Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Assembly OKs mascot measure, 70 mph speed limit for Wisconsin freeways: Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report: "Motorists would be able to drive 70 mph on interstates, and schools would have an easier time keeping their Indian team names and mascots, under bills the stateAssembly approved Tuesday. The mascots bill passed 52-41, with three Republicans joining all Democrats to vote against the measure.The Senate planned to take it up as well, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) late Tuesday put off the debate until November. ... The bill on speed limits passed the Assembly 63-32. Eight Democrats joined 55 Republicans in voting for the measure. Two Republicans — Reps. Garey Bies of Sister Bay and John Spiros of Marshfield — sided with Democrats in opposing it. Assembly Republicans said raising the speed limit would save time for commuters and tourists and put Wisconsin in line with three dozen other states that allow people to drive 70 mph or faster. Illinois in August raised its speed limit, meaning all of Wisconsin's neighbors allow drivers to go 70 mph on some of their roads." Read more.
House shutdown plan fails; now Senate: The Associated Press reports: "Time growing desperately short, Senate leaders took command of efforts to avert a Treasury default and end the partial government shutdown Tuesday night after a last big attempt by House Republicans abruptly collapsed. Aides to both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, expressed revived optimism about chances for a swift agreement by Wednesday at the latest that could pass both houses. Their efforts toward a bipartisan resolution had seemed likely to bear fruit a day earlier before House conservative were given a last-minute chance for their version. As hours ticked down toward Thursday's Treasury deadline, the likeliest compromise included renewed authority for the Treasury to borrow through early February and the government to reopen at least until mid-January." Read more.
Capitol Square food carts lead the way in Madison's 2013 city ranking: Linda Falkenstein of the Isthmus' Daily Page writes: "The Madison food cart rankings for the 2013 season have been compiled, after a new, longer, two-week evaluation period that ran from Sept. 23 to Oct. 5. And there's a familiar name at the top of the list: Curt's Gourmet Popcorn that parks weekdays at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Doty Street, a block off the Capitol Square. Curt's was followed by a longstanding cart on the Square, El Burrito Loco, located at MLK and Main Street. That intersection is also the location of FIB's Fine Italian Beef and Sausage, which was atop the 2012 rankings and placed third this year. FIB's has also opened a second cart, FIB's 2, which came in at 23." Read more.
Boehner sees his control of House Republicans slip away: Rosalind S. Helderman and Jackie Kucinich of the Washington Post report: "House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) started Tuesday with a last-ditch attempt to exert control over his restive caucus, proposing a new plan to open the government and raise the debt ceiling in an effort to give Republicans a bit of leverage. But as evening fell over the Capitol, it was increasingly clear who had control over the House GOP: no one. Boehner struggled to accommodate his most vocal and hard-line members, adjusting his plan to address their concerns only hours after laying it out in a morning meeting with his caucus." Read more.
Signs indicate that Obama’s debt ceiling gamble may be paying off: Jackie Calmes of the New York Times reports: "More than two years ago, President Obama was still in the thick of his previous showdown with Republican House leaders over the nation’s debt limit when he called five senior advisers into his office. He did not ask their advice, one said. Rather, he told them, in a way that brooked no discussion: From now on, no more negotiating over legislation so basic and essential to the economy, and the country. 'I’m not going through this again. It’s bad for democracy. It’s bad for the presidency,' Mr. Obama said, according to the adviser, who declined to be identified describing internal discussions. The president then told the group — his Treasury secretary, chief Congressional lobbyist, chief economic adviser and both his and the vice president’s chiefs of staff — to spread that word, 'even in your body language.' Since then, so has Mr. Obama." Read more.
A Supreme (Court) victory for climate rules: Richard L. Revesz and Michael A. Livermore of the Huffington Post report: "In his Rose Garden climate address this summer, President Obama acknowledged that his first choice for controlling America's greenhouse gas emissions, congressional action, was likely to be stymied and that he would have to fall back on his second choice, regulation by EPA under the Clean Air Act. Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court handed a significant victory to the President and to EPA. The justices let stand the foundational element of the EPA's greenhouse gas regulations -- the scientific finding that these gases 'endanger' public health -- as well as the agency's ambitious controls on trucks and automobiles. The Supreme Court will review EPA's treatment of a relatively arcane question concerning the permitting requirements for certain new pollution sources. But contrary to some reports, this is not a general review of EPA's climate regulation. In fact, no matter how the Supreme Court decides the issue that it has taken up, it will not compromise the main thrust of the president's climate action plan." Read more.