Aid to Israel could be delayed
Reuters reports the U.S. government shutdown could prevent military assistance to Israel and other American allies. 

NSA tracked cellphone locations
In 2010 and 2011, The New York Times reports, the National Security Agency conducted a secret pilot program that tested the data about the locations of Americans’ cellphones. 

FBI shuts down ‘Silk Road’
A website that served as an Internet marketplace for illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine was shut down by law enforcement officials Wednesday,The Associated Press writes

Poynter: What NOT to call the shutdown
Journalism education center the Poynter Institute says not to call the government shutdown the result of an “impasse, stalemate or a standoff.”


Cruz: Shutdown could lead to attacks
At a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned that the government shutdown could lead to terrorist attacks against the U.S. The Hill’s Brendan Sasso has the story

Another Hillary Clinton film
The Hill’s Alex Jaffe writes conservative group Citizens United will go ahead with producing a film about Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of State, according to The Hollywood Reporter.