All Things Considered for Thursday, October 3, 2013

Car Chase Ends On Capitol Hill, Shots Reported

The latest on a car chase and near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon.
Audie Cornish speaks with Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, who chairs the House Republican Conference, about the government shutdown and the next steps to moving forward to get to a resolution.
The government shutdown standoff continued Thursday, with the House Republicans continuing to pass small spending bills for specific programs, and the Senate Democrats reminding them that a single House vote would let all programs be funded immediately.

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

A team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet has been reduced to three. And a CDC division chief says that a multistate outbreak would push the remaining staff beyond their capacity.
A lot of the grass-fed beef sold in the U.S. now comes from Australia because it's cheaper and available year-round. But U.S. producers say they still have an advantage over the imported meat: a homegrown story.
Former Nixon administration attorney John Dean and a North Carolina divorce lawyer warn that if you think you have nothing to hide, think again.

Here's What's Up As Baseball Enters Postseason

The baseball postseason is set and gets underway tonight — a preview of the matchups in the American and National leagues.

2 By 2 and 2x4s: The Building Of Noah's Arks

There's been a near boom of Noah's arks around the world. The latest is in Miami, where a group wants to create a Noah's ark theme park with rides and gardens. The man behind a 450-foot long ark in the Netherlands says his goal is to spread his faith, but he thinks the appeal of the Noah story these days is obvious: climate change.
On Thursday, a car chase that started near the White House ended near the Capitol.
Mellissa Block talks to Democratic Senator Mark Begich about the government shutdown and what room, if any, there is for a compromise.

How The Shutdown Is Playing In Conservative Media

Conservatives have driven the debate and the showdown in Washington this week. But even as national polls have shown strong public disapproval of the government shutdown, conservative media outlets — on the air, on cable, and on the Internet — have provided a voice of support for Republicans on the Hill and created a like-minded community for their audience.
The Labor Department made it official this morning. It is postponing the September jobs report because of the partial government shutdown. So, at least for a a while, Wall Street will have to do without its favorite data point. Will the missing report really be a problem? And why didn't the Labor Department just declare the report essential?
Melissa Block talks with Anne Barnard, Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, about the challenges facing weapons inspectors charged with assessing and dismantling chemical weapons stockpiles in Syria.

Supporters Of Greek Neo-Nazi Party Tested By Arrests

The Golden Dawn Party, which holds seats in parliament, uses Nazi symbols and threatens people who don't agree with its brand of nationalism. Officials say it's a criminal gang: Party leaders have been arrested on charges including murder. But supporters say they're being persecuted for their beliefs.
When the federal health law first passed, insurance brokers feared they'd lose out to the new online marketplaces. But as millions of people start looking into buying insurance, brokers say they're still needed when the purchasing decisions get complicated.

Medicaid Looks Good To A Former Young Invincible

A 54-year-old California man has never had health insurance and wasn't much interested in the debate over the Affordable Care Act. But after some recent health setbacks, he is eager to sign up for coverage made possible by the law.
City officials say what's been a "generous" hotel program has to end, and they sent displaced families a letter saying they have to move out by Friday. But others say the city could have done more to help the storm's neediest victims stay out of homeless shelters.
The man behind the online illegal drug website Silk Road is 29-year old Ross William Ulbricht. He's also known as Dread Pirate Roberts. Earlier this week, federal agents arrested him on charges including money laundering and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking.
The fight over Mexican tuna, and whether it is truly fished using dolphin safe practices, rages on. Mexico recently won a two decade long fight to get its tuna labeled dolphin safe. The WTO this month ruled in its favor. But the U.S. still refuses to allow Mexican tuna with a dolphin safe label on store shelves. Mexico says it's had enough and is preparing to retaliate with trade sanctions on U.S. imports. Ensenada, Baja California, was once the thriving heart of the Mexican tuna industry.
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