Food Stamps: With the threat of a government shutdown looming once again, House Republicans passed a bill that would cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next decade. An estimated 3 million people will lose benefits under the plan. President Obama has already threatened to veto the bill. USA Today reports.
"Prudence and Hope": Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he calls on the international community to confront their mutual challenges together. "In a world where global politics is no longer a zero-sum game, it is — or should be — counterintuitive to pursue one’s interests without considering the interests of others," he wrote. Rouhani will address the U.N. next Tuesday, the same day as President Barack Obama.
Background: The firm which investigated Edward Snowden also did the background check on the man who killed 12 people on Monday at the Navy Yard. The Wall Street Journal has the scoop. The Falls Church, Va. firm is the leading provider of government background checks.
Navy Yard: The New York Times reconstructs the recent past of the gunman in Monday's deadly rampage. The Times reports the company which employed Aaron Alexis had deep concerns about his mental stability.
Pontifex: Pope Francis said in interviews with Jesuit publications that the church should not concern itself with such narrow issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. Rather the church should "heal wounds" and "warm the hearts of the faithful."