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News From Canada
4:40 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

US Shutdown Reaction, Munro's Nobel Prize, And Flying Squirrels

How are Canadians viewing the political battle that's led to the partial shutdown of the US government? "A little like the WWF," said Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer.

He talks with Ross Reynolds about how the shutdown is going over with our biggest trading partner, plus writer Alice Munro's Nobel Prize win and a border issue between American and Canadian flying squirrels.

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Bipartisan Agreement
4:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray On The Plan To End The Shutdown

Senator Patty Murray.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Today, with mere hours left before the US' borrowing authority expires, the Senate released a plan that will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt limit through Feb. 7. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will not block the Senate's deal.

It is expected to pass in both chambers, with the House voting second.. A few hours after the Senate formally introduced their plan, Ross Reynolds talked with Washington Senator Patty Murray.

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Federal Shutdown
3:51 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Senate Leaders Reach Deal On Re-Opening Federal Government

World War II veterans visit the World War II Memorial in Washington despite barriers erected after the shutdown.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The partial government shutdown is now in its 16th day, but it appears to coming to an end. Senate leaders have reached a bipartisan agreement to re-open the government and temporarily raise the debt ceiling.

The deal calls for the government to be funded through January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling until February 7. Jennifer Steinhauer is a reporter for The New York Times. She speaks with Ross Reynolds about the new developments.

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Shutdown
5:44 am
Wed October 16, 2013

When Will The Government Run Out Of Money?

Quoctrung Bui

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 9:19 am

In the course of any given month, the government collects billions of dollars in taxes, spends billions more, and borrows money to cover the difference between what it collects and what it spends.

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to borrow money to cover the difference anymore and won't be able to pay all of its bills.

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News
4:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the Senate floor after agreeing to the framework of a deal to avoid default and reopen the government, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:23 pm

Update at 10:18 p.m.: House Approves Bill:

The crisis is over. With about two hours before the country reached the debt ceiling, the House has approved the bill and it is now it's way to the White House. We've posted separately on that development and we are putting this live blog to bed.

Our Original Post Continues:

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Federal Shutdown
6:48 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Air Traffic Controllers Getting Reduced Pay Due To Shutdown

Air-traffic control tower at Sea-Tac airport.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tom Collines

For federal employees, Tuesday is payday. But because of the partial government shutdown thousands of federal employees are getting a reduced paycheck.

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Shutdown Proposals
11:18 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Rep. McDermott Compares House To Mental Institution

Flickr Photo/SEIU Health Care 775NW

There are more than whispers of a deal to end the shutdown today. Both the Senate and the House are working on proposals. Whether or not they will pass, however, is another question. Marcie Sillman talks with Representative Jim McDermott, D-Wash., about the politics inside Congress.

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Military
9:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran’s benefits.

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Elections 2013
8:01 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Dueling Liberals: Bellevue Council Likely To Shift Left

Bellevue City Council candidates Vandana Slatter and Lynne Robinson.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil, Lynne Robinson's Facebook page.

During the fight over light rail, Bellevue was described as having a conservative majority on the city council. Those members challenged Sound Transit’s light rail route and Bellevue’s share of the cost.

But then long-time incumbent Don Davidson lost in the August primary, leaving two more liberal candidates in the runoff for his seat: Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter.

Although city council races are nonpartisan, both candidates sought the endorsement of the King County Democrats.

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News
7:52 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Murder Reveals 'Lord Of The Flies' Street Culture In Washington's Capital

22-year-old “James” from Tillamook, Oregon shows off his graffiti art in an Olympia alleyway.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 5:08 pm

Just a few blocks away from Washington’s Capitol campus in Olympia you can find a street culture where young adults and teenagers live by their own rules – sometimes with tragic consequences.

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Elections 2013
5:20 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Poll: Seattle Mayor McGinn Still Far Behind Challenger Murray

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray at a recent campaign forum.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A new poll is out in the Seattle mayor’s race, and it doesn’t bode well for the incumbent.

The SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by Seattle TV station King 5, was conducted just after the first televised debate between Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray last week.

Of the 557 likely voters reached by phone, 52 percent said they would vote for Murray if the election were held today, 32 percent said they would vote for McGinn.

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Federal Shutdown
4:31 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

How Polling Numbers Are Moving The Needle On Raising The Debt Ceiling

Flickr Photo/Marina Noordegraaf

The partial government shutdown is now 14 days old  as the deadline for the federal government to raise its debt limit looms this Thursday. But in recent days, momentum seems to be building towards a short term solution. Why now?

Slate writer Will Saletan says it has a lot to do with record-low polling numbers for the GOP, and shaky financial markets. He talks with Steve Scher.

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Corporate Publicity
11:53 am
Mon October 14, 2013

How Companies Capitalize On Crises

Flickr Photo/Mr. Juicebox

As the partial government shutdown drags into its third week, some companies haven’t missed the opportunity to squeeze some publicity out of it. Last week, Starbucks gave away free cups of coffee to anyone who bought another person a beverage in its stores. The company also urged customers to sign a petition, asking lawmakers to end the shutdown.

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Public Indecency Laws
11:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

King County Bans Public Urination And Defecation (Yes, It Was Still Legal)

County Councilmember Lambert says if you have "to go" and there's no public restroom, find a tree.
Flickr Photo/Rick Webb

Updated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

And until Monday night in unincorporated King County, going in public was allowed. That's when the council voted to ban public urination and defecation and to fine violators $125. The new rule doesn't apply to those younger than 12.  

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Elections 2013
7:34 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Ghost Of Light Rail Drama Haunts Bellevue Races

Bellevue City Council candidates Steve Kasner and Kevin Wallace.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Light rail has been a contentious issue for the Bellevue City Council in recent years, with members divided on the project. Now the Eastside’s light rail line is in final design and no longer in doubt. But those light rail disputes are still campaign fodder for incumbent Kevin Wallace and his challenger Steve Kasner, one of three races for the council that will be taking place in November.

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