Here are the stories people are talking about on January 30, 2013.
1. GABBY IS GABBING: Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was an unscheduled witness in today’s hearings on gun control. She has been in rehabilitation since being shot outside a grocery store in Tucson, back in 2011. This is the first time she has spoken at length publicly.
In a prepared statement, Giffords said "too many children are dying" and urged tougher restrictions. Giffords husband Mark Kelly and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association both testified.
2. CONFUSO-NOMICS: The Dow was starting to skyrocket toward 14,000 until the Federal Government revealed economic growth in the U.S. shrank significantly. That’s the first time that’s happened in more than 3 years. Also consumer confidence plummeted this month after we all noticed a reduction in our paychecks.
Since the government decided to let the Social Security tax cut expire, we’re earning 2 percent less.
"We’re buying stocks because money is cheap and we’re sick and tired of buying gold and silver because we’re afraid the world’s going to end. So what we’re seeing here is a stock market that has been held back by uncertainty really coming into line with what has been pretty good earnings," said Fox business analyst Phil Flynn.
The Federal Reserve finished up its two day policy meeting, deciding to take no new action on interest rates.
3. IMMIGRATION AGGRAVATION: President Obama is hitting the airwaves of Spanish language TV today to discuss his immigration plan. The move comes one day after he revealed his reform proposal and two days after a bipartisan group of Senators released theirs.
Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County Arizona, a hotbed of immigration spoke out about the new proposals saying it’s not a black and white issue.
"I am concerned somewhat about the pathway to citizenship. To me it’s a fairness issue as well as diplomatic. I can go on and on but I don’t think it’s right when people across the country and world, wait for years to come into our great country. They do it legally and then if you sneak across the border you’re given special attention," he said.
Senators are mixed on the proposed plans. Arizona Senator John McCain urged fellow Republicans to pass the legislation or the party could face election losses. Another Republican, Florida Senator Marco Rubio criticized the President’s plan, saying he felt it left the impression reforming immigration quickly was more important than doing it right.
4. HONEY-DO LIST: Want to have more fun in the bedroom? It may come down to which chores couples do around the house. It may sound sexist, but a study says households where the guys do the so called "manly" chores like killing spiders and yard work, and the women do the dishes, those couples have sex five times a month. In homes where the men do work traditionally done by women, the couples only have sex three times a month.
5. FORGET EATING CROW, DENVER MAYOR EATS RAVEN: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was forced do Ray Lewis’ pregame squirrel dance to the Baltimore Mayor, and he did it in style. The two mayors made a bet on the game that landed the game that landed the Ravens in the AFC Championships. Hancock posted the video on YouTube and now he’s the next big sensation. The Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl this weekend.