Wed October 9, 2013
Around the Nation

High-End Extras Aren't A Sure Bet For Tribal Casinos

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 9:53 am

Yvonne Smith is the director of La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Washington state. Across the country, Native American tribes are hoping high-end extras will draw visitors to casinos.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

What used to be no-frills slot parlors off the highway are turning into resort-style destinations with spas, golf courses and luxury hotels. Native American tribes are hoping these added amenities will give them an edge in an increasingly competitive gaming market.

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Tue October 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Will Tap Janet Yellen As Fed Chairwoman

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:53 pm

Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen speaks at an international monetary conference in Shanghai on June 3, 2013.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.

If confirmed, Yellen, 67, would be the first woman to head the American central bank.

Obama is scheduled to make the announcement at 3 p.m. ET. Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Diary: Obama Takes On The Default Deniers

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:30 pm

At a Tuesday news conference, President Obama underscored Democrats' refusal to negotiate with Republicans on bills to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Charles Dharapak AP

On Day 8 of the federal government's partial shutdown, President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner. But the morning phone call produced no movement toward resolution, according to readouts by aides to both men.

Here are some of Tuesday's news highlights:

President Obama

Obama gave his first lengthy press conference since early August, answering questions for more than an hour.

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Tue October 8, 2013
Your Money

Ups And Downs In Oil And Gas But Gas Remains A Cheaper Heat

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 2:18 pm



You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. For many parts of the country, winter has already struck and struck hard. Residents in those areas have started turning up their thermostats and according to federal predictions, they're likely to notice an increase in how much it costs to heat their homes. As Fred Bever from member station WBUR reports, after years of natural gas being the cheapest heating option out there, the price is starting to go up.

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Tue October 8, 2013

By The Numbers: The Cost Of The Federal Government Shutdown

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

As the partial government shutdown continues into its eighth day, All Things Considered takes a look at what's been happening both in and out of Washington.


Tue October 8, 2013

It's All About The (New, More Secure) Benjamins, Baby

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:24 pm

A government shutdown isn't stopping the release of a new 100-dollar bill. We'll take a look at the new Ben's high-tech makeover.


Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

House GOP's Latest Idea: A Fiscal Supercommittee, Sort Of

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) at the hearing where he discussed his bill to create a bipartisan committee to tackle fiscal issues.
C-SPAN screen shot

The latest House GOP gambit in the fiscal fight is ... wait for it ... a supercommittee.

But Republicans aren't calling it a supercommittee since that's the term for the failed panel that brought us the the sequester.

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Tue October 8, 2013
It's All Politics

D.C. Bars And Restaurants Feel Shutdown Squeeze

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 3:14 pm

Federal employees aren't the only ones feeling the heat in Week 2 of the government shutdown.

D.C. bars and restaurants are also getting nervous about just how long their customers will be out on furlough — and how that might dent their bottom line. While attendance at local happy hours was up in the past week, according to some reports, there are serious concerns about whether that can last with so many government workers sent home.

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Tue October 8, 2013
The Government Shutdown

Obama's Absence At Asia Summit Seen Hurting U.S. Trade

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 3:49 pm

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks Tuesday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. President Obama missed the meeting due to the budget impasse in Washington.
Beawiharta/Pool EPA/Landov

Imagine a poker table.

At one seat, China's President Xi Jinping studies his cards. At another, Russian President Vladimir Putin is stroking his chin. Asian leaders fill the other seats, each trying to win the pot, which is filled — not with poker chips — but with jobs.

That's the kind of high-stakes game that played out this week in Indonesia, where global leaders got together to discuss trade relations. Their gathering ended Tuesday, and exactly who won what is not yet clear.

But this much is known: President Obama was not at the table.

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Tue October 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 11:14 am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks at a news conference last week on the government shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

The Associated Press reports:

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