Democrats Still United In Obamacare Battle, Republicans In Disarray

Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth, who were 4-up with six holes to go, hung on for a 2 & 1 win over the International pair of Branden Grace and Richard Sterne. Marc Leishman’s approach at the 17th stopped within inches of the hole, and that birdie closed out a 2 & 1 win for him and Angel Cabrera. Webb Simpson’s approach at No. 17 landed 18 feet behind the hole, and when fellow American Brandt Snedeker failed to convert, the match was over. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar earned their second straight win as they beat Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, 4 & 2. The final match went the International way. Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson were 4-down with five holes to go, but the duo extended Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama to the 17th green. After Johnson’s birdie effort at 17 came up just short, Scott chipped to two feet and Matsuyama made the par putt to win the match, 2 & 1. The United States leads the Internationals, 6 1/2 – 5 1/2. On Friday, the first two matches were also split. Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson cruised to a 4 & 3 win over Jason Day and Graham DeLaet. The International duo of Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge also grabbed a 4 & 3 win, over Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan.

Heavy snow pummels west central United States, forces road closures

Up to 30 inches of snow was forecast to drop in parts of the Black Hills region of western South Dakota from the storm, the National Weather Service said. “It’s not normal this time of year, but it is not unheard of,” said Cory Martin, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in North Platte, Nebraska. “But this amount of snow for an October storm is on the higher end.” Heavy rain, golf-ball sized hail and winds of 60 to 70 miles per hour were forecast later Friday in Oklahoma along with severe storms in Kansas, the National Weather Service said. The National Weather Service, which is running on a reduced staff because of the federal government shutdown, issued blizzard and severe winter storm warnings across the Upper Plains through Saturday morning. The Black Hills of South Dakota had seen up to 19.5 inches of snow on Friday morning and up to 10 inches had fallen in Wyoming, the National Weather Service said. The heavy snow had caused some power outages in the Casper, Wyoming area. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard ordered state offices closed in the Black Hills and six counties in the southwestern part of the state and said further closures are possible. Interstate 90 was closed for about a 220 mile stretch from Sturgis, South Dakota, to Sheridan in northeastern Wyoming, according to transportation departments in both states. The National Weather Service was forecasting from 8 to 18 inches of snow in northeast Wyoming and the western South Dakota plains, and 18-30 inches in the highest regions of the Black Hills and up to a foot of snow in Nebraska. (Additional reporting by Heide Brandes; Editing by David Bailey and Diane Craft)

United States Steel Corporation : U. S. Steel Conference Call Available On Company Website

Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid told reporters that House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and House Republicans are the obstacle to ending the government shutdown crisis.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite FILE – Sept. 30, 2013: From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (C) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R) lead a rally to celebrate the start of the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 1, 2013.Reuters As the fight over ObamaCare reaches its apex, conservatives are looking for elected leadership to give voice to their concerns about the future of our country. Unfortunately, many Republican lawmakers are giving voice to the other side. While Democrats remain united in their intransigence, these Republicans are busy scoring points for the other team instead of fighting with a united front. When Democrats proposed the federal takeover of the healthcare sector in 2009, they all remained united behind an uncompromising position and aggressive tactics. Every Senate Democrat, even those from red states, voted to ram ObamaCare through the Senate using extraordinary parliamentary procedures. They were all willing to walk the plank for the broader goal of creating dependency; even though they knew the majority of their constituents vociferously opposed their proposal.

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29, at 3 p.m. EDT. The call, which will be available via the U. S. Steel website, will cover third quarter 2013 financial results and may include forward-looking information. U. S. Steel officials participating in the call will be Mario Longhi, president and chief executive officer; David B. Burritt, executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Dan Lesnak, manager-investor relations. To access the webcast and slides, visit the website at www.ussteel.com and click “Current Information” under the “Investors” section. Replays of the conference call will be available on the website after 5:30 p.m. on October 29. Financial information, including earnings releases, certain SEC filings and other investor-related material, is also available at the company’s website. For more information about U. S.