L'Monique Joseph

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How To Access Government Websites During The Shutdown

Take that, shutdown.<p>The U.S. government has shut down. Sadly, so have most of its websites. No astronomy picture of the day at NASA.gov. No food pyramid guide at USDA.gov. No scanned images of old-timey baseball cards at LOC.gov.<p>That's the bad news. Now here's the good news: There are two easy …

Nebulas

Eye Contact: Not As Persuasive As We Thought

A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.<p>Here's a lesson straight out of my high school speech class: When making an argument, make eye contact with your audience. Connect with people. Stare deeply into …

Public Speaking

ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) Is Not An Insurance Or Healthcare Problem

ObamaCare is coming and the world is ending! I’ve heard this for the last 3 years from Republicans and Democrats alike as universal healthcare comes into full affect. Universal healthcare is not the problem. Tax administration is the ObamaCare or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) …

32 Republicans Who Caused the Government Shutdown

Meet the House conservative hardliners.<p>Friday was the fourth day of the government shutdown, and there’s still no sign of an exit. What’s surprising about the ongoing fight is how a small group of members of Congress have managed to bring Washington to a halt. Just months ago, Speaker John Boehner …

You've Got Shutdown Questions. We've Got Answers

There's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government, which has now gone on for four days.<p>Earlier this week, <i>All Things Considered</i> asked you to submit your questions about the shutdown. NPR's Audie Cornish put those questions to a crack team of NPR reporters for answers:<p><b>Is our</b> …

Government shutdown: which agencies are next in line to close?

Some agencies and services are still operating as usual – but if no deal is struck, backup funds could run out by early next week<p>We're nearly a week into US government's partial shutdown, which has seen the closure of numerous federal services and the furlough of "non-essential" employees. Congress …

Shutdown causing poor to lose their welfare checks

Thousands of families in Arizona never received their benefits due to the government shutdown<p>The government shutdown is causing many of those most in need to lose their benefits.<p>According to a new report from MSNBC, the government shutdown has caused "thousands of Arizona families" in the Temporary …

Why Obama Doesn't Care If He's Winning or Losing the PR Battle

Now that he doesn't have to face voters again, it's about fixing the government.<p>You can spin a lot of things in a campaign that's a war of words and ideas, but it's a lot harder to spin a government shutdown about which Americans have increasingly direct personal experience.<p>Friday's campaign-style …

Jerusalem court rejects Israel nationality petition

<b>The Supreme Court in Jerusalem has rejected a request by 21 people to be registered as Israeli nationals rather than Jews or Arabs.</b><p>Israel's population register does not allow Israeli nationality; petitioners say this is undemocratic and exposes minorities to discrimination.<p>Most of the activists are …

Israel

Key Part Of Obamacare Website Going Dark This Weekend

The federal government will take down a critical part of HealthCare.gov, the Obamacare web portal, for a portion of the coming weekend as programmers feverishly work to fix major glitches that are impeding enrollment and marring the debut of the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care …

Many Indonesians falling out of love with Obama

Obama canceled his trip to Indonesia, but many here think he has not fulfilled his promise of building bridges with the Muslim world.<p>JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Obama isn't here, but he's not forgotten.<p>Obama canceled a planned trip here because of budget strife in Washington, a visit that …

Shutdown Day 4: Progress on back pay, but no end in sight

WASHINGTON — President Obama and House Republicans, battling over who was at fault for the four-day partial shutdown of the federal government, found one point they could agree on Friday:<p>Federal workers sent home during the shutdown should get back pay when the government reopens.<p>The …