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So, Paul Ryan is getting a $49,500.00 a year raise

and he still plans to fly home to Wisconsin every week? That seems to be an issue for me.

He claims that he needs to spend time with his family.. Why not have his family come to DC (or near by). His kids are still young, and could surely enjoy the experience of DC..

The money spent on travel and his increase would surely go a long way towards a nice lifestyle for the family.

Speaker of the house is a job that requires a lot of time..and he seems to not be willing to put in the time..


Would it be legal if a teacher had a basket on his/her desk

and demanded that kids turn off their phones and place them in the basket during class?

It seems to me that this would be a better plan, and might be accepted by kids as well, since the phones would be given back when class was over.

I can understand that a phone might be necessary in case of an emergency, but do students have the right to walk around totally oblivious to the purpose of school??

...eight -- possibly nine -- dams have failed so far..

I hope none of our DUers are in danger down there..So incredibly sad


(CNN)The rains may have stopped in South Carolina, but the danger and the work to rebuild are far from over.

"I believe that things will get worse before they get better," Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin told reporters Monday.


Nine people are known dead in the state due to weather-related incidents, according to South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith. Five drowned after trying to drive through floodwaters. Four others died in traffic accidents, he said. One of the deaths was a state transportation employee. Timothy Wayne Gibson, 45, died Sunday in floodwaters while overseeing work in Columbia, the South Carolina Department of Transportation said.

In North Carolina, a passenger in a car died when a tree fell onto Interstate 95, according to authorities.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley warned there could be other deaths.

According to Thom Berry, a spokesman with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, eight -- possibly nine -- dams have failed so far.

"We have several others that are in the process of being over-topped," he said.

Haley said more evacuations are likely as floodwaters rise in spots, and authorities warned of the danger of roads that look OK on the surface but that may have been undermined by raging waters.
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