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Elephants biting their nails:  A small but growing group of House Republicans is increasingly worried about the fallout from the government shutdown and say it’s time for Speaker John Boehner to allow a simple vote on a spending bill.  Defunding Obamacare can wait for now, they say.  “I’m trying to be optimistic but at the same time I have a really, really tough time when people are out of work and they can’t pay their bills,” Rep. Michael Grimm of New York told reporters yesterday.  “Though it might be a political loss for us … this is an untenable situation.”  Rep. Scott Rigell, whose Virginia district is home to a significant number of military members and civilian contractors, was one of the first to publicly break away.  He took to Twitter to say that it is time for government to reopen.



This is it: Michael Jackson’s family tried to get  a concert promoter to pay up a billion or two. But yesterday a jury said no. The family said it was partly AEG’s fault that Jackson died. After all, AEG did hire the doctor who injected him with propofol. That’s an anesthetic used to put people under for surgery. Conrad Murray was giving it to the King of Pop to help him sleep, but he gave him an overdose in June 2009, and it killed him. After 13 hours of thinking it over, the jurors said it was Murray’s fault alone, and not the company’s. So, no billions, yet. But Jackson’s family is not happy with the verdict. Their lawyers are talking about appealing it. It could take years before this is over.

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