Q: Is it true that there are bills in Congress that would exempt members and their staffs and families from buying into “Obamacare”?
A: No. Congress members and staffers will be required to buy insurance through the exchanges on Jan. 1. But reportedly there is concern about whether federal contributions to premiums can continue without a change.
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The United States’ Charles Jewtraw, a speed skater, won the first gold medal at the first Olympic Winter Games. Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee
While the first Olympic Games were held in 1896 (in summer), it was 28 years later when the first Olympic Winter Games were held, in Chamonix, France. Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee
The median age at first marriage in 2008 was 27.6 years for men and 25.9 years for women. Source: Census Bureau
Six percent of married women in the U.S. had been married for at least 50 years, as of 2004. Source: Census Bureau
Seventy percent of Americans aged 30 to 34 in 2008 were married or had been married in the past. Source: Census Bureau
In 2008, 2.16 million marriages (nearly 6,000 a day) were performed in the U.S. Source: National Center for Health Statistics/Census Bureau
Cut roses produced in the U.S. in 2008 had a wholesale value of $24 million (for all producers with at least $100,000 in sales). Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
The most snow to fall in one day in Phoenix, Ariz., is one inch, which accumulated on Jan. 20, 1933, and again on Jan. 20, 1937. Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Nearly 187 inches of snow fell over seven days in Thompson Pass, Alaska, in Feb. 1953. Source: National Climatic Data Center
An average of 260 inches of snow falls a year in Mount Washington, N.H. Valdez, Alaska, sees an average of 326 inches of snow. Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center