TUESDAY 7-17-18

1.      Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied meddling in the US Presidential election and President Trump says the Russian leader made a strong case in denying charges of interference. Democrats like New York  Senator Chuck Schumer say the President should have been tougher on Putin and urge Republican lawmakers to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia. Should the U.S. accept Putin's claims or continue to push     the Russians on interference?

2.      A 6-month-old baby was found unresponsive after she was left in a hot car for two-and-a-half hours at Mellert Park in Medina over the weekend. Attempts to save the girl's life at Medina Hospital proved        unsuccessful.  Safety forces say the baby was left in the car during a baseball tournament. What's the appropriate punishment for the parents of this girl?

3.      Former UFC champion Stipe Miocic has demanded an immediate rematch against Daniel Cormier and criticized Broke Lesnar for his postfight cage appearance earlier this month, calling the WWE star's antic         "disrespectful." Miocic (18-3) was knocked out by Cormier in the first round of their heavyweight title fight on July 7 in Las Vegas. Prior to the loss, Miocic made a record three consecutive title defenses and hadn't lost   since 2014. But the UFC and Cormier have turned their attention to Lesnar for the next heavyweight title fight.  Is Stipe being disrespected and should he get an immediate rematch or should we wait his turn since he  was beaten.? 

4.      Focusing on attractive people in the crowd at sporting events seems like an essential part of any broadcast. Not anymore.  Not according to the FIFA Diversity Boss, Frederico Addiechi, who, prior to the final games of        the 2018 World cup in Russia, he sent out a warning to those with rights to broadcast rights: DO NOT ZOOM IN OR CALL ATTENTION TO HOT WOMEN IN THE CROWD. Is this fair or has sensitivity to sexism gone too far?

5.        In the past year, there have been at least 15 separate security breaches with retailers, thanks to online or in-store payment systems. Macy's, Sears, Whole Foods, and Delta Airlines are among the retailers experiencing      breaches. Do you trust online payments?

6.      Americans apparently feel they deserve to be pampered since they'll spend $143,000 in their lifetime. Overall, Americans are spending almost $200 a month -- or 22% of their disposable income --  on either "self care"         treatments or luxury experiences. Is this level of luxury warranted or should we think about spending money to help others and on other worthwhile causes. (Source: New York Post)

7.      Temperatures have been around the 90s for the past two weeks. A new study from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health contends extreme heat reduces cognitive function. The study found during a heat wave,         students who were in dorms with air conditioning scored better on tests than students without air conditioning. Does the heat make us stupid?

8.      Tens of thousands fill arenas and stadiums across America to hear from Joel and Victoria Osteen and Quicken Loans Arena announced they will be in Cleveland on Friday, October 12th to hold a “A Night of Hope”.         Osteen’s televised sermons are now seen by more than 7 million people weekly.  Have you followed Joel Osteen’s career?  Can you compare him to Billy Graham?

9.      Forty percent of Congressional ads are funded by outside money according to a new report.  Much of the money is being poured into campaigns where a Democratic incumbent is running in a red  state, such as Missouri    Sen. Claire McCaskill. Do you think we need campaign finance reform in the United States?

10.     A new Gallup poll reveals 64% of Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, while 28% would like to see it overturned. The poll was taken last week before President Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring   Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Where do you stand on the Roe v. Wade issue? 

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