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Senate rejects House Republicans demand for a conference

The US Senate on Tuesday rejected a House demand to negotiate a budget compromise aimed at ending the day-old government shutdown, leaving lawmakers envisioning no quick solution to the crisis. After a series of back-and-forth bills yielded no progress Monday in the frantic hours before federal agencies began closing their…

Jimmy Kimmel lampoons those who hate Obamacare but support the Affordable Care Act

An unscientific poll conducted by Jimmy Kimmel Live found that Americans view the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare very differently, despite their reference to the same law. “Interestingly, the polls show that most Americans don’t like Obamacare but they love what’s in it when it all gets broken down,” said…

WATCH LIVE: Obama delivers statement

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a statement from the White House Rose Garden at 12:25 p.m. ET. Watch live video, courtesy of NBC News, below:…

Laura Ingraham: ‘Sob stories’ from injured veterans will make GOP cave on shutdown

Fox News contributor and sometime “O’Reilly Factor” host Laura Ingraham predicted on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning that the government shutdown will end when the media starts pushing “sob stories” about injured veterans who can’t get care because of the federal closure. Republicans in Congress, she said, will inevitably cave…

Republican lawmaker ends government shutdown interview by saying ‘this is my idea of fun’

As 800,000 federal employees were set to be furloughed due to a government shutdown on Tuesday, a Republican lawmaker with a net worth of around $6 million was positively cheerful about the situation, telling NPR that it was his “idea of fun.” Following an impasse that resulted in Republicans failing…

8-year-old suspended from Florida school for using fingers as gun during game

An 8-year-old Florida boy was suspended from school for pretending to use his finger as a gun. Bonnie Bennett told WKMG-TV that her son was suspended Friday from Harmony Community School in Osceola County after playing cops and robbers with another student. “There was nothing in his hand,” Bennett said.…

Here are the consequences of first government shutdown in 17 years

The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns — for six days in November 1995 and…

Anti-vaccine parents caused California’s lethal whooping cough epidemic

California health officials are laying the blame for the state’s lethal 2010 outbreak of pertussis — also known as whooping cough — squarely at the feet of parents who refused to vaccinate their children as part of a bogus autism scare. According to NBC News, the outbreak, which killed 10…

A look at the last time the government was shut down

The US government shut down Tuesday in a replay of brinkmanship between Republican and Democratic forces last seen in 1995-96. After Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in 1994, hardliners picked a fight with then president Bill Clinton over budget cuts that included funding of the Medicare…

More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war

At least 115,206 people have been killed in Syria’s devastating 30-month conflict, most of them fighters from both sides, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the deaths of 115,206 people from the start of Syria’s revolution on March 18, 2011 to September…

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