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Debt Ceiling Aftermath, Robot Baristas Attack, and Incoming Asteroids—THE EDGE

October 17, 2013

By Patrick Reis and Dustin Volz

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: It's "Who won the shutdown?" day across the capital, with pundits and politicians alike conducting post-crisis autopsies in search of answers about the next election cycle. We'll spare you the suspense: The polls say the latest round of brinkmanship was bad politically for everyone involved, but especially bad for Republicans and the tea party—as well as a significant setback for the economy that all parties involved promise they're protecting. But, lest you get spun too far from the calendar, there are 13 months before any of the "winners" and "losers" will have elections to win or lose, and so projections for how this affects next November should be taken with a grain of salt. In short, it's a good day to read about impending asteroids, robot baristas, and conspiracy theorists storming the House floor.


BREAKING—JEH JOHNSON TAPPED TO LEAD DHS: Two senior Obama officials tell The Daily Beast that the president will nominate Jeh Johnson, who served as the Defense Department's general counsel during the admin's first term, to run DHS. The announcement is expected at a ceremony tomorrow, a source said. Johnson would replace Janet Napolitano, who stepped down in September. (Daniel Klaidman, The Daily Beast)


OBAMA DEMANDS KUMBAYA—OR ELSE: The government—national parks, federal agencies, and all—reopened this morning after a 16-day shutdown and an almost-miss with a default on the debt, but many expect Washington to be fighting in the same sandbox come January. President Obama this morning declared "there are no winners here" and instructed Congress to ignore "pressure from the extremes." Last night's eleventh-hour bill was ratified by 81-18 in the Senate—with more than half of Republicans breaking for a yes vote—and 285-44 in the House. (Montgomery/Helderman/Branigin, WaPo)

ECONOMISTS SPLIT OVER BAD VS. TERRIBLE: Some leading market watchers sound off on the impact of the shutdown and debt-ceiling fights. The immediate damage may be modest, but the experts are split on how big the long-term impact will be. (Eric Morath, WSJ)

MY DATA'S BACK AND YOU'RE GONNA BE IN TROUBLE: Data will trickle out in the days and weeks ahead, which will help inform analysts' understanding of the shutdown's impact and the overall health of the economy. (Sparshott/Portlock, WSJ)

HILLARY'S INEVITABLE ASCENSION JUST GOT MORE INEVITABLE: She already had an easy walk to the White House. Now, thanks to Ted Cruz's shutdown antics, President Hillary Clinton is more of a sure thing than ever. Engage cruise control. (Michael Hirsh, NJ)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House and Senate are not in session. John Kerry will host a swearing-in ceremony for Terry McCulley as U.S. ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire at 10 a.m. The zoo and national monuments and parks will still be open, and the sun—according to sources on and off the hill—will also rise.

CORRECTION: Yesterday's Edge incorrectly identified John Allen as commander of the International Security Assistance Force. He stepped down from the post in February. We regret the error.


FURLOUGH NO MORE! Federal employees happily returned to work today. (Note: smiles not likely to last long.) (Matt Vasilogambros, NJ)

THE END OF STARBUCKS: Robot baristas are coming—they're already here, in some places—and there's nothing we can do to stop them. (Christopher Mims, Quartz)

THE END OF THE WORLD: Ukrainian scientists have detected an enormous "minor planet" asteroid that could hit Earth in 2032. (George Dvorsky, io9)

NOT THE END OF BILL YOUNG: Fox News reported today that Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., had passed away. He is "gravely ill" but still alive. (Hadas Gold, Politico)

CRUZ TORPEDOES FCC NOMINEE: Obama pick Tom Wheeler's confirmation was blocked last night by the irascible Texas senator. (Brendan Sasso, The Hill)

JOBLESS CLAIMS: They fell last week as mid-Atlantic manufacturing continued its growth, but the shutdown and data issues make the numbers very fuzzy. (Reuters)

CORY BOOKER: He won big over Steve Lonegan (54.6 to 44.4), but not as big as originally expected. (Elizabeth Titus, Politico)


HOW DOES ROBERT COSTA KNOWS EVERYTHING BEFORE IT HAPPENS? For 16 days, no one knew what was going on with the government shutdown and when—or if—a deal would be reached. Except for Robert Costa, who's not even tired after endlessly breaking news for National Review. "I don't feel like I need to exhale," Costa said. "Whenever things get hot, that's when I love it." (Joe Coscarelli, NYMag)


LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: The panda cam is back, and a roundtable of cute kids explain how angry they were about the shutdown. (Reena Flores, NJ)

LAST NIGHT'S RANDOM OUTBURST DURING THE HOUSE VOTE: After the House voted to end the shutdown, a woman began screaming about the Constitution, God, and the Freemasons. Just when the shutdown couldn't get more crazy … (Fischler/Kaczynski, BuzzFeed)
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