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The United States government is at a standstill as the two parties struggle to compromise By Nathan Gimby Staff Writer The shutdown of nonessential government functions continued into its third week on Monday as lawmakers failed to reach a resolution on reopening the government or extending the debt ceiling during weekend negotiations. The U.S. stock market dropped Monday morning amidst investor fears of a U.S. default. Financial analysts and legislators alike have expressed concern that failure to resolve the debt ceiling and increase the amount the government can borrow by Thursday’s deadline could potentially result in a global financial recession, The Washington Post reports. As the October 17 deadline for the federal debt ceiling approaches, both Democrat and Republican leaders have claimed “progress” toward a deal but no agreeable resolutions have yet emerged. However, Senators on both sides of the aisle are reportedly optimistic that a deal can be reached before Thursday when the federal government will exceed its borrowing limit. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) were in talks as of Monday and are reportedly hammering out the most promising bipartisan solution yet to come to the table. However, their meeting to present the deal at the White House scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday was postponed “to allow leaders in the Senate time to continue making important progress,” according to CNN. The framework for the plan Reid and McConnell are negotiating would lift the debt ceiling until February 15 and reopen and finance the government until January 15, a congressional aide told the New York Times. Miley Time Miley Cyrus’ muchanticipated Bangerz released By Paris Close Culture Editor This year, we applaud Miley Cyrus for two reasons, but neither of which are for this album. The first is for surprisingly making herself more relevant than Justin Bieber, and the second is for entertaining America with what little dancing skills she has. After much expectation for the singer’s fourth studio album, the overrated Bangerz will have you begging for a refund. Wi t h s u c c e s s f u l s i n g l e s “ We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the expectations for Bangerz seemed to be fairly high, but while my loyalty to Cyrus remains unshaken, I cannot give Hannah Montana a pass for such an artless and embarrassing record as Bangerz. I m p r e s s i ve l y t h o u g h , C y r u s managed to snag big names in hiphop: Nelly, Big Sean and Future, to name a few cameos. It’s a shame, though, how none of her features could save her from plummeting into the pits of predestined humiliation. “SMS (Bangerz),” featuring Britney Spears, carries a simple club beat that sounds at least a decade after its time, and with playschool lyrics like: “You know I’m on that meow/ Quick to scratch your eyes out,” the track is hardly considered “banger” material. Even after several spins, “4x4” and “FU,” featuring French Montana, bring absolutely nothing to this record. The former has a chorus which sounds extracted from a Red Wings | 7 nursery rhyme and the latter exposes Cyrus’ poor pitch and inability to collaborate with rappers coherently. More of the singer’s failed attempts at showcasing her rap skills can be heard in “Do My Thang” and “Love Money Party,” featuring Big Sean. Although this is not her most gilded record, it is not entirely hopeless. There is one thing I can appreciate about this album: the ballads. I know you’re probably thinking, “What the heck? I can’t twerk to that!” I feel your pain, but just listen to a few of her slower jams. Aside from “Wrecking Ball,” “A d o r e Yo u ” k e e p s t h e l i s t e n e r in a state of emotional suspense, and Cyrus alludes to her passive relationship with ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth in “Rooting for My Ba b y . ” Ca r rying on the custom, “Drive” endorses the same troubling narrative with lyrics: “You told me that you wanted this/ I told you it was all yours/ If you’re done with it/ Then what you say forever for?” Hopefully, for our sake more than hers, this will be Cyrus’ final attempt at approaching an urban sound. Her efforts were “cute,” and have been noted, but nonetheless not well received. Ironically, the slower tunes were the real bangers on the album, but the other tracks stoop to a level of awkwardness that would even offend Riff Raff. While the Senate deal is still developing, details released thus far indicate that a delay of the medical device tax and individual mandate to purchase health insurance imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not on the table, according to Bloomberg News. This is expected to make the Senate plan difficult to sell to House Republicans, especially those with Tea-Party affiliation. Details released by the Washington Post indicate some concessions on the ACA within the Senate plan, such as new safeguards to ensure citizens receiving federal subsidies are eligible, COURTESY IBTIMES but none approaching the drastic demands No parks here: National parks everywhere have been indefinitely closed during the government m a d e b y m o r e shutdown. conservative House been brought back to work, such as most attempts to defund Obamacare through Republicans. of the Pentagon’s 350,000 workers and threats of default. But whoever is This partial shutdown, the first to 800 employees of the Federal Aviation ultimately at fault, both parties are occur in 17 years, is mainly the result of Administration, most national parks, experiencing less and less public disagreements between the Republican museums, federal buildings and services approval as the shutdown continues. controlled House and Democratic Senate remained closed as of Monday and the A poll conducted by the over funding for the 2010 health care law. Center for Disease control is operating Washington Post and ABC found that A federal budget could not be agreed at limited capacity, according to BBC 74 percent of Americans disapproved upon by October 1, the beginning of the News. of the Republican Party’s handling government’s fiscal year, resulting in the President Obama has criticized of budget negotiations while 61 shutdown of non-essential functions and House Republicans for manipulating percent disapproved of congressional leaving thousands of federal workers on the debt crisis to gain concessions on Democrats. The president suffered the unpaid furlough. the ACA, and even Republican Senators least negative impact, with only 53 While some federal employees have such as John McCain have condemned percent disapproval. World news By Yashowanto Ghosh The Saint Reporter AZERBAIJAN – Azerbaijan held presidential elections on Wednesday, October 9. Their election commission had announced the results o n Tu e s d a y , O c t o b e r 8: the incumbent, President Ilham Aliyev, had won with 73 percent of the vote. The official results, released Thursday, October 10, showed President A l i ye v w i n n i n g w i t h almost 85 percent of the vote, with the secondplaced candidate receiving under six percent. President Aliyev’s family has g o ve r n e d A z e r b a i j a n since the time when the country was part of the Soviet Union. BANGLADESH – On Tuesday, October 9, yet another Greenpeace: Artic Sunrise, the Greenpeace ship, was f i r e i n a g a r m e n t causing a national uproar. factory just outside the capital, Dhaka, killed taken two turns for the worse in the 10 people. In November 2012, a last two weeks: on Friday, October garment factory fire had killed over 4, everyone who was on the ship was 100. In April 2013, a garment factory charged with piracy. On Wednesday, building in a different part of the October 9, Russia said narcotics outskirts of Dhaka had collapsed, had been found on the ship. The killing over 1,000. The garment captured ship’s crew consists of 30 i n d u s t r y i n B a n g l a d e s h m o s t l y people from 18 countries around employs women, earns about $20 the world. Its captain is Peter H. billion a year from exports, and had Willcox, an American citizen who been accused of neglecting safety wa s a l s o c a p t a i n o f G r e e n p e a c e measures. fleet’s flagship, Rainbow Warrior, RUSSIA – The drama around the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, seized by authorities after it protested drilling for oil in Barents Sea, has when it was bombed and sunk by French agents in 1985. SWEDEN – Canadian writer Alice Munro, acclaimed master of short fiction, COURTESY ROZPRAVKA recently seized by Russian authorities, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature. The prize in chemistry went to Martin Karplus, Michael L e v i t t , a n d A r i e h Wa r s h e l ; t h e prize in physics to Peter Higgs (as predicted by Dr. Sheldon Cooper in a 2012 episode of The Big Bang Theory) and Francois Englert; the prize in medicine to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Scheckman, and Thomas C. Südhof; and the prize in peace to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The prize in economics went to Chicago professors Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen.