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Diane Rehm to be honored as Arab American of Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lana Mini   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:28

DEARBORN, Mich. – Renowned journalist Diane Rehm has been named Arab American of the Year for 2013, ACCESS announced today. She will be honored at the prestigious 42nd Annual ACCESS Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, April 27, at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center.

As Arab American of the Year, Rehm will take her place a distinguished group of past honorees that includes former White House correspondent Helen Thomas; U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham; entertainers Casey Kasem and Tony Shalhoub; U.A.W. International President Stephen Yokich; U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall; the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee; and St. Jude Hospital.

The daughter of Arab immigrants, Rehm was born and raised in Washington, D.C. For more than 30 years she has been host of The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU in the nation’s capital. The program is distributed nationally by National Public Radio with more than 2.4 million listeners. Rehm has interviewed notables including then-Sen. Barack Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and many others. In 2000, she became the first radio talk show host to interview a sitting president (Clinton) in the Oval Office.
Last year, she was featured in Arab Americans, a series of profiles broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.
The Diane Rehm Show was named to the Top 10 list of the most powerful programs in public radio for 2007 and 2008, based on its ability to draw listeners to public radio stations. In 2010, she won a Peabody award (widely considered one of the most prestigious and selective honors in electronic media) for her more than 30 years in public broadcasting

Rehm has been named “Washingtonian of the Year,” one of Washington’s “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of the “150 Most Influential People in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine. She has been included several times on the magazine's list of the "100 Most Powerful Women," most recently in 2011. She is the author of three autobiographical books: Finding My Voice (Knopf, 1999), in which she describes her childhood, marriage, career, and voice disorder; Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage (Knopf, 2002), a deeply personal book co-authored by her husband, John; and her most recent book written about her beloved dog, Life With Maxie (Gibbs Smith, 2010).
She was named a Fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists — the highest honor the society bestows on a journalist. In 2011, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award from the American News Women's Club.

She is a director emerita of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and a trustee emerita of McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary, Washington College, McDaniel College, and Shepherd University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, John, and their 6-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, Maxie (short for Maximillian.) The couple has four grandchildren.

‘How I Met the Man of My Dreams’ Focuses on a Woman’s Self-Acceptance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:27
New-Age Love Veteran Says Finding Mr. Right is All About Attitude

Finding Mr. Right may seem as unlikely to some women as winning the lottery, but Debbianne DeRose’s new book, “How I Met the Man of My Dreams: a Guide to MANifesting Yours,” is a new-age-y and practical guide to having it all.

“Whether you’re new to the Woo – metaphysical or beyond ego-brain perception – or a veteran looking for a breakthrough, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more practical, fresh (or fresh-mouthed) look at the MANifestation process,” DeRose says. “So much more than just the metaphysical mechanics of rustlin’ up a mate, it’s about who you become in the undertaking.”

Years of single-womanhood can leave a gal wondering if she’ll ever find a bona fide SuperLove, says DeRose, who also came to doubt that finding Mr. Right was possible.

Negative feelings and thoughts are all that stand between a woman and the man of her dreams, she says. He’s there. Be sure you’re ready to recognize him by focusing on self-love, acceptance, appreciation and amusement.

“That’s where the MANifesting gets really interesting: believing is not a requirement,” she says.  “When my Dreamboat sailed into the harbor, I was so inspired that I decided to ‘reverse-engineer’ the Law of Attraction for the single sisterhood, with humor and tough love.”

DeRose is the author of other New Age books that focus on self-acceptance and self-empowerment. Fans love both her message and her style.

“Debbianne has a delightful sense of humor and is quite gifted in the art of descriptive prose,’’ writes K.S., an Amazon reviewer.

S.C. writes, “I love her chutzpah and independent, clear-thinking mind.”

This guide to finding Mr. Right includes DeRose’s true-love story, told in part to prime the imagination of her readers, she says.

“Those ladies who read the book and actually give the advice a chance should prepare to laugh, take an honest look within and, best of all, be ready to be taken off the market!”

About Debbianne DeRose

Debbianne DeRose specializes in honest, humorous explorations of all things “woo-woo” – that is, metaphysical, mystical, spiritual, paranormal or New Age-y. She’s the author of a hilarious memoir, “What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation.” Formally trained in the conservative arts of engineering and economics, she has worked as an “enginerd,” database geek, non-profiteer, college instructor, bricolage artist and house flipper before diving headlong into the world of woo-woo wordsmithery. DeRose resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with the man of her dreams.

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Written by Richard Swearinger   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:25

(Des Moines, IA) – This year, AARP Foundation and ISED Ventures are again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and the ISED tax assistance program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

ISED is an asset development organization with the mission of creating opportunities for low and moderate income Iowans to increase income and achieve financial stability.

Attached is an updated and expanded list of locations where low income or elderly Iowans can receive assistance preparing their income taxes. These sites are all staffed by trained and qualified volunteers.  They are organized by a network of non-profits and AARP Tax-Aide whose goal is to help people file their taxes and assure they receive their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and Child Tax Credits. Taxpayers are never solicited for advance refund loans.

For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a program of AARP Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS.

In 2012, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 36,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites provided over 2.5 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $233 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at

Gov. Branstad to speak, sign proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month Thursday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:57

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad will speak and sign a proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month in Iowa at a ceremony Thursday, February 14, 2013, at noon.

The following event is open to the public:

Thursday, February 14, 2013 

Noon Gov. Branstad signs a proclamation celebrating February as Black History Month in Iowa

State Capitol

1st Floor Rotunda

Des Moines, IA



Liberty Iowa Backs Shaw Bills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joel Kurtinitis   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:33

PAC-endorsed legislators lead the charge on Personhood, 2nd Amendment

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representatives endorsed by the Liberty Iowa PAC have introduced new legislation protecting the right to life and reinforcing gun rights in the state.  A bill introduced by Rep. Tom Shaw (R – Laurens) would define personhood to include all life from the moment of conception, and would make abortion at any stage a crime in the state of Iowa. 

While the proposed legislation has angered many on the left, Shaw says that his bill will provide equal protection for every person as guaranteed under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution.
“For far too long in this nation, we have been murdering innocent persons without due process of law,” said Shaw.  “Any elected official who will not protect your inalienable right to life, will not defend your other rights.” 

Shaw also introduced two bills expanding gun rights in the state:  HF169 would allow those already possessing carry permits in the state to carry concealed weapons on school property, HF170 would limit the jurisdiction of federal agents seeking to impose federal gun control measures on the state.  Both gun bills were co-sponsored by Reps. Jason Schultz of Schleswig and Jake Highfill of Johnston– whom LIPAC endorsed in their House races last year.

Adil Khan, Executive Director of Liberty Iowa, says that the new legislation showcases the priorities of the Liberty Movement in Iowa.  “These bills showcase the kind of courageous, principled leadership that has come to define the Liberty Movement,” Khan said. 
“Liberty Iowa stands with Rep. Shaw completely in his efforts to protect the Constitutional rights of all Iowans.  We will work tirelessly to make sure that this important legislation garners the support it needs to pass both the house and the senate.”

With the PAC quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, Khan sees this bold legislation as an opportunity to identify representatives that will take strong stands for the rights of average Iowans.“These issues are important to Iowans across the political spectrum, and we will ensure that the votes cast on these bills will not be forgotten by voters in the 2014 elections.”  


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