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Afternoon News Round-Up: Breaking the Budget to Pieces

Welcome to Obamacare—Jim DeMint Uses the Force—Boehner's Damaging Revelation—Israel Talks Nukes—Who Broke Washington?

Jim DeMint is now more powerful than you could possibly imagine.(Alex Wong)

October 1, 2013

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: It's Day One of the government shutdown, it's Day One of Obamacare enrollment, and it's Day Infinity of partisan sniping. Republicans are floating piece-by-piece budget bills to reopen certain parts of the government, but Senate Democrats are holding their line: The House should pass the Senate's "clean" continuing resolution to keep the government funded and Obamacare unscathed. And as various federal establishments shutter their doors, both sides scramble to convince Americans that it's all the other one's fault. In the real world, meanwhile, online enrollment began for Obamacare's insurance exchanges, with reports of some state sites crashing because of heavy traffic. Critics say the e-hiccups are proof the law isn't ready for the prime time, while President Obama said the high traffic demonstrates why the exchanges are needed.


SHUTDOWN STATE OF PLAY: National Journal's website underwent a complete facelift last night, but reporters are still providing minute-by-minute updates on shutdown negotiations and what we can expect in the days ahead. The latest: The GOP wants to single out the District of Columbia, the National Park Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs for funding—and plan to start voting on those bills momentarily—but Senate Democrats are still insisting on an all-or-nothing approach. (NJ)

BOEHNER'S BEHIND-THE-SCENES BOMBSHELL: The House speaker has publicly lacerated the "so-called exemption" lawmakers and their staffers receive for health insurance, but leaked emails show him working for months with Harry Reid and others to ensure the subsidies stayed in place under Obamacare. (John Bresnahan, Politico)

HOW DID WE GET HERE? AND WHO CAN WE BLAME? There's no easy answer, but Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich—and their intense shutdown standoffs of the 1990s—might be the Founding Fathers to today's closure. And they just might be responsible for breaking Washington altogether. (Kushner/Hirsh, NJ)


HEALTH EXCHANGES OPEN, AND YES, ROAD BUMPS SPOTTED: Insurance companies are getting a large influx of customer traffic today even as experiences some expected technical growing pains. Not all state exchanges are created equal, and everyone is being affected differently. But open enrollment is chugging along, delays, glitches, and all. (Weaver/Martin, WSJ)

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL WON'T ALLOW IRAN TO GO NUCLEAR: Israel's prime minister told the U.N. General Assembly that his country will not back down, and attacked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as "a loyal servant of the regime." (Edith Lederer, AP)

OBAMA: 'I WILL NOT GIVE IN TO RECKLESS DEMANDS': The president took to the Rose Garden early this afternoon to again castigate Republicans for their unwillingness to pass a continuing resolution that doesn't attempt to defund Obamacare. Obama said the government will reopen only when "Republicans realize they don't get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands." (Jackie Calmes, NYT)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Barring a late breakthrough, the search for a budget deal is set to continue, as is Democrats' and Republicans' struggle to hang blame for the shutdown on each other. Secretary of State John Kerry joins Defense Secretary Chuck Hagelfor the U.S. Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting in Tokyo. Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivers remarks at the Committee for Education Funding's annual gala at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.


STOCK MARKETS: The government may be shut down, but markets are mostly reacting with an uninterested, collective shrug. (Matt Phillips, Quartz)

IRAQ: Nearly 1,000 Iraqis died during the month of September, marking the "worst surge in violence since 2008." Most casualties were civilians. (Sinan Salaheddin, AP)

WWII VETERANS: The Greatest Generation—joined by Republican Reps Steve King, Michele Bachmann, and Louie Gohmert—was undeterred by barricades telling them to stay out of the World War II Memorial due to the shutdown. (Michael Ruane, WaPo)

SPY AGENCY FURLOUGHS: More than 70 percent of workers for the CIA, NSA, and other agencies have been declared "nonessential" and told not to come in to work during the shutdown. (Mark Hosenball, Reuters)


JIM DeMINT IS THE SENATE'S OBI-WAN KENOBI: Strike him from the Senate, and he'll become more powerful than you can possibly imagine: "Past and present aides to the former South Carolina Republican senator, tea-party lawmakers he helped elect, and the Heritage Foundation he now leads have their fingerprints all over the political thriller that has left the federal government hanging in the balance. The DeMint diaspora is driving the drama, both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras." (Shane Goldmacher, NJ)

WHAT IF THIS SHUTDOWN HAPPENED IN UZBEKISTAN? The always effervescent folks over at Slate launched a new "If It Happened There" series today exploring how American events would be covered by the American media if they happened somewhere else in the world. The first installment tackles coverage of—what else?—the government shutdown, with sweeping generalizations about the "typical signs of state failure" and a discussion of the rise of Sen. Ted Cruz as "a young fundamentalist lawmaker from the restive Texas region, known in the past as a hotbed of separatist activity." Will President Obama's "embattled regime" weather the shutdown storm? Only dispatches from intrepid U.S. correspondents can let us know for sure. (Joshua Keating, Slate)

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