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The Republican-controlled US Senate has passed a bill to build Keystone XL oil pipeline. However, the
measure passed 62-36 and President Obama has threatened to veto it.

The bipartisan bill builds the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and therefore defying a presidential veto threat. This sets up the first of many future battles over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Obama's hand on the issue.

Bird Watching: Owls and Eagles


Get out into the wild this winter and take advantage of NYC Parks' Urban Park Rangers birding hikes and tours. Sick of being cooped up indoors? Set out with NYC Parks' Urban Park Rangers on one of the many hikes and birding tours they offer. Winter is a great time to spot Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Red-Tailed Hawks, Snowy Owls, and many more bird species.

"Birding is a great way to get outdoors this winter and stay active," said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. "Our Urban Park Rangers offer hikes and tours for people of all abilities in every borough. Whether you're an experienced birder or just looking for a fun winter activity outdoors, I encourage everyone to join us on a birding tour this season."

In the winter, many Raptors, or birds of prey, tend to fly further south to New York City in search of food. Bald Eagles are expert fishers and swoop down to snatch fish out of the water with their massive talons. The Saw-Whet Owl is speckled and striped, perfect for helping to camouflage them when they are roosting and hunting. After virtual extinction, the Peregrine Falcon has made a remarkable comeback and can be seen in New York City along the coast. If you see a shoreline full of birds and ducks suddenly scatter, scan the skies -- a powerful and fast-flying Peregrine Falcon is probably nearby. How many species can you spot?

GOP Hopefuls


South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest politician to form a political organization to explore a potential run for his party's presidential nomination. He is not the latest high-profile GOP member to test the 2016 waters.

Graham becomes conservative number 16 who wants to be considered Presidential material. What say you?



Hey, there's much more snow on the way!

New York City Emergency Management has issued a Weather Advisory for Thursday, January 29, 2015 and Friday, January 30, 2015. Light snow is expected to begin around 9:00 PM and continue until early Friday morning.

An accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow is expected, with little to no ice formation, but roads could be slippery for Friday's commute. Decreasing temperatures and increased winds are forecast for Friday afternoon and evening.

Civility now, more than ever


Listen and pay attention
Acknowledge others
Think the best
Be inclusive and tolerant
Speak kindly and smile
Accept and give praise
Respect others' opinions
Mind your body language
Be agreeable to everyone
Keep it down and rediscover silence
Respect other people's time and space
Apologize earnestly
Assert yourself, but avoid personal questions
Care for your others and be a considerate
Think twice before asking for favors
Refrain from unnecessary complaints
Accept and give constructive criticism
Take care of nature and the environment
Don't shift responsibility and blame

Assorted Attractions and Events


Event: iPhone Reporting: How To Do It All with Just One Small Device
When: January 30, 2015, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C.
WTOP reporter and iPhone whiz Neal Augenstein will offer a "how to" session on everything from reporting to recording with the popular phone that does much more. Learn the power of smartphone reporting with this interactive class - be sure to bring your iPhone! . Registration is $5 for NPC members; $10 public:

Event: Advanced Search Techniques
When: February 2, 2015, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Where: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington D.C.
Have you ever been frustrated by an internet search that turns up no hits? Or by one that returns too many? Have you felt in your bones that the info you need is out there in the wild west of the internet, but you just can’t find it? Up your average by learning tricks of the trade from a news librarian with who has worked as a researcher at the Newseum, NPR and The National Press Club. Registration is $5 for NPC members; $10 public

Event: Steve Coll to Speak at Knight Bagehot alumni event in NYC
When: February 3, 2015, 6 p.m. (Registration Deadline: January 29, 2015)
Where: Bloomberg News, 731 Lexington Ave, New York City
Please join the alumni and friends of the Knight Bagehot Fellowship program as Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School, interviews Julia Angwin about her new book, "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance." The event will also feature the presentation of a $2,000 prize to Mark Garrison, winner of the 2nd Annual Women's Economic Round Table essay contest. Also, prospective fellowship applicants are encouraged to attend as there will be information on how to apply using our new online application system. The event, hosted by Bloomberg News, is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Dealine date to register is January 29, 2015. For questions and to reserve your spot please email Gary Hill at

Privacy Lost?


Did you know that Facebook has modified its privacy and data use policies, and allow advertisers to include a “buy” button directly on targeted advertisements on a user’s page. Facebook will also allow advertisers to use the location data gathered from tools like “Nearby Friends” and location "check-ins” to push geolocation-based targeted advertisements.



Renowned Conductor Enrique Bátiz Award Winning Piano Soloist Irina Chistiakova Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates Valentine’s Day with a performance direct from Mexico City of the ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA del ESTADO de MÉXICO with renowned Conductor and Musical Director Enrique Bátiz and rising-star pianist Irina Chistiakova on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 8pm.

The Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico was founded in 1971 at the initiative of Maestro Enrique Bátiz and the Government of the State of Mexico to promote music as a means of union and identification among Mexicans. A cultural gem based in the city of Toluca, the orchestra is a source of pride and joy to Mexican-Americans and Mexiquenses and tours extensively throughout Mexico and the world with concerts that feature a wide range of traditional Mexican and Spanish music as well as classics by Verdi and Beethoven. The program for February 14 will include “Three Spanish Dances” (Enrique Granados), “Noches en los Jardines de España” (Manuel de Falla) and “Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68” (Johannes Brahms). Led by acclaimed conductor and musical director Enrique Bátiz, the performance will feature rising star piano soloist Irina Chistiakova.

NYC Announcements


Mayor de Blasio has announced that all NYC Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, January 27. After school activities will occur as scheduled.

To view this message in American Sign Language (ASL) with audio and subtitles, please visit:

MTA Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, and Staten Island Railroad have resumed with limited service. All service operates on a Sunday schedule for today, Tuesday, 1/27. See for details.

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