February 10, 2005

A survey of 223 of the DNC's 447 members revealed they overwhelmingly believe the party should draw clear distinctions between itself and the GOP. DNC members are more optimistic than rank-and-file Democrats about the party's chances in 2008. Only 42% of Dems nationwide thought it was extremely or very likely that they could recapture the White House, while 77% of DNC members responding to the survey thought it was extremely or very likely. Most poll respondents also think Howard Dean would be a good or excellent DNC chairman.

Interest rates on U.S. 30-year mortgages fell to their lowest levels in 10-months. Rates dipped to an average of 5.57% in the week ending Feb. 10 from 5.63% a week earlier.

The National Weather Service has tripled its computer capacity from 450 billion calculations per second to 1.3 trillion calculations per second. Don't expect weather forecasts to be 3 times more accurate.

The U.S. trade deficit ballooned to an all-time high of $617.7 billion last year, rising 24.4% from the 2003. It is the third year in a row that the deficit had set a record.

Prince was the top money maker in Rolling Stone's list of 50 of the highest earners in 2004. The diminutive one made $56.5 million and was followed on the list by Metallica at $43 million and Elton John with $42.9 million.

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