Cory Booker, wins NJ Senate seat; a 16-day government shutdown ends; and Facebook loosens privacy rules for young teenagers. Meanwhile, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are discussed, and Glee will be ending after season six.
-Maura + Veronica
Shutdown Over, Government Slowly Gets Back to Normal, http://rtvote.com/1fFojwF
After a 16-day shutdown, the United States government is back to work as of Thursday morning. The political standoff ended shortly before the midnight deadline that would have frozen the country’s ability to borrow money. This agreement will fund the government until January 15, 2014 and opens the doors to further budget negotiations in the weeks ahead.
How Members of Congress Voted to End the Shutdown, http://rtvote.com/1etRL5C
The House voted last night to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling in a final tally of 285-144. A webpage published by the Washington Post allows citizens to easily view the results of the vote. Which way did your representative vote?
Slavery Still Grips Tens of Millions Worldwide, Report Says, http://rtvote.com/1etOrYj
Slavery still exists worldwide and new reports highlights just how severe and widespread it is. In total, it is estimated that 29.8 million people are enslaved around the world. A revolutionary report on this issue, called the Global Slavery Index 2013, was just released. The report found that there are 162 countries with slavery, including the United States, Canada, and Western European nations.
Facebook Eases Privacy Rules for Teenagers, http://rtvote.com/1gn5yz7
Amid high profile debates over child bullying and sexual predators, Facebook announced Wednesday that it is loosening its privacy rules for teenagers on its site. Facebook described these changes (which allow post statuses, videos, and images to be seen by anyone) as giving more choices to 13-17 year olds. Others argue that Facebook’s requirement for people to post under their true identity places larger scale risks for young people using the website.
Cory Booker Wins Special Senate Election, http://rtvote.com/1fFqoIL
Two-term New Jersey mayor Cory Booker was announced as a winner in the NJ Special Senate election late Wednesday evening. With a 55%-44% lead and 99% precincts reporting, Republican opponent Steve Lonegan conceded. With an endorsement from President Obama and 1.5 million Twitter followers, Mr. Booker was a projected winner early on in the race. In his victory speech he declared: “If you voted for me, I will make you proud. If you didn’t vote for me, I will work every single day to earn your trust.”
Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, LL Cool J among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees, http://rtvote.com/1etVccy
Veteran character actor Ed Lauter dies at age 74, http://rtvote.com/1etV3FZ
Kerry Washington To Host ‘SNL’ For The First Time Nov. 2, http://rtvote.com/19aHQzP
Ryan Murphy: Glee Ending After Next Season, Series Finale Will “Honor” Cory Monteith”,http://rtvote.com/1fFu9hu
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