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Kmart Starts Inventory Liquidation Sale at Cedar Rapids Store | KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - With a planned mid-December closing date, the Kmart store at 180 Collins Rd. NE in Cedar Rapids launched its inventory liquidation sale on Monday.

Sears Holdings, owner of Kmart, said last month that the 43-year-old store will close after its lease was not renewed by RCG Ventures in Atlanta, Ga., owner of the shopping center. The store's 56 employees will have the opportunity to apply for positions at other Kmart and Sears stores.


Senate rejects House's third attempt to delay Obamacare in spending bill - Yahoo News

With mere hours left before government funding expires at midnight Monday, the Senate rejected the third  proposal from the House to keep the government open while also attacking Obamacare — this time by delaying the individual mandate to buy health insurance and by prohibiting congressional staff members from federal insurance subsidies under the controversial health care program. 


'Breaking Bad' Series Finale Recap: The Body Count Is High | Yahoo! TV - Yahoo TV

SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the series finale ("Felina") of "Breaking Bad" contains storyline and character spoilers.

"Breaking Bad" fans expected no less than a satisfying end to the journey of high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth-cooking drug kingpin Walter White, and they got that in Sunday's series finale… and then some.


Lolo Jones navigates hard turns in bobsled quest

PARK CITY, Utah — The learning curve has rushed at Lolo Jones from every angle the world of bobsled can dish out, on the body-rattling curves and off.

In a sport where speeds approach 90 miles an hour and G-forces can create pressure equal to five times a person's body weight, it's been lot of absorb — in ways figurative and all too literal.


Iowa Poll: Iowans dismissive of Obamacare, but like its parts | The Des Moines Register

Nearly half of Iowans think the Affordable Care Act is awful and should be rescinded, but most Iowans like many parts of the law, a new Iowa Poll finds.

The breakdown: Forty-nine percent of Iowans believe the program, also known as Obamacare, “is a very bad law that should be repealed or refunded.” Thirty-six percent agree with the statement that “it is an OK law, with some pluses and minuses.” Only 9 percent agree that “it is a very good law that should be allowed to be fully implemented.”


1st Congressional District GOP Candidate Rathje Statement on the Implementation of ObamaCare and the Potential for Government Shutdown

1st Congressional District, Cedar Rapids-Today, Steve Rathje, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives seat representing the 1st District of Iowa, released a statement regarding the October 1 implementation of ObamaCare and the potential Federal Government “shutdown”:

The Federal Government is poised to employ a financial stranglehold on roughly 20% of our nation’s economy, while at the same time introducing new regulations and bureaucracy through the execution of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.

I’ve talked to dozens of doctors in the 1st Congressional District, and they are concerned for their patients, and for their practices, as well.  The uneven implementation of the rules and regulations, and the negative financial impacts on businesses and their employees, are just the beginning of the problems with this legislation.

There are those, including former President Bill Clinton, who say that this is the law of the land and it needs to be understood and obeyed.  What makes this different, though, is that the Executive Branch has been busy picking winners and losers through the uneven execution of the law as it was passed by a Democratically controlled Congress and signed by a Democratic President.  Why are large businesses immune from this law until next year, while the middle class isn’t?  To me, the answer is clear; this is purely political.  The President and Progressive leaders want nothing more than to both negate the implementation of ObamaCare on the largest scale until after the 2014 election cycle, and force this country into a shutdown they will blame on Constitutionally-based Conservatives.

We have an obligation to hold our elected officials accountable.  This is an American tradition with roots in the foundation of our country.  Between ObamaCare and the potential for a government shutdown, one has to wonder what our elected officials are busy doing…or not doing.

I’m running for the U.S. House of Representatives because I know Iowans are tired of business as usual from politicians; people who profess to have all the answers, yet many of who have never created a job.  My campaign offers solutions, and I’m not afraid of writing them out, along with all the details behind my ideas.  It’s available on my website and I’ve handed hundreds of them out across the 1st Congressional District.  People are drawn to solutions instead of rhetoric, and I’m proud of the difference my campaign has made in the 20 counties I am running to represent in Congress.

Rathje’s experience in the 1st Congressional District goes back to the 2008 U.S. Senate race, where his campaign tallied the following impressive results in a three-way primary in the 20-county area against a politician and a businessman:

14 first place finishes, 4 second place finishes, and 2 third place finishes.
Allamakee 214 votes or 42% (1)
Benton 346 votes or 54% (1)
Blackhawk 786 votes or 40% (1)
Bremer 114 votes or 31% (2)
Buchanan 127 votes or 44% (1)
Clayton 289 votes or 69% (1) 
Delaware 399 votes or 59% (1)
Dubuque 212 votes or 31% (2) 
Fayette 311 votes or 40% (1) 
Howard 75 votes or 29% (2)
Iowa 108 votes or 42% (1)
Jackson 62 votes or 43% (1)
Jones 257 votes or 44% (1)           
Linn 2,973 or 54% (1)
Marshall 232 or 37% (1)
Mitchell 118 votes or 27% (3)
Poweshiek 69 votes or 22% (2)
Tama 199 votes or 42% (1)
Winneshiek 241 votes or 37% (1)
Worth 29 votes or 17% (3)                       
Total Votes Cast                        15,236                        
Total Votes for Steve Rathje            7,161                          
% of Rathje Total                        47%

The Democratic National Committee is nearly broke - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: You're not seeing this story in the mainstream media. This is without question a big story. But a biased media would rather cover the GOP and trying to blame them for the government shutdown. For the mainstream media, it's about marketing, not news.

It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party -- especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief -- and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting.

The Democrats' numbers speak for themselves: Through August, 10 months after helping President Obama secure a second term, the DNC owed its various creditors a total of $18.1 million, compared to the $12.5 million cash cushion the Republican National Committee is holding.


Taylor Swift: Cheating Isn't Necessarily a Deal Breaker | omg! - Yahoo omg!

True love has been elusive for Taylor Swift.

The country singer, 23, has had a string of high-profile relationships with some of Hollywood's biggest heartthrobs. However, despite those cute PDA pix and the sweet love songs she's written (not to be confused with those scathing breakup songs she's also know for), she has never felt a true connection to any of them.


10 cars Americans don't want to buy - Yahoo Autos

In 2013, the average Acura TSX Sport Wagon spent close to half a year on the lot before being sold. This makes it the slowest-selling car in the United States.

Car site TrueCar provided 24/7 Wall St. with the average time a car spent on the lot before being sold through the first eight months of 2013. While the average days in inventory (DII) in the U.S. auto market in 2013 was just 62 days, each of these vehicles sat for well over 100 days on the dealer lot before it was sold. These are the cars Americans do not want to buy.