Politics

9:03am

Fri October 18, 2013
It's All Politics

Friday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:23 pm

Good morning.

As post-shutdown Washington struggles to squeeze itself into its ill-fitting "new normal" suit, this amazing, dispiriting, baffling week finally comes to a close with some same-old, same-old.

Republicans are refocusing on undermining Obamacare (which is doing a pretty good job of that on its own).

Democrats are taking gleeful potshots at Republican opponents who carried the banner for the failed shutdown/debt crisis strategy.

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8:32am

Fri October 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Can GOP, Democrats Come Together On A Budget By Dec. 13?

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:46 am

Members of the bipartisan budget conference (from left): Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Can they reach a deal by Dec. 13?
Win McNamee Getty Images

Now that the government has reopened, attention turns to the next phase of the spending fight, a battle that is far from over.

The bill that President Obama signed early Thursday provides only a temporary respite to the partisan tussles that have perennially plagued the budget process. The government stays open through Jan. 15 and the federal borrowing authority is safe until Feb. 7. After that, all bets are off.

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4:03am

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Conference Committee Charged With Budget Compromise

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:23 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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4:03am

Fri October 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Students At Harvard's Kennedy School Weigh In On Shutdown

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:23 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Federal employees are making their way through a backlog of emails, voicemails and work now that the government has reopened.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Immigration services are verifying the status of workers.

MONTAGNE: Fishing inspectors are getting the crab season started.

GREENE: And, Renee, here in Washington, the National Zoo's Panda Cam is showing more adorable private moments between mama and cub.

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4:03am

Fri October 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Saguaro National Park Welcomes Return Of Visitors

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:23 pm

Transcript

TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: I'm Ted Robbins, in Tucson, with a reminder this was a partial government shutdown. I'm at sector headquarters for the Border Patrol. Today - and for the last two weeks, pretty much - cars and SUVs with agents have been going in and out of the parking lot here. So have buses carrying people apprehended in the desert, along with people who are being deported back to Mexico.

JUANITA MOLINA: Border Patrol as a policing force, here in southern Arizona, is a constant.

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4:03am

Fri October 18, 2013
Politics

Obamacare Fight Leads Sen. Roberts To Turn Against Old Friend Sebelius

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 1:28 pm

Kathleen Sebelius stands with Sen. Pat Roberts (right), R-Kan., and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole in 2009.
Susan Walsh AP

This month's government shutdown grew out of Republicans' insistence on a budget that defunded the Affordable Care Act.

That didn't happen, but Republicans still detest the law — and now there's a movement underway to oust Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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4:03am

Fri October 18, 2013
Around the Nation

Post Shutdown, Tourists Are Back In Line To See Liberty Bell

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:23 pm

Transcript

JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: I'm Jeff Brady, and in downtown Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park, tourists are lining up outside the Liberty Bell again.

CHARLES CUMMINGS: My name's Charles Cummings. This is my wife, Marilyn. We're from Little Rock, Arkansas.

BRADY: Seeing the building where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed has Cummings thinking: What if today's politicians were around when the country was being formed?

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3:25am

Fri October 18, 2013
Economy

Declining Gas Prices Pump Up A Shaky Economy

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:34 pm

A motorist fuels up at a service station in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

In recent weeks, economists have been worrying about the negative impact of the now-ended government shutdown and potential debt crisis.

But away from Capitol Hill, the economy has been getting a big boost: Gasoline prices have been declining, week after week. In some parts of the country, a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is now down to less than $3 a gallon — a price most Americans haven't seen in three years.

And any time the pump price starts dropping, consumer spirits start rising.

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6:01pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Economy

Wilted Reputations Left By Shutdown And Default Threat

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 5:35 pm

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

President Obama said Thursday that the government shutdown and threat of default did unnecessary damage to both the U.S. economy and the country's reputation abroad.

Standard & Poor's concluded that the disruption subtracted about $24 billion from the economy and is likely to trim more than half a percentage point off growth in the final three months of the year.

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5:03pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Shows Republican Party More Splintered Than Ever

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:54 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with author Sam Tanenhaus of The New York Times about the status and state of the GOP after the government shutdown, debt ceiling battle and fiscal crisis.

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