CNN's GUT CHECK for October 1, 2013
October 1st, 2013
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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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Did you miss it?

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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  1. truth hurts but reality bites

    OK America. Do you know what Obama and the Democrats 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. For those TWO PUNY LITTLE THINGS the Democrats 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 Obama, Red and the Democrats than YOUR JOB!

    October 1, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Donna

    I'm curious... How do all the single young males feel about paying three times more for their healthcare? How do you feel about spending thousands on a healthcare policy with a $1000-$3000 deductible? That is money you will need to pay before your insurance kicks in. Didn't Obama and the Democrats tell you all about this before you voted for them in 2012? I wonder why???? You've all been duped by the Democrat liars. You have voted against your own best interests and now you will pay dearly for it.

    October 1, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Two PUNY little items. A simple DELAY of the individual mandate and the removal of the special treatment for congressional staffers. For those TWO PUNY LITTLE THINGS the Democrats have shut down the government."

    Yeah, because a demand that the individual mandate be delayed, which would completely and utterly undermine the very keystone provision of the ACA and what makes all of its cost controlling measures work is just a "puny little thing." As for your claim that congressional staffers are getting special treatment, that's already been debunked, explained away and shown to be a lie 9 ways to Sunday and I find it hilarious you would continue to repeat it under an article that talks about how Boehner ran around publicly making the same claim but secretly worked with Obama and Reid to make sure congressional staffers received gov't health insurance benefits, i.e., got treated ion the same manner as every single other employee of a large employer in this country as mandated by the ACA, which is called "equal treatment," not "special treatment."

    October 1, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Those are more important to Obama, Red and the Democrats than YOUR JOB!"

    Yeah, because concern for federal employees' well-being coming from a rabid Teatroll is sooooooooo believable and credible in light of the constant RWNJ refrains belittling and denigrating federal employees and the Teatrolls' propaganda machine, Faux News, continuing that pattern by characterizing the shutdown as a "slimdown" based on the insane and insulting argument that "they are just 800,000 employees we don't even need getting told to go home."

    October 1, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Namejames

    Nice job republicans! I voted republican for 25 years and stopped when "the crazies" took over. The tea party has been looking to shut down the gov for years, it is a sad day that the repubs have gone along with this hair brain scheme. No votes for them anytime soon!!! How about some new ideas to build your party on- instead of no.

    October 1, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all these GOP thugs in 2014. Drive away evil.

    October 1, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    I watched Boehner's shutdown speech last night. I believe he had been over served. It is time that booze be eliminated from the people's chamber. It also makes me wonder how much Boehner got from the extreme right (Kochs and Fox) to drive our country toward default.

    October 1, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Several million signed up today for ACA because the exchanges were open. Are all republicans stupid? I think so.

    October 1, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. slacton

    Politicans are elected to run government, when they fail there should be a rule that disqualifies all of the members in both the House and the Senate to run for next terms. Then all politicians would be looking at solutions, rather than showboating or trying to break our government. oUR NATION IS A FAMILY, families find solutions for the whole household not just one or two of the members.

    October 1, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Dilip Samuels

    America is facing TERRORISM and has now being hijacked by " CRUZOLES"

    yes CRUZOLES



    October 1, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    There is over whelming demand for affordable care. I am delighted that I will not be paying higher premiums for uninsured republicans who show up at emergency rooms. Their free lunch is over.

    October 1, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    It is time for Floridians to get rid of our elected republicans, so we can join the rest of the states who are signing up people who pay their own way with ACA.

    October 1, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. Tea Party and Republican caused the Gov't Shut Down!

    The Republicans and Tea Party can't win a general election any more and have to use gov't shut downs and debt ceiling to push their right wing radical positions. Mr. President "don't pay them a ransom for the job they are get paid to due". The Republicans and Tea Party 's small gov't and no gov't ideas keeps loosing at the ballot box. Hold firm Mr.President the Affordable Health Care Act is a hit! Just had a friend sign up and his family will save $100.00 a month from the old plan. This is why the Republicans and Tea Party shut down the gov't people will not let them get there small gov;t and no gov't hands on their health care insurance. Thank you Mr.President.

    October 1, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP bafoons are always the ones to shut the government down and cost the taxpayers a fortune, lest get rid of the teaparty garbage in 2014 midterms FOR GOOD!!!!!

    October 1, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Boner looks even more clueless in that picture than he does now!

    October 1, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Look who is in the background. DICK Armey, the Tea Party darling!

    October 1, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Neutral Observer

    Obama bashes reckless GOP?? Seems kind of odd the one piling up hundreds of years of debt labeling the party opposing him as reckless.

    October 1, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. bonnieux

    Tht is an outright lie by Congress trying to "turn the tables" on the Dems.
    The senate have been asking congress to coe to the table with them since last may, conference, and always congress said a big N O!
    This was Canadian Cruzio's doing, he wanted this filibuster, he is stuck with this debacle. No way can they pin this on the Dem party. NO WAY.

    October 1, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. bonnieux

    This is an outright lie told by he Republcan-led congress. The dems have asked congress over and over since last may and ea month thereafter to C o n f e r e n c e with them. Ea time congress said a big NO.

    No way will congress get away with their continuing liestold to the American people. Congress/GOP/TeaGaggers wanted to shutdown this country down, and shutdown they did. They will have to live with it. After all, Canadian Cruzerio was in his glory standing on that floor puting on his act before congress last week. He has that scenario pinned on his sorry face forevermore. Congress is at a new low.
    Pres. Obama's polling number s have gone 5 pts. today.
    GOP/Congress/TeaGaggers.....L O S E R S !

    October 1, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  20. bonnieux

    Truth Hurts.....Not true. Prhaps you are getting your info from Fox News?

    I suppose you never heard that the Dems, and the president, have been negoiating with congress for many a month. Since last May, the Dems have asked oer and over again for congress to c o n f e r e n c e with them. A big NO is always what they got. And only last evening, congress pulled their stunt to to c o n f e r e n c e with them...the very last minute. Just what do you think the Dem party should have done. Caved into these monsters!!! Do you approve of the way Congress has been working for our country these past 5 years! NOT. They have not even passed one legislation of any importance for the American people. Congress is afraid of Obama and all he has done for our country. The accomplishments. many accomplishments? Too many to post here. Congress' works is to obstruct, obstruct obstruct. You want to put down Pres. Obama. You want to put down the Dem party. Just ask yourself, what in the h*ll has congress done for you/the country so far since 2010? Please post all they have done to make our country grow.
    no, Fox News / GOP certainly won't tell their followers that news!

    October 1, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Ponder This

    to truth hurts.... If you've read Gut Check, you already know that one of those "puny little items" the reoval of special treatment for congressional staffers, was negotiated in the first place, behind closed doors, by the Speaker himself. A little hypocrisy to blame it on the President, and then appear to be looking after "the people", and making things "fair" dontcha think?

    October 1, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  22. What's in that tea anyway?

    Poor John Tea Party Brown noser....he's toast. He'll go down in history as the leader of village idiots...worst speaker in the history of this country and its not even close. And this is just to keep his position....Driving the garbage truck John just isn't all its cracked up to be.

    October 1, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Thomas

    I love the photo of young Boehner with Dick Army in the background .

    October 1, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. alex

    Hey truth! The repubs shut the government down because they didn't want to do their job and fund the government. And if those things are so puny then why did funding the government need to hinge on them? Republicans would rather cut paychecks to federal employees than pass a clean cr, which would have been done if Boehner had let the house vote on it. The u.s. does not negotiate with those that would take our government hostage to appease a radical minority.

    October 1, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  25. Evergreen

    Nearly 3 million people in less than a day signing up for ACA. Even more will follow.

    October 1, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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