September 20th, 2013
09:38 PM ET

Congressman: "It takes two to tango" in a shutdown

Just 10 days before the government runs out of money, Congress voted Friday to approve a temporary spending measure that would continue government operations, but eliminate funding for Obamacare.

This was the 42nd time the House voted to delay, defund or repeal the health care law.

And just like the previous 41 times, it's a not-starter in the Senate, which means we are headed for gridlock and shutdown.

House GOP launches shutdown battle by voting to defund Obamacare

President Obama shamed Republicans for the vote today.

"You don't have to threaten to blow the whole thing up if you don't get your way," Obama said in a campaign-style speech at a Ford plant in the Kansas City, Missouri area, adding that legislators in Washington were focused on politics and "trying to mess with me," rather than helping the middle class.

So, is there any way to avert a shutdown?

OutFront: Texas Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold.

Filed under: Government Shutdown • News • Politics
September 20th, 2013
09:30 PM ET

850 snakes found in New York man's garage

Authorities New York found 850 snakes - along with turtles, turtle eggs, and at least three tarantulas at the home of Richard Parrinello, an unlicensed reptile dealer.

850 snakes part of New York man's home business, authorities say

Two of those snakes were six-foot Burmese Pythons - incredibly lethal snakes that are not even allowed to be imported into the U.S.

OutFront: At the Columbus Zoo, Jack Hanna, along with a python named Hanna.

Filed under: Animals • News
September 20th, 2013
09:26 PM ET

Economist: Breaching the debt limit would be cataclysmic

All three of the major indices closed lower, the Dow losing 185 points. Investors are watching the fights in Congress closely.

It's a game they've seen played out before: 776 days ago, a similar fight cost the United States its top credit rating, sending stocks lower and eroding consumer confidence.

And that was just the downgrade.

What would happen if the government actually shut down?

OutFront: Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody's Analytics.

Filed under: Economy • News
September 20th, 2013
09:13 PM ET

Apple's new iPhones hit stores worldwide

OutFront update: Apple announced it sold 9 million of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models since they went on sale Friday - a record opening weekend for the iPhone.

Today's the day Apple fans have been waiting for - the iPhone 5 is available in 9 countries.

In the United States, Australia, Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Singapore, tech enthusiasts are lining up around the block to get their hands on the new phones.

Gold iPhone sold out til October

And for the first time ever, Apple is offering its new devices in China on day 1.
That's important because one of Apple's two new phones, the entry-level iPhone 5C, which comes in five colors - was designed specifically for emerging markets.

So what's selling? The iPhone 5S has Alfred sold out of the gold-colored model.

Does this signal a return to power for Apple?

OutFront: The host of "Quest Means Business" - Richard Quest.

Filed under: Apple • News • Tech
September 20th, 2013
08:59 PM ET

Should the U.S. accept Iran's olive branch?

It's no secret that President Hassan Rouhani is on a mission to revamp Iran's public image. Next week, he reportedly plans to bring the sole Jewish member of Iran's parliament to New York when he attends the United Nations General Assembly.

Hassan Rouhani sets new vision for Iran, "constructive engagement"

This comes on the heels of word that he and President Obama have exchanged letters and may even meet briefly one-on-one.

But is it the right time for the United States to sit down with one of its biggest adversaries?

OutFront: Peter Brookes and Colin Kahl are both former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Filed under: International • Iran • News
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