September 09, 2015

A government shutdown looming? Refugees, Iran Deal, who is Jim Gilmore and the Pope goes shopping


The Trump skincare collection: “enriched with vitamins and caviar.” 



US Government: Will Congress Shut It Down?

Congress has 21 days until September 30 to figure out if it will fund the government for one more year. What’s the problem this time? Planned Parenthood (PP). After a scandal earlier this year around “selling fetuses,” House conservatives don’t want to pass any bill that will fund PP and Democrats won’t pass any bill that won’t fund PP. Republican leaders would like to avoid another shutdown as the American people are getting tired of brinkmanship.

As a refresher, we have compiled the last few government shutdowns here:
  • 2013: Shutdown due to an attempt to defund Obamacare
  • 1995-1996: Shutdown due to an argument on which numbers to use for the budget
  • 1995: Precursor to the above shutdown, also a fight on the budget
  • 1990: George H.W. Bush refused any budget that appropriated money without also reducing the deficit — eventually Congress acquiesced 

Germany To Refugees: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…  

Over the last few days, there has been a shift in tone about the refugee crisis as some have begun considering the refugees an economic boost for Europe’s aging population. Refugees coming to Germany will grow the population and help pay for a welfare system burdened by more and more retirees. However, there is a limit to how many refugees Germany alone can accept, and Chancellor Merkel wants to impose mandatory quotas for other countries… much to their displeasure. As a compromise, they might be able to buy out of the program.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Why the Pnut editorial team uses the term “refugee,” not “migrant.”   



Iran Deal Might Not Get Its Day In The Senate

Speaking of Congress shutting things down, it looks like they won’t be able to do that to the Iran Deal. Obama has secured 41 votes for the Iran Deal, meaning that he could block the Senate from even voting on the deal, avoiding the need for a potentially embarrassing veto. The debate should start as early as this week, so look forward to a very painful month for Congress.

Turkey Invades Northern Iraq As Part Of ‘War On Terror’

Turkish ground troops crossed into Northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish PKK militants. Turkey, which is supposed to be fighting against ISIS, has instead been fighting a war against the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group (one that is actually fighting ISIS). In a separate development, the headquarters of a Kurdish political party, HDP, was attacked in Ankara last night… Expect things to heat up as we enter election season. 

Freddie Gray’s Family Gets $6.4 Million Settlement From Baltimore 

The family of Freddie Gray — the 25-year-old black man who died during an arrest in Baltimore in April — reached a settlement of $6.4 million with the city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the proposed settlement “should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial.” This will be one of the largest settlements in police deaths. The settlement will go for board approval this morning. 

#pnut4prez: Where In The World Is Jim Gilmore?

Apparently former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore is campaigning for President… except he isn’t doing a whole lot of campaigning. Apparently he’s had “no handshakes in Iowa, no rallies in New Hampshire, nothing.” And it isn’t just his physical presence that is lacking. We googled “Gilmore” and there was no mention of him until the second page of Google. We emailed his staff and got no response and called the number on his website and it went to voicemail… four times. Sounds like a winning campaign strategy… good luck? 


Keeping Our Eye On: 

  • Cecil the Lion: American dentist, Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil the Lion this summer, returned to work yesterday amid protestors and media agencies. 
  • Kentucky: On condition that she “[comply] with the court’s ruling​,” the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses was released after five days in jail.
  • Sister sister: Serena Williams beat her older sister, Venus, in the quarter-finals of the US Open moving one step closer to a Grand Slam victory. 



Just Popping Out Of The Vatican For New Glasses

Going to get new glasses isn’t a big deal… unless you happen to be the Pope. The head of the Catholic Church, and a man with a 43-word job title, drew crowds after he went into Rome to pick up his news glasses from the optician. In full white regalia, he drove down in a Ford Focus (a tiny car) and asked the optician to re-use his old frames rather than pay for new ones. What a legend.

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