“Shutdown coverage fails Americans”


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By Dan Froomkin

A man reads morning newspapers from around the U.S. at the Newseum in Washington, Oct. 1, 2013. Gary Cameron/Reuters
A man reads morning newspapers from around the U.S. at the Newseum in Washington, Oct. 1, 2013. Gary Cameron/Reuters

U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms. It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) or “a bitter budget standoff” left unresolved by “rapid-fire back and forth legislative maneuvers” (New York Times). This sort of false equivalence is not just a failure of journalism. It is also a failure of democracy.

When the political leadership of this country is incapable of even keeping the government open, a political course correction is in order. But how can democracy self-correct if the public does not understand where the problem lies? And where will the pressure for change come from if journalists do not hold the responsible parties accountable?

The truth of what happened Monday night, as almost all political reporters know full well, is that “Republicans staged a series of last-ditch efforts to use a once-routine budget procedure to force Democrats to abandon their efforts to extend U.S. health insurance.” (Thank you, Guardian.)

And holding the entire government hostage while demanding the de facto repeal of a president’s signature legislation and not even bothering to negotiate is by any reasonable standard an extreme political act. It is an attempt to make an end run around the normal legislative process. There is no historical precedent for it. The last shutdowns, in 1995 and 1996, were not the product of unilateral demands to scrap existing law; they took place during a period of give-and-take budget negotiations.
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“Congress Shutdown Has Dems Feeling Emboldened, But Worried It May Last A While”


HUFFINGTON POST

By Sam Stein

Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn, Steny Hoyer, Steve Israel, Joseph Crowley

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats emerged emboldened Monday night from the breakdown in efforts to avert a government shutdown, confident that President Barack Obama had the political upper hand and would stand firm in future negotiations.

Just outside the House floor, many of those members lingered leisurely, even as the chamber took several largely party-line votes to fund the government while delaying aspects of Obamacare.

This was pure theater, they argued. And regardless of how Republicans arranged the stage, the ending wouldn’t change.

“I don’t blame the president for one second,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) told The Huffington Post. “I wouldn’t negotiate this stuff either.”

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“Fox’s Bill O’Reilly loses it in a racist rant”


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“‘You’re afraid to talk to your neighbors’: Suspects’ street was perfect hiding spot”


NBC NEWS

John Makely / NBC News An FBI investigator exits the house on Seymour Ave.
John Makely / NBC News
An FBI investigator exits the house on Seymour Ave.

By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News

CLEVELAND — It was the perfect place to hide three captives in plain sight.

In a rundown section of Cleveland, Ohio, police say three young women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — were held against their will in a white, two-story house for roughly a decade before Berry escaped Monday night and the other two were freed.

While some who lived and worked in the neighborhood described it as tight-knit, others spoke of a darker side.

He was surprised not so much by the women’s captivity but by how much time transpired before they were found.

“Does it shock me?” he said. “Well, I don’t know. Ten years shocks me.”

The three women vanished between August 2002 and April 2004 in separate incidents; they were between 14 and 20 years old. Authorities have arrested three brothers: Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50.

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OBAMA BESTS ROMNEY 2 DEBATES TO 1!


THE WASHINGTON POST

Obama keeps Romney on defensive in final presidential debate

        

President Obama seemed to use the authority of his office to put Republican challenger Mitt Romney on his heels in their final presidential debate Monday night, telling Romney he didn’t understand foreign-policy problems as well as he does.

Romney, for his part, returned to a criticism that Obama had been a weak and vacillating actor on the world stage. But, at several points, Romney conceded that he would have done some of the same things that Obama did.

Read the full debate transcript.

Read more at:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/presidential-debate-obama-romney-face-off-on-foreign-policy/2012/10/22/ca25b8dc-1c7f-11e2-ad90-ba5920e56eb3_story.html

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