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CIA's former 'chief of disguise' has a new holiday job: 'Kids' Gift Detective' for Target

By Tony & Jonna Mendez
Written by Amrita Jayakumar What does it take to get your children the perfect holiday gift? A professional sleuth, apparently. As the pressure to win the holiday shopping battle builds, marketers are inventing creative ways to help parents strategize. Enter Jonna Mendez, wife of Antonio Mendez. After a 27-year career at the CIA, the former "chief of disguise"; (yes, that was her actual title) has an unconventional retirement job - teaching parents to ...
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Capture of Saddam Hussein Commemorated by Artifact Display

By Steve Russell
Written by Phil Cross It has been ten years since the former president of Iraq spent his final days of freedom hidden out on a farm near Tikrit. The decade anniversary of his capture is being commemorated with a display of artifacts from the hunt for and capture of Saddam Hussein. The artifacts are on loan to the Oklahoma Historical Society from retired Lt. Col. Steve Russell. Russell was one of the commanders who played a role in the capture of Hussein ten years ago. "It's ...
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Dr. Charles Krauthammer Tops NY Times Bestsellers List

By Dr. Charles Krauthammer
We are thrilled to congratulate author, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, on his New York Times Bestsellers #1 listing for his book, Things That Matter. Things That Matterpresents his penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American decline.A national thought leader known for his uncompromising honesty, Krauthammer has ...
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Speaker, Nido Qubein, Interviewed on CNBC

By Nido Qubein
Squawk Box, the premier pre-market business program on CNBC, will interview President Nido Qubein on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8:20 a.m. EST. The segment will focus on "Opportunities in America"; and will highlight both the extraordinary transformation of High Point University and the personal story of President Qubein. Nido Qubein is president of High Point University, an accredited undergraduate and graduate institution with more than 4000 students from 50 countries and 44 states. He ...
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Year-End Financial Checklist

By Michelle Singletary
Have you already started thinking about the financial goals you want to set for the New Year? Well, hold on. First, try taking care of some financial business before 2013 rolls out. "Many people, rushing to make holiday plans, would like to take a vacation from thinking about money. Not so fast,"; reports Deborah L. Jacobs for Forbes. "In the process you could whiz by some crucial financial deadlines on Dec. 31. Miss them and you might get hit with substantial penalties or lose the opportunity to ...
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Former Secret Service Agent tops NY Times bestseller list

By Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
He has served in five presidential administrations, but is best known for his role on November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated. Former Secret Service Agent, Clint Hill discusses what went down that day and his New York Times bestseller "Five Days in November". For information on how to book Clint Hill for your next event, visitPremiereSpeakers.com/Clint_Hill. To order an autographed copy of his books, visit premierecollectibles.com/brands/Clint-Hill Source: ...
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Two Reasons Why Copying Successful People Won't Make You Successful

By Michael Hyatt
Written by Tim Maurer Before you read another article on how you can be more successful, please consider that doing so may actually be unproductive without a proper frame of reference: We wake each day on a quest for personal validation that we apparently believe is found in someone's definition of success. We then presume that rote replication of the habits of the supposedly successful will directly correlate to similar degrees of success in our own lives. While ...
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Atlanta Tribune Inducts Ron Clark Academy Into Its Hall of Fame: "Education Icons"

By Ron Clark
"To quote Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, 'Every man and woman is born into this world to do something unique and distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done"; . . . said Ms. Pat Lottier, publisher, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. "Our HOF inductees have taken unique steps to favorably impact young people inside the classroom and the community. We are proud to share their stories with the Atlanta community."; Atlanta Tribune proudly announces ...
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Former CIA Officer Discusses Movie Role

By Tony & Jonna Mendez
Written by Scott Neumyer If you're a fan of the 2012 Academy Award Best Picture winner Argo, then you probably know the name Tony Mendez. Portrayed by Ben Affleck in the film, Mendez is the CIA officer who was instrumental in the Argo operation that helped rescue six American hostages in Tehran while posing as a Hollywood movie production. Mendez, now retired, has gone on to write several books about his time in the CIA, and hints that there's more to come. With the Argo: The Declassified ...
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Tips on Getting the Most out of Gift Cards

By Michelle Singletary
I get a lot of gift cards, and I bet you do, too. Since it's often hard to buy for people, our friends and relatives have resorted to giving us these cards. Once seen as the lazy person's go-to present, gift cards have become a practical and acceptable way to give. This holiday season, eight in 10 consumers plan to buy gift cards, according to an annual survey by the National Retail Federation. Shoppers are expected to spend an average of $163.16 on gift cards, the highest amount in ...

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