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So far, voters are blaming Republicans for government shutdown

A new poll shows most voters blame Republicans for the government shutdown that went into effect overnight. According to a poll released Tuesday morning by Quinnipiac University, 55 percent of voters say gridlock in Washington was caused by Republicans who are determined to block any initiative by President Barack Obama,…

‘Sex jihad’ almost certainly a hoax

Over the past few weeks, various media outlets have been awash with sensational stories of an alleged “sex jihad” taking place in parts of Syria controlled by the rebels. Hundreds of Muslim women, notably from Tunisia, are reportedly going to Syria to offer themselves to jihadist fighters as a sign…

Boehner mimics Obama on House floor during debate over government shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner imitated the president on the House floor as he described their ultimately fruitless conversation Monday evening in the hours before a U.S. government shutdown. “I talked to the president earlier tonight,” the Ohio Republican said before dropping his voice to sound more like President Barack Obama.…

Assad will remain in office and may run for re-election, Syrian official says

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will remain in office, and has the right to decide to run for re-election next year, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said on Tuesday. “Syria is staying put: the state, the nation, the people and the president. This is the Syrians’ choice,” Zohbi told journalists. “All the…

E.U. nears anti-trust deal with Google

The E.U. executive hopes to close a high-stakes anti-trust dispute with Internet giant Google by next spring, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Tuesday, with a settlement seeming increasingly possible. The Commission, the E.U.’s executive, has accused Google of giving unfair preference in its search results to its own services,…

Power outage and explosion cancels classes and injures 1 at UC Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley campus was evacuated Monday night after an explosion injured at least one person and caused a power outage. About 20 people were also trapped in dormitory elevators as a result of the outage, reported The Bakersfield Californian. The power outage was reported about 4:30…

European markets so far unfazed by U.S. government shutdown

Europe’s main stock markets were mixed at the start of trading Tuesday with investors unfazed by a U.S. government shutdown. London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index dipped 0.06 percent to 6,458.37 points, the CAC 40 in Paris grew 0.16 percent to 4,150.04 points and Frankfurt’s DAX 30 rose 0.28 percent to…

Dollar weakens as U.S. government shuts down

The dollar fell in Asia on Tuesday as the United States lurched into its first government shutdown in 17 years due to a budget standoff. The greenback bought 98.16 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade after U.S. lawmakers missed a midnight deadline to avert the shutdown, down from highs of around…

Beach Blanket Boredom

[When we last left TBogg, somewhere on the internet far faraway, he was taking a powder/hanging up his spurs/blowing this podunk town/and taking off for parts unknown, just like Taylor (grim-faced, bronze-chested, packing heat) in Planet Of The Apes, saddling up to see “… what’s out there”. What did TBogg…

Obama reassures military: You will be paid during shutdown

As the deadline passed to avert a shutdown of U.S. government operations, President Barack Obama’s administration released a video message to military service members in combat situations and Department of Defense (DOD) staffers reassuring them that they will be accounted for while lawmakers try to hash out a solution. “If…

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