60 Second Buzz: Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency--The 2019 International Auto Show--And Despite The Shutdown...WE WILL GET OUR TAX RETURNS!!!

Partial Government Shutdown Continues As Congress And President Fail To Reach Deal
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The White House says the IRS will still be paying out tax refunds despite the partial government shutdown.

During a briefing Monday, a White House official addressed concerns that tax refunds would be delayed, assuring reporters "Tax refunds will got out".

Currently only about 12 percent of IRS employees are continuing to work through the shutdown, which is entering its third week.

House Democrats are working on legislation that would fund the Treasury Department and the IRS, which could potentially pass this week.

How much longer do you think the shutdown will last?

Will it have an impact on voters next year?

 

Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency After 15 Years in Prison...

Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim who was serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was 16, was granted clemency on Monday.

Ms. Brown, now 30, will be released to supervised parole on Aug. 7...

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Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency after her case attracted national attention. She'll earn her bachelor's degree in May. In a statement, she thanked Department of Corrections officials who "saw something in me worth salvaging." https://t.co/xCQQN3YDr1

“Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16,” Mr. Haslam, a Republican, said. “Yet, imposing a life sentence on a juvenile that would require her to serve at least 51 years before even being eligible for parole consideration is too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life.”

“Transformation should be accompanied by hope,” he said.

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Do you think the decision was fair?

 

Detroit Mayor impressed after visiting 2019 North American International Auto Show ahead of opening!

New Models Debut At North American International Auto Show
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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the auto show's international status, and it also marks the last time the show will be held in January.

The mayor was in and out in about 15 minutes but at the end, he came away impressed.

"They are way ahead of where they've been in previous years' walkthroughs. There are a couple of years there I was wondering if they were gonna make it, but this time, it seems like they've got it under control," Duggan said.

"By and large, people come in and, in the cold, go to the show and go home. I think, when you look at June of 2020, you're gonna see just thousands and thousands of people on the streets of Detroit."