21 hours, 19 minutes

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

September 25, 2013 1:38:37 PM PDT
A waste of time. That's what repubs and dems alike are calling the Tea Party darling Ted Cruz's filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate, as he tried to stop a vote on the bill that he urged the House to pass.

Go figure.

Anyway, here's a fascinating stat as Cruz's fans - and you can watch them on a cable TV news channel tonight - heap praise on him tonight.

His was the fourth longest filibuster in Senate history, at 21 hours and 19 minutes. The longest? Former Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) filibustered for 24 hours and 18 minutes back in 1957. The reason? He tried to block the Civil Rights Act.

I'm just sayin'.

We'll have the latest on the countdown to shutdown, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, another workplace shooting today, this time on Long Island. One person was killed, another seriously hurt, when police say a former worker came in and started shooting. The chaos that followed shut down city schools in Garden City, and the nearby Roosevelt Field Mall, the 10th largest in the country.

Once upon a time, Charles Lindberg took off from the airstrip where the mall now is, on his transatlantic solo flight in 1927. It made news back then. The site is making news again.

The suspect, 63 year old Sang Ho Kim, is still in the wind. We're following the latest developments at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, including the latest on the Metro North power outage affecting thousands of commuters on the New Haven Line, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including the Yankees long-shot wild-card bid for the playoffs. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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