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Monday, February 18, 2013

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George Wenschhof

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Israel To Present Obama with Presidential Medal of Distinction - When President Barack Obama visits Israel next month, he'll be awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction, Israeli President Shimon Peres' office announced Monday.
Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to receive the recognition, will be awarded the medal for making "a unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens," according to a release announcing the news.

Hillary Clinton To Begin Speaking Tour - Clinton, who has picked the Harry Walker Agency to represent her, is likely to start the paid speaking circuit in the spring and is expected to rake in fees that clock in at the six figure range.

The possible 2016 presidential contender may do some speeches for free, depending on the cause, and will sometimes donate some of that money for charitable purposes. She is also exploring book options and will be involved in nonprofit work. has more here.


Obama Administration Wants Study of the Brain - The project, which could ultimately cost billions of dollars, is expected to be part of the president’s budget proposal next month. And, four scientists and representatives of research institutions said they had participated in planning for what is being called the Brain Activity Map project.

The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness. The NY Times has more here.
Sandoval Addresses Scandal in Campaign Ad - Sanford saw his political career derailed after he admitted an affair with an Argentine woman in 2009, while initially claiming he was taking time off to hike the Appalachian Trail.

He announced last month that he would reenter political life and run to fill the former House seat of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who was appointed to replace former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) who departed the upper chamber to run the Heritage Foundation. Sanford served three terms in the House before becoming South Carolina governor.


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