Shutdown reaches France: D-Day beaches closed. Romney: Shutdown not the best tactic. Americans hurting without government services.
Happy Thursday. The U.S. government shutdown has reached France and other parts of Europe and the world. While federal services have been curtailed domestically, there's also impacts to programs and services in other parts of the globe. For example, 24 U.S. military cemeteries abroad, including the infamous beaches from the D-Day invastion, have been closed until Congress approves funding. [NYPost]
Topping the news: Mitt Romney believes the government shutdown is not the right tactic used by Republicans to repeal Obamacare. Romney also said his days of running for president are over, and if anyone gets a chance to run for it, do it. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Two Utah lawmakers want to raise the age where individuals can purchase tobacco to 21 instead of 19. Utah isn't the only place to propose such an idea, New Jersey, New York state and New York City also have considered it. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @pourmecoffee: "Tomorrow House will probably pass bills to un-furlough one person at a time. Clerk will read The Put Fred Slocum Back To Work Act of 2013."
Happy birthday: To KSL's Doug Wright and Rich Piatt.
Shutdown, Day 3: The government shutdown in Washington is having real consequences for Utah mothers and kids who need the federally-funded program Women, Infants and Children to buy their food. [Trib]
-> Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Jim Matheson will be donating their congressional paychecks to charity while the government is shut down, as is Sen. Mike Lee, who originally told KUTV he wouldn't but then reversed course. [Trib] [KUTV]
-> Rep. Rob Bishop is asking the Interior Department to remove the barricades surrounding the open-air monuments in Washington, and hinted that the White House ordered the fencing to make the shutdown more painful. [Trib]
-> The program E-Verify, which allows employers to ensure new hires have legal status to work was suspended in the shutdown, and anti-illegal immigration activists are worried undocumented workers will slip through the cracks. [Trib]
-> As the shutdown continues, the focus has shifted to raising the debt ceiling as White House talks with leaders of Congress failed to make any progress. America could default on its debt if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17, and possibly start a new recession. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN]
-> Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., criticized the House for a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health, saying they don't get to choose what parts of the government to fund. When questioned about it by a CNN reporter, Reid called her reckless and irresponsible. [CNN]
-> The Republican National Committee has offered to pay the wages of guards so the World War II Memorial can remain open. It is estimated that it will cost upwards of $150,000 of wages for 30 days. [CNN]
In other news: The Salt Lake City Mission is rolling out a program to stop panhandling by having homeless people sell newspapers instead of begging. [Trib]
-> Air-quality advocates are asking the Utah Air Quality Board to place year-round restrictions on wood burning in places where air quality is unhealthy. [Trib]
-> Voter registration deadlines are approaching, registration by mail ends on Monday, and the final deadline for all registration is Oct. 21. [Trib]
-> Stericycle has formally contested allegations by state regulators that it violates its permits and emissions standards. [Trib]
-> Salt Lake City won in the lawsuit for the ownership of the lands below Lake Martha in Big Cottonwood Canyon, but may be selling the land to the Wasatch Canyons Foundation. [Trib]
Nationally: The White House is working to fix the glitches in the exchange websites that hampered Americans ability to sign up for health care in the first couple days. [WaPost]
-> Because several states are refusing to expand Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act won't be able to help millions of needy Americans the law was aimed at. [NYTimes]
-> The NSA had a test project to collect data from ordinary Americans according to NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander. The program began in 2010, but was scrapped in 2011 because it had no operational value. [WaPost]
-> A secure email service fought the FBI in releasing any of Edward Snowden's private communications, a move that didn't go over well. [NYTimes]
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