Wed, 16 October 2013
Looks like we're coming to the end of this round of the shutdown/debt ceiling crisis. Greg Dworkin helps us catch up on the latest developments, predict the day's events, and explain the most likely procedural path leading to the endgame. Joan McCarter offers her take on the morning's drama, and clears up questions around the medical device tax, the reinsurance fee, income verification, etc. We tour some of the off-year election action in Virginia and New Jersey, the continuing ACA web site problems, some of the finer procedural points (including one from the filibuster reform fights) woven into the shutdown crisis, and just because it's important and we haven't mentioned it: the gigantic, freak blizzard that killed all the cattle in South Dakota. In non-shutdown news: Daily Kos joins in the fundraising fight in the Virginia state legislative races. Plus, a story you'll want to take with you to Thanksgiving dinner, to deflate any Teabagger talk about the so-called "special deal": the Office of the Attending Physician. And finally, another astounding GunFAIL story unfolds in court: the police firearms trainer with an "unhealthy attachment" to his gun... even after he accidentally shot a recruit in the head.