Mic Check: This Photo Shows How Embarrassing the Shutdown is For the U.S.

1. This Photo Shows How Embarrassing the Shutdown is For the U.S.
 
Good news: A new poll shows there might actually be enough public pressure to force Congress to end the government shutdown. A majority of Americans disapprove of how the White House and Congress are handling the budget debate, and fully 70% think the GOP is doing a bad job. Unfortunately, the shutdown has already done damage to the U.S. World leaders are gathering in Indonesia for a major economic summit, with one exception: President Obama is stuck at home. While this is a huge missed opportunity for the U.S. to cement its pivot towards Asia, it did give John Kerry a chance to rock some traditional Balinese robes. This photo shows how embarrassing the situation is for the U.S.
 
• Why Republicans are winning the government shutdown (PolicyMic).
 
• Millennials: It was your moment, and you failed (PolicyMic).
 
 
2. 5 Quotes About the Debt Ceiling That Will Freak You Out
 
It looks like the our nation’s leaders are going to play a game of chicken that could send us straight into the debt ceiling. Senate leader Harry Reid is set to file a bill to raise the debt ceiling any day now, but it’s hard to see how House Republicans will get on board: The Senate isn’t going to touch Obamacare, and Republican leaders say they won’t raise the debt ceiling unless the president agrees to put off his health care law. Even worse, some lawmakers are crazy enough to think hitting the debt ceiling would actually be good for the economy. These five quotes about the debt ceiling will convince you otherwise.
 
• 13 reasons Washington is failing (WaPo).
 
• How the Supreme Court could get involved in the debt ceiling battle (PolicyMic).
 
 
3. The Supreme Court is Back in Session – Here Are 5 Cases to Watch Out For
 
The Supreme Court kicks off its new term this week, and the justices are already set to hear a major case on campaign finance today. In McCutcheon v. FEC the justices will decide whether or not there should be a limit to an individual’s overall political donations (the verdict won’t affect the $2,600 donation cap per campaign). You can think of it as Citizens United for individuals. Later on in the term the justices will take up major cases on key social issues such as abortion and contraception. Don’t be surprised if they lean to the right.
 
8 juicy quotes from Justice Antonin Scalia (Daily Beast).
 
• 5 cases of the Supreme Court’s 2013 term you need to know (PolicyMic).
 
 
4. This Year’s Nobel Prizes Are Going to Be Controversial No Matter What
 
The Nobel Committees are handing out their prestigious prizes this week, and this year’s awards are more likely to spark controversy than usual. The Higgs theory became the favorite to win the physics prize when scientists confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson particle earlier this year, but it’s not clear who would receive the award: There are five living scientists who developed the theory around the same time, and a Nobel Prize can be split three ways at most. The peace prize will be awarded later this week, and Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai will face off against an unlikely opponent: Someone thought it would be a good idea to nominate Vladimir Putin.
 
• What is the Higgs Boson particle? Find out in just three minutes (PolicyMic).
 
 
5. Millennials in Iran Aren’t That Different From You – And They’re Proving It On Twitter
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just set back the chances of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. “If the people of Iran were free, they could wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections,” Netanyahu said in an interview broadcast live in Iran. He may have a point about the elections and music, but there’s nothing keeping Iranians from wearing jeans, and millennials posted pictures on Twitter to prove it. It may seem like a small error, but it hits a nerve since Iranians frequently feel misunderstood by the West. Keep your fingers crossed this doesn’t hurt the chances for diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran: The countries’ presidents recently had their first direct contact in 34 years.
 
3 pairs of pants that prove Netanyahu doesn’t understand Iran (PolicyMic).
 
 
DESSERT
• How much could a single tweet be worth? How about $1 billion? (NY Times).
 
• Here’s one job that humans still do better than robots (WSJ).
 
• Take a tour through Fox’s crazy new newsroom (Verge).
 
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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