Obamacare’s online market experiences setbacks; the government shutdown continues as Republican hardliners and Senate avoid compromise; and Treasury discusses taking ‘final extraordinary measures’. Meanwhile, famed author Tom Clancy passes away; Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting are engaged; and Jodie Foster dates Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend.
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Internal Server Error: Scenes from Obamacare’s Glitchy Rollout, http://rtvote.com/1dUH8Zj Almost as soon as Obamacare’s online marketplace opened, shoppers started encountering technical errors. Glitches within the system were predicted, but nobody thought they would be so widespread. Federal and state governments are working to improve the newly launched system, so patience and understanding from shoppers are much appreciated.
Jacksonville airport evacuated for ‘suspicious packages’, http://rtvote.com/1dW7NF8 Zeljko Causevic, 39, was arrested early Wednesday morning after forcing the shutdown of Jacksonville International Airport for several hours Tuesday morning. Causevic refused to be screened by airport security, and he falsely claimed he had a bomb in his backpack. Two mysterious packages were also found in the airport’s terminal and parking garage. The terminal closed as the bomb squad investigated.
Collision Course: CR and Debt Ceiling, http://rtvote.com/1eZR6LS As the October 17th deadline to raise the $16.7 trillion national debt ceiling approaches, the two policy disputes of keeping the government funded and raising the debt ceiling become increasingly connected. If House Republicans don’t accept a Senate plan of reopening the government until mid-November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unlikely to accept any budget deal that does not raise the debt ceiling. Obama and Reid remain firm on rejecting any Republican budget bill that will defund or delay Obamacare.
Treasury Begins ‘Final Extraordinary Measures’ As Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms, http://rtvote.com/18t8PWS In anticipation of the October 17 deadline, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, informing him that the Treasury Department has begun using final extraordinary measures. Lew’s letter emphasized the urgency surrounding the proposed increase of the debt ceiling, but he also stated that the government shutdown will probably have little effect when the government hits the debt ceiling. The measures Lew cites are fairly technical.
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders, http://rtvote.com/1eZSFcH The government shutdown does not seem like it will be ending anytime soon. The Republican hardliners in the House believe they can end Obamacare, and they have no intention of compromising until they can defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. This group of two dozen or so far right Republicans are angering their fellow moderate and institutional party members. The latter group is pressuring Speaker John Boehner to stand up to hardliners so they can reopen the government and reach bipartisan accommodations.
Senators Chris Murphy and Brian Schatz talk about bold reform of federal higher education policy in “Making College Affordable”, http://rtvote.com/1fJagXS
Cecile Richards discusses House Republicans’ stance against Obamacare and women’s preventive healthcare in “The House’s War on Women”, http://rtvote.com/1fJaTk9
Thomas Friedman voices concern over the government shutdown and the power of a small minority in Congress in “Our Democracy is at Stake”, http://rtvote.com/1f043Wb
Tom Clancy Dies at 66 – Author Remembered for Best-Selling Jack Ryan Novels, Thrillers, http://rtvote.com/1f04Syg
Jodie Foster Dating Ellen DeGeneres’ Ex-Girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, http://rtvote.com/1dWklwc
Katie Holmes: “Excited” to Shoot The Giver with Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, and More, http://rtvote.com/1f05Ydj
Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Step Out Separately After Announcing Engagement, http://rtvote.com/1f07b4m