So many customers have been napping on the beds in Ikea's Chinese stores that employees have begun to change the sheets daily. One store in Hong Kong invited its customers to wear their pajamas and sleep over. About 80 of them did.
While the partial government shutdown continues, some federal workers are showing up for work because they are required to. Phil Glover is with the Council of Prison Locals, a federal prison employee union. Glover talks to Morning Edition's David Greene about how the government shutdown is effecting the Bureau of Prisons, correctional workers and his family.
While the rhetoric between Republicans and Democrats over ending the federal shutdown remains hot, some Republicans have talked about possible alternatives to demands that the Affordable Care Act be delayed a full year. But some Tea Party-backed Republicans are holding firm on that demand, including Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador. Renee Montagne talks to Labrador about the government shutdown debate, and how he thinks the impasse should be resolved.
President Obama traded barbs with Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, but there was no sign that Congress is any closer to re-opening the federal government. At a news conference, Obama warned that the whole world is watching. It is, and so far the reviews aren't good.
The White House says President Obama will nominate Janet Yellen as the new head of the Federal Reserve Board. She has been a key player in the Fed's efforts to bring the economy back from the Great Recession. If confirmed, she would succeed Ben Bernanke.
Communities across the nation are feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown. To learn more, Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep turn to Americans from all corners of the country to hear how they're coping with a closed government.
Steve Inskeep talks to syndicated conservative columnist George F. Will about the current partial government shutdown, and whether the strategies pursued by both sides are any different from previous such crises.
Native American tribes are giving casinos a makeover, hoping added amenities like spas, golf courses and luxury hotels will attract visitors. Still, these ventures make 80 to 90 percent of their revenue from gambling, and experts say getting people on the gaming floor is key.
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