Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 9, 2015
July 9, 2015
I'm a Poll Man:
A new Reuters/IPSOS poll shops that almost two-thirds of Republicans oppose the Supreme Court's backing of gay marriage. Sixty-three-percent think the court's historic decision last month to legalize gay marriage nationwide was wrong.
Forty-two-percent of Republicans in the poll said same-sex marriage laws should be made at the state level by referendum, a view taken by only 24-percent of the overall population. (Pacelli)
Big Money, Big Problems:
Lots of computer problems yesterday... and apparently unrelated.
A bad router caused United Airlines to ground flights for nearly an hour and a half yesterday morning. It's apparently just the latest problem since United switched over to the computer system used by Continental after they merged in 2012. A similar computer problem occurred back at the beginning of June as well.
Trading was also suspended on the New York Stock Exchange for nearly three-and-a-half hours due to a computer glitch. The stock exchange said internal technical issues were to blame, and not a cyber breach.
Homeland Security Secretary JEH JOHNSON later summarized by saying that "the malfunctions at United and the NYSE were not the result of any nefarious actor" --in other words, not a coordinated cyber attack.
Finally, the Wall Street Journal's computers went down as well, shutting their website down. No word about what caused their shutdown.
Some members of Congress aren't buying the notion of "software glitches" being behind major computer outages yesterday at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal. NY Democratic Sen. CHARLES SCHUMER said, "I'd like to know some more information... To have three outages in three important places on the same day raises a lot of questions. I haven't gotten answers yet."
FL Democratic Sen. BILL NELSON added, "I think it has the appearances of a cyberattack." (Pacelli)
Forget about making a run to the border --that Chalupa you crave could be coming to you! PerezHilton.com reports the big wigs over at Taco Bell released a statement to announce they're offering delivery of their succulent tacos, nachos, Crunchwrap Supremes, Enchiritos and more. The fast food giant says this is just "another example of how we're using technology and innovation to respond to customers' wants and needs" and see a "tremendous opportunity to bring the Taco Bell experience to fans where and when they want it most."
Unfortunately, it's only available in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco and Dallas for the time being and customers can order through an app called DoorDash. (Lee)
Today's police blotter:
A woman in Ohio was locked up for allegedly using 9-1-1 to complain about a meal.
44-year-old TRACEY McCLOUD wasn't happy with her take-out order from the Main Moon Chinese Restaurant in Alliance. So, she allegedly sought justice by calling emergency services. McCloud reportedly told dispatchers that the food was "not up to par" but staff refused to give her a refund. Then, reports show she asked the operator, "What am I supposed to do? Jump over the thing and beat 'em up and get my money back?"
Alliance police arrived on scene and arrested her for alleged misuse of 911. (Still)
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