A former FBI bomb expert has pled guilty in the most recent leak prosecution brought forth by the Obama administration. Donald Sachtleben, who served in the FBI for 25 years before leaving to work as an independent contractor, has admitted to leaking classified information to the Associated Press regarding a failed AQAP (al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) bomb plot. read more
For Mindy Kaufman, the threat of a government shutdown isn't about Democrats or Republicans. It's about her livelihood.
More than 2,500 miles west of Washington, Kaufman runs Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway, a five-room bed-and-breakfast near Joshua Tree National Park. If Congress can't pass a budget before September 30, "we would lose reservations within days," she says—right at the beginning of the park's high season.
If the shutdown continues for weeks, she adds, "we would go out of business—absolutely." read more
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Monday night on All In with Chris Hayes: As the battle continues in Congress over his campaign to defund Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat from all sides. The Republican bill Cruz pushed for, continuing government spending at current levels until December 15 and stripping funding for the president's health care law, passed the House last week but is expected to be ripped apart in the Senate. read more
The fate of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) is still up in the air, but a funding reduction of at least several billion dollars is looking more and more likely. Now that the Senate has passed a Farm Bill which cuts $4 billion out of the program and the House has passed a much larger $39 billion reduction, a bicameral conference committee will have to somehow split the difference. read more