8 House Democrats Arrested at Rally

Oct 9, 2013, 2:18 pm EDT

A rally outside of the Capitol on Tuesday resulted in the arrest of over 150 protesters including eight Democrats of the House of Representatives.

The New York Times reports that the rally was done to push Congress to pass an immigration law that would help illegal immigrants become U.S. citizens. Capitol police detained and arrested eight House Democrats including Joseph Crowley and Charles B. Rangel of New York, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Al Green of Texas, Luis V. Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona and John Lewis of Georgia.

The rally protesters were looking to bring attention to the immigration issue after Congress had set the immigration legislation aside due to disputes over the government shutdown. Many of them were from labor unions and immigrant organizations and about 150 were arrested along with the House Democrats after the rally was shut down. Read 

10 Gross Things Americans Like Better Than Congress

Oct 9, 2013, 1:16 pm EDT

A nationwide poll was done in the U.S. to see how much the Congress’ popularity has dropped since the government shutdown began.

Public Policy Polling conducted the survey and it compared Congress with several things that annoy us or gross us out. Here are 10 things that Americans prefer over Congress right now.

    Witches Hemorrhoids Wall Street Cockroaches The IRS Toenail Fungus Dog Poop Zombies Jury Duty Hipsters

A poll conducted in May revealed that Americans absolutely hate hipsters but they still prefer them over Congress. Nevertheless, there are still many things that Americans hate more than Congress including Anthony Weiner, Vladimir Putin, heroin, Miley Cyrus and twerking. Read 

Company’s Offer Free Vibrators to Furloughed Employees

Oct 9, 2013, 12:52 pm EDT

Free vibrators are being given away to furloughed workers who are looking for something exciting to do during their time off.

Daily News reports that Vibrators.com is giving away up to 200 vibrators a day to federal employees who are being forced to stay at home due to the government shutdown. The company said that it will continue its promotion until the shutdown ends and these workers are able to go back to work.

Vibrators.com is the latest company to offer free stuff to furloughed workers and it is promoting the giveaway by asking government employees to consider getting a vibrator if they have “a little too much time on [their] hands and nothing to do.” The company added that both vibrator aficionados and those who are looking to experiment by themselves or with their partners should experience the pleasure of a nice vibrator. Read 

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 

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