As you can imagine there are gobs of stories out this morning about the end of the Republican government shutdown, and the near-miss with defaulting on the federal debt.
Most look at the aftermath, especially for Republicans. Many are quite interesting.
I went through the stories so you didn’t have to. Here are some of the more interesting ones, in no particular order:
Guess who won last night? Uh, that guy.
— Lois Romano (@loisromano) October 17, 2013
Which House Republicans voted with us last night? The desperate ones. Ted Cruz, liar:
GOP’s Orrin Hatch slams Heritage Foundation, one of the main groups behind the shutdown and the debt default.
Courtesy of HuffPo, a video showing Senators slapping each other on the back for a job well done.
More bad polls for GOP:
Chris Hayes says we won because the President held the line:
The key to all of this: POTUS and D’s held the line. Finally. http://t.co/3O3M0x5Bz8
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 17, 2013
And here’s an advertisement, because God smiles when I can pay the mortgage:
Thank God our vets can finally visit their chunks of marble on the mall. (Oh yeah, and dying cancer patients also get possible life-saving treatments, if you’re into that kind of thing):
— HuffPost Media (@HuffPostMedia) October 17, 2013
Astronomy pic of the day is back, hurrah!
NASA is back too!
Speaking of which, the GOP shutdown cost us an amount equal to NASA’s entire annual budget:
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 17, 2013
GOP spokesperson Dana Perino is sad:
RT @DanaPerino: RNC set to announce the location of the next GOP convention…abandoned phone booth. Should be plenty of meeting space.
— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) October 17, 2013
GOP member of Congress promises to do it all again:
Pledging to vote against the plan to re-open the government until Jan. 15, 2014 and raise the debt ceiling until at least Feb. 7, 2014 Rep. John C. Fleming (R-LA) indicated that he’s already looking toward the next showdown. “I’ll vote against it,” Fleming said, as quoted by the New York Times. “But that will get us into Round 2. See, we’re going to start this all over again.”
There was an odd, and sad, event last night when the House stenographer had a meltdown on the House floor, and started rambling about God not being mocked, and more.
Journalist Ron Fournier grabs defeat from the jaws of victory:
Sarah Palin, one of the GOP’s most hated members, keeps sticking her nose into all of this, ensuring the GOP brand goes down even further post-shutdown:
Even northeastern moderate Republicans are being burned by the Tea Party shutdown:
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) October 17, 2013
EJ Dionne thinks it’s time to stop the lunatics:
My column: We can’t ever again allow a lunatic fringe to create a wasteful and unnecessary crisis. Stop the far right http://t.co/eiGVSt7tBh
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) October 17, 2013
David Dayen over at Salon has an interesting argument for why the Obamacare income-verification provision in last night’s deal might pose problems (I have no problem with income verification, and think the idea of using the honor-system to be idiotic, but Dayen raises a good point – why not just check people’s incomes with the IRS, which already has the best data?) DC’s wonderful Hirshhorm Museum is back open:
The Hirshhorn reopens at 10 am. To make up for lost time, please look twice as hard. Thank you. — hirshhorn (@hirshhorn) October 17, 2013