Food stamps end for 48 million; Very slow enrollment for Obamacare (UCNN #212)

Food stamps end for 48 million; Very slow enrollment for Obamacare (UCNN #212)

Urban Christian News Network with Daniella Whyte for Friday, November 1, 2013.

1. According to Fox News, Forty-eight million Americans will have their food stamps benefits slashed starting Friday, when a recession-era boost in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program expires.

2. According to the Los Angeles Times, Just six enrollments occurred on the opening day for, the troubled Obamacare website, according to documents released late Thursday by a House oversight committee. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, obtained the tally from meeting notes compiled by officials inside the "war room" at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which was overseeing the rollout of the insurance marketplace.

3. According to TIME, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted for the first time on Thursday that in some cases the National Security Agency's surveillance program reached too far. Kerry told an open government summit in London via video link, "Innocent people are not being abused in this process, but there's an effort to try to gather information.

4. According to the BBC, Four Palestinian militants have been killed and five Israeli soldiers injured in violence in the Gaza Strip, Israeli and Palestinian sources say. The soldiers were wounded when they were hit by a bomb as they were destroying a tunnel found last month running from Gaza to Israel.