The Evening Rush for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

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Obama: Raising debt limit ‘non-negotiable’

And he called the term “debt ceiling” itself a misnomer because raising it doesn’t authorize more spending — it just authorizes the paying of bills we already have. The president held a news conference today as the second week of the government shutdown begins and a debt-limit deadline looms on Oct. 17. Obama used some tough words against the GOP, saying that we can’t allow “extortion” to become a routine political tool and that Democrats won’t pay a “ransom.” But the bottom line is we’re not any closer to a solution. [Voices]

Drastic measures

Maybe what we need is a nice, calamitous stock market crash to bring our politicians together. [The New Yorker]

Arrested reps

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) were taken into custody near the Capitol at an immigration-reform rally. [Sun-Times]

Riverwalk retaliation

One of the targets of an attack at Wacker and State last night fought back successfully with a knife. [Sun-Times]

That darn budget gap

Here’s another way Rahm hopes to save money to close the 2014 budget gap: phase out health-care subsidies for retired city employees. [Sun-Times]

Football post-mortem

The Bears were in over their heads against the Saints on Sunday, Hub Arkush says in his video “Bears Breakdown.” [CSTtv]

142 years later

Looking back at the Great Chicago Fire in pictures. [RedEye]

Marshall fine with fine

The Bears receiver will wear lime-green cleats on Thursday night — in violation of NFL policy — to raise awareness for mental-health issues. [Voices]

Tom Hanks’ diabetes

Sue Ontiveros says the actor should have gotten better advice before “graduating” to Type 2 diabetes. [Voices]

BYO no!

A City Council proposal would end BYOB in Chicago’s dry precincts — about 12 percent of the city. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One

Mark Brown tells the tale of a messy upper-class divorce that “almost makes a person appreciate not having money.” [Sun-Times]


Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally

There’s a new “Carrie” movie. And a viral prank video to go with it. [Slate]

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