It's Thursday, and the apocalypse has been averted yet again...
Weather: Rainy morning. We'll have showers most of the morning, but clearing and cooler in the afternoon with a high near 70 and a nighttime low around 50. Rain chances are 90 percent today. Friday will be sunny, but a bit on the cool side.
Done deal. Late Wednesday night, Congress finally put together a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid the looming clash with the national debt ceiling – but most of the House Republicans voted against Speaker John Boehner and the plan. The bill, which was signed into law by President Obama shortly after midnight, reopens federal agencies and allows the government to borrow more money – but it's just a temporary fix, as the funding only goes through mid-January, and the new debt limit will be reached in mid-February. Sixth District Congressman Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, voted for the bill; he's already announced he will not run for re-election. Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg put it bluntly: the bill is “..simply kicking the can down the road.”
Dutton's fame grows. The story of Gardendale's Molly Anne Dutton, the Auburn University homecoming royalty who was nearly aborted because her pregnancy came after her birth mother was sexually assaulted, has grown even more in the past 24 hours, particularly on the Internet. The morning cable-news show “Fox and Friends” had Dutton as a guest, while numerous websites pushed forward reports from Alabama media (including The North Jefferson News, whose web traffic tripled thanks to several national links). Many of the mentions came from sites allied with pro-life cases and other conservative-leaning media, but also liberal-aligned sites like The Huffington Post ran with the story as well.