The following is a rundown of the day’s news drawn from other media sources with topics curated just for Money and Markets readers: Obamacare, personal safety and feedom, business and more!
State Obamacare Exchanges Enroll 3 Percent of Target So Far
President Barack Obama’s health-care reform has reached only about 3 percent of its enrollment target for 2014 in 12 U.S. states where new online health insurance marketplaces are mostly working smoothly, a report released on Monday said.
Who Counts as an Obamacare Enrollee? The President Settles on a Definition
The disparity in the numbers is likely to further inflame the political fight over the Affordable Care Act. Each side could choose a number to make the case that the health law is making progress or failing miserably.
Obama Using Food-Stamp Cash to Fund Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’
Some 76 million meals a year will vanish partly because the president diverted money from SNAP to the first lady’s signature program, part of her Let’s Move anti-obesity initiative —$4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Oregon Health-Care Exchange Has Yet to Enroll a Single Person
Cover Oregon officials say their launch has been delayed because they refuse to put out an imperfect product and fix the bugs later.
The ObamaCare Dozen
The torrents of Affordable Care Act monsoon season aren’t letting up, so Democrats are scrambling to help the victims: namely, their own careers.
New Drone Can Fly, Swim, Drive …
The future of military drones isn’t surveillance and dropping bombs. It’s transformation: a single unmanned vehicle that can fly, swim, drive and even hop like a frog across a variety of terrains and obstacles.
Demand for Armored Vehicles Booms Among Uber-Wealthy
Bloomberg reports that Texas Armoring, a San Antonio-based company specializing in armoring vehicles for the super-rich, is enjoying an unprecedented sales boom.
What I Saw at the Doomsday Prepper Convention
More and more Americans are spending money to get ready for an uncertain future — gathering food, water, tools and skills to help them weather anything from a hurricane to a pandemic.
Oil Espionage: How the NSA and GCHQ Spied on OPEC
America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ are both spying on the OPEC oil cartel, documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal.
Egypt Is the Worst Arab Country for Women
Increasingly commonplace sexual violence has combined with plummeting female representation in parliament and a growth in more extreme Islamic views to push the country to the bottom of the region for women’s rights.
Paralyzed Army Veteran to Walk Again Using Exoskeleton
More than five years after crashing in an Iraqi desert, crushing his spine on impact, retired Army pilot Gary Linfoot will walk again on Veterans Day.
Moody’s Warns of Bankruptcy in Scranton as City Faces $20 Million Budget Gap
Scranton could be headed toward another fiscal crisis like the one that resulted in city workers having their pay cut to minimum wage in 2012.
Twitter in Celebrity Spat With Facebook as Rivalry Builds
The celebrity battle is symptomatic of a bigger clash between the two companies — both are vying to connect advertisers with mobile users, bolster international revenue and hire Silicon Valley’s most coveted developers.
Typhoon Worse for Philippines Economy Than Sandy for U.S.
A $12 billion storm is not really that bad here in the U.S. For the Philippine Islands, it is catastrophic.
Venezuela to Toughen Price Controls, Set Profits
“We can’t just close the businesses; the owners have to go to jail,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in an impassioned speech in which he cited Jewish, Muslim and Christian texts to harangue businessmen he accuses of usury.
The Money and Markets Team