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The Edge

Obamacare’s Ticking Clock, Baby Dinosaurs, and Floating iPads—THE EDGE

October 22, 2013

By Patrick Reis and Dustin Volz

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The race is on for the Obama administration to fix the Affordable Care Act's failing website. Optimists say the online enrollment glitches will not seriously damage the law's prospects for success if they can be fixed in the next weeks, but even supporters admit that a longer delay could force the administration to delay major portions of the law. Elsewhere, a shutdown-delayed federal report showed just 148,000 new jobs were created in September, while Amnesty International released a scathing report on civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.


WEEKS VS MONTHS MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE: A relatively quick fix to the problems plaguing could mean disaster averted for the White House and make the episode "a case study in management classes." But if we enter November and December without real progress on the glitch front, "the problems will threaten to disrupt the scheme for next year, forcing the administration to consider changes to open enrollment, the mandate, and so on." (Jonathan Cohn, TNR)


SURVEY SAYS 12 PERCENT THINK ACA SITE ROLLOUT IS GOING WELL: The rollout is even less popular than job approval for the tea party, which clocks in at 14 percent in the CBS poll. The GOP as a whole holds favor with 18 percent, and Democrats almost have a third of Americans liking them. (CBS)

ON OBAMACARE, EVERYONE HAS A FINGER TO POINT: Obama acknowledged failures on Monday, but who deserves public shaming? Republicans are blaming the administration, the White House is blaming a talent shortage, contractors are blaming each other. Will heads start rolling anywhere soon? (Haberkorn, Meyers, Politico)

DELAYED SEPTEMBER JOBS REPORT SHOWS SLOWED GROWTH: Another month, another tepid jobs report. The numbers out for September—delayed due to the government shutdown—count 148,000 jobs added, but that was calculated before the shutdown had started. The report's weakness also means the Fed could continue holding off on a decision to taper its monthly bond-purchasing program. (Catherine Rampell, NYT)

THE JOBS REPORT MADE SIMPLE: Everything you need to know about the disappointing 148,000 tally of jobs added in September—as well as unemployment's statistically insignificant fall from 7.3 to 7.2 percent—in two charts. (Ritchie King, Quartz)

WHAT IT ALL MEANS: THE ECONOMY IS STALLING: "Just how bleak are the September numbers? They don't even beat the average of what has been a pretty tepid year for growth." Or as one former CBO director described: "lackluster, tepid, listless, or soft." (Berman/Hollander, National J ournal)

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS CIVILIAN DEATHS IN PAKISTAN DRONE CAMPAIGN: A new Amnesty International investigation has found that at least 19 civilians in one area of Pakistan had been killed in just two U.S. drone strikes to hit since January 2012. (Walsh/Mehsud, NYT)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: The House convenes at 10 a.m. and begins legislative business at noon. The Senate is out of session. A House Armed Services subcommittee will hold a hearing at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the impacts of a continuing resolution and sequestration on acquisition and modernization. Obama and Biden will meet with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. John Kerry remains in Rome. Biden and Kathleen Sebelius will speak at the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health at 7:30 p.m at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.


TSA: Passenger screening starts long before we ever arrive at the airport. Prescreening of government and private databases have privacy groups agitated. (Susan Stellin, NYT)

BABY DINOSAUR: A high school student discovered a nearly complete skeleton of a kid dino at a national monument in southern Utah. (Marina Koren, NJ)

iPAD AIR: Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's San Francisco event to showcase its fall product line. New laptops, free operating systems, and a slim one-pound iPad air. Start writing up your holiday wish list. (WSJ)

CAPITOL DOME: The 150-year-old dome will undergo its first complete renovation since 1960 to the tune of $60 million over two years. (Al Kamen, WaPo)

ANOTHER McCAIN TERM? The once-and-future maverick senator, currently 77, is "seriously thinking" about running for another term in 2016. (Lucy McCalmont, Politico)


THE NEVERENDING CATASTROPHE AT FUKUSHIMA: It's been two and a half years since the nuclear meltdown brought Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant to its knees. Yet another disaster remains: 90 million gallons of radioactive water remain at the site, and 400 tons of toxic water are gushing into the Pacific Ocean every week as the site's operator, Tokyo Electric Power, flounders in its cleanup efforts. (Chico Harlan, WaPo)


FRIDAY'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN 2 MINUTES: Glitches? What glitches? Obama needs a reboot as much as his botched website. (Reena Flores, NJ)

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