The Skinny: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Election day. We shall vote. We shall decide. We shall skinny. Let’s do this.


Election Day

Today is the day. All 435 House seats are up for grabs. 36 Senate seats are up for grabs. 36 Governor’s mansions are up for grabs. The Republicans are favored to take over control in the Senate and maintain control in the House, which would give us a nice new dosage of gridlock in Washington.

CNN’s Jake Tapper breaks down the election season’s most absurd ads.

Utah Police

We’ve got another Ferguson-ish situation going on in Utah County. It doesn’t have the protesting, but it has the white-cops-shot-and-killed-a-black-guy-claiming-he-lunged-at-officers-while-his-family-claims-he-was-running-away thing.

Prosecutors say Darrien Hunt lunged at officers with a samurai sword and was promptly shot to death. Hunt’s family says he was shot several times while running away. The family’s attorney says an independent autopsy shows Hunt was shot from behind.

The Utah County Attorney’s Office has ruled the shooting justified.

Navy SEALs Controversy

A couple Navy SEALs are taking some heat for talking. Matt Bissonnette revealed his role in the 2011 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden on “60 Minutes” on Sunday and another SEAL revealed his involvement in an upcoming Fox News documentary.

A report has revealed that the head of Naval Warfare Special Command warned SEALs against disclosing information about their missions just days before the “60 Minutes” interview. This controversy has spotlighted the increasingly common move of SEALs cashing in by telling detailed tales of their SEAL engagements.

ISIS Massacre

The Iraqi government has reported that ISIS executed 322 Sunnis belonging to the Albu Nimr tribe, known for their fighting skill. Several of the victims were women and children, adding to the brutal legacy of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The deranged militants chillingly executed 600 Shia, Christian and Yazidi men last week.


Missing Plane

Still missing.


Dow: 17,366, -24 (-0.14%)    S&P 500: 2,018, -1 (-0.01%)

Stocks dipped just a tad ahead of today’s midterm elections. Sprint tumbled 7% in after-hours trading following a disastrous earnings report and a plan to cut 2,000 employees to save $400 million.

In oil news, Saudi Arabia is cutting oil prices to the U.S. consumer in an attempt to gain back some significant market share. This is great for us, as the U.S. will counter, producing a price war that will only help us out at the pump. Love it.

Today we’ve got quarterlies from Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, and Potbelly Sandwiches.

Market Snacks


NFL – The Colts (6-3) pumped the Giants (3-5) on Monday Night Football last night, 40-24.

Eagles QB Nick Foles doesn’t require surgery on his banged up collarbone, but he’ll be out 6-8 weeks.

NHL – The Blues beat the Rangers in New York in a shootout last night, 4-3. Tarasenko scored the early frontrunner for goal of the year.


NBA – 6 games last night. Here’s what happened.

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Actor and economist Ben Stein told Fox News that Barry is “the most racist President there has ever been” and ‘Girls’ star Lena Durham has called criticism of her tales of checking out her younger sister’s vagina when she was 7 ‘disgusting.’

‘Interstellar’ hits theaters this Friday. Matthew McConaughey is in it. Christopher Nolan directed it. Exciting stuff.


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The Book

Super Important Fact

California is in the third year of one of the state’s worst droughts in history. It’s so bad, in fact, that a $7 billion measure for water quality, supply and infrastructure improvement projects will be on today’s ballot.

USA Today

Go vote, folks. Get involved. Be important. Have a day.


Sources: Bleacher Report; Biden Photo; Cover Photo

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