In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, countless gun control proposals are being drafted to help curb gun violence. There are plenty schools of thought regarding gun control in the U.S.; some call for assault weapons to be banned while others are calling for an all out stoppage of firearm sales.
NRA President David Keene is wasn’t too open to the idea of compromising with the White House. Following the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Keene told CNN, “What we put the brakes on is anything that simply takes away a person’s Second Amendment right for no good reason.”
He then went on to predict that, “The likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress.”
Gun groups predict assault weapons ban will fail in Congress
The Clippers and Lakers share a city and an arena, but that’s about it. This season the Clippers have taken the spotlight from the Lakers and don’t seem too keen on sharing. The Lakers have been in a downward spiral in a season riddled with injuries, coaching changes, and old age while the Clippers have only been going up.
With a 28-8 record the Clippers can claim the title of not only the best team in the west, but in the entire league. They showed flashes of this ability las season but couldn’t seem to fire on all cylinders consistently. This year they’ve blown teams out, come from behind to win, and sometimes barely squeaked out a win but the underlying theme remains, they win.
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Alabama cemented itself as a dynasty on Monday with their second consecutive BCS title. The Nick Saban led Crimson Tide are already early favorites for the 2013 BCS title as well with their odds at 5/1. If the Tide does end up winning back-to-back-to-back titles it would be the first time a team has done it in over 70 years; Minnesota did so from 1934-36.
The thought of Alabama completing a three-peat is not far fetched, at all. Following the game Saban told reporters that, “The process is ongoing. We’re going to enjoy it for 24 hours or so.” Assuming that the Tide doesn’t lose any players the leave early for the NFL the team will have 16 returning starters.
2013 college football national championship odds: Bama favored to threepeat
With the iPhone 5 releasing last September now’s as good of time as any to start addressing the rumors for the next-generation iPhone.
First, the next iPhone will come in more color varieties than just black and white. MacRumors posted a rumor started by Jeffries analyst Peter Misek that the phone will be available in 6-8 different colors. It’s a fair assumption that the iPhone will take some hints from lasts year’s iPod touch update which allowed customers to choose from six color variations.
Later in the article is a rumor that the next iPhone will be available in more than one screen size. When Apple made the jump from the 4S to the 5 is also expanded the screen size from a 3.5-inch screen to a 4-inch screen. This lends itself to previous rumors of a lower-priced “mini” iPhone. Apple could very well indeed offer its newest phone rendition in two sizes to penetrate even more mobile markets.
With 2012 well on its way out today, it’s time to see how TIME’s Sean Gregory fared with his “Fearless Sports Predictions for 2012“.
We’re only going to focus on the “No Duh” picks:
1. The Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA title.
Off to a good start with the first prediction as the Heat did indeed win the title along and Lebron finally got to silence many of his critics by finally donning a ring.
2. The Green Bay Packers repeat as Super Bowl champs.
Well, no one’s perfect right? If you’ll remember, the Packers didn’t even appear in Super Bowl XLVI. Instead, we saw a rematch between the New England Patriots and New York Giants with the football Gaints coming out on top. Did Eli prove that he’s “elite” yet?
3. Usain Bolt wins the 100-m Olympic gold. Though he won’t break his world-record time, 9.58 sec., set at the 2009 world championships.
Getting back on track with this prediction, Bolt once again dominated the Olympics and did win the 100-m. Though he did break an Olympic record with his 9.63 second 100-m time, he didn’t break his world-record from the 2009 world championships.
4. Spain wins Euro 2012.
TIME comes correct again and correctly predicted that Spain would win the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship while becoming the first team to win two consecutive European Championships. Spain defended their title against Italy and finished on top 4-0.
5. The Texas Rangers win the World Series.
Time for the predictions to fall back to earth a bit. The Texas Ranger barely made the playoffs due to a late season collapse and ultimately only made it because of the expanded wildcard teams. The Rangers lost their one game playoff to the Baltimore Orioles.
Think you can predict 2013 better? Prove it.
Apple helped revolutionize and monetize digital music. Why shouldn’t we expect them to try their hand at streaming services for music, the one area they’ve tiptoed around for some time. Pandora seemed to blow the floodgates and bring music streaming services into the mainstream. Songza has changed streaming music services by offering full album streams. Both services offer free and paid versions and both have had trouble actually profitting.
It’s tough to force hands to pay when they can get it for free. That’s where Apple comes in. When the iTunes store initially launched many people scoffed at the idea of paying for music and not receiving a physical copy. Clearly Apple knew what they were doing. NPR recently brought the rumor to light that Apple is going to launch its own streaming music service in 2013.
Music-Streaming Services Hunt For Paying Customers
The Los Angeles Lakers are sitting at 11-14 eight weeks into the NBA season and are trailing the rest of California’s basketball teams, not a good look for the Kobe-led Lakers. With the return of Pau Gasol on the horizon, the Lakers are hoping to right the ship before the season progresses much more.
The Lakers only have two games this week; Tomorrow against the Charlotte Bobcats, who for some reason always give the Lakers a run for their money, and their Los Angeles-brethren, the Lob City Clippers on the 22nd. The LA Times is predicting that the Lakers inch closer to .500 by winning both games this week.
Lakers: Week 8 Predictions
With the NFL season winding down more and more games become must-wins for teams battling for a coveted playoff spot; This week is no exception. One of the NFL’s most historic rivalries, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, will meet in Chicago with both teams needing a win to ensure their playoff hopes. One of the perennial powerhouses of the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers, will find themselves on the brink of elimination if they cannot beat the Dallas Cowboys. If the Steelers find themselves in the loss column and the Cincinnati Bengals can win over a very-beatable Philadelphia Eagles, the Steelers may find themselves out of the playoff discussion.
NFL Predictions Week 15: Breaking Down Games with Huge Playoff Implications
On his way out of the Senate and before heading to a new position at the Heritage Institution, Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) took the time to stop by CBS This Morning and predict that “we’re going to be raising taxes and not just on the top earners”.
Leading conservative predicts Obama will win tax fight.
With week 15 of the NFL season on the horizon, playoff spots are becoming increasingly attainable for a number of teams while the rest of the league seems to fade into the distance. The 49ers, Packers, and Ravens are one win away from clinching a playoff spot. In addition to that, there are numerous teams on the cusp of locking up a wild card spot.
The AFC playoff picture currently has the Steelers, Bengals, and the Jets (yes, those Jets) vying for the two wild card spots. Though the race separates itself a bit once you realize the Steelers hold the tiebreaker over the Bengals and the Jets need some upsets to make the postseason. The general consensus among “experts” points to the Steelers and Colts as the eventual wild card teams.
The NFC wild card picture is a tighter race and has more teams involved with the Bears, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, and the Vikings currently vying for one of the two wild card spots. Heading into week 15 the Cowboys, Redskins, and Vikings are all tied at 7-6 while the Bears and Seahawks currently leading the pack both at 8-5. The Seahawks would hold the tiebreaker over the Bears due to their head-to-head win percentage. The Vikings would be virtually eliminated if the teams above them win due to being on the wrong end of the tiebreakers.
Let us and your friends know who you think will make it into the postseason once the dust settles in the wild card races. Go ahead, pick the Jets to make the playoffs, prove us all wrong.