Morning Must Reads: October 3

In the news: The government shutdown continues, millions of the poor are ineligible for Obamacare, TIME's new issue tackles the shutdown crisis.

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The US Capitol in Washington is seen on September 30, 2013 , a day before the government shutdown began.

  • “Congressional leaders emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening admitting they had made no progress on ending the two-day-long government shutdown, and pointing fingers as to which party is to blame for the political stalemate on Capitol Hill. ‘The meeting was cordial but unproductive,’ Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said in a written statement after the meeting.” [TIME]
  • Glenn Beck on Boehner: “If you thought John Boehner was fighting for you, you were lied to. Enough is enough, stand up.” [Politico]
  • “The prevailing wisdom ahead of the government shutdown was that tea party lawmakers who agitated for it would fold within a few days, once they got an earful from angry constituents and felt the sting of bad headlines. House GOP leaders called it a “touch the stove” moment for the band of Republican rebels, when ideology would finally meet reality. But there’s another reality that explains why that thinking may well be wrong, and the country could be in for a protracted standoff: Most of the Republicans digging in have no reason to fear voters will ever punish them for it.” [Politico]
  • Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland have introduced measures in the House and Senate to retroactively pay the 800,000 workers who have been furloughed. This follows the example set after the last shutdown in 1995 and 1996, when federal employees were compensated for lost time.” [TIME]
  • “Four Head Start programs serving some 3,200 preschool students have closed this week as the government shutdown began taking a bite out of programs serving low-income Americans. Another 11 were set to close by Friday if funding is not restored, a spokeswoman for the program said. The numbers were disclosed for the first time Wednesday.” [WSJ]
  • Government shutdown may cause some trouble for Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate in the Virginia gubernatorial race. [NYT]
  • “A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.” [NYT]
  • The Washington Post asks readers, “How long do you think the shutdown will last?” Average guess today: 18 days. [Washington Post]

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notsacredh
notsacredh

Heigh Ho, heigh ho, it's off to "unpaid" work I go.

notsacredh
notsacredh

"House Speaker John Boehner has indicated to colleagues that he won’t let the country default on its debt, even if it means going against the rank-and-file of his conservative caucus on raising the debt ceiling, the New York Times reports."

Shorter Boehner: "I'm crazy, just not THAT crazy."

fitty_three
fitty_three

Oh, BTW, do you have enough hot air to re-inflate the GOP balloon, @paulejb ?

fitty_three
fitty_three

Hey @paulejb !

You change the course of any rivers lately?

You know that tomorrow, the Exchanges will be up again, and the next day, and the next, and the next, and the...

Get the picture?  I don't think naked men will help you now.

paulejb
paulejb

Is the furlough of non-essential government personnel the reason we haven't seen Joe Biden lately?

paulejb
paulejb

Barack Hussein Obama - The very best reason to shutdown the government until he's gone.

retiredvet
retiredvet

We're now getting some pretty cynical publicity stunts from the GOP. Lab coats, etc. Pandering to the different groups affected by the shutdown.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Sorry, Hivemaster!  I broke the Hive Mind's rule.

Butitwaswortheverymomentofit!

I will dutifully submit myself for absorption tomorrow at your earliest convenience.

Out.

><zerp><

fitty_three
fitty_three

Hey, you know what, @paulejb ?

The GOP hasn't even finished killing itself off yet.  It seems that your Empty Suit is doing a lot of Leading From Behind lately.

But hey, just keep on waving that tattered flag high.  Maybe you can mount a one-idiot assault on Obamacare your ownself!

Just wait until, say, the 16th.  You might have to outfit your compound with barbed wire to keep the Americans with pitchforks out....

MrObvious
MrObvious

@sacredh 

I call BS, he'll do it when they ask him to drop his pants. Shiat rolls off him anyways. Eventually.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb 

He's more effective incognito than the highly visible incompetent guy you have leading from behind.  There is that;-)

Ahyuh! Ahyuh!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb  

Let me ask you an honest question:

Do you really think that your Empty Suit Boehner can top our Socialist Kenyan Moslem Black Guy?

La_Randy
La_Randy

@retiredvet You have to admit that it is pretty sad when they have to dress up like a bunch carnival hucksters to push their disingenuous agenda.

Lying grifters selling toxic tonic water to the rubes.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@retiredvet 

That's all they do, optics. Fudge if you get them to work one single day for this nation, but you'll see them kiss old people all day long and then behind their bank shank their Medicare and SS.

If they really cared about those cancer patients they wouldn't have shut the government down in the first place and restored all the pre sequester funding. But hey - at least they made sure their air plane left on time.

paulejb
paulejb

@retiredvet 

Harry Reid wants children with cancer left with no care. So much for that bulls**t about the patient care act.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@fitty_three 

Meh, the day is already over - making fun of the halfwits is late night show anyways.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb

ObamaCare is about as popular as a case of herpes. Only the low information goobers who believe that they are getting something free are on board. People with a brain know that Obama is screwing them


paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb 

Nope. Boehner is fighting out of his weight class. It's him against Barry 0 and his merry band of media lapdogs.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@La_Randy  

They're actually lying grifters selling toxic tonic water to the rubes after the rubes have already wised up.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb

Then, of course, there's the millions who can't get Medicaid thanks to the efforts of the GOP in 26 states.

Imagine that...

fitty_three
fitty_three

@MrObvious

Shhhh.  I'm kicking the dinosaur dog.

Hope that brontosaurus doesn't stomp on me when I go outside;-)

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb 

The number of hits the Exchange sites kinda puts the lie on your shenanigans.

But carry on with the anachronistic classical hatred.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@forgottenlord @paulejb 

Well, it's supposed to be funny because you know Obama and the Muslim brotherhood and you know al-Qaeda is you know Muslim. And you know...Americans have joined al-Qaedas ranks and you know.

Basically - this is the level of funny that someone like the speaker would find a riot. But then as a drunk he'll laugh at anything. Unless he cries.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb 

Am I making you nervous, 53? Is it giving you gas? Are you worried that the government shutdown will make people wonder what the hell do we need it for?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb

Aside from you, it seems everyone does.

But hey, you're like Stutzman, you don't really know what you want so long as you get some respect, some how. 

(_).) pffft.

There. Here's some more respect.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb 

The longer the shutdown goes on the more the nation learns it can do without the intrusive, expensive and out of control government.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb  

I like the odds.  He deserves the beating him, you, and the GOP are about to recieve.

Loser.

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb @@paule 

Nope. That's on Harry Reid's empty head. The Republicans voted to fund NIH.

Democrats want children to die and not just in the womb.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@paulejb 

Well, let's frame your stupidity properly:

@@paule  wants millions children with cancer left with no care. So much for that bulls**t about the patient care act."

paulejb
paulejb

@fitty_three @paulejb 

Medicaid is for the poor. Why are we expanding it to the cheap who won't buy their own health insurance?

retiredvet
retiredvet

It's taking me back to 25 years ago when the kids were preschoolers. The logic is that of a 4 or 5 year old.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@retiredvet 

They are getting that prize.  It's called a swift kick in the political bee-hind.

retiredvet
retiredvet

After all, they shut down the government. There has to be a prize for that. No?

fitty_three
fitty_three

@forgottenlord 

He must be emulating that GOP representative who says the GOP must not be dissed and has to get something out of it, but he's not sure what.

Yup. That's it.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

@fitty_three

Well, yes, but normally you can at least see the angle he's trying to present.  What I can't figure out is what angle he's going for?  Is he simply saying there are Americans who are members of Al Queda just to point that out?  Is he saying that terrorists are being given tax breaks?  Is he saying that Obama thinks they're too good for Exchanges?  I really have no clue what his angle is, here