A.M. Links: Obama Cancels Trip to Asia, Wendy Davis is Running for Texas Governor, Drone Crashes in Manhattan


  • Huh. How'd this thing get here?
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    President Obama has canceled his multi-country trip to Asia, which was supposed to begin on Saturday, because of the partial government shutdown, calling into question the president's intended diplomatic "pivot" toward the continent. The move benefits China, which is trying to extend its influence and win favor with its neighbors. 

  • John Boehner, the House speaker, apparently said in a private meeting that he will rely on Democrats to pass a measure to raise the nation's debt limit.
  • The suspect in yesterday's high-speed chase between the White House and the Capitol Building has been identified as Miriam Carey. Police officers shot and killed the woman, who may have had a history of mental illness, while the FBI raided her Connecticut home.
  • Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who became famous after filibustering in favor of abortion, has announced her bid to become the state's governor.
  • A small helicopter drone crashed in Manhattan. The FAA said it should not have been flying so low in a crowded area, which effectively reassured nobody about the safety and effectiveness of domestic drone use.
  • A cyber attack on Adobe extracted information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including their names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. A good reason to just pirate Adobe's overpriced software instead?

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