Shutdown Shuts Down Federal Regulators; Illegal Alien Lawyers In Cali; Obamacare Hits Home; Jack Lew Won’t Talk Enrollment Numbers; Mt. Rushmore VIEW ‘Shut Down’; Silencing Fast ‘N’ Furious; Global Warming Will Kill Everybody By 2030 – Monday Morning News Roundup 10-7-2013

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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.

  • The government shutdown has all but turned off the regulatory spigot, reducing the flow of new rules from federal agencies to a trickle. Regulators and proponents of stronger protections warn that rulemaking delays will jeopardize public safety and health. But some conservatives say the reprieve from red tape is welcome, even if it doesn’t last long. Source: The Hill…

 

  • Illegal immigrants can be licensed to practice law in California under one of eight bills expanding immigrant rights that were signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday. The California Supreme Court, which finalizes requests of applicants to be licensed as a lawyer in California, is now authorized to approve qualified applicants regardless of their immigration status. Source: Reuters…

 

  • Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law. Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four. “Welcome to the club,” said Robert Laszewksi, a prominent health care consultant and president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates in Virginia. Source: San Jose Mercury News…

 

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew refused to answer Fox host Chris Wallace’s simple question Sunday morning: How many people have signed up for Obamacare? “I’m going to ask you one last time,” said Wallace, “because, forgive me sir, you haven’t answered it: do you not know how many people signed up, which would seem to indicate another major software glitch, or is it that the numbers are embarrassingly small?”

“Chris, our metric for this week was, could people get online, get the information they need to make an informed,” said Lew, sidestepping the straightforward question. “They have been getting that information. We are confident that they are going to make the decision – they have 6 months to make the decision.”

Wallace tried again, but Lew simply said, “Well, it’s obviously not my primary area of responsibility.” Source: Weekly Standard…

 

  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • If a President knows he’ll never get his face on Mt. Rushmore, at least he can try to block everyone else’s view: The Sioux Falls Business Journal reports that the Park Service has placed cones along highway viewing areas outside Mt. Rushmore, barring visitors from pulling over and taking pictures of the famed monument. The shutdown pain continues. Source: Sioux Falls Business Journal…

 

  • Sir Bob Geldof has declared we ALL have less than 17 years to live. The musician-turned-activist reckons the world will end in 2030 – leading to the extinction of humankind. Sir Bob, 61, based his miserable prediction on the effects of climate change. “The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself,” he told a group of youngsters at a summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. “We may not get to 2030. We need to address the problem of climate change urgently.” Source: Daily Star…

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