Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Feb 27, 2015
February 27, 2015
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
With the clock ticking, the House votes today on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks in an attempt to avert a shutdown at the agency scheduled to take place tomorrow. If that bill is approved by the House, the Senate is expected to quickly follow suit, though it also plans to move forward with a bill funding Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman HAL ROGERS of Kentucky told reporters, "I think we've got plentiful support... I think it'll be a very strong vote." (Pacelli)
During yesterday's House debate on the DHS funding bill, things got a tad testy when House Minority Whip STENY HOYER of Maryland called House Majority Leader KEVIN McCARTHY a "coward." Hoyer told CNN afterward he had apologized to McCarthy.
He said, "He's not a coward. I just apologized to him... I said something I shouldn't have said." (Pacelli)
Who knew there were about 58 ways to describe your gender?
That's the options Facebook gives you when you sign up for a page at the social network. And yes, there's everything from male and female to Androgyne, Gender Fluid, Intersex, Neither and Transgender. And now, a 59th option has been added for people whose identify themselves outside THOSE lines --you can fill in the blank and add your own description and also choose the pronoun which you'd like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her or they/their.
You can also choose which person or groups on your "friends" list will see your gender identity as well.
Phone starter: What unusual way would you describe yourself?
The good folks over at KFC have taken going green to a whole, new level. PerezHilton.com reports the chicken chain is testing some new edible coffee cups in England that are made from water, sugar paper and heat-resistant white chocolate! The delicious beverage container is called Scoff-ee, will be filled with java from Starbucks and the company will see if it's a feasible product. (Lee)
Locked Up for their own good:
We have ALL wanted to ride the luggage carousel at the airport right? Well, apparently that's frowned upon. PUDDLE OF MUDD lead singer WES SCANTLIN was arrested for doing just that at the Denver International Airport last month. Airport video recorded the incident and it turns out that Scantlin was trespassing. The belt he rode was for airport personnel only and is a restricted area. See the video here. (Myers)
Australian researchers have found two new species of spiders, and their names are just adorable. "Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin" are both varieties of the peacock spider. LiveScience.com says "Skeletorus" got their name for their white-on-black markings. "Sparklemuffin" have distinctive bright bluish and reddish stripes on their bodies. (Bartha)
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