I have tried to use the methods set demonstrated in the tutorial, but the lambda files on the get request. I contacted Lambda support but they couldn't tell, and suggested that the lambda didn't have permissions to make get requests. Which means I guess I have to create my own AWS lambda and not use the Alexa hosted lambda in order to retrieve information outside of AWS. (Drag).
I'm hoping this might be a problem I have a setting somewhere, but I don't see any guidance on this in the docs. I keep getting the error Error: getaddrinfo ENOTFOUND whenever it tries to execute the http request, and I don't think is the settings or URL all work fine in a browser. Its a pretty simple http get request on port 80