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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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  • As Shutdown Drags, Boehner Shifts Focus From Health Law
    What started out as an attempt by Tea Party Republicans to use a government funding bill to defund the president's health care law seems to have evolved into a Republican effort to mitigate the negative effects of the two-day-old government shutdown. None of the bills pushed by House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday or Wednesday even mention the Affordable Care Act, but rather just fund those portions of the government that are popular with the public, like national parks.
  • GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge
    Beyond voicing frustration, the traditional Republican power players on Capitol Hill and in the business community haven't been able to do much so far to end the current congressional standoff.
  • Obama's Shift In Rhetoric Helping Democrats Stick Together
    Instead of castigating all of Congress over the latest fiscal stalemate, President Obama is focusing his ire on Tea Party Republicans. That's energized Democrats, who are more unified than they've been in a long time. Still, that doesn't mean that they're making any headway in ending the shutdown.
  • The Government Shutdown's Final Frontier: How NASA Is Dealing
    Houston's Mission Control is still talking to the astronauts circling the globe in the International Space Station. But most other phone lines are down, and NASA says the shutdown could deter launches of other spacecraft and slow repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope if something goes wrong.
  • A Veteran Traces America's Biography In Music, From Coney Island To Vietnam
    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans may have trouble answering questions about what war was like — but Vietnam veterans say they weren't even asked. Composer and Vietnam vet Kimo Williams says he turned to music to explain his war experience, and that it continues to define his work.
  • Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?
    Could government agents really get access to all your private data in less than a minute? Experts say no but warn we are moving in that direction.
  • A DEET-Like Mosquito Spray That Smells Like Jasmine Or Grapes?
    Scientists have figured out how DEET repels mosquitoes. The finding has led the researchers to candidate repellents that are safer and cheaper than DEET and may provide new weapons against mosquito-borne scourges, such as malaria and dengue fever.
  • Want To Raft Through The Grand Canyon? Not During The Shutdown
    Melissa talks with rafter Scott Lee who was supposed to put on the Colorado River for a 20-day trip through the Grand Canyon Wednesday. With the government shutdown, his group has not been allowed to put on the river and he is not sure what will happen.
  • Shutdown Is The Latest Hit To Federal Worker Wallets, Morale
    They've been sequestered, furloughed and told to work without pay. Meanwhile, they still have mortgages, bills and kids in college. How is the shutdown affecting hundreds of thousands of federal workers?
  • Intelligence Chief: Shutdown Makes America More Vulnerable
    A Senate hearing on surveillance raised alarms about the impact of the federal government shutdown on intelligence gathering. Intelligence chiefs said 70 percent of civilian workers at their agencies are being furloughed, and said they could not guarantee the US is safe during the shutdown.

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