POST IT NOTES: HOTTEST HEADLINES ON 10/14
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The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its 14th day as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises facing the nation. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke by phone Sunday but failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing authority above the $16.7 trillion debt limit or reopen the government. Congress is racing the clock with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warning that the U.S. will quickly exhaust its ability to pay the bills on Thursday.
Still riding off of the success of his blockbuster hit The Butler, the director is on to his next big project. He revealed to Out magazine that his next flick will be an action hero movie with an interracial gay couple as the lead characters. He described it as, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but with two good-looking guys as the action heroes.”
Civil Rights activist, T. Willard Fair will be honored at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach on Saturday, for the work he’s done to advance people of color throughout South Florida. This happens to be the same hotel he pressured management to hire Blacks at 50 years ago. Fair will also be celebrated as the longest serving executive in Urban League history.
The West Coast rapper has found a new home. He is now a member of Cash Money records, alongside rap buddies Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake. Birdman tweeted the good news today, saying “S/O 2MY@thegame Westcoast makit Official.RICHGANG.YMCMBusine$$.”
Residents in 17 states, including Ohio and Michigan, could not use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday after the system crashed during a routine maintenance check by Xerox. The system was back and running again by that evening, but beneficiaries were still experiencing connectivity issues. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage was not related to the government shutdown.