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The President Just Signed A 1,603-Page Bill. Here Are Some Of The Awful Things Congress Hid In It.

It passed the House with bipartisan support. It passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The president just signed it into law. Let's take a look at a few things none of them will be bragging about.

The President Just Signed A 1,603-Page Bill. Here Are Some Of The Awful Things Congress Hid In It.

Last week, congressional leaders struck a deal to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. The deal gained the backing of the White House, survived populist revolts in the House and Senate, and was signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday night.

There's just one problem: The bill is absolutely packed with riders that have nothing to do with the budget and everything to do with paying back special interests and opening more channels for political money to flow directly to the two major political parties.


Since this bill is over 1,600 pages long and I'm not a sorcerer, I can't list every single one of those things just yet. But I can highlight the five most awful ones I've come across so far.

It's all mapped out in this video, and again in the transcript below in case you prefer your budget analysis in article form and/or don't want to get busted watching YouTube videos at work. (Just click "show transcript.")


A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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