Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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When the clock hits 34 minutes and 56 seconds past noon today (7/8/09), the time and date together will be 123456789. Source: Politico.com
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President Gerald Ford was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in 1913. His name wasn’t legally changed to Gerald R. Ford until 1935. Source: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum
In July 1776, an estimated 2.5 million people lived in the United States. Source: Census Bureau
At 26, Edward Rutledge of South Carolina was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, age 70, was the oldest signer. Source: Independence Hall Association
In 2007, $4.7 million worth of American flags were imported by the United States, the vast majority of that amount ($4.3 million) from China. The U.S. exported $2.4 million in U.S. flags that year, with half going to Mexico. Source: Census Bureau
There is a greater than 1 in 4 chance that hot dogs and pork sausages served at picnics this weekend in the U.S. originated in Iowa. Source: Census Bureau
As of opening day this year, 25 percent of players in Major League Baseball were from Latin American countries. Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame
Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras in 1998, killing 5,600 people and causing $2 billion in damage. Source: CIA World Factbook
Honduras achieved independence from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821. Source: CIA World Factbook