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Chase Ends with Capitol Shooting THE EDGE—Brought to you by the American Medical Association

October 3, 2013

By Dustin Volz and Patrick Reis

TODAY IN TWO PARAGRAPHS: A female suspect was reportedly shot by Capitol police Thursday afternoon following a car chase that started at the White House and ended outside the Capitol building. Some outlets are reporting the suspect is dead, while others say her condition remains unknown. The incident began at the White House when a car attempted to crash one of the barriers on an outer perimeter. A child was also in the suspect's car but did not sustain injuries. One Capitol Police officer is believed to have sustained non life-threatening injuries in a car accident related to the incident. The Capitol immediately went into lockdown, closing lawmakers and staff inside, before being lifted about a half-hour later. The White House was also on lockdown, and authorities said the incident does not appear to be part of a terrorist plot. A Capitol Police press conference is tentatively scheduled for about 4:15 p.m. (NJ)

Both chambers of Congress suspended business immediately following the incident. The House has since returned, but the Senate is apparently adjourning until Friday. Before the shooting, the House passed legislation to restore funding for certain payments to National Guard and National Reserve members, adding to a cue of bills in the Senate that already includes measures passed Wednesday that would restore funding for National Parks, the Veterans Affairs Department, and the government of the District of Columbia. Senate Democrats say they will not accept the piecemeal funding measures and continue to insist Republicans pass their bill to extend the entire federal budget. (NJ)



BOEHNER: A DEFAULT SHALL NOT COME TO PASS: A House Republican tells The Times that the speaker has reportedly told colleagues he will refuse to allow a federal default even if he has to violate the so-called Hastert Rule, the informal policy of not bringing action to the floor that does not have at least a majority of Republican votes. A spokesman for Boehner denied Boehner has made such a decision. (Parker/Lowrey, NYT)

HASTERT RULE? WHAT HASTERT RULE? Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert tells National Journal the rule that bears his name is a figment of the media's imagination: "There is no Hastert Rule, no." (Alex Seitz-Wald, NJ)

NEW DEMOCRAT COALITION WILLING TO NIX MEDICAL-DEVICE TAX: But only if it means GOP lawmakers will pass a bill that funds the government for six months. "We need to find some resolution to the stalemate," said Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis. "We are also interested in trying to fix a flaw we perceive in the Affordable Care Act, the medical device tax." (WSJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Congress resumes its search for a budget deal to end the govnerment shtudown. Secretary of State John Kerry leads a State Department delegation to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to testify at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing about advanced biofuels. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will return to Washington from his travels to South Korea and Japan.


OBAMACARE: The economics of the health care initiative are extremely confusing, and don't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise. (Miles Kimball, Quartz)

JAPAN: The island nation has agreed to update its defense partnership with the U.S. for the first time in 16 years in an agreement that includes upgraded surveillance drones in the East China Sea and added radar to protect against North Korea. (Baldor/Lee, AP)

CAPSIZED CRUISE: At least 114 people are dead and many more are missing after a crowded fishing boat heading toward a small Italian island caught fire, flipped, and sank. (Nicole Winfield, AP)

WINNING THE SHUTDOWN: Some unlikely bedfellows—Dolly Parton, foreign spies, and the Newseum—are getting the most out of the crisis. (Nina Strochlic, Daily Beast)


THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CAPITOL POLICE: Back in 1998, Times columnist Maureen Dowd reflected on her father's career working for the Capitol police shortly after the deaths of John Gibson and Jacob Chestnut, two Capitol officers who "died doing something large and brave and important, defending freedom." Dowd discusses the importance of men like Gibson, Chestnut and her father, whom she was embarrassed to call a cop when she was a child. "Nowadays, I never say my father worked in politics. I simply say, with the greatest possible pride, that he was a cop." (NYT)

DID OBAMA BREAK WASHINGTON FOR GOOD? Others before him helped make Washington a dysfunctional capital, but is President Obama most to blame for government's current state of disrepair? Beth Reinhard: "Obama's tendency to impugn Republican motives--instead of attributing conflict to a different view of the federal government's role or contrasting economic philosophy--has helped erode what little good will was left between the two parties when he took office." (NJ)

BUT HE MIGHT BE THE MOST POWERFUL PRESIDENT EVER. Obama has undoubtedly failed to do lots of things--from gun control to immigration reform--but that's not most accurate gauge of his power or how much he's accomplished. He's been forced to become a do-it-yourself president amid tea-party obstructionism, but acting unilaterally on the budget crisis might elicit the strongest backlash yet from his detractors. (NJ)

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