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We’re inundated by news stories every day and with a 24/7 news cycle, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. But thanks to GlobalGrind’s Think Tank, you’ll be quickly in the know, and then good to go.

From what’s going on in the Capitol to what’s happening oversees, we have it all.

Today we see that Republican Lori Klein isn’t afraid to pull out her gun and show it, while Mila Kunis says yes to a soldier.

Inside the Capitol

Where: Arizona

Who: Lori Klein

What Happened: An Arizona state senator’s handling of her gun is drawing criticism from a fellow lawmaker.

An Arizona Republic story about Anthem Republican Lori Klein’s carrying of a gun in her purse while at the Legislature, said she showed off its laser sighting by pointing it at a reporter interviewing her in the Senate lounge.

According to Klein, the gun has no safety, but there was no danger because she didn’t have her hand on the trigger.

Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix said Klein’s handling of the gun was unsafe and that it was unconscionable for her to knowingly aim a loaded gun at someone.

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Shame On You

Who: Westboro Baptist Church

Where: California

What Happened: The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this week’s funeral services for former First Lady Betty Ford in California and Michigan.
The website of the Topeka, Kansas-based church said the fringe group will demonstrate at Ford’s funeral because she divorced her first husband William Warren prior to marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford.

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Hero of the Day

Who: Little boy

What Happened: Even little kids know that gay marriage is the right thing. Take a look at this kid meeting his first gay couple. 

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Better Than Fiction

Character:  Mila Kunis

Plot Line: One lucky Marine in Afghanistan is shouting “Hoorah” right about now. That’s because Mila Kunis, the sexy “Black Swan” actress, has accepted Marine Sgt. Scott Moore’s invitation to be his date to the Marine Corps Ball in November. The actress said yes over the weekend, while doing press for her upcoming film, “Friends with Benefits,” with co-star Justin Timberlake.

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Money On My Mind

Whose Wallet: Taxpayers

Weight: $7,300

How They Hustled: The recession that struck the U.S. in 2007 has cost consumers about $7,300 each in lost spending, according to a San Francisco Federal Reserve economist.

In a paper published Monday, Kevin Lansing, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, wrote that if personal consumption had continued on from December 2007 to the present day at the same rates that it occurred from 2000 to 2007, Americans would have each spent an extra $7,356 by now.

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GlobalGrind’s Global Mind

Where: Philippines

What Happened: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off Negros Island in the Philippines, according to the U.S. Geological survey. The quake, which struck at 20:47 GMT, had its epicenter 78 miles (126 kilometers) west-northwest of the city of Dumaguete on Negros Island and 357 miles (576 kilometers) south-southeast of Manila, the Philippine capital, at a depth of 11.8 miles (19 kilometers).

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This Day In History

Year: 1984

What: Walter Mondale, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, announces that he has chosen Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate. Ferraro, a daughter of Italian immigrants, had previously gained notoriety as a vocal advocate of women’s rights in Congress. 

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