Top 10 States Hurt By The Government Shutdown

The United States is still getting rid of its chemical weapons

The English Channel separated British security concerns from the continents power politics and wars. This geographic isolation helped demarcate differences between colonial security interests, which Britain routinely acted on, and homeland security. Something similar was true for the United States. German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck put the matter well: The Americans are truly a lucky people. They are bordered to the north and south by weak neighbors and to the east and west by fish. The Founding Fathers agreed. Americans had the geographic luck of distance from Europe and its conflicts. Out of this ability to avoid unnecessary wars that jeopardized life and liberty, came the Founders caution. Before Jeffersons aforementioned quip, George Washington stated the matter bluntly in his Farewell Address. It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. Such counsel contained a powerful strain of realism. Strict neutrality was the infant nations best hope for survival amid international turmoil. The global nature of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars threatened to ensnare and destroy the republic with one misstep or ill-fated alliance. President James Madison nearly did just that in the War of 1812 when British forces burned Washington D.C. In the republics harrowing early years, one should note the impossibility of isolation or having no foreign contact. The world war meant the U.S. needed diplomatic relations and readiness for conflict. Sometimes the two overlapped, such as when hostilities began in 1812 over the repeated impressment of American sailors into the Royal Navy. But, the key for the Founders was to comprehend foreign threats and respond appropriately. Prescribed aloofness from European power politics never concerned diplomacy or trade. The Founders encouraged the latter, while the former became easier after Napoleons fall in 1815. Indeed, diplomacy was critical to bolstering U.S. security. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 did more than add land. It reduced the presence of France, and then Spain, in North America and secured American control of the Mississippi River. The Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 built off of Jeffersons work. It exchanged vague boundary claims in present-day Texas for Spanish Florida, and consolidated American control of land east of the Mississippi River. Moreover, New Spain (Mexico and Central America) became independent soon thereafter.

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Soccer Federation) Video from the U.S. national teams 2-0 victory over Jamaica in the Americans penultimate World Cup qualifier at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.: Graham Zusis goal USA: Zusi (Bedoya), 77th minute. USA: Altidore (Castillo), 81st minute. USA LINEUP Howard; Evans, Cameron, Besler, Beasley (Castillo 66th); Bedoya, Diskerud, Jones, Donovan (Zusi 46th); Johannsson (Kljestan 72nd), Altidore. Subs: Guzan,Castillo, Orozco, Boyd, Kljestan, Zusi, Beckerman. Not in uniform: Rimando, Goodson, Wondolowski, Davis. CONCACAF STANDINGS United States 6-2-1, 19 points +6 Costa Rica 4-2-3, 15 points +5 Honduras 4-3-2, 14 points +1 Mexico 2-2-5, 11 points -1 Panama 1-3-5, 8 points -3 Jamaica 0-5-4, 4 points -8 *USA and Costa Rica have clinched. Honduras is on the verge. Mexico appears headed for next months two-leg playoff against Oceania champion New Zealand. Tuesdays finales Mexico at Costa Rica, 8 p.m. ET (Telemundo) Honduras at Jamaica, 9:30 p.m. (beIN Sport Spanish) USA at Panama, 9:30 p.m. (beIN Sport) Looking ahead: The USSF confirmed a Nov. 19 friendly against Austria in Vienna four days after a meeting with Scotland in Glasgow. Both fall on FIFA fixture dates.

United States 2, Jamaica 0

Maine is also the fifth state with the most veterans per capita. MORE: Your Cheat Sheet to the debt ceiling debacle 4. District of Columbia The capital of the United States is not a state, but still worth mentioning since it’s at the epicenter of the political temper tantrum. It ranks fourth overall, and is the most affected area of the nation when it comes to federal employees per capita. 3. Alabama Alabama is the third most affected state. It ranks fourth in states with the most Social Security funding, and eight for the most FAFSA applications per capita. While the shutdown hasn’t affected social security payments, benefits could be interrupted if the shutdown drama bleeds into the debt ceiling debacle and Congress fails to raise the debt limit. 2. Alaska Alaska is the second most affected state. It ranks third in states with the most federal employees per capita and federal contracting dollars per capita. It’s also the fourth most affected state by disruption of SBA loans, and contains the most veterans per capita of any state.

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The U.N. Security Council votes to approve a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons during a meeting on Friday, September 27. The vote came after assertions by the United States and other Western nations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an August 21 attack outside Damascus that U.S. officials estimate killed 1,400 people. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the world community was imposing a binding obligation on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to get rid of its chemical weapons stockpile. A man mourns over the bodies of those killed in a suspected chemical weapon attack in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday, August 21. Syrian rebels said poisonous gas rained down from rockets, but authorities have denied the allegations that they used chemical weapons and accused the opposition of staging the attacks. U.S. officials, however, said there were “strong indications” that there was a chemical weapons attack by the government. People attend to the victims of the attack on August 21 in Damascus. British intelligence said at least 350 people died, while rebel leaders have put the death toll at more than 1,300. Constricted pupils was listed as a symptom in victims of the alleged attack on August 21.