Blog Best of The Week 12/20/13

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | December 20, 2013 | 2:50 PM EST

It's time to get ready for Christmas with the Best of The Week

A Very Special Christmas

Michelle Obama gives America her suggestion for a holiday “treat” this year.

The first lady said,  "You know, if you've got grandkids, make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care.”

I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas, can you?

Not ‘Ducky’ For The Holidays

Things are just not ducky over at the A&E network this Christmas season.

First, the patriarch Phil Robertson of the Robertson family, which stars in Duck Dynasty decides to go hunting and blow off a Barbara Walters interview.

Then, the A&E network decides to suspend him for comments he made about homosexuality in a GQ magazine interview. The social media sphere is flocking with efforts to bring him back.

Keep Fat Off The Airwaves

Actress Jennifer Lawrence decided not to ‘duck’ out of a Barbara Walters interview.

While chatting with Walters, the ‘Hunger Games’ actress demanded more regulation in the lives of Americans. Lawrence actually went as far as saying, "It should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV."

The Budget Deal

Something that certainly wasn’t lean was the budget deal passed into law this week.

The deal allows lawmakers to leave DC to feast over Christmas break, but it ruins any kind of fiscal slim down. It includes a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget among other items.

Immigration Reform To Help Population and Economy

The president that vetoed bills banning partial-birth abortion in 1995 and 1997 is now concerned about slowing population growth and its impact on the economy.

Former President Bill Clinton says if U.S. lawmakers realized the economic impact of having the country’s population growth coming to a halt, it would energize immigration reform, “because it’s the only way to keep our country growing.”

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