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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"My dad wanted to name me Steak" – Hopper Penn, Sean Penn's son, on his almost name. Because Tuna Tartare was too obscure.
FILIBUST A MOVE
Yesterday, Democrats threw a super fun party on the Senate floor. The theme? Filibustering.
Filibuster: When a Senator makes a really, really long speech on the floor to block anything else from getting done. It's the political way of saying 'pay attention to me.'
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
Because this week the US experienced the worst mass shooting in its history. Early Sunday, a shooter opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. 50 people, including the shooter, were killed. 53 others were injured. The shooter, who was on the FBI's radar for years, legally purchased the guns used in the attack. He wasn't on any federal watch lists at the time. But even if he was, he still could have purchased guns.
People on the FBI watch list can legally buy guns and explosives. Because that seems like a great idea. For years, lawmakers have been trying to pass a bill to change that. But it hasn't happened yet.
SO WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
In the wake of Orlando, there's a new push to get it done. Yesterday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) — who used to represent the district that includes Newtown — decided to filibuster. The goal? Pressure lawmakers into taking up a bill that would ban the sale of guns and explosives to people on the terror watch list. He and a group of Dems say this is common sense. The filibuster ended early this morning after some Republican lawmakers said they'll consider it, but they want to make sure people who get put on the list by mistake can be removed.
Yes. Right now, there's a ban on federal funds to research the effects of gun control. Some doctors have been trying to get rid of it. That's because they think the more everyone knows about gun violence, the better chance everyone has at stopping it. But the NRA no likey. Yesterday, the American Medical Association said it's going to pressure Congress to free up research dollars.
Congress has a pattern of taking up gun control right after a mass shooting, and then backing off. Unclear whether this filibuster is more of the same, or will lead to actual gun legislation getting passed.
REPEAT AFTER ME...
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU WAKE UP FROM A NIGHTMARE…
This toddler's parents are living one. Yesterday, the body of a two-year-old boy who'd been dragged into the water by an alligator was found. It happened on Tuesday night on the beach of a Disney World hotel near Orlando, FL. The boy had been wading in the water near where his family was sitting when the animal attacked. His father tried to fight the alligator off, but wasn't able to rescue the boy. There are "no swimming" signs posted at the beach, but none of them warn about alligators. Disney said nothing like this has ever happened at its resorts, and officials say even though there are more than a million alligators in Florida, an attack like this is very rare. PS: Shanghai Disney, which has cost $5.5 billion, is opening this week. We're sure Disney's PR team is just thrilled.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE ASKS FOR YOUR FAX NUMBER…
Speaking of things you didn't know still existed…yesterday, the Senate voted to require women to register for the draft. Even though the US hasn't had a draft since the Vietnam War, men in the country are still required to register when they turn 18... just in case. This comes after Defense Sec. Ash Carter announced last year that he was opening all combat jobs to women. This measure is wrapped into a ginormous defense bill that gets passed every year. Next, the House will pass its own version, and they'll all huddle up to agree on a final bill. GI Jane on deck.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR BOSS OFFERS YOU A 1% RAISE…
That is not material to me. Earlier this week, Bed Bath & Beyond bought One Kings Lane for what it says was a "not material" price. One Kings Lane: the home décor flash-sale site where you can find just the right cloud bubble chandelier for your second guest bedroom. It was last valued at almost a billion dollars two years ago. Now, it's been bought at a steep, steep discount by the big box store where you found just the right over-the-door mirror in college. Bed Bath & Beyond says it plans on using its new purchase to boost its home decorating and gift registry services. It's a tough environment right now for flash-sale sites. Earlier this year, Gilt Groupe sold to the owners of Saks for $250 million – way less than its $1 billion valuation years earlier. Making a lot of people wonder if the investors putting the big-dollar valuations on these startups were just on a retail high.
THING TO KNOW
Opaque couché: Not a shade of lipstick. The world's ugliest color, according to one marketing firm that had to find the least appealing color to put on cigarette labels to help convince people not to smoke. Synonyms: dirty and tar.
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