CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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A SHORT TERM FIX? House Republican leaders said Thursday they will propose a temporary increase in the nation's borrowing limit - a first step toward a potential compromise to end the political stalemate in Washington. Sources said the House GOP measure would extend the debt ceiling until November 22. – Tom Cohen. Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh
HAPPY OBAMA: White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was "happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House" over the need to avoid a possible default.
CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS SIGNAL AN OPENING: “This seems like the start of the way out of this,” a senior House Democratic source told CNN’s Deidre Walsh. “Obviously we’d prefer a long-term debt limit extension, but I think Democrats could support this.”
WHITE HOUSE VISITING HOURS: House GOP leaders are at the White House this afternoon to meet with the president to discuss this short term deal. Earlier in the day, Senate Democrats had a separate meeting with Obama, while Senate Republicans have been invited for their own meeting on Friday.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT SHUTDOWN: Republican Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who had long supported wrapping the government shutdown and Obamacare together, tells CNN’s Jake Tapper “That's currently off the table now” and “That's obviously not going to happen at this point.”
TED CRUZ & SHELDON WHITEHOUSE ON CROSSFIRE TONIGHT: Set your DVR: 6:30 p.m. ET on CNN. And join our own debate watching party on Twitter #Crossfire.
MARKET WATCH: Dow posts its biggest gain this year, rising 322 points, on optimism about a possible debt deal.
The tuxedo was introduced to America on this day in 1886. Why is it called the tuxedo?
National polls show that the Republican Party has suffered the most politically because of the partial government shutdown. And the shutdown has sparked a new round of stories about GOP infighting.
A story in The New York Times focusing on a split in the GOP is what caught our eye today as it illustrates the battle between deep-pocketed establishment Republicans and tea partiers.
"Their voices are carrying little weight with the House majority that their millions of dollars in campaign contributions helped build and sustain," the Times’ writes in the story about business-focused Republicans in DC.
Just look at this quote from David French, the top lobbyist at the National Retail Federation, whose group has spent roughly $3 million a year lobbying since 2010 according to Open Secrets:
“We are looking at ways to counter the rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that, for lack of a better word, is more anti-establishment than it has been in the past,” French told the Times. “We have come to the conclusion that sitting on the sidelines is not good enough.”
And that may mean backing primary challengers against fellow Republicans, more specifically tea party Republicans.
Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, shrugged off the story, stating that instead of complaining about their business’ interests, “the donors and the businesses and the politicians in D.C., they all need to realize that the American people outside of the D.C. and New York corridor, have been very impacted by the economy, very impacted by this healthcare law and they are very concerned.”
Martin argued that if these businessmen actually knew how worried their “customers” were, they would understand why tea party voters are urging their lawmakers to keep their foot down on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.
In both 2010 and 2012, $3.6 billion was spent on congressional races – a figure that is more than $1 billion more than the previous congressional elections.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick gets 28 years in prison
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Thursday was sentenced to 28 years in prison after he was convicted in March of two dozen federal charges. The charges include racketeering, extortion and the filing of false tax returns. He was accused of using the mayor's office to enrich himself and associates. – Ross Levitt
Leading Drudge: Boehner: Let's Raise The Debt!
House Republican leaders said Thursday they will offer a temporary increase in the federal debt ceiling in exchange for negotiations with President Obama on longer-term “pressing problems,” but they stopped short of agreeing to end a government shutdown now in its 10th day. – Paul Kane, Zachary A. Goldfarb and Lori Montgomery for The Washington Post
Leading HuffPo: You Can Handle The Truth
The Affordable Care Act isn't perfect. It wasn't when Congress passed it in 2010 and it wasn't when its health insurance exchanges opened for enrollment last week. Like most laws, Obamacare never will be perfect. – Nick Wing and Jeffrey Young
Leading Politico: Boehner's bet: Dems will talk
Speaker John Boehner’s latest gambit — to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks while leaving government shut down — isn’t exactly a magic bullet. It’s a bet that President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders will want so desperately to avoid a cataclysmic debt default that they will backtrack on their refusal to negotiate with Republicans and open broad budget talks. – Jake Sherman, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan
Leading The New York Times: Republicans Using Shutdown to Stake Positions for Potential 2016 Bids
As the crisis drags on, the actions of Republicans like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky offer an early look at the contours of the presidential primary. – Jonathan Martin
The political bites of the day
– Under pressure –
CHELSEA CLINTON IN AN INTERVIEW WITH RACHAEL RAY, ACCORDING TO BUZZFEED: “From my parents there is completely unapologetic pressure. In private and in public. If one of my parents were sitting here, they would tell you without blinking an eye that it would make them the happiest thing on earth if I were to make them grandparents, and they would say it so effusively, and I would feel a little bit of pressure.”
– Lew backs short term debt ceiling hike –
REPUBLICAN SEN. ORRIN HATCH OF UTAH AT A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: “Mr. Secretary, all I'm asking is how much do you want and how long? I mean, those are two simple questions. How much do you want us to raise and how long?”
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY JACK LEW IN A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: “Senator, the question of how long is one, I think, I'm answering as clearly as I can. The longest the Congress is prepared to, you know, extend it for is the best. I think , you know, the president tried to be clear in his statements in recent days that if Congress passes something shorter, he was open, he is not looking for there to be a crisis here.”
– GOP congressman: Obama is ‘spiteful’ –
REPUBLICAN REP. STEVE KING OF IOWA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN ABOUT CLOSING NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS: “This is a spiteful president... and the American people need to understand that. … The president has no controlling legal authority to lock people out, but we know that he's spiteful, he's trying to teach America a lesson.”
– Reid’s way-back machine –
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: “These same Republicans who argue that we should default on the nation’s bills voted time and time again to spend borrowed money and lots of it without any regard to the long-term effect it would have. These Republicans voted to sell government bonds to China, Saudi Arabia, Japan to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
– A chaplain’s advice for lawmakers –
BARRY BLACK, THE U.S. SENATE CHAPLAIN, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “How you say something is as important in what you say, proverb 15:1 says, ‘A soft answer turns away anger. I would encourage them to be responsible stewards of their verbiage.’”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring)
Bruce Braley's Hometown paper: "Democrat Bruce Braley’s ‘towel service’ comment creates hubbub" http://dmreg.co/1g2j0bx #IAsen
Josh Barro (@jbarro)
In two charts, here's the choice Republicans face between success and oblivion: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-only-hope-for-the-gop-is-to-be-more-like-chris-christie-2013-10
Karly Schledwitz (@karlyanise)
Has traditional media given up on young people? @BuzzFeed seems to think so... #mppdigital http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/09/buzzfeed-facebook-al-jazeera-social-news
David Mark (@PolitixDavid)
Ted Cruz Says Shutdown Has Been a Success: http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/10/10/cruz_says_shutdown_has_been_a_success.html#.UlayOgRu_8c.twitter
Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP)
Most Virginians say they haven't been affected by shutdown, but still much more (41%) than national poll (25%). http://wapo.st/GHWCnT
Kellie Rowe (@kellierowe)
Saddest photo from the shutdown ever (involves the zoo!) http://bit.ly/17hCP5v
Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin)
Healthcare exchange may be buggy, but new website for drunk dialing Congress seems to work http://drunkdialcongress.org
Robin Wright (@wrightr)
In this Nobel season, Malala is clearly the most deserving Peace Prize winner. Watch the 16 yr old on @TheDailyShow. http://bit.ly/19CvzqK
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
Roughly 40 miles northwest of New York City is a small hamlet known as Tuxedo Park, New York. In the mid-1800s, the area – which was owned by Pierre Lorillard IV – became the premiere location for hunting and fishing near NYC.
In a possible attempt to one-up his guests, the "dashing" Lorillard decided to break with tradition at the Tuxedo Club's first annual Autumn Ball on October 10, 1866.
Instead of wearing the traditional "long tailcoat and white tie" to the party, Lorillard and his sons ordered "tailless" black jackets – something similar to the modern day tuxedo.
The trend caught on and began to be worn all over the United States. Its name, quite simply, came from the town the jacket was first worn.
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