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White House Briefing

A White house Briefing 

Today, on The Occasional Show we get to visit with our guest, Nate Ward.  He discusses parenthood, Donald Trump and Bill Murray’s White House Briefing. with Special host Phil Rood!

Nate is a founder and podcaster of  Inkedgeekstudios. His controversial shows are no stranger to the airwaves with quality podcasts like, “Mind Of A Geek” and “The Sin Cast”.  You can check out his collaborations @inkedgeekstudios.com or follow him on twitter at @xSyneKx.

Before we start hammering you with questions, let’s take a minute to find out some of the sporadic news of interest

Sporadic News of Interest

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Bill Murray gets a Cubs win AND a Mark Twain Prize

At the Kennedy Center on Sunday, Bill . Murray was the willing recipient of the Mark Twain Prize, one of comedy’s most significant honors. But his attendance hadn’t been guaranteed: His favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, needed to seal a World Series berth the night before or else he would have been tempted to skip the ceremony for the final game.

In a related story, Bill Murray Crashes a White House Briefing

White House BreifingLadies and gentlemen, please rise for the President of the Un … BILL MURRAY!
Bill took over the podium in the White House’s press briefing room on Friday — but instead of talking politics, he was all about the NLCS … and explained why the Dodgers are doomed.
Oh yeah, he happens to be a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan — hence the pullover — and warned Clayton Kershaw that his boys from Chi-Town are just too dominant for him.
It’s funny stuff … Hail to the Ghostbuster!

 

Donald Trump’s Chances of Winning are Approaching Zero

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Neva-DAH!

Trump originally had shown surprising strength for much of this year in NevAHdah, from “toss up” to “lean Democratic” amid signs that the state is slipping away from him. Clinton has led in six of the last seven polls in the state — the other showed the race a tie — and now has an average lead of more than four points, according to Real Clear Politics. Trump’s collapse in the state is badly impacting Republicans’s chances of winning Sen. Harry Reid’s (D) open seat. Rep. Joe Heck (R), who led for much of the year, now finds himself behind former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D).

Utah

We’re also moving Utah — yes, Utah! — from “lean Republican” to “toss up” as independent candidate Evan McMullin, a Utah native and Mormon, continues to show considerable polling resiliency in the Beehive State. Count us as skeptical that Clinton can win in such a Republican state. But McMullin is taking lots of Republican voters away from Trump, and it’s not out of the question the third party candidate wins the state’s six electoral votes.

Texas

And, finally — and much to our amazement — we are adding Texas to our list of competitive states, rating it as “lean Republican.” The last three polls taken in the state have shown Trump ahead by three points (twice) and four points; the Real Clear Politics polling average in the state puts Trump up 4.6 points. It speaks to how badly Trump is performing even in longtime Republican strongholds that the debate going forward won’t be whether Texas should stay on the list of competitive races but whether it should move to “toss up.”

Conclusion

Those changes tilt the electoral map — and math — even more heavily toward Clinton. Clinton now has 323 electoral votes either solidly for her or leaning her way. Trump has just 180. (Reminder: You need 270 to win.) And, virtually all of the vulnerability from here until Nov. 8 is on Trump’s side.

Arizona and Utah, two states that haven’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee since 1996 and 1964, respectively, are toss ups! Texas, the one large-population state that has long been considered solidly Republican is within mid-single digits! States like Colorado and Virginia — swing states in the last two elections — aren’t even real opportunities for Trump anymore!

Parents Should Share A Room With Their Infant To Prevent SIDS, Report Finds

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On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released updated recommendations on preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known more commonly by its acronym, SIDS: Specifically, the AAP recommends that parents should share a room with their infant to prevent SIDS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent classifies SIDS as part of a broader category of deaths known as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.

A syndrome with causes not completely understood by doctors and researchers, SUID kills as many as 3,500 children each year, most typically infants 12 months old or younger. Of those 3,500 deaths, the CDC classifies them into three types: 44 percent are attributed specifically to SIDS, while 31 percent happen due to unknown causes. The remaining quarter of deaths are attributed to accidental strangling or suffocation in bed.

New report

Finally, In this new report, the AAP statement reads that infants should room share with their parents or caregivers for at least the first six months, although ideally, room sharing should continue through infants’ first year. The important distinction in this updated recommendation is that baby should only sleep in the same room — but not on the same sleep surface — as their parents. The new report notes that the risk of SIDS decreases as much as 50 percent when room sharing occurs.

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