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THURSDAY, January 26, 2012

Fans laughed when chat host Wendy Williams launched her "Save the Twinkie" campaign.  But already, she's entered a valuable collaboration with the Tea Party that will generate national publicity.  Every afternoon at 4 PM London time, members gather for tea and Twinkies. 

First Lady Michelle Obama's new Twitter page attracted 100,000 followers on its first day.  What's being called pure coincidence, the National School Cafeteria Council announced that schools that adopted Michelle's dietary guidelines have reduced their average school lunch by 100,000 calories.

Here's a shocker that will make you stop and think -- a study commissioned by the F.B.I. predicts that by next year, one-third of all kids will have a rap sheet by the time they're 23.  On the plus side, each will receive free front and side view portraits. 

MSNBC has a frequent contributor named Crystal Ball. Think that's a strange name for a reporter?  It's nothing compared to her brothers "Knuckle" and "Spit."
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