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 

Typo Adds More Than $13B to Country’s Debt

Oct 4, 2013, 12:49 pm EDT

It was an embarrassing confession for Spain’s economic ministry.

Just days after it released an estimate of size of its national debt, the Spanish government retracted the figure, calling it an error. The government first said that its debt would be 99.8% of the nation’s GDP in 2014. The real figure was $1.53 trillion, or 98.9% of all economic output, AFP notes.

The variance between the two figures translates into $14.5 billion. Spain, the eurozone’s fourth largest economy, has struggled with a weak economy and rising debt for several years. Read 

What Will Happen If The US Defaults On Its Loans

Oct 4, 2013, 11:20 am EDT

If Congress fails to increase the borrowing of the U.S. government — in effect, telling its creditors that it will not pay back on loans that it has already borrowed — the effects could be rapid and drastic.

But what will happen if the US defaults on its loans? Here is a look at what goes on in the next few weeks if Congress does not vote to increase the debt ceiling (via Reuters).

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VIDEO: Watch Tea Party Congressman Blame Park Ranger for Memorial Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013, 9:18 am EDT

Ah, Congress. It”s best to shift the blame for a government shutdown on anyone available. Hey, look, a Park Service Ranger!

A Tea Party Congressman, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, visited the World War II Memorial and blamed a ranger for denying access to veterans who wanted to visit the memorial (all National Parks, including the memorial, had to be closed when the government shut down). Read 

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