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John Boehner To Resign As House Speaker At End Of October

According to multiple media reports, Rep. (R-OH) John Boehner will resign the speakership on October 30th.

The move comes as the government braces for another potential government shutdown next week- this time surrounding the issue of funding of Planned Parenthood.

This is a developing story, Rise News will update this story throughout the day. 

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Scott Walker Will Drop Out of Presidential Campaign

According to multiple media reports including the New York Times and NBC News, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is planning to drop out of the Presidential race.

According to MSNBC, Scott Walker has just announced a press conference in Wisconsin for 6 PM EST.

Walker had been performing poorly in post debate polls, with some showing him with less than 1 percent support in the GOP primary.

Stay with Rise News as we continue to follow this developing story. 

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This Jeb Bush Video Is The “Frattiest” Campaign Ad Ever

Jeb Bush visited the University of Georgia on Saturday where he campaigned around fraternity row and shook some bro hands on game-day.

For anyone familiar with southern colleges, this is not at all surprising. The Greek System in the Deep South is typically conservative leaning.

But check out this Bush campaign video that could have been ripped straight off of Total Frat Move’s homepage. 

One member of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign thinks so too:

Watch the video for yourself:

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Pope Francis Arrives In Cuba

Update: 4:25 PM EST

Pope Francis has arrived in Havana, Cuba to kick off his multi-day trip to the island nation and the United States of America.

At around 4:03 PM EST, Francis stepped on Cuba soil and was greeted by Cuban President Raul Castro.

A military band welcomed Francis and a group of young Cuban children handed him flowers.

Castro spoke on the tarmac of Jose Marti International Airport about how Cuba was willing to work with the global community on climate change- an obvious olive branch to the Pontiff’s efforts on the issue.

  Stay with Rise News as we continue to follow this developing story. 

Cover Photo Credit: @ClarkBentson On Twitter

Jimmy Carter Caught On Kiss Cam At Atlanta Braves Game

Former President Jimmy Carter was caught smooching his wife Rosalynn at an Atlanta Braves game earlier this evening.

Cute video alert:

Carter announced last month that had melanoma that had spread throughout his body. He looked real good tonight though.

H/T– The Hill 

Photo Credit: Major League Baseball

Strong Earthquake Hits Off The Coast Of Chile, Tsunami Advisory For Hawaii

Updated: 9:46 PM EST

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean earlier today.

According to CBS News, there is also a tsunami alert for the whole of Chile’s coast.

Hawaii is not expected to be impacted by a strong tsunami but the entire state is currently under a tsunami advisory.

According to the National Weather Service, the earthquake was a magnitude 8.3.

Watch Live-Chilean television breaking coverage (In Spanish)

“Based on all available data, a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter,” Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.”

While the threat is not expected to seriously impact Hawaii, other Pacific islands could be in more danger.

National Weather Service graphic showing potential impact times of the Pacific tsunami.

National Weather Service graphic showing potential impact times of the Pacific tsunami. Credit: NWS

ElSalvador.com is reporting flood waters reaching a main roadway in the coastal city of Concon in Chile.

A video posted on Youtube also seems to show similar flooding issues in Concon.

Hawaiian News Now reports that the earliest that a tsunami could impact Hawaii is 3:11 AM HST.

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Obama Invites 9th Grader Wrongly Arrested Over Homemade Clock To White House

President Barack Obama took to social media Wednesday to express his support of a Texas teenager who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school.

Fourteen year old Ahmed Mohamed told the Washington Post that he just wanted to be noticed by his teachers at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX but was instead arrested and brought to a juvenile detention center.

The arrest quickly turned into a viral social media campaign calling for solidarity against discrimination about Muslims in the United States. The #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter early Wednesday with over 450 thousand Tweets associated with the phrase.

President Obama also Tweeted his support for Mohamed, even inviting him to the White House.

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Breaking: 8.8 Million People Received Health Insurance Last Year

In a webcast and press release Wednesday morning, the US Census Bureau announced that 8.8 million Americans received health insurance last year- dropping the number of uninsured Americans to around 33 million people.

“The percentage of people without health insurance coverage for the entire 2014 calendar year was 10.4 percent, down from 13.3 percent in 2013,” A government press release said.

The data was first reported by the New York Times.

Read the full release and longer report here: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-157.html

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Start Up Miami: LiveAnswer Leads The Way In South Florida Tech Innovation

By David Drucker

LiveAnswer, a proprietary sharing economy platform that specializes in providing phone support (customer service, technical support), is setting an example for new businesses not only in Miami, but also around the globe.

After a successful first year, the company is preparing for a national startup competition and the integration of new age components into its call service all while doing what they can to help other Miami startups succeed.

CEO Adam Boalt has seen his company experience rapid success in a short period of time. After launching in 2014, the Miami-based company entered Tech. Co’s Miami Startup of the Year Competition that summer.

Although Boalt’s company did not claim victory in its debut year, they learned from the experience and reevaluated how their business should operate.

Now as the winners of best pitch at Tech Co’s competition in July – of the 13 finalists, they ended up with 40% of the final votes – LiveAnswer is now gearing up for the national competition in early October.

“When we first pitched LiveAnswer last year, we focused a lot on the software standpoint and not as much on its value to the community,” Boalt said. “This year, we did it all differently and spoke about the value of what we were providing to the local community.”

Although they have a flight booked for Tech Co’s national competition in Las Vegas, the Miami startup has not forgotten the city in which it got its start.

LiveAnswer is in an active partnership with Enrique Iglesias’ Atlántico Rum and Pipeline Workspaces, a partnership forged at this summer’s Social Media Day South Florida, where the companies teamed up to work towards making Miami #1 in startup activity on the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity by 2016.

LiveAnswer_Multichannel

LiveAnswer’s new “multi-channel platform”. The company says that the new product will add email, chat and social media to its voice capabilities in a move to improve client experience. Photo Credit: Live Answer

The partnership will continue its mission through their sponsorship of Social Media Week Miami, a sold out conference running until September 18 at the Miami Ad School in Wynwood.

The multi-day event will host some of the top social media analysts from around the country to help businesses in Miami better understand the increasingly connected world through digital media.

LiveAnswer is also actively working towards improving its own product through the release of their multi-channel platform. The company says that the new product will add email, chat and social media to its voice capabilities to improve client experience.

For Boalt, pushing his business forward has always been about choosing the right team and knowing where to invest his energy.

“100% of succeeding is being hyper-focused,” Boalt said. “Sometimes our minds can wander and think ‘it’d be nice to have this, it’d be nice to have that.’ You have to rope yourself back in and ask yourself what’s the difference between ‘must-have’ and ‘nice-to-have’ and stick to the ‘must-have’s’.”

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White House Promises Increased Support In Europe Refugee Crisis

By Zoe Fowler

President Obama and his administration announced on Thursday that the U.S. will be accepting at least 10,000 Syrian refugees seeking asylum over the course of the next year.

Josh Earnest, The White House Press Secretary, said the U.S. gave $4 billion to humanitarian aid organizations to support efforts of the refugee crisis in Europe but “Obama has decided that admitting more Syrian refugees would help boost the US response,” according to The Guardian.

Secretary of State John Kerry said at a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill that the total of Syrian refugees admitted could increase from 70,000 to more than 100,000, according to The New York Times. However, officials said not all of 30,000 of refugees would include Syrians.

The resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. won’t be immediate. The State Department said in a statement last week that the process could take up to 18 to 24 months for the Department of Homeland Security to decide if a refugee is eligible to resettle in the U.S.

The reaction to the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees has been mixed. GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said he doesn’t oppose the U.S. welcoming refugees, but caution needs to be taken into effect.

“We’d always be concerned that within the overwhelming number of the people seeking refugee, someone with a terrorist background could also sneak in,” Rubio said at a town hall meeting last week in Charleston.

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump who has advocated for tougher immigration laws said the refugee crisis is a humanitarian issue that needs to be dealt with.

“It’s a serious problem,” Trump told FOX News. “We haven’t seen anything like it since the second world war, and it’s getting worse and worse.”

Meanwhile today, British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Lebanon and Jordan where he toured camps built for displaced Syrian refugees.

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