House Republicans signaled Thursday they were shifting their focus to duel with Democrats over the country's debt ceiling—a fight that could put America's economy and financial markets at far greater risk than a short-term budget shutdown.
Though the possibility of a shutdown isn't off the table, House Speaker John Boehner downplayed its likelihood. "I do not expect that to happen," he told reporters Thursday morning. read more
Conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch have been two of the biggest financial backers of efforts to impede President Obama's agenda. During a Thursday speech, the president called out the two major right-wing donors over their efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
"Some of the Tea Party’s biggest donors, some of the wealthiest men in America, are funding a cynical ad campaign trying to convince young people not to buy health care at all," he said. "I mean think about it: These are billionaires several times over—you know they’ve got good health care." read more
1. We now know what the fox says. And it's terrifying.
And since you're 100% not tired of this song, here's a parody from some Abercrombie models:
2. New Yorkers might want to hightail it out of the city to buy castles. Because they can. Because New York City apartments cost the same as castles.
3. One Breaking Bad fan decided to write Bryan Cranston a letter about her..."fandom."
Courtney Shackleford is one of two entry-level employees at the Ben and Jerry's in Washington, D.C.,'s Union Station, where she makes $8.25 an hour. Like many workers in America's growing low-wage economy, she struggles to make ends meet: Between her pregnancy and her tuition fees at Trinity Washington University, Shackleford doesn't make enough to cover basic expenses.
"You want to move out of your parents' house, at least get your own little apartment, and it's just not enough because living wage in D.C. is so high," said Shackleford, who lives with her father. read more
Unless Congress raises the country's borrowing limit, the government will run out of cash to pay its bills no later than October 17, putting the country at imminent risk of default, the Treasury Department said.
The announcement of the deadline ramps up the pressure on lawmakers who are currently struggling to pass a short-term budget in the next six days to avoid a government shutdown. They are similarly at odds over the debt ceiling, but economists warn that breaching the debt limit would do much greater damage than a shutdown. read more
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Senator Ted Cruz takes a brief hiatus from bashing Obamacare in his fake filibuster Tuesday night to read the children's book Green Eggs and Ham.