Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Government Shutdown And Other Stories

Today, due to the lack of a budget agreement between the House and Senate, the federal government has gone into shutdown mode, which means that agencies, depending on the state of their own funding, will have to let "nonessential" personnel stay home from work.  I guess those cowboy poets that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is so concerned about will have to finance their own creative efforts.

From the Washington Post, the Senate has rejected the third bill passed by the House that would have kept the federal government running, in return for delaying the enforcement of the "individual mandate" portion of Obamacare and a few other proposed items.

From Yahoo, the shutdown chokes Washington, DC.

From USA Today, 66 questions and answers about the shutdown.

CNN only gives us 20 such questions and answers.

NBC News asks, what would a government shutdown look like?

Quartz asks, who will notice a government shutdown?

From Newsmax, former Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich) accuses President Obama of using the shutdown to cover up his own failures.

From the Los Angeles Times, visitors to the World War II Memorial were not deterred by barricades.  Putting up such barricades would appear to be nonsensical, since the Memorial is open-air and requires no one to admit visitors.  It would seem that paying the federal employees to put up the barricades would cost more than leaving the place open.

....and in other news:

From Breitbart's Big Journalism, the Obamacare insurance exchanges that were supposed to be launched today have experienced massive failures nationwide.  (Lots of links there)

From the Washington Free Beacon, comedian Robert Schneider is leaving the Democratic party and endorsing a Republican for governor of California.

From Life News, the Obama administration may face a lawsuit over the funding of abortions for Congress than their staff.

From The D.C. Clothesline, the Hahn family, owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties, have petitioned the Supreme Court in a challenge to Obamacare's contraceptive coverage mandate.

From World Net Daily, a gang of black bikers in New York follow and attack the Asian driver of an SUV.

And from the "stupid man" department, woman with cell phone 1 - would-be thief 0.

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