Yellen Gets Nod For Fed Chair

Oct 8, 2013, 7:59 pm EDT
Yellen Gets Nod For Fed Chair

President Barack Obama will nominate current Federal Reserve System vice chairwoman Janet Yellen for the Fed chair tomorrow. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would become the first woman to run the United States’ central bank.

Yellen’s name had always been in the conversation since current Fed chair Ben Bernanke announced he was stepping down from the post after his term ran out in January 2014. Once Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, announced he was no longer interested in the position, Yellen became the front-runner.

Yellen’s career started as a professor of economics at the University of California-Berkeley in 1980. From 1997 until 1999, she was part of Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and 2004 to 2010, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 2010, she took her current post as vice chair of the Fed. Read 

Truckers Plan 3-Day Beltway Backup to Protest Shutdown

Oct 8, 2013, 1:54 pm EDT
Truckers Plan 3-Day Beltway Backup to Protest Shutdown

A group of truck drivers are planning on shutting down traffic in the Washington, D.C. area in protest of the alleged corruption that is destroying the U.S.

Fox News reports that the Truckers Ride for the Constitution group will block three lanes of the Capital Belway until their demands are met. The group will prevent commuters from passing through unless they have a sticker supporting the truckers’ cause. There are several issues that the group are complaining about including low wages, high gas prices and Obama’s alleged crimes against the United States and unconstitutional executive orders.

The truckers have been recruiting people to join their cause through Facebook and their page already has over 63,500 likes. The group’s Facebook page has the mission of declaring “a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers… Truckers will lead the path to saving our country if every American rides with them.” Read 

White House Talks Obamacare Glitches

Oct 8, 2013, 12:59 pm EDT

The White House is working on the Obamacare glitches that users faced when signing up for the new health care policy online.

The Register reports that the massive amount of people signing up for the Affordable Care Act has been the reason why there have been glitches. The server could not handle the traffic that the site was getting since the White House was not anticipating this response.

A White House spokesman said that they are fixing the Obamacare glitches by creating an online waiting room to make sure that the site doesn’t get too much traffic. The server will now be able to carry the amount of users online and those in the waiting room will not have to wait too long. Nevertheless, the White House is still working on fixing these glitches and ensuring that people can sign up for Obamacare. Read 

Military Priests Buck U.S. Shutdown, Face Arrest

Oct 8, 2013, 12:06 pm EDT

The government shutdown is now affecting U.S. religious leaders who are used to conducting Mass on Sundays.

The Washington Times reports that the shutdown bans on-contract Catholic priests from conducting religious services on military bases. These 234 active-duty priests normally tend to about 275,000 Catholics but they will not be able to legally conduct their services until the furlough ends.

The general counsel for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said that these priests are not allowed to minister on base during the shutdown. Even if they only conduct a service as volunteers, they risk getting arrested. Read 

Stephen Colbert Gives ‘DC Shutdown’ Couple Dream Wedding

Oct 4, 2013, 1:45 pm EDT

Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, held a wedding for a couple that couldn’t get married due to the government shutdown.

The couple had planned to get married at the Jefferson Memorial on Saturday, but learned that it was off-limits due to the government shutdown. Colbert offered to marry the couple on his show. He did so on Thursday, showing off his certificate from the American Marriage Ministries to viewers. The wedding started with Colbert reminding everyone that he would take over services that the government couldn’t handle during the shutdown, which includes weddings. Mike Cassesso, the groomsman, was brought out and a round of shots was taken to celebrate. Then the best man, which was Smokey the Bear, came out. After this the bridesmaids came out and everyone took another shot. Finally Colbert tracked down MaiLien Le, the bride, and after a couple of shots they she entered the stage. She carried the Emmy that the show had recently won as her bouquet, reports NBC News.

Thursday’s episode of The Colbert Report, which contains the wedding, can be viewed here. Read 

Preschoolers Take a Hit in Government Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013, 1:21 pm EDT

The government shutdown is now affecting preschoolers as much as the parents who are forced to stay at home.

CNN reports that over 5,000 children age five and under are staying at home due to the furlough shutting out preschools in 11 states. About a million children in the country are part of Head Start, a program funded by the government that provides poor children with food, education and health care. The kids will have to wait until the shutdown ends before the government can resume federal funding on the schools.

Almost 19,000 schools are set to receive funding from Head Start in October. However, the shutdown is making it difficult for families that rely on Head Start to provide for their children as they rely on the resources that Head Start offers them. Read 

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