Can God Help You Lose Weight?

In today's link roundup: Rick Warren's Bible-inspired weight-loss campaign. Plus: The numbers behind Obama's proposal to keep high school students from dropping out.

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Can God help you lose weight? Rick Warren says yes: The popular pastor says he turned to the Bible for the inspiration for his "Daniel Program" weight-loss campaign.

The research behind Obama's high school-dropout proposal: Students should be required by law to attend school either until they graduate or turn 18, Obama said in his State of the Union address, because "we ... know that when students aren’t allowed to walk away from their education, more of them walk the stage to get their diploma." Slate unpacks the numbers behind that statement.

D.C. mayor skipped SOTU to attend girlfriend's birthday:  Was choosing this prior engagement over the speech a snub?

Black New Jersey leaders say keep civil rights off the ballot: Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and Newark Mayor Cory Booker said in separate forums that civil rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and don't belong on the ballot, the Associated Press reports.

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