Impending Federal Government Shutdown #cmm457

The last time the federal government shut down was in 1995, but Congress has only two days to pass a budget plan since the fiscal year ends on Tuesday. So what will happen if the government shuts down?

  • Rush-hour traffic in the Washington metro area will practically disappear starting Tuesday, since 800,000 federal employees will be out of work.
  • Smithsonian museums would be closed to the public. Only important people like essential maintenance workers and the zookeepers at the National Zoo will be allowed on the premises.
  • All of the US National Parks would be closed because the Parks Service won’t be able to pay the rangers.
  • You won’t be able to get a visa or a passport.
  • Calls to the IRS, and other federal agencies will go unanswered.
  • Social Security checks would stop coming and new applications would sit unprocessed.
  • Soldiers would be required to report for duty, even though the government can’t pay them.

A government shutdown would also place the US economy in danger. Mark Zandi, former economic advisor for John McCain has said that a default would cause another severe recession.

In an interview with FOX Connecticut, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal vowed to do everything he could to keep the government open.

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Freshmen Legislators to speak at University of Hartford

Four members of the Connecticut general assembly who have just finished their first term in office will speak at a panel discussion titled “If I Only Knew: Lessons from Campaigning to Holding Office” held by the University of Hartford’s Jodi M. Rell Center for Public Service.

The four legislators that will speak are State Rep. and University alumnus John Hampton ’90 (D-Simsbury), State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook), State Rep. Brandon McGee (D-Hartford), and State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus (R-Prospect). All were first elected to the capitol in 2012.

Marilyn Rossetti AA ’98, a former member of the Hartford City Council, and a University of Hartford alumna, will serve as moderator.

The event will be held in the University’s Wilde Auditorium on Monday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Apple Announces Two New iPhones

Maybe soon I can afford a smartphone.

CBS Boston

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones” and reads your fingerprint.

Apple unveiled the latest iPhone models during an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. The move comes as rival phones from Samsung and other manufacturers are challenging Apple’s hold on the smartphone market.

The iPhone 5C will be available in five colors — green, blue, yellow, pink and white. CEO Tim Cook calls it “more fun and colorful” than any other iPhone. The 5C has a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by Apple’s A6 chip. It also has an 8 megapixel camera, live photo filters and a rear cover that lights up.

The iPhone 5C will cost $99 for a 16 gigabyte model and $199 for a 32 gigabyte model with…

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McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution

CNN Political Ticker

Washington (CNN) — The top Republican in the Senate says he’ll oppose a resolution to authorize U.S. military action against Syria.

“I will be voting against this resolution. Our vital national security risk is clearly not at play,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky Tuesday.

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