What we’re watching Monday
Good morning. It’s Monday, October 21. Here are the stories we’re watching closely today:
President Obama will speak at 11:25 this morning to address issues with the online rollout of the Healthcare Marketplace. We discussed these issues and their effect on the overall program on Friday’s PBS NewsHour. We’ll stream President Obama live in the Rundown.
Same Sex Marriage in New Jersey
Same-sex marriages began in New Jersey as of 12:01 a.m. this morning. Cory Booker officiated nine ceremonies, including two straight couples, at City Hall services in Newark.
JPMorgan Chase – Settlement
Details emerge on a last-minute phone call that led to tentative $13 billion deal with the Department of Justice on collapse of mortgage securities during the financial crisis.
A suicide bomber killed 35 on Sunday in Baghdad. A total of 45 were killed nationwide in attacks. 385 have died in attacks so far this month.
NSA – France
The NSA caputred 70 million French emails and phone records according to a report in Le Monde. Paris demands an explanation, as Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for Middle East peace talks.
Cloudy issues in China
Record, heavy smog is blanketing the northern city of Harbin where air pollution was measured at 40 times the international standard. The city of 11 million is effectively shutdown.
Wang Gongquan, a prominent businessman who invested in supporting human rights issues, was arrested in China.
The strike continues. Over the weekend, two transit workers were hit and killed by an out-of-service train. The incident is being investigated.