1. The Browns played their first pre-season game of the season with Brock Osweiler starting at quarterback last night. What did you think of the performances of Osweiler and rookie QB DeShone Kizer?
2. The war of words between North Korea and the United States continued with the release of planning details of a missile attack on the U.S. territory of Guam. North Korean state media reported by mid-August, leader Kim Jong-un will be presented with a plan to launch four intermediate range missiles at Guam, and he will then decide whether to proceed. If there is smoke, is there fire?
3. For the first time in lottery history, two jackpots have topped the $350 million mark at the same time. The Mega Millions jackpot is worth at least $382 million and the Powerball is worth at least $356 million. Will you take a shot at winning more than $700 million or get in some lottery pools?
4. The Feast happens this weekend in Little Italy. What happened to the donkey that used to be a part of the festivities? Is it sacra religious for people to put dollar bills on the Virgin Mary?
5. Taylor Swift testified in Federal Court that her alleged groper, David Mueller, lifted her skirt and grabbed her bottom. Swift said during a fan meet and greet Mueller “stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him”. She’s looking for a symbolic $1 judgement in the case. Mueller has sued Swift for $3 million in damages over what he says are lies that cost him his job. Who do you believe? Swift or Mueller?
6. Judge Sam Benningfield in White County, Tennessee is offering inmates a deal to get out of jail 30 days early if they agree to get sterilized. So far, thirty-two women had a Nexplanon implant put in their arm which can prevent child birth for up to four years and thirty-eight men have signed up to get a vasectomy. What do you think of the judge’s sterilization offer to inmates?
7. Chief Executive Officers make 271 times more than an average worker in their company and their pay increases have grown more than company profits based on a study by the Economic Policy Institute. The highest paid executive in 2016 was Wal-Mart CEO Marc Lore who made $243.9 million. What do you think about the disparity?
8. Former President Barack Obama will be honored in Illinois for years to come. Starting next year, August 4th will become Barack Obama Day in the state, the same day as Obama's birthday. The bill was passed by both state houses and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed it into law. "Obama Day" is more commemorative than a legal holiday where people take the day off and government offices are closed. What are your thoughts about Illinois having Barack Obama day? How should people celebrate “Obama Day”?
9. Would you be a passenger on a plane with no pilot if it saved you some money? Most people say no. A study says 54% of people would not get on a flight that didn't have a physical pilot on board. Remote control flying is already used in the military and could be used by commercial cargo planes by 2025. The study said flyers could save 11 percent on flights that had no pilots. Would you be a passenger on a pilotless plane?
10. Vice President Mike Pence has pushed back against a news report suggesting a possible presidential bid in 2020 if President Donald Trump does not run. In a statement released by the White House, Pence said Sunday's story in The New York Times "is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team." He added that "the allegations in this article are categorically false." Would Mike Pence get your vote?