Chicago Bears signing QB Mark Sanchez - UPI.com

The NFL's leader in free agent signings made another interesting addition Thursday.

Mark Sanchez agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

The 30-year-old completed 10-of-18 passes for 93 yards and two interceptions last season as a backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Sanchez is in for another backup role, after the Bears signed Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million pact earlier this month. The Bears are Sanchez's fifth different team in five seasons. He played the first four years of his career for the New York Jets, before joining the Philadelphia Eagles for two seasons, and the Cowboys for a short stint in 2016. He was also a member of the Denver Broncos.

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Schumer Stance on Gorsuch Heightens Threat of 'Nuclear Option' | RealClearPolitics

A “nuclear” confrontation is brewing in the Senate over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court — with Democrats threatening a historic filibuster, and Republicans pledging a historic rules change in return.

Republican leaders have warned that they would resort to a “nuclear option” to avert an impasse, changing Senate rules to require a simple majority to end debate on the nomination, rather than 60 votes. President Trump has endorsed the option, last month urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “go nuclear” if needed.

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Trump administration to give green light to Keystone XL pipeline - LA Times

Reviving a big oil project which environmentalists had hoped was dead and buried, the Trump administration plans to announce Friday that it has issued a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The project, which would ship 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada's tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries, had been rejected by the Obama administration last year, a move heralded by climate activists. The rejection came just before the former president signed an international agreement on global warming in Paris.

But Trump vowed to undo the previous administration’s work on climate change. He announced soon after taking office that he would seek to restart the pipeline project, a clear signal that he would move aggressively to promote oil development.

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THE MEMO: Recriminations fly with Trump’s health vote in peril | TheHill

Recriminations have begun flying among Republicans even before the House votes Friday on a plan that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

President Trump and House Republican leadership are adamant that the bill must pass. But that outcome was in deep doubt on Friday morning, as lawmakers on both flanks of the GOP expressed skepticism. 

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Mushrooms - A GREAT Carb-Check Diet Food!

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

I love mushrooms, all edible varieties, White Button, Chanterelle, Crimini, Shiitake, Portabello, Oyster and my favorite....  The coveted Morel.

Mushrooms are an excellent add to the Carb-Check Diet because they are so versatile and the carb count is almost negligible.  One cup of mushrooms (pieces/sliced) has anywhere from 2-5 grams of protein and just 2-5 grams in carbs, depending on the variety. 

You can grill them, saute them, stir-fry them, bake them, deep-fry them or eat them raw.  Include them in any number of dishes, soups, salads, casseroles, create some great appetizers or make them the main dish.

The flavors range from bland, to nutty, to beefy.  White Button mushrooms for example are considered somewhat bland in flavor, but that's actually a good thing, because they can take on just about any flavor you decide to add to them.  They're great in salads for that very reason, they provide a nice texture contrast to lettuce and really absorb and enhance the flavors in the salad dressing.   Paired with a steak, button mushrooms embrace the steak's juices and steak sauce.  And speaking of steak, Shiitake and Portabello mushrooms deliver an almost beefy flavor and can be main dishes.

Here's a go-to recipe for me, especially during grilling season:

Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Portobello Mushrooms (yes, the big ones) are indeed the 'steak' of veggies, one of the few veggies that can be made into a meal of its own and one of the few veggies that can handle being in a marinade for hours to take on added flavor without turning to mush.

Ingredients:

  • 4 mushroom caps, cleaned, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried, minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

 Directions:

Place the mushrooms in a large Ziplock bag, set aside.  Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl, pour over the mushrooms and marinade in the fridge for at least two hours.  When the coals are hot, place mushrooms over direct heat, gill side down, reserve the marinade for basting.  Grill for about 10 minutes, turning every two minutes and basting.  Despite the marinade, mushrooms can dry out, hence, the basting.  Serve immediately.  These are excellent served as a side, sliced up and enjoyed.  They're also fantastic served on a bun with lettuce and tomato like a burger.  They're also quite nice over a bed of pasta with some Parmesan.

For more information about the Carb-Check Diet, to include tips and recipe ideas, go to:  www.carbcheckdiet.com

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Planting Calendar for Iowa

April

• The first week or so of the month, plant directly in the ground easy, fast-growing annuals that like cool weather, including bachelor's buttons, larkspur, and California poppy.
• Plant bareroot trees, shrubs, and roses.
• Plant container-grown trees, shrubs, and roses.
• Plant seedlings of cool-season flowers, such as pansies and snapdragons.
• Plant seedlings of cool-season vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
• Plant seeds of cool-season vegetables, such as lettuces, spinach, greens, radishes, and more.
• Plant those herbs that like cool weather, including parsley and cilantro. You can also plant seedlings of perennial herbs, such as oregano, sage, and thyme, outdoors now.
• Plant peas from seed when lilac leaves are as big as a mouse's ear, according to folk wisdom.
• Plant potatoes on Good Friday, also according to folk wisdom.
• Plant grass seed and lay sod.
• Plant seedlings of perennial flowers.
• Plant starts of perennial edibles, such as strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, and asparagus.
• Divide perennials flowers that bloom in late spring, summer, or fall.
• The last week or so of the month, start seeds indoors of fast-growing annual flowers, if you want to give them a head start. (Otherwise, start them outdoors later directly in the ground.) These include sunflowers, cosmos, nasturtiums, zinnias, and hollyhocks.

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