Business

3:15pm

Wed October 2, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Opposes Tech Firms' Plea To Release Surveillance Requests

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:39 pm

An employee stands at the Microsoft booth during the 2013 Computex in Taipei on June 4, 2013.
Mandy Cheng AFP/Getty Images

The United States filed a court brief (pdf) opposing the release of details concerning the surveillance requests they hand big tech companies in the U.S.

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12:54pm

Wed October 2, 2013
The Two-Way

FBI Arrests Alleged Owner Of 'Silk Road' Black Market Site

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:47 am

The FBI has moved to crack down on a shadowy back channel of the Internet — where transactions take place outside of easily accessible domains — arresting the alleged proprietor of the black-market site Silk Road, which has been called the eBay of the drug trade.

Ross William Ulbricht, 29, known by his hacker handle "Dread Pirate Roberts," was arrested Tuesday morning in San Francisco and charged with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations' court filing.

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10:28am

Wed October 2, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'I Quit' Dance Sure Works For Millions

The way to go? Marina Shifrin in her viral "I Quit!" video.
YouTube

8:35am

Wed October 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Job Growth Was Modest In September, Survey Signals

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 1:46 pm

This gas station in Encinitas, Calif., was looking to hire last month.
Mike Blake Reuters /Landov

Private employers added 166,000 jobs to their payrolls in September, a modest gain after slightly less growth the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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7:20am

Wed October 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Wednesday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 8:30 am

A visitor to the federally run Folk Art Center in Asheville, N.C., on Tuesday expressed the dismay many felt because of the government shutdown.
Chuck Burton AP

It's Day Two of the Federal Government Shutdown, 2013 edition with no end in sight.

So there's a heavy focus on shutdown-related items or themes today in this morning's political mix of items and themes that caught my eye:

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5:17am

Wed October 2, 2013
Politics

U.S. Government Closes For Another Day, No End In Sight

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 5:18 am

It's Day 2 of the partial shutdown of the federal government. Republicans do not seem ready to compromise on defunding the Affordable Care Act. There are no negotiations between the White House and Congress.

5:13am

Wed October 2, 2013
Politics

Why Ted Cruz Looms Large In Government Shutdown Drama

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 11:54 am

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to local residents during a fundraising picnic for the Iowa Republican Party in Des Moines in July.
Charlie Neibergall AP

In the second day of a partial government shutdown, Congress is at a stalemate.

On Tuesday night, House Republicans tried to pass three small bills funding popular parts of the government, such as the national parks. But they failed. The White House had already threatened a veto.

That strategy, as with others in this fight, is credited to Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

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5:09am

Wed October 2, 2013
Business

U.S. Vehicle Sales Fell In September

U.S. auto sales slipped 4 percent last month. The only major winners were Ford and Chrysler as automakers were dragged down by a quirk of the calendar and the beginning signs of skittish consumers.

4:52am

Wed October 2, 2013
Around the Nation

Day 2 Of Government Shutdown Affects Variety Of Workers

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 7:09 am

Some federal employees have to work despite the closure, while others have been told not to report to work. On Morning Edition, we hear some voices of folks who have already felt the impact of the shutdown. They say they feel "frustrated," and think the partial shutdown is "ridiculous."

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4:52am

Wed October 2, 2013
Business

Businesses Cater To Furloughed Government Workers

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 6:50 am

In Washington, D.C., dozens of businesses are running shutdown specials for government employees. Furloughed workers can head to several local eateries for a cup of coffee, cupcakes and even pizza — all free when they show a government ID.

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