. Some women’s tummies are still beautiful after childbirth. But am I having sleepless nights about it, or insisting it’s photographed, or that someone tells me it’s “beautiful”?

If the shutdown lasts even another two weeks, my family will need to consider taking out a personal loan to finance necessaries like groceries and utilities. nWe have one other source of income, my dad’s pension from the USAF (he is a veteran of the Iraqi war), but that will also be in jeopardy in a few weeks when the debate over the debt ceiling comes to a head. So, obviously, we are quite anxious that this be resolved quickly.

I am normally quite a skinny person and put on a lot of weight in pregnancy, and it took me a long time to lose it. Here is a selection of your thoughts and experiences.
Continue reading the main story “Start Quote How I physically looked was one thing, but a more insidious effect of pregnancy on my body was that I felt like a fish out of water in a body that didn’t feel like my own”
End Quote This article took me by surprise – I actually cried reading it. I don’t think I even realised how strongly I was affected by the changes in my body after giving birth.

In fact, she was referencing the 1996 film First Wives Club, in which Bette Midler tells Goldie Hawn’s character: “Once you were a terrific actress. I beat Meryl.’ That’s what it says.”
Lawrence’s speech continued with praise for her Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper. You even got an Oscar to prove it… The comment garnered criticism on Twitter, from people who thought she was making a dig at fellow nominee Meryl Streep.

“These nominees are exceptional talents.
“I gotta thank my agent Patrick Whitesell who was with me when I was like a nobody, then when I was somebody, then when I was in a little bit of trouble. “Look, I don’t care what the award is. I truly to God never thought I would be in the same breath as them. He stuck with me then, too, and we tried to put it back together.” When they put your name next to the names that she just read out, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life.In the article, she discussed her attempt to redefine the idea of a beautiful woman’s body by using natural, non-airbrushed photos of mothers. Beall believes that celebrity stories about “bouncing back” from pregnancy present a distorted view of the reality for many women.

It’s a first step, but we need something longer-lasting. I have a sister that won’t benefit because she’s 32. After six years of having to do car washes and fundraisers and breaking every family and friends’ piggy bank, I was able to graduate [from university]. We’re going to need legislation that could make sure that I have a path to citizenship and that I’m able to be a full American. I have three degrees in early childhood education, music education and special education.

Any congressman who applauds this is undermining his own constitutional function. This really is making immigration law without input from Congress. Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies I don’t think it’s too much to describe this as a lawless act.
The president is attempting to rule by decree and there is absolutely no excuse for this.

When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice: ‘Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?’
I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. As governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lieutenant Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

Blood-shaking friendships, brothers and sisters. So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I’m just going to put it out there, right? We made movies together, and you can’t get more intimate than that. So I’m going to need your support on this.
“So while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. Loud and proud, right? “But, you know, more than anyone else I share my most special memories with members of the crew.

It never was and it never will be. No, I’m sorry, that’s just not me.
“And you guys might be surprised, but I am not Honey Boo Boo Child. “But now, apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honour the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show. I would have to make out with Marion Cotillard or I’d have to spank Daniel Craig’s bottom just to stay on the air. But please don’t cry because my reality show would be so boring.

An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favourite of my sons. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.
We started an early childhood learning centre called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know.

I’m now glad I could not afford the surgery. Jo, Cuckfield, West Sussex
I remember when I was pregnant with my first, all talk from my family was of stretch marks and how if I was “lucky” I’d not get any. I consoled myself saying, “they’re below my hip line, nobody will ever see them” but when I fell pregnant with my second, they spread well beyond. When I started to balloon I kept thinking, “no, I’ll be fine, it’s not so bad,” but quickly the red angry lines started to appear. I’ve given birth, the stretch marks are my pregnancy badges.

Poehler: “That’s what makes tonight so special. I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty, but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.” Only at the Golden Globes, do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television.”
Poehler: “It was a great year for women in film. Kathryn Bigelow [is] nominated tonight.

nWe have rent to pay, plus student loans and numerous other bills. It’s not something we really wanted me to do because of my medical issues, but it is necessary. I have taken a temporary position in an office.
If this goes on too long we’re going to be in trouble.
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Government worker Jesse Weaver from Long Beach Mississippi describes the impact of the shutdown on her and her family. I’m hoping that this all ends soon.nJohn and I used to listen to Styx albums together and drink Bacardi and Coke at parties. He had straw-blond hair and freckles – like his sister.
Amanda Berry, middle, was reunited with her sister just hours after being freed Like the other students at St Anne’s, I thought about her often and wondered what had happened. By the time I met John at St Anne’s school in Prairie Village, his sister had been missing for more than two years.

We are a nation of immigrants. When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.
It is what brought us to America.
That very optimism is uniquely American. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

In the 1990s I visited the place where her skull was found. But they did not have enough evidence.
In 2003 a former janitor, John Horton, 56, was arrested. nA police officer told me at the time that authorities thought they knew who the killer was. He is now serving a life sentence for the killing of Lizabeth Wilson. n”We’re keeping a close eye on him,” the officer said. It was a grassy area near a farmhouse in Lenexa, Kansas – desolate and quiet.

And I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American. Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon. God bless Neil Armstrong.

A neighbour helped Berry escape from the house in Cleveland, for example. If people are coming and going from a house at odd hours, especially a place with boarded-up windows, barbed wire and security cameras, then neighbours should pay attention and consider notifying the authorities.
Investigators are searching the house in Cleveland where the women were held People who live in the area can be vital to the case.
“Follow your instincts,” says Jakiel.

nThree days after disappearing, the boy was found dead with stab wounds.
In some cases, the family is still waiting. Trombitas recalls what it was like to spend time at the home of a 12-year-old boy who was kidnapped in Nebraska in 1982. n”Every time the phone rang, the mom would just shake like a leaf,” Trombitas says.
In 2007, 14-year-old Ashley Summers, disappeared from the same area where Berry, DeJesus and Knight had once vanished.

Get out of here!”
BEN AFFLECK – receiving the best director award Affleck has also been nominated for a Bafta for his award-winning movie Affleck received his prize from Halle Berry who, moments before, had announced the names of the five nominees, including Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino. Kristen Wiig: “…And she’s on that tractor and there are marigolds everywhere, in her hair.”
Will Ferrell: “And that one scene, she looks at the town people and she says, ‘you…

I understood that above all, our body is a home for a healthy baby and even the scars we have are something to remind us that we give life to other people and the price we pay is very little compared to the gift of life and the lovely children we have. My body was totally destroyed – I was fat and flabby for nothing at all.

“The nightmare is over,” said FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony.
Today, investigators and people around the world are struggling to figure out how such a nightmare could have occurred. nThey want to know how three women could have remained missing for so many years. nFBI agents and police detectives are investigating the three cases and trying to determine in what ways they were connected to each other.

nPeople have been turned away from the Minneapolis Social Security Administration Card Center He just resumed a normal working schedule after the 20% reduction in pay for the furlough this summer. Elizabeth Coon, Newport News, Virginia My dad is an “unnecessary” government employee who is being indefinitely furloughed without pay during the shutdown. nThe assumption is that the shutdown will end soon, as most shutdowns in the past (with the exception of the Clinton shutdown in ’95-’96) lasted three days or less. nHe is currently supporting a wife (my mom) and four kids, two of whom are at university.

nMy co-workers are good professional people but there is a noticeable level of stress, frustration, and depression on the rise.
I believe the tea party Republicans who are issuing this ransom note to our country, the one that states that the Affordable Care Act must be delayed are terrified that, if there is no delay to the start of the so-called ObamaCare, people will actually catch on to what a good and positive thing it will be, particularly for those in need. A federal employee protests outside the Capitol in Washington DC Several of my fellow co-workers will be taking out an emergency loan from their retirements to cover utilities. nI myself will, unfortunately, use what savings I have, as well as credit to get by.Chris A
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“President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise. n”Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavoury deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. He described the film’s plot as: “A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives. This brilliant film shows us how we did it, and gives us hope that we can do it again. I wouldn’t know anything about that.

“They’re looking for more physical evidence and they’re photographing the layout of the house,” a Cleveland police officer who is familiar with the investigation tells me. He asks to remain anonymous because he is not authorised to speak with a journalist.

You know you save me too. “Matt Saver, Pat Kingsley, Jennifer Allen, Grant Niman and his uncle Jerry Borack, may he rest in peace. My family and friends here tonight and at home, and of course, Mel Gibson.
“There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard.

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.
Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future. Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.

The scars and stretch marks that I see in the mirror tell me that history. Unfortunately we lost my son nearly 11 years ago. Yvanna Sherman, Philadelphia, US
Abby Richon I have stretch marks, my figure is not what it was when I was in my 20s or even my 30s. But my body brought into this world two beautiful, brilliant children.

I totally watched them.”
Will Ferrell: “Judi Dench! Which I did,” lied Ferrell. Where did she come from? “And this is for my boyfriend, Simon, who convinced me to do it, and my lovely son.”
WILL FERRELL and KRISTEN WIIG The former Saturday Night Live comedians said they had been asked to watch the shortlisted films in the best actress category. And she comes into town… She used to be a police officer and this is her first movie, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

My once-taut stomach now sags a little with stretched skin and that skin that was once soft and youthful is now permanently scarred.
Somehow over time, that has changed. Now, when I look in the mirror, I see a woman. The young woman looking at herself in the mirror then (almost seven years ago) struggled to find beauty in those changes. I see a woman with breasts and scars and hips and she’s perfectly beautiful in the most imperfect way. A woman who has been lucky enough to be fruitful… to carry the life of a child. My body changed drastically from pregnancy.

And I can’t help but get moony, you know. n”Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter. I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved – the greatest job in the world. “You see, Charlie and Kit, sometimes mom, your mom loses it too. Scary and exciting and now what? But it will be my writing on the wall: Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely. This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. Change, you gotta love it. And maybe it won’t be as sparkly, maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens, maybe it will be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle.

Based on interviews they have done with offenders, they know that they have only three hours from the time a child is seized to find him or her alive.
But as he explains, they pursue leads immediately. In the vast majority of those cases, Trombitas says, the investigators find the kidnapped children and bring them home.
In the cases that do not end well, the killings often occur fast.but] it was as real as anything I’ve ever seen. “The entire room was freaked out,” wrote comedian Killy Dwyer on her Facebook page.
“I get that it is – could – might all be a hoax… It was chilling, upsetting and absolutely intriguing.”
Award show producer Al Parinello told the Hollywood Reporter: “I witnessed the entire thing and I can tell you without a doubt this was not a prank.”
“You could see by the look on [Michael’s] face that it had an emotional impact on him,” said Ed Cavanagh, manager at the Gotham Comedy Club, where the award show took place.

Since I got here I always felt America was my home and I did everything possible to show people how much I loved my home. That’s what it was like.
If you go to get your eyes checked – everything’s blurry then you put on glasses and everything clears up. It was clean and palm trees and safe. Gaby Pacheco, 27, undocumented immigrant from Ecuador I came to the US when I was a young girl.

Romney: Sochi cost too much Mitt Romney, who oversaw the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, writes that public financing of the Olympics has led to out-of-control spending that glorifies governments and politicians.

What saddens me are friends of mine who are mothers and are trying to diet away their baby sag. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote My abs are rock hard. They’re just under my skin!”
End Quote After three children I realised the elasticity in my stomach skin just wasn’t coming back. They’re just under my skin! The thing is that I’m a karate instructor and people are astonished that when I tense my stomach my abs are rock hard.

When a child is kidnapped by a stranger, though, investigators know they must work quickly.
Continue reading the main story “Start Quote The number-one motivation is sex”
End Quote Harry Trombitas Former FBI special agent “The number-one motivation is sex,” says Harry Trombitas, who served as an FBI special agent from 1983-2012. They want to put distance between themselves and the case.”
“The offender grabs a child – engages in sex – then feels he has to get rid of the child.

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Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We rely on his pay cheque and I don’t know what we are going to do”
End Quote He is considered an essential employee so he is still going to work at his daily job – but he will not be paid until the shutdown is over and it might take a while. He is a member of the Army National Guard and an employee of the Department of Homeland Security.
He has always served his country, and has been deployed to Iraq. nHis National Guard has been cancelled due to the shutdown, which means we won’t receive pay for that this month either.

As a result my son is too much for me so I cannot care for him all day by myself and he has to go to day care. nTo be honest, as much as I’d like to focus on the “bigger issues” all I can think of is how we are going to feed ourselves and our two-year-old son. nWe cannot take him out of day care because my husband still has to work, but we also don’t know when he’ll be paid. nWe rely on his pay cheque and I don’t know what we are going to do. I had heart surgery six months ago and just found out that I’m pregnant (a surprise obviously).

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6th February 2014 – 23:31 Why does this article compare Wendy Davis against Robert McDonnell as if they are “mirror” images of each other? Also, to address comments below, people who have abortions can still have children later on if and when they choose–why can’t Davis be pictured with her children as a devoted single mom in photo ops?The partial shutdown began earlier this week after Republicans refused to approve a budget, saying they would only do so if funding for President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms was delayed.
Thousands of federal employees are on enforced leave without pay, while others are working as “essential” staff, but are currently not being paid.
The impact of the shutdown is being felt across the country.

But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? Many of you felt that way on election day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal.

The move is expected to offer some 800,000 people the chance to live and work legally in the US, and comes months ahead of a tight presidential election in which Hispanic voters are seen as crucial in several swing states.

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.
To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

Gridlock on the streets of Atlanta was so bad that a police officer had to deliver a baby on a snowy motorway. nAn Atlanta highway is clogged southbound and closed northbound The National Guard was out trying to help stranded motorists More gridlock – this time on Interstate 459 in Birmingham Alabama Children enjoy the unusual experience of snow-covered sand in Charleston, South Carolina Stranded people take shelter in a grocery store in Atlanta And South Carolina’s Highway Patrol responded to more than 800 collisions on Tuesday evening.
Mr Deal said on Wednesday morning that the National Guard had sent military Humvees on to the city’s motorways to move stranded school buses and provide food and water to people.

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Barely 3in (7.62cm) of snow brought the giant southern city of Atlanta to its knees, reports the BBC’s David Willis
“I got some tea from some kids, from them and their mom,” stranded motorist Rebekah Cole told CNN amid a then-10 hour commute in Atlanta. Offers of help The extreme weather also brought out many Good Samaritans who offered food and shelter to strangers battling the elements.
But officials faced Atlanta residents angry the city had not taken more precautions.

While we have a savings account, because of the furlough and 20% pay reduction this summer and because our family internationally adopted my youngest brother a year ago, it is much lower than we would like and will be used up within a month or two.

Our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, who are my reason to breathe and to evolve, my blood and soul. And boys, in case you didn’t know it, this song, all of this, this song is for you. And I hope that if I say this three times, it will magically and perfectly enter into your soul, fill you with grace and the joy of knowing that you did good in this life. But this is the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you. Mom, I know you’re inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things that you won’t understand tonight. “I am so proud of our modern family.
“This brings me to the greatest influence of my life, my amazing mother, Evelyn. Please take that with you when you’re finally OK to go.

I’m truly 50-50 on this one.”
Witnesses said the unnamed woman had explained the catalyst for her appearance was the death of her grandfather, Andy’s father, in July.
In a video of the encounter, posted on gossip site TMZ, Michael is seen asking whether his brother is “getting close to revealing himself”. But, he added: “I don’t know whether somebody is perpetrating something on [Michael] or not. nThe woman covers her face and says, “I don’t know what to say.”
“I mean, he was really thinking about coming,” she adds.

nLuckily, we are renting from a friend of the family who understands our situation. nSteven Crump, Basel, Switzerland I work for a large multinational chemical company and am currently managing the implementation of a chemical manufacturing process in the US. nIf the shutdown persists through October, we will have to rent for another month – and contend with tripping over boxes of our packed belongings.
But now we are just at a standstill. This does put quite a dent in our plans as there are several things that need to be done to the house before winter (e.g. propane heater installation, mend a window that will not shut properly, just to name a few).My mom has her own business…
“He’s pretty much a great dad, and raised us. He helps her with that kind of thing, paperwork and stuff, so he can work from home and he doesn’t have to be hiding out [or] concealing himself.”
“He just makes us food and takes care of the house.”
It has since been claimed, however, that the mystery woman is in fact a New York actress whose father is a doctor. “He just wanted to be a stay-at-home dad, that’s why he wanted to leave the showbiz,” she explained at the New York event.

It was accompanied by a note, saying the comedian would reappear on Christmas Eve 1999, in a specific restaurant. According to website The Smoking Gun, Alexandra Tatarsky was recruited by Michael Kaufman earlier this year to play his alleged niece.
Audience ‘freaked out’ The woman’s arrival on Monday night had been preceded by a long anecdote, in which Michael described how, many years ago, he discovered an essay in which Andy detailed plans to fake his death.
Although Andy failed to show up, Michael was handed a letter explaining that his brother had gone into hiding to live a normal life, and now had a wife and daughter.

Continue reading the main story “Start Quote It was chilling, upsetting and absolutely intriguing”
End Quote Killy Dwyer, audience member In addition to his role on Taxi, Andy Kaufman was an eccentric performance artist who often staged elaborate pranks that entertained, confused and at times frustrated his fans.
He organised wrestling matches between himself and women, impersonated Elvis Presley and, most famously, created a hideous lounge singer alter-ego called Tony Clifton, who reeked of foul-smelling cheese and verbally abused virtually everyone in sight.

Erika Andiola, 24, undocumented immigrant from Mexico Young undocumented immigrants have protested for this measure for years I was brought here by my mom – she was escaping domestic violence from Mexico. Half of my family is US citizens. We asked several migrants and policy experts for their views. It was the best choice that she could have made and I’m very thankful for her. So is the new policy an enlightened move or a cynical – and possibly unconstitutional – political ploy?

nPatriots, they’re not. I

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