A government shutdown is looming; the U.N. votes to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons; and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is greeted by angry protests, following his positive meeting with President Obama. Meanwhile, Rihanna has a new reality show, and Heather Morris gives birth to a baby boy.
-Sandy + Maura
House GOP votes to delay Obamacare for one year, http://rtvote.com/1dS3N8u House Republicans voted on a stopgap spending measure to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year. The bill will be sent back to the Senate, but it faces certain defeat, as the Senate and President Obama have both stated that they will not accept any bill that will delay or defund Obamacare. If Congress cannot overcome this impasse, a government shutdown will be announced tomorrow.
NSA Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens, http://rtvote.com/18klFXE In November 2010, the National Security Agency (NSA) lifted restrictions on examining Americans’ social network activity for foreign intelligence purposes. NSA policy had previously prohibited this practice because of concerns about American citizens’ privacy. The spy agency can now collect information ranging from a citizen’s record of phone calls and emails to his or her Facebook profile, bank codes, and GPS locations.
House GOP moves to protect military pay in a shutdown, http://rtvote.com/18koGad In the event of a government shutdown, many federal workers will be staying at home without pay. On Saturday, however, House Republicans proposed a bill that would ensure military service members continued to be paid if Congress is unable to avoid a government shutdown come end of business today. Although the House passed the bill on military pay unanimously, Democrats complained that this overlooked the value of many other federal workers, who would be forced to go without pay during this time.
UN votes to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, http://rtvote.com/1eU7WvF The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. All 15 council members signed on as co-sponsors to the resolution. This marks the first breakthrough decision that the council has agreed upon since the Syrian civil war began. It also sends a zero-tolerance message to all countries on the use of chemical weapons.
Hassan Rouhani’s return to Iran marked by ‘death to America’ chants, http://rtvote.com/1fCVhOW After what seemed like a constructive visit to the U.N. general assembly to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, many American politicians and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani left in high spirits. Obama and Rouhani even had a 15-minute telephone call afterwards, marking the first interaction between an American and Iranian president in more than three decades. However, Rouhani’s return to Iran was greeted with angry protests, as hardliners opposed the president’s pro-American meeting.
Julian Zelizer discusses the implications of a looming government shutdown in “Government shutdown threat is getting very old, very fast”, http://rtvote.com/1dSbdsn
Peter Bergen talks about social media and terrorism in “Are mass murderers using Twitter as a tool?”, http://rtvote.com/1dSbwU
Rihanna’s New Reality Show: First Look Trailer for Styled to Rock, http://rtvote.com/18kvxAs
Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom “Are Staying Strong,” LaLa Anthony Says, http://rtvote.com/1dSa97U
Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf Has “Mixed Emotions” About Sextortion Photos Scandal, http://rtvote.com/1dSaojo
Heather Morris Gives Birth to Baby Boy Elijah, http://rtvote.com/18kxgWx