A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - The reaction to longtime Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez's death in the mainstream media has been measured. But on social media, the reaction to the death of a controversial political figure has been much more emotional, reflecting the polarization caused by the Venezuelan leader.
Among Chávez supporters, the U.S. media have a reputation for covering Chávez unfairly. And Abbi Martin, a journalist for the left-leaning Russia Today network, tweeted her reaction:
Filmmaker Oliver Stone made South of the Border, an approving documentary about leftist leaders in South America, including Chávez. And he has long voiced high approval of Chávez's rule.
In Venezuela, several hashtags on Twitter praised the fallen leader, including #VivaChavezPorSiempre.
The following tweet's translation is: "Defender and protector of the poor, children, women, disabled, the elderly, of the Venezuelans, of the human being."
But like any controversial politician, not all tweets honored Chávez.
And as is the case for most things on social media, it didn't take long for the jokes to arrive - and many of them came at the expense of Sean Penn, an effusive supporter of Chávez for several years.
"Today the United States lost a friend it never knew it had," Penn said. "And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chávez and the people of Venezuela."
To which comedian Michael Ian Black replied:
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