In an interview with NPR, President Obama said Republicans can still avert a government shutdown, but when asked if the House has come up with a bill he would approve of, he answered flatly, "No."
The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury. Those who want a personal physician will have to pay extra for that service. Doctors who chafe at working for big organizations will opt out and charge patients retainer fees.
This final note today, in which the phrase time is money, is established once again as a truism.
From the 2013 Drive-Thru Performance Study, by the fast-food trade publication QSR Magazine: Last year, the average McDonald's drive-through customer waited 189.5 seconds for her order. That's a tad more than three minutes.
It matters, because the big chains do 60-70 percent of their business at the drive-through window.
The record? Wendy's...back in 2003. 116 seconds, or less than two minutes.
Nobody's been close since.
Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave was one of several films featuring black British actors to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Black British filmmaking is on the rise on the global stage, and the worldwide focus leaves filmmakers and actors to navigate conversations on race and identity.
With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together on a law to protect the Federal Helium Reserve. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from the national stockpile.
As the House and Senate continue kicking spending plans back and forth, here is what you need to know:
A government shutdown does not mean an Obamacare shutdown. Even though House Republicans are pushing for changes to the Affordable Care Act, it is funded in such a way that it will continue even if there is a partial government shutdown. This means the “exchanges,” where people can search for coverage plans, are still set to be unveiled Tuesday as planned.
A government shutdown will not save the government any money. In fact, a shutdown will cost the government money. Shutdowns that lasted about 22 days in the Clinton era cost about $1.5 billion. A shutdown is not expected have a major effect on the October 17 deadline that the Obama Administration has given Congress to raise the nation’s borrowing limit.
Here is what will happen, according to President Obama, who spoke Monday afternoon:
If you’re on Social Security, you will keep receiving your checks. If you’re on Medicare, your doctor will still see you. Everyone’s mail will still be delivered. And government operations related to national security or public safety will go on. Our troops will continue to serve with skill, honor, and courage. Air traffic controllers, prison guards, those who are with border control -- our Border Patrol will remain on their posts, but their paychecks will be delayed until the government reopens. NASA will shut down almost entirely, but Mission Control will remain open to support the astronauts serving on the Space Station.
And here, according to the president, is what would change:
Office buildings would close. Paychecks would be delayed. Vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children, businesses and our economy depend on would be hamstrung. Business owners would see delays in raising capital, seeking infrastructure permits, or rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Veterans who’ve sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed. Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed. And of course, the communities and small businesses that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers and out of luck.
Space organizations are taking potential leaps for mankind: SpaceX tries to reuse rocket parts, Orbital Sciences docks a craft to the International Space Station, and NASA is exploring the uses of 3-D printing. Spoiler: One of those uses is pizza.
Hazan, who died Sunday at age 89, helped revolutionize how Americans cook and appreciate Italian food. Ironically, Hazan — a biologist by training — had little interest in cooking until she met her husband, who became an indispensable partner in crafting her cookbooks.
Surveys conducted in the past week or so by Pew, CNN and Gallup show that more Americans think a shutdown would be the fault of Republicans rather than the president.
Alexis Ohanian is something of an internet veteran -- a tough label to earn in an industry known for new ideas. If you find yourself sitting on the next great idea for a whiz-bang internet company, Ohanian might be a a good person to talk to.
Ohanian is one of the co-founders behind the social news website Reddit, which drew in 75 million visitors last month alone.
His new book, "Without Their Permission," reflects on his own experiences starting companies on the internet, and why you should join the party too.
"There is something special going on here thanks to the Internet, which I'm pretty much convinced is not a fad, and I just want as many people as possible to basically be awesome on it," Ohanian says. "There's a lot riding on it. Obviously from an economic standpoint, there aren't a lot of industries in the world that America dominates in. But the Internet and tech is one of the few."
Ohanian points to companies like Google and Facebook as creating new platforms for entrepreneurs, but he's also excited for new art, as well.
"It's another generation of artists using Kickstarter to have films come to fruition, it's another generation of writers building an audience and getting to produce their work," Ohanian says. "And it's exciting, it really is."
And, according to Ohanian, those platforms are open to everyone.
"The power [of the Internet] comes from the fact that if you wanted to participate in the industrial revolution, you needed to opened a factory, and if you wanted to participate in the Internet revolution, you only need to open a laptop," Ohanian says.
But, a low barrier to entry doesn't mean everyone can be an Internet gazillionaire with a laptop.
"The barriers are indeed low. This is the gift and the curse, to paraphrase Jay Z," Ohanian says. "The gift is that anyone get online ... and when anyone can have that stage for their ideas, that's great, cause it means anyone can have a stage. It's also a problem, because anyone can have that stage. So, there's a lot more noise."
Despite the potential for noise and failure, Ohanian doesn't think that should be a deterrent. Even after starting Reddit, he admits that there is no shortcut to success.
"I think not enough of us, who've had some success, are willing to really admit how little we really know about what we're doing," Ohanian says. "Past experience helps, but at the end of the day if we're not constantly pushing ourselves to [do] something a little different, and a little out of the ordinary ... we're not really growing. And the sooner we come to terms with that, the better, because then we can actually start pushing boundaries. We can start innovating and doing new stuff, because there is no precedent."