Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS: 

Poll: plurality says replace all members
Nearly a majority of people in a new USA Today poll said Congress would work better if nearly ever seat changed hands in next year’s election. 

Cruz to Iowa, again
The Des Moines Register reminds readers that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is making his third trip to the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating state over the weekend. 

Active shooter incidents spike
Attorney General Eric Holder said law enforcement must have the most up to date training because active shooter situations have become much more prevalent, NBC News reports. 

Obama needs to take responsibility for healthcare rollout
Andrew Sullivan writes that President Obama must fire someone who helped lead the healthcare law’s rollout in order to gain credibility and take responsibility for the kinks in the healthcare.gov website.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES: 

Sebelius to testify
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has agreed to testify to Congress about ObamaCare implementation, Elise Viebeck and Russell Berman report for The Hill.

Clinton’s FEMA director plans House run
Former President Bill Clinton’s director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will likely run for Rep. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) House Seat, Cameron Joseph reports for The Hill

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FROM THE BLOGS: 

Christie will comply with gay marriage ruling
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will cooperate with a court ruling legalizing gay marriage after the state Supreme Court denied his request for a delay, Business Insider reports. 

Frum likes new book on Bush White House
David Frum, a member of the George W. Bush White House, argues a new book about the era written by Peter Baker will stand up as the most polished draft of that history until the archives are open. 

Cruz’s financial disclosures
Time magazine reported Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed to disclose ties to a Jamaican holding company during his campaign. 

Anti-leak software lacking where Snowden worked
The NSA didn’t have up-to-date anti-leak software installed at its Hawaii site when Edward Snowden worked there, Reuters reports.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

White House tours are back
The White House is partially reopening White House tours, Jonathan Easley reports for The Hill. 

A congressman’s apology to Park Service
Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) apologized to the National Park Service for confronting a park ranger about the closure of the World War II Memorial during the shutdown, Mario Trujillo writes for The Hill. 


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FROM THE BLOGS: 

Cruz doesn't rule out shutdown No. 2
ABC News reports Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would not rule out another shutdown in order to extract ObamaCare concessions. 

Some Republicans sound like Democrats
GOP lawmakers who voted on a budget deal Wednesday sounded more like Democrats than their Republican counterparts ahead of the vote, The Monkey Cage reports. 

GOP congressman retracts Kony statement 
The Associated Press writes that Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) retracted a statement saying he opposed the budget deal partly because it gave money to African warlord Joseph Kony. 

McConnell silent on Cruz 
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave a host of interviews Thursday, including one to The Hill’s Alex Bolton, but he was mum about his thoughts about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Rep. Young takes turn for the worst 
Rep. Bill Young’s (R-Fla.) office said his health condition has taken a turn for the worst, Rebecca Shabad for The Hill reports.

Obama decides on Homeland secretary 
President Obama has decided on a new Department of Homeland Security secretary, former general counsel for the Pentagon Jeh Johnson, Justin Sink and Jeremy Herb report for The Hill.  

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FROM THE BLOGS:

House conservatives blame moderates

At a lunch sponsored by the conservative Heritage Foundation, House conservatives said they blame their centrist colleagues for their loss in the fiscal fight, not Speaker John Boehner. The New York Times reports

Furloughed workers return Thursday?

If Congress approves a deal to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling, The Washington Post reports furloughed employees would return to work on their next regular working day, which would likely be Thursday. 

SCOTUS and NSA case

The Obama administration is urging the Supreme Court to not take up its first case on the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, according to Agence France-Presse

Ted Cruz won’t delay Senate vote

The Tea Party senator from Texas, who many Republican lawmakers blame for the government shutdown, says he wouldn’t delay a vote on the Senate deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. The Wall Street Journal reports


OTHER NEWS:

McConnell challenger slams Senate deal

The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe reports Matt Bevin, who’s running against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014, called the deal the minority leader reached with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) “rotten” and said he was “selling out conservatives.”

Conservatives say Boehner’s job safe

Speaker John Boehner may not be as vulnerable as recent rumors suggest, The Hill’s Russell Berman writes. Conservatives say the Ohio Republican is in no danger of losing his Speakership.  

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Obama’s years marred by crises
Chris Stirewalt at Fox News says President Obama’s poor skills as an executive have resulted crisis after crisis.

John Boehner’s last greedy move
Brian Beutler at Salon says Speaker John Boehner’s last move in the fiscal fight is to make a show of going after as many concessions from Democrats as possible.

Time for the GOP to dump the Tea Party
David Frum at CNN writes that the Tea Party has become a burden for Republicans.

Gerrymandering issue is overblown
Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics says political pundits are wrongly blaming gerrymandering for increased polarization.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Fitch threatens downgrade of US debt
Peter Schroeder at The Hill reports on the latest fallout from the debt-ceiling showdown.

House GOP scrambles to whip conservatives
Speaker John Boehner is engaged in a last-minute push to sell the conservative flank of his caucus on a proposed fiscal deal, Bernie Becker, Peter Schroeder and Russell Berman at The Hill report. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Dems exposed on spending
George Will at The Washington Post says that when Democrats declined a weekend deal to reopen the government, it exposed them as big-spending liberals.

Republicans in crisis
Steve Bennen at The Maddow Blog says this is not a normal dysfunctional government, and that Republicans are to blame.

The Tea Party’s quixotic battle over the WWII Memorial
Dave Weigel at Slate takes a look at the Sarah Palin-led weekend protest.

ObamaCare’s serious complications
L. Gordon Crovitz at The Wall Street Journal breaks down the problems facing the Affordable Care Act.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Most Republicans oppose GOP’s budget strategy
Mario Trujillo at The Hill has the latest bad polling data for the GOP.

Gibbs laments ObamaCare rollout
Sam Baker at The Hill reports that the former White House spokesman wants to see heads roll over the rollout. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

The shutdown is a complete disaster for Republicans
Ezra Klein and Evan Solta at Wonkbook break down the GOP’s awful polling numbers through the shutdown.

A silver lining for Republicans
ObamaCare will still sink Democrats in the long run, Jeffrey Kuhner at The Washington Times argues.

The costs of fantasy politics
Ross Douthat at The New York Times says the GOP’s shutdown disaster will have consequences beyond 2014.

Tea Party groups helping the GOP
Andrew McCoy at Ace of Spades says contrary to conventional wisdom, outside groups pressuring the GOP to be more conservative are helping to motivate lawmakers to pursue the right policies.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

White House has concerns about latest GOP offer
The ice is thawing, but no deal has been reached on the government shutdown. Justin Sink at The Hill reports.

White House used recycled name cards for GOP
Russell Berman at The Hill details the far-reaching affects of the shutdown. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

New image of Snowden emerges

A new photo of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden surfaced Thursday, The Guardian newspaper reports. A group supporting whistle-blowers presented him with an award. His father traveled to Russia to attend the ceremony. 

Ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years

Kwama Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison after being convicted of racketeering, bribery and extortion from a conspiracy. The Detroit News reports

Truckers to invade DC Friday

Truck drivers plan to rally in Washington Friday as part of the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” The Washington Post reports. Some reports have said they could shut down the Beltway. 

DeMint’s PAC has expensive interior designer

The Daily Beast reports former Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has spent $32,000 on interior design services. 


OTHER NEWS:

Reid’s conditions on deal

The Hill’s Justin Sink reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won’t agree to a broad budget deal with Republicans until the government reopens. Reid had just come out from a White House meeting with Obama and other Senate Democrats.

Cruz’s support plunges

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) favorability rating has taken a deep dive, according to a new Gallup poll. Only 26 percent of people view him favorably, The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Yellen would be tougher on banks

After reviewing speeches, meeting transcripts and testimony, The Center for Public Integrity writes a lengthy profile of how Janet Yellen would direct the Federal Reserve Bank if she’s confirmed as chairwoman. She was also interviewed for the story. 

Israel objects to cutback of US aid to Egypt

The New York Times reports Israel is not happy with the Obama administration’s suggestion that military aid to Egypt will be cut because of the violent overthrow of Mohamed Morsi this year. 

Contractors may not receive pay

Despite new laws that require government employees and Defense Department workers be paid by the end of the shutdown, furloughed contractors probably won’t be. The Washington Post reports

Fallen troops’ families will get benefits after all

The government shutdown caused an uproar in Washington over families of the fallen not receiving benefits as a result. NBC News reports the Fisher House Foundation will cover them. The House voted unanimously Wednesday to also fund the system. 


OTHER NEWS:

GOP gets worst approval rating from Gallup

Only 28 percent of people in the U.S. have a favorable view of the Republican Party, according to a new Gallup poll. The Hill’s Jon Easley reports it’s the worst rating the GOP has ever gotten from Gallup. 

Christie visits GOP on the Hill

The Hill’s Emily Goodin reports New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon for a closed-door meeting with senators from his party. 

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FROM THE BLOGS: 

Fact checking state lawmakers
The New York Times reports on a study that found fact checking can have an influence on state legislators’ behavior.

Romney’s internals 
Though Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign expressed outward confidence, its internal polling showed a narrow chance at victory by the end, The Washington Post reports. 

De Blasio hosts AMA
Democratic candidate for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio talked pizza and his son’s afro during a Reddit Ask Me Anything chat, The Wall Street Journal reports.  

Actress once roomed with Gillibrand
"Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton revealed Tuesday that she roomed with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) during college, according to The Huffington Post

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Campaign finance back in front of SCOTUS
The Supreme Court debated a case regarding the limit one person can donate to political campaigns during an election cycle, Sam Baker of The Hill reports

Lawmakers on towel duty during shutdown
House and Senate lawmakers continue to have access to their private gyms during the shutdown but they are picking up their own towels, The Hill reports

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