Sep 26, 2013, 7:05 pm EST
Newark mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker is under scrutiny for Twitter messages he exchanged with a Portland, Ore. stripper in March.
After tweeting that he wanted to be the president of New Jersey’s Star Trek club, Lynsie Lee, who works at a vegan strip club in Portland, messaged him publicly, “”if you’re ever POTUS I call dibs on First Lady.”
Booker responded back privately, “And The East Coast loves you and by the East Coast, I mean me,” to which Lee replied that she was blushing. About a day later, Booker said “It’s only fair,” and that was the end of their conversation. Until now. Read
Sep 26, 2013, 1:12 pm EST
George H.W. Bush, former president of the United States, served as an official witness at a same-sex wedding on Saturday.
Bush attended the wedding with his wife Barbara. The couple getting married were Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who are friends of the former president. The couple posted a picture of George Bush, who was sitting in his wheelchair with papers in his lap, signing their marriage license as a witness. The couple posted the caption “Getting our marriage license witnessed!” with the photo. The couple owns a small general store in Kennebunk, Maine. Maine legalized gay marriage in December, reports ABC News.
“They have always been not only supportive of us but including us in many of their social events when they are here in Kennebunkport,” Clement told BuzzFeed. “So it was very natural and normal for them to be invited and to attend.” Read
Sep 26, 2013, 12:41 pm EST
The $100 bill has some new security features to distinguish them from counterfeit bills easier.
New Money reports that over a decade of research and development took place in order to create these new security features. The front of the $100 bill will have a blue, 3-D ribbon that will make the bells change when you move it back and forth.
The note will also have inside a copper-colored inkwell with a bell inside of it that changes color from copper to green whenever you tilt it. Additionally, the bill also has an image of Benjamin Franklin on the right side of the portrait if you hold the note to the light. Read
Sep 26, 2013, 12:02 pm EST
A new rule applied to Army Regulation 670-1, which contains rules concerning wear and appearance of Army uniforms and insignia, will ban soldiers from getting tattoos on certain parts of the body.
The new rule was announced to soldiers at bases in Afghanistan by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler. He told troops that the rule only needs to be signed by Secretary of the Army John McHugh before it is official. The new rule will limit soldiers in the Army from having tattoos that show below the elbows and knees or above the neckline. Soldiers who already have tattoos in these areas won’t be affected by the change. When the rule is made official, troops will have to “self-identify” tattoos with a unit leader. No other unit of the military will be affected by the new rule, which is expected to be put into place in the next 30 to 60 days, reports ABC News.
Other new rules that will apply to Army Regulation 670-1 will cover regulations for make-up, fingernail polish, hair styles, body piercings, and the length of sideburns. Read
Sep 25, 2013, 1:54 pm EST
A computer glitch has caused 80,000 California citizens to miss out on unemployment checks until the problem is fixed.
Los Angeles Times reports that the unexpected mishap has delayed the checks that these jobless Californians need to pay their bills. The Employment Development Department was upgrading its system over Labor Day weekend to help process payments quicker but the opposite of this has happened. Read
Sep 25, 2013, 1:40 pm EST
The U.S. Treasury may run out of money soon unless the Congress lifts its debt limit soon.
The New York Times reports that the Treasury has set Oct. 17 as the deadline for when money could run out and the U.S. would be forced to delay certain payments. The Treasury will only have $30 billion of cash by then and chances are that the money going out could end up being more than the amount of money coming in plus cash.
Financial analysts believe that if the U.S. runs out of money, the market could suffer greatly as a result. If this happens, federal borrowing costs will be more expensive, the recovery will slow down and markets around the world will be destabilized. The Treasury makes about 80 million payments every month and it’s expected that 30% of those payments will be delayed after Oct. 17 unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. Read