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) - Where in the world is Edward Snowden? And where in the world is he going?
According to the Associated Press, Minister Ricardo Patino - Ecuador's foreign minister - tweeted that the government of Ecuador received a request for asylum on the part of Snowden.
But before leaving Hong Kong for Russia, U.S. officials say Snowden's passport was annulled.
Snowden, a former contractor who leaked information earlier this month about a classified electronic surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency, is wanted by the U.S. government on espionage charges.
Wikileaks indicated early Sunday via Twitter that it aided Snowden in his escape from Hong Kong and possible extradition by the U.S.
Wikileaks stated, "WikiLeaks has assisted Mr. Snowden's political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers ans (sic) safe exit from Hong Kong. More soon."
The hacking organization, which has a reputation for publishing classified information damaging to the U.S., claimed via Twitter that Snowden was over Russian airspace early Sunday morning and "is accompanied by Wikileaks legal advisors."
The former contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton had been staying in Hong Kong for weeks, granting media interviews in which he detailed U.S. government spying and hacking programs.
The Associated Press reported Hong Kong officials allowed Snowden to leave aboard a plane to Moscow despite a U.S. extradition request. The officials claimed the U.S. request did not fulfill all legal requirements, and therefore, the Hong Kong government had no legal reason to detain him.
In a statement, the Hong Kong government also said it wanted more information about Snowden's allegations of computer hacking by U.S. government agencies in Hong Kong.
The U.S. Justice Department unsealed a complaint Friday against Snowden, charging him with espionage and theft of government property.
Snowden's revelations about the NSA phone and internet surveillance programs has created controversy in the U.S. and abroad. Some viewed Snowden as a hero for speaking out against governmental surveillance overreach, while others condemned him as a traitor who has jeopardized U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
The programs in question collect domestic phone records, as well as internet data from foreign residents. President Barack Obama and some top officials, both Democrats and Republicans, defended the sacrifice of privacy as necessary for safeguard the nation's safety.
Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, testified to Congress Wednesday that the massive phone data and internet information grabs have helped stop dozens of potential terrorist events.