CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 14, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT… A White House meeting was called, then cancelled, as negotiations heated up Monday, with the Democratic and Republican leaders signaling progress toward a positive result of ending the government shutdown and averting defaulting on our debt. – Tom Cohen and Matt Smith
WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS: “The White House is looking to the Senate to strike a bipartisan agreement,” a White House official told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “While the details remain to be worked out, the White House is pretty clear what they're aiming for... the longest term debt ceiling as we can get and enough time in the continuing resolution to negotiate a buy down of the sequester through the conferee process.”
WHAT SENATE DEMOCRATS WANT: A Democratic aide tells CNN's Dana Bash that Majority Leader Harry Reid's offer to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell includes funding the government until mid-December or later and raising the debt ceiling six to nine months. Two Democratic sources told CNN that income verification and a delay in fee on employees receiving health insurance under Obamacare are on the table.
WHAT SENATE REPUBLICANS WANT: A Senate GOP source and two Democratic sources told CNN’s Dana Bash that McConnell agrees on funding the government through late December to early January, but wants a shorter debt ceiling increase. The Republican leader also wants to include some kind of delay on an Obamacare tax – not necessarily the medical device tax. Two Democratic sources tell
WHAT THE HOUSE GOP IS PLANNING: One senior House GOP leadership aide tells CNN that if negotiations don’t speed up in the Senate and something doesn’t get moving soon, it could be difficult to reach Thursday’s debt ceiling deadline because of possible time-consuming procedural hurdles in the Senate. But this aide tells CNN "it would have to be a Republican only bill" and unlikely to be simply a clean short term increase in the debt ceiling.
STILL CONFUSED? CNN’s John Berman shows you how we got here in three minutes.
THE WORLD: WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING? Leaders from around the world have a message for Washington: Raise the debt ceiling, and do it right now. On this, there is absolute consensus. Leaders from China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Singapore have all pleaded for a speedy resolution - saying that a default by the United States would have a profound effect on their economies. – Charles Riley
MARKET WATCH: Stocks end higher on hopes for a debt ceiling, shutdown deal. Dow climbs 64 points. NASDAQ adds 0.6%. S&P up 0.4%.
President Barack Obama visited Martha’s Table today. When was the last time he visited the food pantry?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: 'It's not your fault': Some furloughed by shutdown turn to charities for food
Getting out of her car, the wife of a furloughed government worker walked toward a small building full of free food. She approached the door with her head down. An attendant asked for her name, she looked up and began to sob. Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, located 30 miles from the political impasse in Washington that resulted in the shutdown, put together a food giveaway tailored to affected workers not at their jobs and not being paid. – Dan Merica
Leading Drudge: Arrest Warrant For O'Care Navigator
A woman with an outstanding warrant for her arrest is currently serving as an Obamacare “navigator” in Lawrence, Kansas. Rosilyn Wells — the Director of Outreach and Enrollment for the Heartland Community Health-care Center (HCHC) – is “the only full-time Affordable Care Act navigator in Lawrence,” according to the Lawrence Journal-World. – Michael Volpe for The Daily Caller
Leading HuffPo: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: More Obamacare Struggles In States That Resisted
The Obama administration aims to sign up 7 million people for private insurance via the exchanges. This enormous task, challenging under ideal circumstances, is made more difficult by the decisions of many states - mostly Republican-led and including nearly the entire South - to resist the law's implementation. As a result, the reach of Obamacare's enrollment drive is expected to vary widely. Fewer uninsured people are expected to get coverage in places like Virginia, which is doing next to nothing to help its residents sign up, than in places like the District of Columbia, which embraced the law's goals. And that's not even factoring in the faulty federal website impeding the project in more than 30 states. – Jeffrey Young
Leading Politico: The ire next time
Whatever else came out of the shutdown, President Barack Obama said he wanted two things to change: no more negotiating under threat. And no more lurching from crisis to crisis. Turns out that fundamentally reconfiguring reality is going to take a little longer. – Edward-Isaac Dovere
Leading The New York Times: World Leaders Press the U.S. on Fiscal Crisis
The fiscal problems of the United States dominated meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington this weekend. – Annie Lowrey and Nathaniel Popper
The political bites of the day
– Optimism! –
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: “Constructive, good faith negotiations continue between the Republican leader and me. I'm very optimistic that we will reach an agreement that's reasonable in nature this week to reopen the government, pay the nation's bills, and begin long-term negotiation to put our country on sound fiscal footing.”
SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: “Let me just echo the remarks of my good friend, the majority leader. We've had an opportunity over the last couple of days to have some very constructive exchanges of views about how to move forward. Those discussions continue and I share his optimism that we're going to get a result that will be acceptable to both sides.”
– But remember that elephant in the room? –
REPUBLICAN SEN. BOB CORKER OF TENNESSEE TO REPORTERS ON CAPITOL HILL: “Before a real agreement is reached there'll have to be some reach out over to the House side, too.”
– Republican spells out what he needs in a shutdown deal –
REPUBLICAN REP. MATT SALMON OF ARIZONA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “For me personally, there are three things I want to see accomplished. Number one: An end to the shutdown. Number two: Some mitigation of the harmful effects of Obamacare to hard working Americans out there. And third: I want to make sure that we can cut spending and start living within our means and not pile up another trillion dollars this year to the deficit.”
– Manchin: Senate is 70%-80% close to a deal –
DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN OF WEST VIRGINIA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I think we're 70%-80% there, putting the extra 20-25% to it. When should the (continuing resolution) come due, when should the debt ceiling come due, and does that give that time for the budget conference, the budget committees to sit down and work through this? Those are the details that have to be worked out.”
– Sarah Palin: Obama should be impeached if we default –
FORMER VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SARAH PALIN IN A FACEBOOK POST: “It’s time for the president to be honest with the American people for a change. Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense. A default would also be a shameful lack of leadership, just as mindlessly increasing our debt without trying to rein in spending is a betrayal of our children and grandchildren who will be stuck with the bill.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Laura Chapin (@LauraChapin)
Women voters are reason McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli in VA. Reporter challenge: entire story on race that ONLY quotes women voters & experts
Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc)
Hillary Clinton will publicly campaign for Terry McAuliffe this Saturday in Falls Church, Va., McAuliffe's campaign announces.
Sean Spicer (@seanspicer)
Gibbs: Obamacare Roll Out 'Excruciatingly Embarrassing,' People in Charge Should Be Fired @danielhalper http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/gibbs-obamacare-roll-out-excruciatingly-embarrassing-people-charge-should-be-fired_762492.html
Rajiv Chandrasekaran (@rajivwashpost)
Malala said she told Obama that drone strikes are "fueling terrorism" and "lead to resentment among the Pakistani people"
Reid Wilson (@PostReid)
New Monmouth poll in NJ SEN: Booker 52, Lonegan 42, down from 12-point edge 2 weeks ago - http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/lonegan_gains_ground_on_booker_as_us_senate_race_enters_final_stretch.html …
Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson)
Polling average definitely shows a trend in New Jersey senate http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2013-new-jersey-senate-lonegan-vs-booker … but getting down to the wire
Jennifer Liberto (@jenliberto)
Shutdown hits hot Washington economy http://cnnmon.ie/18eIBZ3 via @CNNMoney
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
On the Columbus Day holiday, Obama visited Martha's Table, a food pantry in Washington that provides groceries, as well as daycare, after-school and summer programs.
“Part of the reason I'm here today is because we've got a lot of volunteers here who are furloughed federal workers,” the president said, wearing a green Martha's Table apron. “And yet they're here contributing and giving back to the community, and I think that shows the kind of spirit that we have among all kinds of federal workers all across the country.”
This was not the first time Obama visited the food pantry.
On the day before Thanksgiving in 2010, the first family spent an hour handing out Thanksgiving dinner packages to people at Martha's Table.
Such service is "emblematic of what Americans have always done," Obama said.
“This afternoon, our family will deliver two turkeys, who didn't quite make the cut, to Martha's Table, an organization that does extraordinary work helping folks who are struggling in DC,” he told reporters before the event.
The bags that Obama handed out included a turkey, fresh produce and homemade pies.
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