United States Roster Falling To Pieces Ahead Of Remaining 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

Across United States, shutdown upends lives from weddings to pre-school programs and vacations

attacker out of Seattles last two matches. Even if Dempseys condition improves, Seattle is likely to lobby for keeping him, for playoff positioning and Supporters Shield pursuits next week. Considering Dempsey is Major League Soccers top wage earner, it seems like a reasonable request. (MORE: U.S. Soccer and Jones refute reports of injury) Jermaine Jones status may be up in the air; reports out of Germany say surgery will have Jones on the shelf for a few weeks. But Jones and U.S. Soccer are refuting those reports, so stay tuned on this one. Either way, if Jones has a knee issue, its fair to wonder if Schalke will be excited about extra travel and matches that are, officially speaking, meaningless. U.S. center back Clarence Goodson was a scratch from Sundays match at Chivas USA after suffering a bone bruise on the knee in the Earthquakes previous contest. Goodson, recall, was the starter alongside Omar Gonzalez as the United States clinched its spot earlier this month with the win over Mexico. Goodson may have slipped lately on the depth chart (blame young up-and-comer Anthony Brooks for that), but his steady night against El Tri reminded everyone that a tested, reliable veteran is great to have around. Word came Monday that Fabian Johnson has an ankle injury and may not be available for Hoffenheims match Saturday at Mainz 05.

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Obama earlier signed emergency legislation ensuring that wages will continue for service members. He says ongoing operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere will continue and the US will ensure those in harms way have what they need. The threats to our national security have not changed, and we need you to be ready for any contingency, Obama said. The president warned however that many non essential civilian contractors, unlike their colleagues in uniform, wont be paid. Chances of a last-minute deal – seen so often in past fiscal fights – evaporated shortly before midnight as the House stood firm on its call to delay major parts of President Barack Obamas health-care law for a year. Senate Democrats were equally firm in refusing. As the US government sped toward shutdown, lawmakers lobbed dead-end proposals across the Capitol and began blaming each other for failing to come up with a way to fund the government. The House voted 228-201 to pass its third version of a short-term extension of government funding in the past 10 days. Each attempt linked averting a shutdown to major changes to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and each drew veto threats from US President Barack Obama. About an hour later, the Senate rejected that plan on a 54-46 vote, putting pressure on House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the Republicans. Theyve lost their minds, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat.

United States government shutdown begins as Congress hits dead end

"Congress needs to keep our governemnt open and pay our bills on time : President Barack Obama speaks at the White House in Washington.

“Our advice to him was he was going to have to wait, that there wasn’t anything he could do about it,” Brancel said. There are harsher consequences, too. American Indian tribes, who rely more heavily on federal subsidies, are coping with disrupted services including foster care payments, nutrition programs and financial assistance for the needy. Some tribes intend to fill the gap in federal funds themselves, risking deficits of their own to cushion communities with chronic high unemployment and poverty against the effects of the budget battle. “Do we just throw kids onto the street, or do we help them? Most likely we’re going to help those families and do whatever we can until this is unresolved,” said Tracy “Ching” King, president of northern Montana’s Fort Belknap Reservation. Also taking a hit is the federal Head Start program that provides pre-school, meals and health care to more than 1 million low-income children a year. Four Head Start pre-school providers that serve 3,200 low-income children in four states are closing and others are looking for alternative sources of funding. Aspiring home owners applying for a mortgage can expect delays, especially if the shutdown is prolonged. That’s because many lenders need government confirmation of applicants’ income tax returns and other data. Families who set out for cherished sites from Yellowstone Park to the historic monuments of Washington were dismayed to find precious vacation time ruined. Some were so angry with Congress they lost their cool.