Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Sep 18, 2015
September 18, 2015
Your tax dollars at work:
While we're on the subject --the new fiscal year begins in October, and that means Congress now has until midnight Sep 30 to pass a bill funding the federal government.
As you know, if Congress cannot come to an agreement, the government will shut down, a repeat of the 2013 event in which the government was shut down for 13 days.
One major sticking point in budget negotiations involves Planned Parenthood. As you know if you listened to Wednesday night's debates, some Republicans have threatened to stall budget talks unless Congress defunds the group, something for which Democrats have said they will not vote. That's what happened in 2013 when PRESIDENT OBAMA tried to push through his health-care law.
House Republican leaders are putting on a full-court press to convince their rank-and-file it would be a bad move to risk a government shutdown over blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Leadership rolled-out polling data at a closed-door meeting yesterday morning to try and prove their point.
LA Congressman JOHN FLEMING said, "They showed us some polling data about shutdown versus defunding Planned Parenthood and obviously showing in their opinion that it would be a political bad move." AZ Congressman MATT SALMON added, "They're trying to let us know that if we submit a bill to the president that defunds Planned Parenthood and he says he's going to veto that, that we'll be blamed for a shutdown and that the American public doesn't support that... I don't think it's an accurate picture of everything ...As I mentioned, there's nobody in the conference that wants a shutdown. Nobody wants that, but I think that the president ultimately has to either put up or shut up." (Pacelli)
Free donut offer:
Talk Like a Pirate Day is tomorrow. And, you can get free Krispy Kreme donuts if you talk --or dress up-- like a pirate once again this year!
Krispy Kreme says if you just talk like a Pirate when you come in and order, they'll give you a free donut. And if you dress up like a pirate by wearing three of the following items, they'll give you a dozen!
Here's what you'll need:
--An eye patch,
--A parrot on your shoulder,
--A leather belt,
--A pirate shirt,
--A pirate hat,
--silver and gold necklaces and earrings,
--pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals
--A pair of knickers. Choose three and leave your weapons aboard your ship, matey!
Editor's note: At participating US and Canadian locations (excludes Puerto Rico and CT).
But wait --there's more. At Long John Silver's tomorrow, you'll get one free fish tender when you talk like a pirate. And, for customers who dress like a pirate, Long John Silver's will offer a free two-piece fish tender basket. No coupon needed. More info, including a pirate name generator, at ljsilvers.com/tlap.
Pajama party! You know, even fashion people get sick of being fashion people. As New York Fashion Week's wall-to-wall shows and parties are winding down, Fashionista.com says the trendsetters are ditching their sky-high heels and eyecatching outfits with comfy flats, loose clothes and more than a few pairs of jammies. Sleek, silky jammies, but pajamas, nonetheless. (Bartha)
A guy in Florida won millions using numbers he found in a fortune cookie.
66-year-old RICHARD DAVIS bought tickets using five sets of numbers he found on fortune cookies while eating at a restaurant in North Carolina. The Boca Raton resident ended up claiming a $10-million-dollar Lotto jackpot using his "lucky numbers," which were 16, 26, 29, 39, 45 and 46. Davis chose to cash in his winnings as a lump sum payout of just over seven-and-a-half million dollars. (Still)
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