1. March Madness begins in earnest today with a full slate of games all day long on multiple TV channels and a #1 seed has the reached the finals in 24 of the past 32 years. How much money do you think will be bet on March Madness? Do you play any brackets?
2. Hawaii has already stopped the new travel ban from going into place. Will the executive order ever take place? The order is revised and affects visitors from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian and Yemen. Travelers with valid visas will be exempted as well as green card holders. Will this executive order have a better shot at remaining in place than the first one?
3. One of the greatest filmmakers of all-time, Orson Welles, will have his final film finished posthumously. Netflix announced they will pay the money to complete his film “The Other Side of the Wind” which was still in the works when he died in 1985. His movie, “Citizen Kane” is considered one of the best movies ever and his “War of The Worlds” radio presentation fooled many that an alien invasion was underway. More than 1,000 reels of film have been in storage for “The Other Side of the Wind”. What do you think about Netflix stepping up to finish the film? Would you look forward to seeing the movie?
4. Officials at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York say April, the giraffe, is showing signs of nearing the end of her pregnancy. Zoo officials began live-streaming April on February 23rd, with millions of anxious online viewers hoping to catch a glimpse of the big moment. Have you logged on to watch April? Do you want to watch the birth live?
5. Wall Street reacted to a key interest rate hike. Policymakers wrapped up a two-day meeting by increasing the Fed's short-term lending rate by a quarter percent to a range between three-quarter percent to one percent. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 113-points to close at 20,950 on Wednesday. The S&P 500 ended the day 20-points higher at 23-85 and the Nasdaq gained 43-points to finish at 59-hundred. Is the interest rate hike a good thing for the average citizen?
6. For now, 2005 are the latest Trump tax returns we're going to see. The President's 2005 returns show Trump made $150-million dollars, paid $38-million dollars in taxes and deducted more than $100-million dollars in business losses. Trump's tax return was leaked to journalist David Cay Johnston, who says it turned up in his mailbox. How would someone’s tax returns just show up in your mailbox? Is it illegal to publish someone’s tax returns without their consent?
7. The Happiest Places to Live in 2017 according to a WalletHub report are in California. Fremont, California is #1 followed by San Jose, Irvine and San Francisco. The only city that made top five not in California is Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Contributing factors include emotional and physical well-being, income, employment, community and environment. Do you think people who live in California are happy?
8. The State Department has issued a warning to all spring breakers who want to travel to Mexico this year. “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican States”. Mexican areas included in the warning report include Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Nayarit. Would you travel to Mexico for spring break?
9. The Reputation Institution has released their annual survey listing the top companies based on their worldwide reputation. The top ten companies with the best reputations are: Rolex, the Lego Group, the Walt Disney Company, Canon, Google, Bosch, Sony, Intel, Rolls-Royce and Adidas. Do you agree with the top ten? Are there any other companies that deserve to be on the list?
10. The American Health Care Act will have severe implications for Medicaid in the state of Ohio according to Gov. Kasich and the Center for Community Solutions. They say by 2025, $19 billion would be slashed from the program’s funding. Kasich said, “It’s unrealistic to think that cutting coverage saves any money, since we will only see uninsured people returning to the emergency room for their care and walking away from unpaid bills.” Is the American Health Care Act bad for Ohio?