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  1. shameful 7 Million Ineligible for Medicaid

    1. 7 Million Ineligible for Medicaid

    Though the Affordable Care Act aimed to get health insurance for more poor Americans by requiring states to expand Medicaid, 26 states refused to do so and created a coverage gap instead. As a result, up to 7 million Americans are now ineligible for Medicaid. All 26 of the states that opted to create a coverage gap had Republican-controlled legislatures or Republican governors. Coincidence?

    October 2, 2013 10:52 PM

  2. NOT AN ENDORSEMENT Cruz Taunts Obama on Twitter Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

    2. Cruz Taunts Obama on Twitter

    Ted Cruz is quite literally just pushing buttons to raise eyebrows at this point. The Texas senator who essentially campaigned for a government shutdown with his crusade against Obamacare is now protesting one. Cruz answered the president's rallying cry on Twitter to end the shutdown, retweeting Obama's status: “Retweet if you want this #shutdown to end.” The irony of the move wasn’t lost on other Twitter users. “Damn, bruh. How does it feel to be a liar?” was one response. Another quipped: “@SenTedCruz endorses @BarackObama!” According to a Pew Research poll, a majority of Twitter users blame Republicans for the shutdown, but an equally large number oppose Obamacare.

    October 2, 2013 5:50 PM

  3. SECURITY THREAT Shutdown Is ‘Dreamland’ for Foreign Intel Susan Walsh/AP

    3. Shutdown Is ‘Dreamland’ for Foreign Intel

    While most of the country is feeling the negative effects of the government shutdown, a precious few are benefitting from it. Among the lucky ones: international intelligence agencies looking to recruit money-hungry Americans. “This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence services to recruit,” said National Intelligence Director James Clapper at a Senate hearing Wednesday. Beyond potential recruitments, Clapper warned that the furlough of 70 percent of civilians may pose a threat to national security. “I think this ... seriously damages our ability to protect the security and safety of this nation and its citizens,” Clapper said. “This is not just a Beltway issue. This affects our global capability.”

    October 2, 2013 11:12 AM

  4. THIS GUY? Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Valeriy Melnikov/Host Photo Agency via Getty

    4. Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

    Now Putin and Obama have something in common! Russian President Vladmir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize because he “actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet” (read: tried to prevent a U.S. airstrike on Syria), according to an activist group called the International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, which put Putin’s name forward. Of course, the organization's letter of recommendation neglected to mention any of the Putin administration’s past violence toward Chechen separatists, the war in Georgia, Putin’s past in the KGB, the supplying of weapons to Iran, or the president’s anti-gay stance. This year’s winner will be announced October 11.

    October 2, 2013 3:44 PM

  5. MAKE IT RAIN! $1M Thrown From Plane in Bolivia Adam Gault/Getty Creative

    5. $1M Thrown From Plane in Bolivia

    Suspected members of a Bolivian drug-trafficking gang have been arrested after a cash drop from an airplane went wrong. A bag containing over $1 million missed its mark on the ground, where other gang members were supposed to pick it up. Instead the money was seized by police, who believe it was going to be used to build a new cocaine production center or set up a fake commercial enterprise. Three people, all Bolivian citizens, have been detained in relation to the operation.

    October 2, 2013 7:11 PM

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  7. DAY TWO No Deal in Obama’s Shutdown Summit Chip Somodevilla

    6. No Deal in Obama’s Shutdown Summit

    President Obama called congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday to work out a way to get the government going again, two days into a shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal employees. Unfortunately there was no progress. Harry Reid spoke out following the meeting: “My friend John Boehner cannot take yes for an answer.” Those invited, including Speaker Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell, have publicly feuded over the spending measure and show no signs of wavering, regardless of the economic consequences. Congressional Democrats have said they won’t negotiate, while their most conservative GOP counterparts are refusing to bend.

    Got some extra time on your hands due to the government shutdown? Then get out there and try these #ShutdownPickupLines.

    October 2, 2013 12:41 PM

  8. WRECK Tenn. Church Bus Crash Kills 8 WVLT-TV/AP

    7. Tenn. Church Bus Crash Kills 8

    At least eight people were killed and several others injured when a church bus traveling through Jefferson County, Tenn, crossed the median striking a passenger car and a tractor-trailer, which caught fire. Five medical helicopters were sent to the scene and I-40 near Jefferson City, was shut down. It’s not clear what caused the bus to veer into oncoming traffic.

    October 2, 2013 4:17 PM

  9. 21-WEEK TRIAL Jackson Family Loses Negligence Suit Gabriel Bouys / AFP-Getty Images

    8. Jackson Family Loses Negligence Suit

    After a 21-week trial and three days of deliberations, jurors reached a verdict Wednesday in the wrongful-death case of Michael Jackson. The late pop star's mother, Katherine Jackson, alleged that concert promoter AEG Live hired a Las Vegas doctor who administered a fatal dose of anesthetic to Jackson. The jury found that though AEG did indeed hire Conrad Murray, Murray was at the time not unfit to treat Jackson—therefore AEG is not liable and will not have to pay the Jackson family compensation. Murray is serving a two-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

    Twitter reacts to the Jackson trial.

    October 2, 2013 6:18 PM

  10. too close for comfort Drone Crashes in Manhattan Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty

    9. Drone Crashes in Manhattan

    Unless it's delivering beer, we don't really want a drone anywhere near our heads. On Monday, a small helicopter drone reportedly crashed a few feet from a businessman on Manhattan's east side. The man says the 3-pound drone could have injured him if he was hit, but the police declined to investigate because there was no law broken. A video on the memory card of the device apparently shows views from 20 to 30 stories above the streets near Grand Central Station.

    October 2, 2013 2:57 PM

  11. HE’S 25 Ronan Farrow to Host on MSNBC Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

    10. Ronan Farrow to Host on MSNBC

    The genetically blessed son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen has apparently been tapped to host a weekend program on MSNBC. A mere 25 years of age, Ronan Farrow finished college at 15 and has since become a Rhodes scholar, graduated from Yale Law School, served as a foreign-policy staffer in the Obama administration, founded the Office of Global Youth Issues within the State Department, and advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the Arab Spring. Also he’s “possibly” Frank Sinatra's son. Not a shabby résumé.

    October 2, 2013 8:46 PM

  12. GO BUILD A WELL Investors Lobby to Oust Bill Gates LIONEL BONAVENTURE

    11. Investors Lobby to Oust Bill Gates

    Three of Microsoft’s 20 top investors are pushing for Bill Gates to step down as chairman of the board, 38 years after he co-founded the company. The as-for-now anonymous shareholders—who hold over 5 percent of the $277 billion company’s stock—worry that Gates’s position could limit the ability to take Microsoft in a new direction. Gates currently owns about 4.5 percent of Microsoft’s stock, but sells around 80 million shares a year and will be all sold out by 2018.  In the last half-decade, he has increased his philanthropic role with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, vaccinating children, lifting people out of poverty, etc. Not a bad way to retire.

    October 2, 2013 10:54 AM

  13. too soon, fin Monteith Shot Heroin Before Death Chris Pizzello/AP

    12. Monteith Shot Heroin Before Death

    According to the final coroner’s report, Cory Monteith had been shooting heroin and drinking champagne before his death this summer. Responders discovered a “spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle” in the Glee star’s room, along with two empty champagne bottles. Official cause of death was listed as “mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol,” and suggested that since the actor had stopped using after rehab in April, his tolerance for the substances were probably lower.

    October 2, 2013 5:22 PM

  14. JUST SAY NO FBI Arrests Silk Road Founder Julio Cortez/AP

    13. FBI Arrests Silk Road Founder

    All right dealers, back to the streets. Federal officials have arrested Ross Ulbricht, 29, in San Francisco, and shut down his website, Silk Road, where those in search of illicit substances from Molly to Mary Jane could click and buy with Bitcoin. Authorities also seized 26,000 bitcoins, worth about $3.6 million. The complaint charges Ulbricht, AKA Dread Pirate Roberts, with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking, and money laundering, and calls him the owner and operator of an underground site “that provided a platform for drug dealers around the world to sell a variety of controlled substances,” outside the reach of law enforcement or governmental regulation. Can you post bail with Bitcoin?

    October 2, 2013 12:03 PM

  15. DAY 1 Obamacare Has Glitchy First Day Damian Dovarganes/AP

    14. Obamacare Has Glitchy First Day

    You might not have noticed it due to all the shutdown news, but the Affordable Care Act went live on Tuesday, glitches and all. Around 2.8 million people visited Healthcare.gov, the sign-up site, swamping the site with so much traffic that it caused spotty service. An additional 81,000 dialed into the help center. The problems on the website were not blamed on staff shortages, since most government employees involved in the law’s implementation weren't furloughed due to the shutdown. It was a rough day for the GOP too: after months of protesting the Affordable Care Act, many of its staunchest critics were too busy dealing with the shutdown to focus on the website glitches.

    October 2, 2013 7:01 AM

  16. R.I.P. Author Tom Clancy Dies Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images News

    15. Author Tom Clancy Dies

    Bestselling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital, his publisher has confirmed. He was 66. Clancy was the author of dozens of military thrillers, including the bestselling Jack Ryan series (including 1987's Patriot Games), whose movie adaptations made millions at the box office. Clancy was born in Baltimore, and he later became a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. He earned $1.3 million for writing the first Jack Ryan book, The Hunt for Red October, and by 1997 he reportedly earned $50 million for his next two books. He also co-founded the videogame developer Red Storm Entertainment and has had his name on some of Red Storm’s most successful games. His last novel, an installment in the Jack Ryan series titled Command Authority, is scheduled to be published Dec. 3.

    October 2, 2013 10:41 AM

  17. NOT SO RECLUSIVE Salinger Didn’t Totally Shun Hollywood Hulton Archive/Getty

    16. Salinger Didn’t Totally Shun Hollywood

    Though it was commonly believed that J.D. Salinger shunned the spotlight of Hollywood, a new letter reveals that the reclusive author communicated with several big-screen producers and was open to translating his work into film. According to a document found by Shane Salerno, the director of new documentary Salinger, after publishing The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger struck a deal for one of his short stories to be turned into a film. It later failed after casting couldn’t be agreed on. “It’s interesting the pains to which he goes to clear up this misconception about himself,” Salerno told Variety about the author's perceived embattled relationship with Hollywood.

    October 2, 2013 3:38 PM

  18. ODD CHANGE NFL Player’s New Name Sounds Like Hitler Ben Margot/AP

    17. NFL Player’s New Name Sounds Like Hitler

    Donte Whitner, the safety for the 49ers, has decided he hates the letter W and officially changed his last name to “Hitner” (which sounds a lot like Hitler, by the way). The NFL player tweeted the news from his personal account, stating: “It’s official...The W is being removed from my last name from Whitner to Hitner...GM.” Of course, the 28-year-old had to ask permission first. “Mom said its ok (y’all kno I had to ask 1st lol),” he tweeted Tuesday. Might want to stay away from that jersey ...

    October 2, 2013 3:13 PM

  19. STILL A CHANCE There Could Be a Hollywood Hillary Movie Alex Brandon/AP

    18. There Could Be a Hollywood Hillary Movie

    NBC and CNN couldn’t do it, but Hollywood wants to take on Hillary Clinton. A real, feature film—titled Rodham—about the former Secretary of State has quietly been moving forward, The New York Times reports on Wednesday. The film is considered to be a much more personal look at Clinton and will focus on her years as a young lawyer during the Watergate era. The film is based on a script by screenwriter Young Il Kim, and is set to be directed by James Ponsoldt, the director of this summer's The Spectacular Now. Given that Clinton’s allies allegedly helped kill the other two projects, Rodham’s creators are hoping it will succeed since it focuses on an earlier point in her life.

    October 2, 2013 7:40 AM

  20. DON’T BE EVIL Google Accused of Wiretapping Jeff Chiu/AP

    19. Google Accused of Wiretapping

    It turns out this charming story of seeing a dead relative on Google Street View might not be so charming after all. Google has been accused of wiretapping, in two separate cases that have been merged into one massive lawsuit. One lawsuit focuses on targeted ads in Gmail, which the plaintiffs say is a breach of privacy and wiretapping laws—and, as a class action lawsuit, Google could be responsible for fines to half a billion worldwide users. The case could also present long-term consequences for Yahoo and Microsoft. San Francisco Judge Lucy Koh (the same one who, in a separate case, asked an Apple lawyer if he was “smoking crack”) on Thursday denied nearly every one of Google’s motions to dismiss.

    October 2, 2013 7:21 AM

  21. OOPS Rick Perry: Anita Misspoke on Abortion MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP

    20. Rick Perry: Anita Misspoke on Abortion

    Thanks for explaining what your wife meant there, Rick Perry. The Texas governor tried to walk back his wife’s comments over the weekend that abortion “could be a woman’s right.” “From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce on it,” Rick Perry said. It’s too easy to make a “you should know” joke here. Perry called a special session of the legislature this summer to pass a law that would close virtually every abortion clinic in the state and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, tried an 11-hour filibuster to prevent the legislation from going forward, propelling her into the national spotlight—and she is likely to face Perry’s chosen successor, Greg Abbott.

    October 2, 2013 12:35 PM

  22. FASHION Marc Jacobs to Leave Louis Vuitton Jacques Brinon/AP

    21. Marc Jacobs to Leave Louis Vuitton

    After 16 years, Marc Jacobs closed what will likely be his last show for Louis Vuitton with this note in the program: “For Robert Duffy and Bernard Arnault: All My Love, Always.” It’s an even deeper message: Jacobs is reportedly leaving Louis Vuitton to focus on his own label. Although there hasn’t been a public announcement, Jacobs reportedly confirmed on Wednesday the rumor backstage at the spring 2014 show in Paris. The show, Jacobs’s “goodbye” show, featured an “ode to Paris and all the people I have been involved with and work with,” Jacobs said.

    October 2, 2013 9:12 AM

  23. SAY HELLO TO MAUD ‘The Simpsons’ To Kill Major Character Alaric Lambert/AP

    22. ‘The Simpsons’ To Kill Major Character

    Start placing those bets now. Simpsons executive producer Al Jean announced on Tuesday that a major character will “pass away” in season 25 or 26. While Jean wouldn’t say who, he teased that “the actor playing this character won an Emmy” for the role—although almost all the character actors on The Simpsons have won Emmys at some point. Jean said the story will be produced throughout this season, the show’s 25th, but it might not actually occur on-screen until the 26th season. Over the years, The Simpsons has killed off seven characters, including Maud Flanders. Although Jean wouldn’t give any more clues, he did say he hoped the stunt would bring in Breaking Bad-type number of viewers.

    October 2, 2013 7:49 AM

  24. WHY STOP NOW? Senate Rejects House Budget Conference Evan Vucci

    23. Senate Rejects House Budget Conference

    This only happens every 17 years or so, so why stop now? The Senate voted 54-46 Tuesday morning to reject a House Republican plan to negotiate on the budget. The vote was along party lines. Meanwhile, President Obama is scheduled to give a press conference on the shutdown at 12:25 p.m. ET. Speaker John Boehner gave a statement on the House’s vote to meet on the budget, but didn’t really mention that the shutdown was happening.

    October 1, 2013 10:20 AM

  25. next up: oct. 17 Treasury Sets Deadline for Debt Limit J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    24. Treasury Sets Deadline for Debt Limit

    Since the government is so good at deadlines, the Treasury just set another one: Oct. 17. That's the date the nation's debt limit is set to exceed $16.7 trillion, according to Secretary Jacob Lew. On Tuesday, Lew sent a warning to Congress that in little more than two weeks, the Treasury will run out of borrowed money, which, by law, cannot be exceeded. He requested an increase of the limit, and noted the department has already taken the final measures to extend borrowing.

    October 1, 2013 10:32 PM

  26. HI TEHRAN Iran’s Parliament Backs U.S. Outreach Ebrahim Noroozi/AP

    25. Iran’s Parliament Backs U.S. Outreach

    Could it really be that the 34-year diplomatic freeze with Iran was all just a misunderstanding? Iran’s Parliament on Wednesday backed President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic outreach to the U.S.—a huge step, given that the Parliament is controlled by political factions who are loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei himself has yet to comment on Rouhani’s trip to the U.S., which included a phone chat with President Obama. Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly last week that Iran is willing to participate immediately in “time-bound” negotiations on its nuclear program. But not everyone is happy: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday called Rouhani’s comments a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

    October 2, 2013 7:08 AM

  27. THIS WEEK George Will Going to Fox News J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    26. George Will Going to Fox News

    Say goodbye to George Stephanopolous, and hello to Bret Baier. George Will, called the “most powerful journalist in America” by The Wall Street Journal, is heading to Fox News after three decades at ABC, Fox News confirmed on Tuesday. Will has been a panelist on This Week since the show premiered in the early 1980s, but the show’s taping in New York the majority of the time had become too much of a strain for Will, who lives in Washington. He also writes a syndicated column that appears in 475 newspapers, and once served as a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine. He has also written several books.

    October 2, 2013 7:25 AM

  28. NOW A CRIME Calif. Bans Revenge Porn Rich Pedroncelli/AP

    27. Calif. Bans Revenge Porn

    Hopefully this will help shut Hunter Moore up. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill that banned so-called “revenge porn,” making it a crime punishable by a $1,000 fine or six months in jail to post naked photos of your ex. It will now be a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude photos of a person online without their permission. California became the second state, after New Jersey, to ban revenge porn.

    October 2, 2013 7:35 AM

  29. SORRY KUALA LUMPUR Obama Cancels Trip to Malaysia Evan Vucci/AP

    28. Obama Cancels Trip to Malaysia

    Malaysia hasn’t had a sitting U.S. president visit since 1966—and now the country will have to wait even longer. President Obama has canceled a trip to Malaysia scheduled for next week due to the government shutdown, Malaysia’s leader said Wednesday. Obama had been scheduled to leave for a four-nation tour that also included Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. What’s more, this is not even the first time Obama has canceled a trip to Asia due to Obamacare—he canceled a trip in 2010 to garner votes for the law. Meanwhile, back in Washington, the Capital remained at a halt and veterans planned another protest at the World War II memorial on Wednesday—and possibly other sites, such as the Lincoln Memorial.

    October 2, 2013 7:05 AM