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March 20th, 2013
05:30 PM ET

What does The Grateful Dead have to do with the Israeli ambassador?

Rock 'n roll posters and a hot pink floor - that was the bedroom of a teenage Sally Oren, future resident of the Israeli embassy.

But decades before her state dinners with President Obama, the wife of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren hung with another kind of crowd in the heart of Haight Ashbury: Quicksilver, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Charlottons, and Country Joe and the Fish.

Oren even played frisbee with Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead, particularly with guitarist Bob Weir.

"Bob Weir was younger than most of the other musicians," recalled Oren. "So he liked hanging out with the younger kids like us."

"In retrospect I was sort of a band mascot," says Oren.
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What's happened since the Miami Heat last lost a game? A lot

sports lead

March 20th, 2013
04:43 PM ET

What's happened since the Miami Heat last lost a game? A lot

Let's face it, the Cleveland Cavaliers have virtually no shot at winning an NBA title. But stopping LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat from extending their 23-game winning streak might qualify as the next best thing.

James takes on his scorned ex-team tonight in Cleveland. It's a David-and-Goliath type match-up in which Goliath will almost certainly win, again. After all, the Heat haven't added to their "L" column since February 1. And if that doesn't seem very long ago, it might once you realize just how much has happened since then.

It's been 47 days since we last saw the Miami Heat get spanked by the Indiana Pacers.

The next day, the Harlem Shake internet phenomenon that launched a thousand copy cats was born. It may seem like the Harlem Shake has been haunting our lives for months and months, but the first video appeared online just 46 days ago. Few of us could have guessed that it would be spoofed by everyone from TV hosts, to divers, to, yes, even the Miami Heat.
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March 20th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

Boehner on Obama comments: So much for the charm offensive

A sneak peek of our exclusive interview with Speaker of the House John Boehner. Watch The Lead on CNN at 4pm for the full interview.

President Obama arrived in Israel today and told Prime Minister Netanyahu, "It's good to get away from Congress."

"So much for the charm offensive," Speaker of the House John Boehner said in reaction, with a laugh.

But a comment like that does not really have an impact, Boehner added.

"The president’s meeting with the president of Israel, he’s got his legislative issues, the president’s got his." says the Ohio Republican. "Comes with the territory."

Besides, a shout out from the president is better than none at all, Boehner said.

"I’d rather be heckled than ignored. Or as I like to say, you only tease the ones you love."

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