Obama Wins!; Federal Debt Hasn’t Budged Since May; McConnell’s Sweet Reward For Backing Dems; China Yawns At U.S. Debt Deal; NSA And CIA Collaborate On Surveillance; Pay To Play On The TSA Express – Thursday Morning News Roundup 10-17-2013

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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.

  • President Obama and his Congressional allies succeeded overnight in winning a virtually condition-free increase in the debt ceiling, along with funding to end the partial government shutdown – but in a deal that left America’s debt crisis unaddressed and teed up another battle three months from now. Lawmakers could again be at loggerheads by mid-January. Source: Fox News…

 

  • Every business day since May 17, the U.S. Treasury has published a daily statement claiming that the federal debt subject to the limit set by Congress closed the day at $16,699,396,000,000 — about $25 million below the legal limit. Monday, the Columbus Day holiday, according to the Daily Treasury Statement released today, marked the 150th straight day that the Treasury has said the debt subject to limit was stuck at $16,699,396,000,000. Source: CNS News…

 

  • A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project. Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion. Source: WFPL Louisville…

 

  • A Chinese ratings agency downgraded its US sovereign credit rating Thursday despite Washington’s resolution of the debt ceiling deadlock, warning that fundamentals for a potential default remained “unchanged”. Source: France 24…

 

  • It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs of a CIA drone. Days later, Hassan Ghul — an associate of Osama bin Laden who provided a critical piece of intelligence that helped the CIA find the al-Qaeda leader — was killed by a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal belt. The file is part of a collection of records in the Snowden trove that make clear that the drone campaign — often depicted as the CIA’s exclusive domain — relies heavily on the NSA’s ability to vacuum up enormous quantities of e-mail, phone calls and other fragments of signals intelligence, or SIGINT. Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • The expedited airport screening program TSA Pre-Check created by the Transportation Security Administration is aggressively expanding to more airports, with more lanes and more passengers by the end of the year, according to agency representatives. Source: ABC…

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