Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:32 pm
Update At 3:50 p.m. EDT.
President Obama on Friday praised the Senate for passing a spending bill to keep the federal government operating and called House GOP efforts to tie approving the measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act "political grandstanding."
He said that despite Republican hopes that Obamacare will be repealed, "That's not going to happen," accusing Republicans of threatening to "blow up the entire economy."
No one has the right to precipitate such a crisis, he said, "just because there are a couple of laws you don't like."
Chicago insurance broker Sean Whaley told The Associated Press earlier this month that his self-employed clients were frustrated that didn't have the information to plan ahead for their families' health care costs in 2014.
The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a window to Japan that few in South Texas have looked through. The exhibition is called "Lethal Beauty," and as curator Andreas Marks notes, the pieces within are both.
"'Lethal Beauty' is showcasing the danger behind samurai weapons and armor, but at the same time the beauty that is also inherent in these objects,” he says.
It's all exhibited at SAMA’s Cowden Gallery, which is filled with arms and armor.
Dave Glass (right), a federal government computer assistant, and about 100 other furloughed Social Security Administration workers gather at the Arthur J. Altmeyer Building in Woodlawn, Md., on Dec. 26, to protest the temporary government shutdown.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with President Clinton and others aboard Air Force One as the plane headed for Israel and the funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Nov. 5. Gingrich has said that the president slighted him during the flight, which helped prompt the partial shutdown of the federal government.
People form a line on 5th Avenue extending around the corner as they wait for the U.S. Passport Office to open in New York's Rockefeller Center, Nov. 13. With the clock ticking toward a midnight shutdown, President Clinton vetoed a temporary borrowing bill and prepared to close most government operations.
With Philadelphia's Independence Hall in the background, Park Service employee Matt Ifill gathers up the poles that surround the Liberty Bell at closing time on Dec. 13. With many government services scheduled to close down at midnight, Ifill and other workers there planned to report to work but were uncertain as to what they would do.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston, R-La., holds a "closed" sign outside the National Gallery of Art on Dec. 18 as another partial shutdown of the federal government began. Joining Livingston were Rep. Ralph Regula (left), R-Ohio; Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.; Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif.; and Lewis' press aide Dave LesStrang.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, dumps out coal, which he called a Christmas gift to President Clinton, during a Dec. 21 Capitol Hill news conference. The White House and congressional Republicans labored to restart balanced budget talks.
The first visitors in three weeks view Yosemite Valley in California on Jan. 6, 1996. President Clinton signed Republican-crafted legislation to restore jobs and pay 750,000 government workers, while he and Congress negotiated how to balance the federal budget.
With the Capitol in the background, a lone pedestrian waits for a ride on Pennsylvania Avenue as snow falls on Jan. 8. That winter storm paralyzed the city and closed the federal government, just two days after it reopened.
Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 12:03 pm
With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming on the horizon, we decided to take a look back in photographs at the last time the government closed its doors.
On Nov. 13, 1995, with a midnight shutdown almost inevitable, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped due to lack of confidence in the U.S. government. People flocked to passport offices, not knowing the next time they would be able to get one.
San Antonio is on the verge of falling below the favorable vaccine rate for measles prevention. In order for communities to accurately prevent the spread of measles, at least 90 percent or higher of the population must be immunized against the disease.
The announcers kept quiet, so we won't say much either.
There's video here of what it was like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when pitcher Mariano Rivera, considered by most experts to be the greatest "closer" in Major League Baseball history, threw his final pitch before heading off into retirement. He shed several tears, as you'll see.
Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:20 am
When it comes to Big Tex, all secrets can now be revealed.
R. Eddy Snell and Karen L. Miller have had to keep a big secret for the past year – perhaps the biggest secret in the state of Texas. The State Fair of Texas hired them and their group, SRO Associates, to create the new Big Tex.
SRO is a production company near San Antonio. The company has built sets and created entertainment for several theme parks across the country, including SeaWorld, Six Flags and Hershey Park. But SRO got a lot of help from San Antonio-based Texas Scenic Company to build his interior steel structure, as well as program his movements.