National Politics

Politics No progress made on shutdown after White House meeting No progress made on shutdown after White House meeting(Photo Gallery)
President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.
Politics Neither side softening before afternoon White House meeting Neither side softening before afternoon White House meeting (Photo Gallery)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House on the second day of a partial government shutdown that has furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers and closed military cemeteries as far away as France. Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to meet Wednesday afternoon but showed no signs of yielding.
Politics Shutdown jeopardizes D.C. trip for WWII vets Shutdown jeopardizes D.C. trip for WWII vets(Photo Gallery)
Donald Hancock is about to head to Washington D.C. thanks to Honor Flight of Oregon, which sets up trips for veterans who want to visit the capital. But if the government shutdown isn't solved, virtually all sights will be closed.
Politics Government Shutdown 411: What changes, what doesn't Government Shutdown 411: What changes, what doesn't
Campers in national parks are to pull up stakes and leave, some veterans waiting to have disability benefits approved will have to cool their heels even longer, many routine food inspections will be suspended and panda-cams will go dark at the shuttered National Zoo.
Politics All atwitter over a stripper and a pol All atwitter over a stripper and a pol
Lynsie Lee, a single, working mom in the Portland area, found herself Wednesday in the national spotlight.

A graduate of Reynolds High School, Lee went to Mt. Hood Community College where she studied philosophy and geology. She’s also smart and funny, which has attracted more than 10,000 followers to her Twitter account.

Her activity there – some 40,000 tweets - also brought her to the attention of a woman making a documentary about Twitter, Follow Friday.

Also in the film are such notables as Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed and Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark and candidate for the United States Senate.

Lee and Booker tweeted back and forth, sometimes flirtatiously and on Wednesday that became national news.

Why?
Politics Army inks new restrictions on soldier tattoos
New recruits would not be allowed tattoos visible below the elbow or knee or above the neckline. Current soldiers would be permitted to keep any tattoos not deemed racist, sexist or extremist.
Politics House votes almost $4 billion a year food stamp cut House votes almost $4 billion a year food stamp cut
Food stamps have figured in Americans' ideas about the poor for decades, from President Lyndon Johnson's vision of a Great Society to President Ronald Reagan's scorn for crooked "welfare queens" and President Bill Clinton's pledge to "end welfare as we know it."
Politics Drug abuse groups: Fed stance on legal pot is wrong Drug abuse groups: Fed stance on legal pot is wrong
Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health.