The government shutdown continues even with enough votes to end it; Higgs and Englert are awarded the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson; a salmonella outbreak hits 18 states; and North Korea is rumored to have restarted their plutonium reactor. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead premiere approaches fast, and Prince Harry is ready to get hitched!
-Sandy + Maura
Votes are there to break shutdown, but not the will, http://rtvote.com/1ffKvgu
According to an ongoing CNN survey, there are enough votes in the House to pass a clean continuing resolution (CR); the minimum number of votes needed is 217. However, the 18 Republicans who would vote to pass the clean CR are not pressuring Speaker John Boehner to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. They are still hoping to use the government shutdown as a way to defund or delay Obamacare.
Peter Higgs, Francois Englert win Nobel Prize in Physics, http://rtvote.com/1e69LCX
The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs, 84, and Francois Englert, 80, for the discovery of the Higgs boson. Also known as the “God particle”, the Higgs boson is associated with an invisible field that is part of the basic infrastructure of the cosmos.
Salmonella outbreak in 18 states linked to raw chicken, http://rtvote.com/18MEfry
Raw chicken contaminated with a strain of bacteria, called salmonella Heidelberg, has affected about 278 people 18 states. The USDA has released a public health alert, indicating three facilities operated by Foster Farms as the likely sources. An outbreak of the same strain of salmonella was also linked to Foster Farms chicken in 2012. The USDA and Foster Farms assure consumers that cooking chicken to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees will kill any harmful bacteria.
S. Korea spy agency says N. Korea restarts reactor, http://rtvote.com/1e6dgcA
North Korea is being accused of restarting a plutonium reactor at its main nuclear facility. The reactor can be weaponized to produce one or two atomic bombs a year; it already has enough plutonium to produce 4-8 crude weapons. South Korea, the U.S., and Japan are performing routine maritime drills this week; in response, North Korea’s military gave its troops an emergency order to re-examine operational plans and be ready to launch them if anything comes of these drills.
5 Things to Know about Government Shutdown on Tuesday, http://rtvote.com/1fXd6Za
As an update on the government shutdown, some Republicans are still skeptical on the dangers of not raising the debt ceiling as the October 17th deadline approaches; Pentagon employees returned to work this week, but many other federal workers remain at home; stocks are falling; and although almost everyone is mad at the White House and/or Congress, the Republicans seem to be receiving most of the blame.
Richard Haass asserts that the U.S. must begin to govern properly and end the shutdown for the sake of its reputation and security in “The Real Threat to U.S. National Security”, http://rtvote.com/18MKz2i
Mark A. Patterson explains why there is only one (difficult) solution out of the debt limit in “One way out on the debt ceiling”, http://rtvote.com/1fXeYBm
The Walking Dead Countdown: Why Norman Reedus Likes It Dirty – and Why Season Four is the “Best So Far”,http://rtvote.com/1fg1Cia
Miley Cyrus Is “Happiest She’s Ever Been” Without Liam Hemsworth, Says Dad Billy Ray Cyrus,http://rtvote.com/1e6gXPt
Drew Barrymore Wants to Have Another Baby “Right Away”, http://rtvote.com/1fXfXBn
Prince Harry Ready to Marry Cressida Bonas, http://rtvote.com/18MMlk2