Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-5-15: Pricey Patriotism

The Senate is trying to get the Defense Department to stop paying NFL teams to publicly salute soldiers. News broke a couple of months ago that the NFL was paying teams to publicly salute soldiers, hold pregame reenlistment ceremonies and perform on-field American flag rollouts.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 45,027,793. That’s the number of chickens and turkeys infected with the bird flu in the U.S. since December.

An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted today to back the approval of female viagra.

In politics, former Texas Governor Rick Perry launched a second run for President on Thursday.

In technology news, Chinese hackers stole the personal information of 4.1 million current and former federal employees. It’s one of the largest-ever breaches of a U.S. government computer network.

In sports, according a new book Allen Iverson was drunk at the time when he set the land speed record for saying the phrase “we’re talking about practice.”

Plus, apparently 1 in 7 Americans suffer from something called “sleep drunkenness.” Basically you awaken from a deep sleep and are so out of it that it’s like you’re drunk.

Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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