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Senate passes debt deal; House votes next
NBC News: The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.
“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”
After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.
The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.
Follow updates on Breaking News.
Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos congratulates Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts after the Colts beat the Broncos 39-33 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 20, 2013. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Bitter and Sweet Homecomings
For every Peyton, Brady, or Brees, there are a hundred NFL hopefuls who don’t dream of stardom. They just want a job. They show up at training camp, work their asses off, and pray not to get cut. For these anonymous guys on the NFL bubble, every hard knock, every missed tackle, is compounded by the psychic burden of living each practice in limbo. This is the story of three bubble players—a quarterback, a receiver, and a kicker—and their now-or-never gridiron dreams.
PACKERS TE FINLEY OUT OF ICU, THANKS FANS - Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has tweeted that he left the intensive care unit and had full feeling in his arms and legs after injuring his neck in a game.
Finley posted Monday ni…ght on Twitter that he was able to walk to and from the shower. He thanked family, friends, teammates and fans for an outpouring of support.
Coach Mike McCarthy has said Finley’s injury is significant, and that more tests are needed to determine the severity. Finley was hurt in the fourth quarter of a 31-13 win over the Browns on Sunday after getting hit by Cleveland safety Tashaun Gipson.
Finley wrote on Twitter: “Thank u again 4 the support, and Go Packers!”
A red squirrel darts along a stone wall in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, England. (Photo: Owen Humphreys / PA via The Telegraph)
Officials at a cemetery that removed a slain Iraq war veteran’s towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone from her final resting place after they deemed it inappropriate for their traditional grounds were planning to meet with the soldier’s family to explore possible solutions.
The headstone of Kimberly Walker, 28, was made in the likeness of her favourite cartoon character and erected at Spring Grove Cemetery on Oct. 10, almost eight months after she was found slain in a Colorado hotel room.
Despite getting the cemetery’s prior approval of the headstone’s design — a smiling SpongeBob in an Army uniform, with Walker’s name and rank — her family said Monday that cemetery staff called them the day after it was installed to say it would have to come down. (AP Photo/Kara Walker)
Plans to end Syria’s civil war were hampered, Tuesday, after the Syrian opposition made President Bashar al-Assad’s removal from power a precondition for attending a proposed peace conference in Geneva next month, while Saudi Arabia announced it would no longer cooperate with the U.S. over the conflict.
The obstacles were made clear as the Friends of Syria group, which includes Western nations and their Middle East allies, met in London to press Syria’s fractured opposition to join the proposed peace talks. Assad has already indicated that he will not bow to opposition demands that he step down.
The United States and Russia said in May they would convene a “Geneva 2” conference to try to end the conflict, which has killed more than 100,000 people and spurred a refugee crisis, but it faces huge obstacles.
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Americans who believe marijuana should remain illegal are now in the minority, according to new poll numbers released Tuesday.
Think L.A. has smog problems? Check out China’s ‘Airpocalypse’
Fueled by coal plants and burning fields, the thick haze has closed schools, clogged traffic and is prompted doctors to warn of widespread respiratory problems.
In Harbin, a city of 12 million world-famous for its wintertime ice festival, the smog was so thick that visibility was reduced to 20 yards. Municipal bus drivers lost their way in the haze. In one case, a morning rush hour bus that left at 5:30 wandered around for three hours before the driver found the route.
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In March 2011, as the world watched Fukushima’s explosions and partial meltdowns, Japan’s then-prime minister Naoto Kan stood center stage, urging people not to panic.
Behind the scenes, Kan now admits that he had been terrified that an unthinkable nuclear catastrophe was unfolding under his command.
In the first five days after the earthquake-tsunami, he says he weighed the possibility of evacuating metropolitan Tokyo — population 50 million — under a plausible worst-case scenario.
Fortunately, that nightmare did not materialize. Yet Kan remains haunted by critical decisions that he made in managing the crisis — miscalculations that endangered citizens and particularly children, he says.
“Looking back,” Kan confesses, “I have some regrets.”
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The Thai government and parliament should reject a proposed blanket amnesty law that would prevent prosecutions of those responsible for serious human rights abuses.
On October 18, 2013, the House of Representatives Vetting Committee expanded a more limited amnesty bill already under consideration to include leaders from past political protests, soldiers, and authorities who carried out the crackdown on protesters.
“The proposed amnesty would allow officials and protest leaders who have blood on their hands to go unpunished,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “By whitewashing past abuses, the government denies justice to victims and tells future abusers they have little to fear.”
Photo: Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra listens to a speech during the 8th East Asia Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan on October 10, 2013. © 2013 Reuters
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