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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The world record for the amount of rain to fall in 1 minute is 1.5 inches in Barot Guadeloupe, West Indies, on Nov. 26, 1970. Source: NOAA
The most precipitation to fall in one year in the U.S. is 739 inches, which was recorded in Kukui on the Hawaiian island of Kauai from December 1981 to December 1982. Source: NOAA’s National Weather Service
On July 16, 1914, a U.S. record of 7 inches of rain in 30 minutes fell in Cambridge, Ohio. Source: NOAA’s National Weather Service
In 2007, California exported about 214.5 million pounds of fresh strawberries and 31.9 million pounds of frozen strawberries, with the majority going to Canada. Source: California Strawberry Commission
Last year, 16.1 percent of U.S. imports came from China, and 16 percent came from Canada. Source: Census Bureau
In 2008, the U.S. exported $71.5 billion worth of goods to China and imported $337.8 billion in goods from China. Source: Census Bureau
In 2008, Canada was the United States’ top trading partner, with $596.9 billion worth of goods traded between the two countries. Source: Census Bureau
Mexico was the United States’ third-leading trading partner in 2008, with $367.5 billion worth of goods traded between the two countries. Source: Census Bureau
In 2007, 29.2 million U.S. residents were of Mexican origin. That’s 10 percent of the total U.S. population and 64 percent of the Hispanic population. Source: Census Bureau
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Source: Census Bureau