Obama Meets with Congressional Leaders, NSA Collected Location Data, Tom Clancy Dies: P.M. Links


  • An employee so nonessential she doesn't even work for the government at all.
    Credit: magandafille / Foter / CC BY-NC

    President Barack Obama will be meeting with Congressional leaders today over this whole shutdown and reportedly will be folding in discussions about raising the debt ceiling.

  • In the meantime, if you need any more evidence that the park shutdowns are a stunt, even park privatization can't stop it. Apparently the federal government has forced shut a park in Virginia it neither funds nor operates (but sits on federal land), to the dismay of the staff there.
  • The NSA started a pilot project to mass collect data about Americans' locations via cellphones in 2010 and 2011 but did not continue it. (… or did they?)
  • Blockbuster author Tom Clancy is dead at the age of 66.
  • The war of drugs has resulted in narcotics that are cheaper and purer than they've been in the past 20 years. Good work, guys!
  • A Gallup poll has a quarter of uninsured Americans willing to pay the Obamacare fine rather than get insurance.

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