IRS Gun Keeps Smoking; Students Blame ‘Stubborn’ President; Breaking Down Barriers Now A Thing; D.C. Delegate Spars With President; White House Expands On Debt Tradition; Da Bears’ Coach Regrets Not Taking On Obama For State Senate Seat; Army Commissions Iron Man Soldiering Suit – Thursday Morning News Roundup 10-10-2013

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

  • Top IRS Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller. Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information. Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • Students at the University of Colorado – Boulder (CU), a dependably liberal college town, blamed President Obama and Democrats on Tuesday for the ongoing government shutdown, which is now in its second week.  “He’s [Obama] just being really stubborn, not willing to negotiate at all, not taking any ideas from anyone else, it’s either his way or the highway and apparently we got to shutdown the government because of that,” one student told Campus Reform. “Obamacare is stupid. You shouldn’t be required to have health care,” said another. Watch The video at Campus Reform…

 

  • Taking their lead from the veterans who first pushed through the barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, Americans nationwide are defying the federal government shutdown, tossing aside traffic cones and toppling wooden fences to get to national parks and other federal lands that the administration has deemed out of bounds. As the shutdown hits the middle of its second week, civil disobedience has become a sensation. Some proudly post online photos of themselves overcoming the government’s obstacles, and others use more subtle ways to make their point. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) had what some colleagues called “a heated exchange” and what she described as “a conversation” with President Obama during a White House meeting Wednesday afternoon regarding the District’s budget constraints as a result of the partial government shutdown. While most lawmakers might not interrupt Obama as he answered their question, Norton said she was compelled to interject when Obama suggested in his response to her that the budget crunch facing the District is similar to how other congressional districts are adjusting during the shutdown. “That demanded that I give a response,” she said. “Obviously we’re the only District in the United States. We’re uniquely in this position.” Norton insisted she meant no disrespect towards the president. “He’s a big boy and I’m a big girl,” she said. Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • When Barack Obama became president in January 2009, the total federal debt stood at $10.6 trillion. This week, it hit $16.7 trillion — an increase of 57 percent. In the same time frame under President George W. Bush, total federal debt rose 38 percent. Under President Clinton, it rose 32 percent. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka is regretting not running against President Barack Obama for the Illinois Senate seat in 2004. During an interview with The Dickinson Press following his appearance at North Dakota’s Oil Patch grand opening ceremony, the former Chicago Bears coach and current NFL analyst for ESPN believes Obama would not be president right now if he ran for Senate. “Biggest mistake I’ve ever made,” Ditka said. “Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.” Source: CBS Connecticut…

 

  • The US Army has commissioned a real-life Iron Man suit called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos), inspired by Tony Stark’s legendary nano suit used in the Iron Man movie series. Talos will provide its wearer with powers straight out of a Marvel comic – including night vision, enhanced strength for lifting heavy objects and armored protection from bullets and combat injuries. The armor suit, currently under development at MIT, is designed to offer full-body ballistic protection, enabling the wearer to emerge unscathed even through a barrage of bullets. The design incorporates a special liquid armor, capable of turning solid in “milliseconds” when subjected to electric or magnetic fields, as well as basic life-support mechanisms such as heat, air and oxygen. Source: International Business Times…

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