Mitch Perry Report 2.13.12

Good morning everyone. If you aren't digging the rare winter-like weather we've experienced in the past 24 hours, don't worry. It'll be near 80 degrees again tomorrow.

While there is rioting in the streets in Athens, Greece because of sweeping new budget cuts, most folks in the U.S., particularly of a certain generation, were absorbed by the powerfully sad news that pop star Whitney Houston had died. I try to avoid nostalgia as much as possible, but remembering when she came on the scene in 1985 brought back powerful memories of that era: MTV, Miami Vice, Madonna, Larry Bird vs. Magic. Live Aid. So sad.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney narrowly edged out a victory in the Maine Caucus Saturday night, though there is still some dispute about the results there. He also earned some love from the folks attending CPAC in D.C. over the weekend. Speaking of CPAC — we checked out Sarah Palin's speech to the crowd there Saturday afternoon.

President Obama announced what he said was a compromise regarding the controversy on contraception health insurance to Catholic institutions, but Republicans aren't buying it.

And over the weekend, faculty members at USF Polytechnic reminded those in the Florida Legislature who are hot to allow that campus to become independent from the USF network that there's a little problem they may not have realized.

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