Politics

8:36am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Two-Way

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 1:45 pm

The U.S. Capitol looms in the background as a sign on the National Mall reminds visitors that national parks are closed because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now into its fourth day, here are four stories to help bring us all up to speed:

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5:15am

Fri October 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Shutdown Showdown: Assessing Obama's Negotiating Tactics

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:14 am

President Obama speaks about the government shutdown, the budget and the debt ceiling debate during a visit to M. Luis Construction in Rockville, Md., on Thursday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

The government shutdown grinds on with no immediate relief in sight.

President Obama says he's willing to talk with Republican lawmakers about adjustments to the health care law and other issues, but only after they re-open the government and lift the threat of a federal default.

"I'm happy to negotiate with you on anything. I don't think any one party has a monopoly on wisdom. But you don't negotiate by putting a gun to the other person's head," Obama says.

Experts in negotiation say the president's stance may be justified, but it's also risky.

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Government Shutdown

For Obama And Boehner, No Sign Of Thaw In Frosty Relationship

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:13 am

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner take part in a ceremony to unveil a statue honoring the late civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the Capitol in February.
Win McNamee Getty Images

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together.

The relationship has had ups and downs. Today it's as sour as it's ever been.

Even if they had a warm friendship, it might not be enough to solve the government shutdown. But the chilliness doesn't help.

'We Get Along Fine'

Their relationship has been a constant source of fascination in Washington. Interviewers ask the two men about it all the time. And they give pretty much the same response, year after year:

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Media

Monitoring For Signs Of Bias In Media's Shutdown Reporting

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The partial shutdown of the federal government involves real lives, people out of work and also politics, the blame game. It's a wide-ranging story that forces news outlets to confront a familiar question. How do you present the story, remain even-handed and explain accurately what's happening? Here's NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV NEWS BROADCASTS)

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: A lot of headlines and coverage has sounded something like this.

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6:48pm

Thu October 3, 2013
It's All Politics

For Tea Party, Shutdown Is Worth The Pain

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:02 pm

Preston Bates considers the budget stalemate a good return on investment.

Bates is executive director of Liberty for All, a libertarian-leaning superPAC that last year spent more than $3 million helping to elect Republican congressmen such as Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan.

Those two are among the core group of House members refusing to support any deal that would reopen the government without delaying, defunding or destroying the Affordable Care Act, the health care law also known as Obamacare.

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6:05pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

How The Shutdown Is Playing In Conservative Media

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:38 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

As Democrats and Republicans continue to blame each other for being unwilling to negotiate, a small group of House conservatives have driven the debate in Washington. Even though polls show the public is not happy about the government shutdown, conservative media outlets have provided plenty of support for Republicans on Capitol Hill. And they've rallied their community through TV, the radio and social media. NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea reports.

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6:05pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Sen. Begich: Republicans Playing 'Russian Roulette Economics'

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:38 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For now, though, we turn to the other big story of the day, and that's the government shutdown. We're in day three, and there's little sign of a compromise at this point. Republicans insist they're willing to negotiate on a spending bill to fund the government. Democrats say a short-term spending bill is no place to negotiate the new health care law.

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6:05pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Government Stays Closed As Spending Standoff Drags On

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:38 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now we're going to sort through the various interpretations of what is or isn't going on to resolve the government shutdown with NPR's congressional reporter Ailsa Chang. Hi there, Ailsa.

AILSA CHANG, BYLINE: Hi there.

CORNISH: So we heard the congresswoman mention these various bills the House is pushing to fund different popular departments of the government. But at the same time, Senate Democrats are saying no to a partial government reopening. So how are they justifying that position?

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6:05pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Politics

Republican Rep. McMorris Rodgers: We Need To Negotiate

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 11:38 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Before the shooting this afternoon, President Obama used an appearance at a construction company in suburban Maryland to press Congress on both the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling deadline. He warned that if the debt ceiling is not raised, the country would face an economic shutdown. President Obama again called on Republicans and specifically House Speaker John Boehner to act swiftly to end the government shutdown.

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6:02pm

Thu October 3, 2013
It's All Politics

'Hello, This Is Your Senator Speaking. No, Really'

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., leads a tour group of students from her home state in the Rotunda Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

Many congressional staff members have been furloughed by the government shutdown. But that hasn't stopped the phones from ringing, or tourists from visiting.

So members of Congress have been forced to take on some additional responsibilities this week, in addition to legislating — the kinds of tasks typically handled by junior staffers and interns.

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., are among those personally answering their office phones.

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