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House, Senate Compete For Obama-Friendly Shutdown Deals; NSA Knows Who Your Friends Are; President Promises Iran Quick End To Sanctions If Nuke Deal Reached; No Exit From Obamacare; Spying On What You Buy – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 10-15-2013

October 15, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday hope to pass their own version of legislation to reopen the federal government that would differ from a plan now emerging from Senate negotiations, Republican lawmakers and aides said. The Republican version would be similar to the Senate plan but would include two key concessions on “Obamacare” health reforms, said Republican Representative Darrell Issa. Source: Reuters…

 

  • The latest leak about the NSA alleges that the U.S. government uses foreign technology companies to collect hundreds of millions of digital contacts worldwide, including those of Americans. Source: The Christian Science Monitor…

 

  • Think you’re exempt from Obamacare’s individual mandate? Good luck proving it. The health law’s least popular component — the requirement to obtain insurance or face a tax penalty — also features a lengthy list of exceptions for people facing certain hardships like foreclosure, domestic violence or homelessness. Members of certain religious sects or Native American tribes also are exempt. But if the online system for getting into Obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn’t even exist yet. Source: POLITICO

 

  • The Obama administration said Monday it’s ready to “quickly” lift sanctions on Iran if the country answers the international community’s concerns about its nuclear program. The comments on the eve of new negotiations in Geneva are at odds with the position of many lawmakers of both parties in Congress, who want to increase – not decrease – the pressure on Iran. Source: The Hill…

 

  • Starting in 2015, high-tech shelves, equipped with built in cameras could appear in grocery stores to watch us and get intelligence. It’s called retail surveillance and at least one company is moving forward with plans to track what you put in your cart. Source: MyFox DC…

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