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How much worse will the
ObamaCare website glitches get?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/7/2013 2:44:04 PM     Post Reply
Said O this weekend of his massive technological faceplant, “Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times.” No doubt that’s true; the shutdown might stop the feds from manning the Amber Alert site, but rest assured they’ll find a loophole to keep repairs to Healthcare.gov humming. But how much is left to repair? Ezra Klein’s WaPo Wonkblog has a useful user-friendly interview with a tech expert explaining that the O-Care website has two major problems, one of which is easily resolved and one of which isn’t. The easy one is scalability, i.e. adding more

Feds to Furloughed Employees:
Checking Gov´t Email During
Shutdown a ´Criminal Offense´
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/7/2013 2:36:34 PM     Post Reply
A notice posted on the website of the Small Business Administration (SBA) warns furloughed employees that it is a "criminal offense" to use federal resources during the furlough period, including accessing government email accounts. Although the notice is directed to SBA employees, presumably the directive is applicable to furloughed employees of all government agencies. The full notice reads as follows: Please be advised, during the furlough period, non-excepted employees will no longer be permitted to utilize SBA email or other federal resources. Please know that use of federal resources while on furlough status is prohibited by law and is considered a

Park Service OKs immigration
reform rally on ´closed´ National Mall
Washington Examiner (DC), by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 2:22:07 PM     Post Reply
A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown. Organizers for the "Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform" were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday. A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown. Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to

  


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´Truckers for the Constitution´
Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway,
Arrest Congressmen
U.S. News & World Report, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 2:18:19 PM     Post Reply
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally. Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders. Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway "three lanes deep" as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.

Government Shuts Down 22 Privately
Operated Campsites in N.H.
National Review Online, by Katherine Connell    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 10/7/2013 2:17:13 PM     Post Reply
As Columbus Day weekend approaches and New England fall foliage reaches its peak, the U.S. Forest Service has decreed that 22 privately run campgrounds in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest will have to close because of the government shutdown. According to the Union Leader, while the campsites are situated on federally owned land, they are entirely run by a private company, which has a contract to operate the sites and which pays the federal government a cut of the fees it collects. That means the closure will not only prevent thousands of campers from using the facilities, it will actually

ObamaCare site to go offline
for more repairs
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sam Baker    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2013 2:14:13 PM     Post Reply
Healthcare.gov, the primary website to enroll in health insurance through ObamaCare, will be taken offline again Monday night for improvements, following weekend work designed to fix major technical problems. The site will be offline beginning at 1 a.m. in order to improve its capacity and make software changes, the Health and Human Services Department said. HHS said the site had improved as a result of work done over the weekend. The site was taken offline during nonpeak hours to address widespread technical errors that prevented users from creating accounts, a step required before they can compare insurance plans.

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Killed
In Senate: Controversial Provision
Removed From Spending Bill
International Business Times, by Conner Adams Sheets    Original Article
Posted By: casac8- 10/7/2013 2:13:39 PM     Post Reply
The so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” has been removed from a Senate spending bill to the delight of those opposed to the controversial provision. (Snip) The provision, officially Section 735 of the HR 933 continuing resolution passed in March, came under fire because food safety advocates warn that it strips federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and propagation of genetically modified seeds and crops if safety tests reveal concerns about their safety.

  


  

State Dept. Awards $5M Contract for
Crystal Stem and Barware For Embassies
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 10/7/2013 1:59:49 PM     Post Reply
ust a week before the government shutdown kicked in on October 1, the State Department awarded a five-year, maximum $5 million contract for custom handcrafted crystal stem and barware, according to a report in the Valley News, an online news site in Vermont (via Charlie Perkins). Valley News reporter Warren Johnston reports: On eve of last week’s government shutdown, Simon Pearce won a potential five-year competitive contract for $5 million to provide 20 different styles of custom handcrafted stem and barware to the State Department for use in American embassies around the world. The contract stipulates that the items be made in

Octogenarian couple back
together almost 70 years
after summer romance
Daily Mail (UK), by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 1:49:06 PM     Post Reply
In the summer of 1945, a two teenagers fell in love and now, almost 70 years later, they´re back together. When 17-year-old Chuck ´Red´ Lewis saw 16-year-old Sandy ´Franci´ Riggins (now Gutting) at Oceanside Pier in California, it was love at first sight. But the pair lost contact when Gutting went home to LA, and both went on to marry and raise families in different cities.After a silence of 62 years, the pair got back in touch via email seven years ago and found the feelings they had for each other in 1945 were still there. Both now in their 80s,

Coming soon Obama’s way:
Grassroots’ ‘Drawing a Red Line 101’
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 10/7/2013 1:47:41 PM     Post Reply
The main motive behind Barack Obama’s closing off open-air war memorials and Mount Rushmore from public view is to force attention back to him and his Mrs. as indisputable natural rulers of the world. Hitler had it, Napoleon had it, radical Islam still practices it, and the Obamas got it in spades—an unquenchable thirst to be obeyed as unquestioned world leaders. In Obama’s narcissistic thinking, he and only he is Mount Rushmore, the World War II War Memorial, and the only loyal lure that continues to bring people to cemeteries in Europe and around the world to honor the American war dead.

SAT scores show less than
five percent of Paterson
high school students ready
for college and careers
Paterson Press [NJ], by Joe Malinconico    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 10/7/2013 1:46:23 PM     Post Reply
Paterson – Just 26 of the 598 high school students in Paterson Public Schools who took the SAT tests this year had scores that reached the college and career readiness benchmark, according to statistics released by city education officials. That rate of 4.3 percent of pretty much matches last year’s performance when 4.4 percent, or 26 of 591 students, reached the college-career ready mark, the data shows. In 2011, 21 of 513 were college-career ready, or 4 percent. (Snip) “That scares me immensely,’’ said school board member Jonathan Hodges when asked about the disparity between the SAT performance and the

  


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Reid Claims Media Is
Unfair to Democrats
National Review Online, by Alec Torres    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 10/7/2013 1:42:48 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Politico, Senator Harry Reid argued that the media is being unfair to Democrats in its coverage of the shutdown. Reid said he believes that there is no way someone viewing the situation objectively could conclude that Democrats are at fault for the shutdown. “You and other journalists have a real shortcoming in that you are trying so hard to be fair that you are unfair,” Reid said. “Democrats have had almost nothing to do with the problems here. It’s all Republicans.” The shutdown of about 15 percent of government activity began last Tuesday. Since then, Reid has led

Kerry lauds Assad for quickly
complying with Syria chemical
weapons resolution
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/7/2013 1:34:07 PM     Post Reply
Nusa Dua, Indonesia - US Secretary of State John Kerry lauded the start of destruction of chemical weapons in Syria as a "good beginning" and said Washington and Moscow had agreed to press the United Nations to set a date for a Syria peace conference in November. In unusual praise for Damascus, Kerry also gave the government of President Bashar Assad credit for quickly complying with the UN resolution on destroying its chemical weapons arsenal. "I think it is extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were already being destroyed,"

Obama urges Congress to reopen
government, says FEMA will be
forced to ´re-furlough´ workers
due to shutdown
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 1:30:55 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama, in a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Monday to spotlight the loss of government services because of the shutdown, urged Congress to reopen government and raise the debt limit immediately. ``My very strong suspicion is there are enough votes there´´ to pass legislation, he said. ``Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let´s see what happens.´´ FEMA had recalled employees who were idled in the shutdown to deal with Tropical Storm Karen but the storm has weakened

US military forces conduct 2 major
terror raids, seize Al Qaeda leader
behind 1998 embassy bombings
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 1:18:34 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that a pair of raids conducted in Africa by American special forces signaled the ongoing determination of the United States to bring terrorists to justice and sent the message that "members of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations literally can run but they can´t hide." The Pentagon confirmed Saturday night that U.S. special forces had captured alive Abu Anas al Libi in Tripoli, Libya. Libi, also known as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The operation was carried out by

  


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Obama economic adviser:
Up to Congress to decide how
much to raise debt ceiling
Washington Examiner (DC), by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/7/2013 1:14:00 PM     Post Reply
It´s up to Congress, not the president, to decide how large of an increase in the debt ceiling is needed, a top Obama economic adviser said Monday morning. That statement fills in a key detail regarding President Obama´s debt limit strategy, which he has insisted will be to refuse to negotiate with congressional Republicans. By leaving the amount of the increase to Congress, Obama could avoid directly asking lawmakers to raise the limit, thereby denying Republicans a chance to open up talks. Appearing at a press breakfast organized by Politico, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling said that "it is

US will interrogate terror suspect aboard
warship in Mediterranean, officials say
NBC News, by Jim Miklaszewski*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 1:11:40 PM     Post Reply
United States interrogators who specialize in so-called high value targets will question a suspected al Qaeda operative aboard an American warship without reading him his rights, U.S. officials told NBC News on Monday. The suspect, Abu Anas al-Libi, was whisked off the streets of the Libyan capital of Tripoli over the weekend. He will be taken to the United States to stand trial in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the officials said. Al-Libi will be in U.S. military custody for several more days, perhaps a few weeks, a senior administration official told NBC News. The interrogation

Bloomberg to help Cory Booker
with major ad campaign
USA Today, by Catalina Camia    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 1:05:53 PM     Post Reply
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly will spend $1 million to help boost Cory Booker in next week´s special Senate election in New Jersey. Bloomberg, an independent, will start airing ads Monday to help the Democratic mayor of Newark, according to a New York Times report. Booker has been fighting off Republican Steve Lonegan, a conservative activist. The TV ad will seek to promote Booker as someone who has "put progress ahead of partisanship,"(Snip)Booker has a double-digit lead over Lonegan in statewide polls, but the gap isn´t as wide as it once was early in the race.

Peter King’s lonely fight
vs. ‘Ted Cruz wing’
Politico, by Alexander Burns    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 12:47:50 PM     Post Reply
If Peter King’s brand of Republicanism seems to be on the wane these days, the Long Island congressman isn’t letting it go quietly. King, 69, has long been one of the Hill’s most quotable and irascible troublemakers, a frequent presence on cable television with an apparently boundless capacity for outrage. He has fumed over topics as serious as Hurricane Sandy relief and aid for Sept. 11 responders, and as comparatively trivial as the White House party crashers and the death of Michael Jackson (whom he called a “lowlife” and a “pervert.”) King broke with Newt Gingrich over the government shutdowns

Arizona tribes bracing
for sting of shutdown
Arizona Republic [Phoenix,AZ], by Alia Beard Rau and Daniel Gonzalez    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 10/7/2013 12:40:21 PM     Post Reply
Arizona’s 22 Native American tribes depend heavily on federal money to provide their more than 200,000 members with education, health care, housing and public safety.As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, the tribes are expected to be among the hardest hit. “The federal government is so pervasive on the Indian reservations that anything that happens on the federal government level in terms of funding cuts or a shutdown will have a major impact,” said state Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels, who is Navajo. “Most of the medical services available are federally funded, the housing, the schools.”For now, school

  



China warns US ´clock is ticking´
Financial Times, by John Aglionby    Original Article
Posted By: woofwoofwoof- 10/7/2013 12:33:37 PM     Post Reply
The Chinese government has warned the U.S. that the government shutdown and prospect of Washington´s first ever default were threatening the value of its U.S. investments. In its first official reaction to the U.S. political stalemate over the budget and looming debt ceiling deadline later this month, Beijing said that "the clock is ticking" and urged politicians in Washington to "ensure the safety of the Chinese investments".

California´s New Feudalism
Daily Beast, by Joel Kotkin    Original Article
Posted By: seesfarwoman- 10/7/2013 12:32:15 PM     Post Reply
California has been the source of much innovation, from agribusiness and oil to fashion and the digital world. Historically much richer than the rest of the country, it was also the birthplace, along with Levittown, of the mass-produced suburb, freeways, much of our modern entrepreneurial culture, and of course mass entertainment. For most of a century, for both better and worse, California has defined progress, not only for America but for the world.

Obamacare Website Full of
Software, Design Problems
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 10/7/2013 12:28:36 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said last week that the Obamacare website was down due to a surge in traffic. But now it says problems with the website are due to design and software flaws, the Wall Street Journal reports. The website is troubled by coding problems and flaws in the architecture of the system, according to insurance-industry advisers, technical experts and people close to the development of the marketplace. (Snip)Information technology experts told the Wall Street Journal that the website appeared to be built on a “sloppy software foundation,” possibly due to hasty construction.

Obama Responds to Negative Publicity,
Brings Amber Alert Website Back Online
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/7/2013 12:12:32 PM     Post Reply
Over the weekend, the FBI took its Amber Alert missing child website offline, blaming the shutdown. At the same time, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” web site stayed up and running. Amber Alert is back online today, after the closure of the site generated negative publicity. So it seems that Lord Obama can pick and choose what is and isn’t getting shut down. And it seems that he is in fact picking and choosing what gets shut down, in real time. He chose to close memorials and parks, including Mount Rushmore, and Obama chose to kick a pair of senior citizens

Obamacare glitches: Was
website fixed this weekend?
Associated Press, by Ricard Alonso-Zaldiva and Kelli Kenn    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 10/7/2013 12:12:26 PM     Post Reply
Washington and Miami - It´s not the sign that the Obama administration wants people to see on its health overhaul website: down for repairs. Using overnight hours this past weekend to debug the system, the Health and Human Service Department hoped to fix the technological problems that overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets. This past week, glitches have frustrated millions of consumers unable to complete their applications. Enrollment functions of the healthcare.gov site were unavailable during off-peak hours this past weekend The site was be taken down at 1 a.m. EDT each night for a few hours. The enrollment

Britain shows what Obamacare means for US
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: bluehouse- 10/7/2013 12:08:41 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s refusal to sign a bill defunding or delaying his health care law and Republicans’ insistence that such measures be a part of any bill to continue funding government are what precipitated the ongoing government shutdown. Both sides are staking out firm positions because they are operating on the same assumption – that once Obamacare starts to roll out subsidies on Jan. 1., it will be impossible to undo, no matter how much of a disaster it is. Based on the experience across the pond, this may be exactly right. As the Washington Examiner´s Philip Klein detailed in an

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