CNN's GUT CHECK for October 1, 2013
October 1st, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle


OBAMA BLASTS 'RECKLESS' GOP WITH HEATED LANGUAGE President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged House Republicans to “reopen the government,” saying they “don't get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands” of defunding or dismantling Obamacare. LINK

REPUBLICANS TRY TO TURN THE TABLES: “It's pretty clear to me, at least at this point, that neither the Senate Democratic Majority nor the president of the United States have any interest whatsoever in entering into any discussions about how to resolve this impasse,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

GOP’S NEXT MOVE: House Republican leadership sources tell CNN they plan to vote on a series of piecemeal bills to fund certain parts of the government: Department of Veterans Affairs, national parks as well as allowing the District of Columbia the ability to use their own revenue to continue operating. (Sen. Ted Cruz floated this idea Monday on The Situation Room – see what he had to say in Hot Sots)

WHITE HOUSE DISMISSES THE IDEA: “That proposal shows the utter lack of seriousness that we are seeing from Republicans,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said at the White House briefing. “If they want to open the government, they should open the government. … A piecemeal approach to funding the government is not a serious approach.”

STORMING THE GATES: VETERANS BREAK THROUGH WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL BARRICADE Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday morning to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way. Moments earlier, a few Republican members of Congress had removed a section of the black gates that surrounded the site, allowing a line of veterans to roll past security officers, who willingly stood aside. – Laura Koran and Ashley Killough

OPENING DAY: OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT STYMIED BY EXCHANGE GLITCHES Many consumers looking to sign up for Obamacare health coverage weren't making it very far Tuesday morning. Enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges has begun, with the federal and most state exchange sites unveiling their "Get Started" buttons. But widespread technical glitches plagued the exchanges. – Tami Luhby

MARKET WATCH: U.S. government shutdown fails to rattle investors. Dow adds 61 points. NASDAQ climbs 1.2%. S&P rises 0.8%.

(Answer below)
What Republican congressman “gave” then-President Bill Clinton coal for Christmas during the 1995 and 1996 shutdown?

DAN (@DanMericaCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

All government shutdowns are not created equal.

In 1995 and 1996, disagreement over federal spending levels between the Republican controlled Congress – led by House Speaker Newt Gingrich – and then-President Bill Clinton led the government to partially shut down twice. Government services were cut, federal workers were furloughed and animus towards politicians grew. Now that a government shutdown has happened once again, it would be easy to compare the two shutdowns.

The reality: the atmosphere, the lack of negotiations between leaders and the economy were all different in 1995 and 1996 and this most recent shutdown is markedly different.

Here are three key reasons:

– During the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and President Bill Clinton, despite their political differences, were more willing to negotiate on policy issues. According to Gingrich, who is now a host of CNN’s Crossfire, he and the president met face-to-face for 35 days in the White House during the shutdown. Obama and current Speaker John Boehner spoke yesterday for the first time in 10 days.

– With congressional districts that are more Republican or Democratic than ever, there are few moderates on Capitol Hill. This has led to a more hyper-partisan Congress, where the parties appear to be further apart than they ever were in the past.

– When the government shutdown in 1995 and 1996, the economy was booming, primarily because of the burgeoning tech economy and Internet start-ups. Unemployment was at 5.6% and most economic forecasts saw further growth. After years of sluggish recovery, the same could not be said for the current state of the economy. Now, unemployment is at 7.3%, but primarily labor participation – the number of people who have a job or are looking for one – is at the lowest rate since August 1978.

For more on why these two shutdowns are distinctly different, check out our wire: 1995 and 2013: Two very different government shutdowns

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Leading CNNPolitics: Congress, but not staff, still gets paid - it's in the Constitution
In an extended shutdown, most of the federal workforce would go without pay, but the checks will keep coming to the 533 current members of Congress. "That is disgraceful in my view," said freshman Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, told CNN. "Basically the only people who get paid in a shutdown are members of Congress and that is irresponsible." – Lisa Desjardins

Leading Drudge: Happy Obamacare Day!
President Barack Obama's long-anticipated launch Tuesday of new insurance exchanges to provide health care to millions of uninsured Americans is coming under the cloud of a government shutdown that began the same day. – Josh Lederman

Leading HuffPo: Now You Tell Us: GOP Seeks Conference It Spent Year Blocking
House Republicans decided Monday that government shutdown or not, it was more important for them to keep trying to strike a blow against Obamacare. Having failed to convince Senate Democrats to go along, the Republicans resorted to seeking a "conference committee" to resolve the differences. – Michael McAuliff

Leading Politico: Boehner's private fight for Hill health subsidies
Behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show. – John Bresnahan

Leading The New York Times: U.S. Reckons With Impact of Shutdown
For the first time in 17 years, Congress failed Monday night to agree on a new budget and refused to extend the current one. Without the authority to spend money, the executive branch on Tuesday morning started the process of temporarily mothballing facilities and suspending the many services the government provides. – Michael D. Shear

The political bites of the day

- 24 hours ago, Cruz floats the idea Republicans in the House just endorsed -
“I think we ought to start passing continuing resolutions narrowly focused on each of the things the president listed,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday. “So, he said border patrol agents won’t be paid. Fine, let’s pass a continuing resolution that funds border patrol agents. He says he plans to close every national park. Fine, let's fund a continuing resolution funding the interior, keeping the parks open.”

- Obama charges Republicans with ‘ideological crusade’ -
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT A ROSE GARDEN EVENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE: “They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. In other words, they demanded ransom just for doing their job.”

- Obamacare issues compared to tech companies early hiccups -
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE: “I had a meeting less than a year ago out in California, San Francisco area, with one of the original founders of Google. He told me when they first came online, oh, did they have problems. They had problems because too many people wanted to use Google. Their computers kept crashing. Well, we have problems today. Why? Because in New York alone during the first few hours two and half million people want to sign up.”

- Israeli leader rejects Iran’s charm offensive -
ON IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: “Now, I know, Rouhani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad, but when it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the only difference between them is this: Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf's clothing. Rouhani is a wolf in sheep's clothing, a wolf who thinks he can pull the wool over the eyes of the international community.”
ON POSSIBLE MILITARY ACTION: “Ladies and gentlemen, Israel will never acquiesce to nuclear arms in the hands of a rogue regime that repeatedly promises to wipe us off the map. Against such a threat, Israel will have no choice but to defend itself. I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”

Gut Check Full Service: Iran responds… “We just heard extremely inflammatory statement by last speaker in the General Assembly's general debate in which he made allegations against peaceful nuclear activities of my country,” said Khodadad Seifi, Iran UN counselor. “I do not want to dignify such unfounded accusations with an answer other than rejecting all he tried to mislead this body about nuclear program.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

RT @ARGOP: Obamacare roll out going as expected, "The System is Down at the Moment." @NRSC

Mike O'Brien (‏@mpoindc)
An update from an HHS spox: "Since midnight, 2.8 million people visited HealthCare[dot]gov." 81k more have called the toll-free number.

Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO)
Pres Obama says sign up site has been running slowly...says its due to high interest not "glitches."

Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung)
If you're judging the exchanges a success or failure based on a half-day of evidence, you're forcing it.

Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg)
House Republicans will stand firm and wait for the Senate to appoint conferees on CR. "We are in this fight," Cantor told conference.

Kevin Smith (@KG_Smith)
John Boehner: "Obama owns this shutdown now" via @usatoday #FairnessForAll

Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald)
Gov shutdown means no Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines intercollegiate sports events. Better get this solved by Army-Navy Game in Dec.

Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper)
The irony of this is that the government is supposed to be funded in a piecemeal fashion, via 12 appropriations bills

Capitol Lounge (@CapLounge)
Screw the Shutdown. Come drink with us til 2 am. What else do you have to do?


Mark Albright (@IDistractMe)
No worries, the NSA isn't watching us tonight. #govtshutdownpickuplines

Farrell Brenner (@Farrellelisms)
Do you not carry health insurance? Because you've got "fine" written all over you #govtshutdownpickuplines

Hayley Burr (@misshayleyburr)
Let me talk to the government. I'm sure I can turn it back on #govtshutdownpickuplines


House Speaker John Boehner knows a thing or two about government shutdowns. Just look at this picture.

During the 1995 government shutdown, a younger Rep. John Boehner dumps out a box of coal, which he called a Christmas gift to President Bill Clinton, during a news conference about the federal budget on December 21, 1995.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Allen Fox (@AllenFox) for correctly answering today’s trivia question. Nice job.

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    OK America. Do you know what Boehner and the Republicans shut down the government for? Two PUNY little items. A simple DELAY of the individual mandate and the removal of the special treatment for congressional staffers (that Boehner spent months working to protect). For those TWO PUNY LITTLE THINGS the Republicans have shut down the government.

    Hey, all you furloughed people out there. How do you like sacrificing to protect these two PUNY LITTLE THINGS. Those are more important to Boehner, Cruz and the Republicans than YOUR JOB!

    October 2, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
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