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WikiLeaks Publishes Shadow CIA Emails, Warren Buffett Slams Rick Santorum, and Top 10 Things to Read on Your Lunch Break

Here are the top 10 stories from across the web that you need to read (and watch) on your lunch break:

(1) WikiLeaks publishes 5 million 'shadow CIA' e-mails. WikiLeaks is publishing documents it is calling "The Global Intelligence Files" which includes over 5 million e-mails from the U.S.-based "Global Intelligence" company Stratfor, an intelligence company which Barons described as the Shadow CIA. The New York Times reports: "The material contains privileged information about the U.S. government’s attacks against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks and Stratfor’s own attempts to subvert WikiLeaks."

(2) 10 percent of bank customers moved their money last year. According to a new J.D. Power and Associates report, high fees were the reason that most customers switched for a new bank. The transfers mostly occurred at big banks; the rate at small banks and credit unions was just 0.9 percentThinkProgress reports that in the three months before February, 5.6 million people moved their money.

(3) Iran and Pakistan films win first Academy Awards. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy became the first Pakistani filmmaker to win an Oscar for her documentary "Saving Face," about acid attack victims. "A Separation" became the first Iranian film to win best foreign film. Director Asghar Farhadi had his to say in his acceptance speech:

“At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award or a film or a filmmaker–but because at a time when talk of war, intimidation and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics. I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, a people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.” 

(4) Women account for only 15 percent of Congress. Even though women make up more than half of the U.S. population, they make up only 15 percent of the Senate and 16.6 percent of the House, according to a Congressional Research Services report. The number of women has leveled off recently and even dropped slightly compared to the most recent Congress. 

 

Women in Congress

(5) Ben and Jerry's removes fortune cookies from new "Lin-Sanity" flavor.After initial batches of the company's new frozen yogurt flavor featured "pieces of fortune cookie," the company has back-tracked, and replaced them with waffle pieces. The new frozen yogurt flavor is available at their Harvard franchise. Somecustomers took offense at the implied racism.

Ben and Jerry's

(6) Poll of the Day: Americans are divided over repeal of 2010 health care law. Americans divide evenly when asked if they favor (47%) or oppose (44%) a Republican president's repealing the 2010 healthcare law if elected this November. Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal (87%) and Democrats overwhelmingly oppose it (77%). Via Gallup.com

Gallup

(7) Saleh's VP sworn is as Yemen's new presidentAbd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has been sworn into office, taking power from Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years. Hadi took office after elections last week (he was the sole candidate). On Saturday, Hadi vowed to continue “the fighting against al-Qaeda, as it is a national and religious duty, which will make the displaced people of Abyan return to their homes."

(8) New studies refute Rick Santorum's claim that college makes people less religious. Rick Santorum has said that Americans are losing their religion by going to college. Sunday on ABC’s This Week, he declared that “62 percent of kids who enter college with some sort of faith commitment leave without it.” But, multiple studies have found that the opposite is true — a study published 2007 in the journal Social Forces finds that Americans who don’t go to college experience a steeper decline in their religiosity than those who do.

(9) During an interview on CNBC, billionaire Warren Buffett said it is "a myth" that America's corporate taxes are high. “Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness,” Buffett explained. He was responding to Rick Santorum, who  set forth his economic plan in the Wall Street Journal today, reiterating his desire to cut the corporate tax rate in order to “restore America’s competitiveness.”

(10) Millennials love humor. According to a new study commissioned by Comedy Central, what millennials, especially young men, value most is humor. “Comedy is so central to who they are, the way they connect with other people, the way they get ahead in the world,” an executive from the network’s parent company told the New York Times. “One big takeaway is that unlike previous generations, humor, and not music, is their No. 1 form of self-expression.”

Comedy Central

Via: Oyvind Solstad

Photo CreditFortune Live Media

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