Gabatron Morning Briefing – 10-12-15: World’s Most Thankless Job

Kevin McCarthy pulled out of his doomed race for the Speaker of the House last week, leaving a huge vacuum in the GOP House leadership. Republicans are turning to Rep. Paul Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee who apparently does not want the thankless gig. He’s taken the weekend to spend some time with his family and decide whether he wants to give cat-herding a try.

Interesting Stat of the Day: $3. $12.2 million has been spent on TV advertising for candidates and their associated groups in the 2015 Kentucky election, which breaks down to about $3 per eligible voter.

You know all those ludicrous “sexy” Halloween costumes? Chad Horstman, CEO of, the site that’s come up with most of them that you see in the news. He says they are able to turn around a sexy, news-pegged costume in a mere two weeks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared that he is ready for war with the United States. The trash-talking came during a parade celebrating 70 years of Communist party rule.

In technology news, starting on Friday, Facebook users we’re able to express a fuller range of emotions online with a set of new expressions and animated emojis. So you don’t have to “like” the post where your best friend says their spouse just died in a tragic blimp accident, you can shoot them a frowny face emoji.

Plus, a “psychic” convinced a woman she was cursed, and that the curse could be lifted by giving her gift cards and cash.

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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