Government: You’ll Pay More for Heat This Winter

Oct 9, 2013, 12:37 pm EDT

The government, announced on Tuesday, that people will have to pay more to keep warm this winter due to increases in natural gas, electricity and propane prices.

Households that use natural gas can expect to pay an average of $679 to stay warm this winter. This is around 13% higher than what natural gas users paid last year, but it still falls 4% below the average for the past five winters. Households that use electric heat will pay about 2% more for heating this winter when compared to last winter. Heating oil customers will see their bills drop 2% this year, but will still pay an average of $2,046. This is the second highest bill next to last year’s average of  $2,092. The span of time for the winter season that is being used to determine heating cost runs from October through March. Also affecting the heating cost is that this winter is expected to be 3% colder than last year’s, reports the Associated Press.

Those who use gas to heat their households in the Northeast part of the United States can expect to pay 18.3% more for heat this winter due to climbing demands for gas in that area. Read 

Poll: GOP to Blame for Government Shutdown

Oct 9, 2013, 9:35 am EDT

A newly released poll puts the blame for the government shutdown in the hands of Republicans.

Because the GOP first tried to tie the healthcare law to the shutdown and now has switched to budget demands, the general perception seems to be that the party is making serious missteps in how to handle the crisis.

From the Associated Press: Read 

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 

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