The U.S. government shuts down; Obamacare’s online market officially opens; and Wall Street worries about the U.S. defaulting on debt. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’s album reviews are in, and Bruce Jenner talks about his skin cancer surgery.
-Sandy + Maura
U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse, http://rtvote.com/18oN0aU After Congress failed to compromise on a new budget Monday night, the U.S. government has shut down. Federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay. National parks and monuments have also been closed for the time being. The Senate rejected the House’s proposal to begin conference committee negotiations, and Congress’s next steps remain uncertain.
White House shows off Web site to buy health insurance under Obamacare, http://rtvote.com/18oSXF1 As of today, Americans are able to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal website,www.Healthcare.gov. Those looking to purchase health insurance can log on and see if they qualify for government assistance; search and compare plans by price and coverage level; view each plan’s network doctors; and purchase directly from the insurance company. The plans will take effect January 1, when every American is required to have health insurance or be fined.
Wall Street Firm Despite U.S. Shutdown, http://rtvote.com/1fFX4CR Despite the government shutdown, Wall Street carried on calmly and opened its stocks slightly higher today. However, investors and analysts are concerned that the government shutdown will lead to the U.S. defaulting on its debt when it reaches its borrowing limit in about two weeks. If the Treasury Department does not get authorization from Congress on October 17, it will no longer be able to issue new bonds.
Senate Cancels First Hearing on Navy Yard Shooting, http://rtvote.com/18p5RTl Because of the government shutdown, the first Congressional hearing related to the Washington Navy Yard shooting on September 16 has been postponed indefinitely. During the hearing, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was supposed to evaluate how the government grants clearance and conducts background checks.
The New York Times’ Editorial Board discusses the unfair difficulties voter ID laws impose on eligible voters in “The Dishonesty of Voter ID Laws”, http://rtvote.com/1eX6dpz
Daniel Alpert talks about the economic policy mistakes the U.S. has made in “The Rut We Can’t Get Out Of”,http://rtvote.com/1dUid8i
Miley Cyrus’ First Bangerz Reviews Are In… And They’re Not Great, http://rtvote.com/1dUoalz
Bruce Jenner on Skin Cancer Scare, http://rtvote.com/1fGhJH6
Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes Confirm their Coupledom, http://rtvote.com/1dUqhWt
Whitney Houston’s Death: Detective Accused of Inappropriate Treatment of Singer’s Corpse,http://rtvote.com/1fGiUGr