Report from David Lawder: From David Lawder: At the end of the House vote to pass the debt limit, government funding bill, the announcement of the vote was interrupted by a protester. The person was quickly escorted out of the chamber.
She was a House stenographer, according to a Democratic aide who was on the House floor at the time. The aide said that as the vote result was about to be announced, the woman stood up and walked onto the podium that is by the chair that the presiding officer sits. This area is where the president delivers his annual state of the union address.
The Democratic aide said the microphone was not on when the woman started shouting but he heard her say, “This is the devil’s work.” And, “You can’t serve two masters.”
BEIJING/SEOUL The United States and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills next week, the top U.S. military official said on Thursday, resisting pressure from North Korea and its ally China to halt the contentious exercises.