AirTalk for September 23, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks Before A "Defund Obamacare" Town Hall

GOP vs. GOP in fight over Obamacare and government shutdown

The Senate is expected to begin debate on a two-fold piece of legislation that would "defund Obamacare" while allowing funding to continue for the rest of the government. Some Republicans, including highly influential groups such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth and the Tea Party movement, say they are committed to their demand strip monies from the Affordable Care Act even if it shuts down the government. Texas Senator Ted Cruz said Sunday, "If Harry Reid kills that (demand), Harry Reid is responsible for shutting down the government."
Democratic Senators Discuss House Republicans' Proposal To Modify Women's Reproductive Health Services
In the military, the chain of command is the foundation of discipline and order, but in recent months, legislators and many members of the military have become concerned that it’s become an obstacle to prosecuting claims of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Opponents of the current system think it intimidates victims from bringing claims to senior officers, while proponents see the military’s system as more than adequate in ensuring a fair process.

Talking to your kids about making online confessions

Transgender teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history last week, when she was named homecoming queen at a Huntington Beach high school. But after what was initially the “happiest day” of her life, she started receiving nasty comments on social media. In response, she made an extremely personal, emotional YouTube video about how the criticism made her feel.

Who is Al-Shabab?

A reported 68 people have died in a terrorist attack in Kenya this weekend. A group of masked gunmen stormed into a crowded shopping center in Nairobi and started shooting. The strike on Westgate was the deadline terrorist attack in the country since 1998, when 200 people died from an Al-Qaeda bombing of the American Embassy in the Kenyan capital.
Will this force the taxi industry to evolve or is this the beginning of the end for the traditional yellow cab?

The future of taxicabs

On Thursday California became the first state to regulate ride-sharing companies such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar. Download an app and catch a ride in someone's else's car. Now, these ride-sharing drivers will have to go through a background check, get training and special credentials that will put them squarely on the turf of the state's professional taxi drivers. Taxi associations across California are not happy about the threat to their business.

The Girl: A life in the shadow of Roman Polanski

Samantha Geimer speaks about for the first time about her life changing encounter with Roman Polanski as a child. In her book she delves into the repercussions, and how her life was impacted by the events.
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