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Republicans Split On Whether To Give Back Pay To Workers Furloughed In Government Shutdown (HuffPo)
Sabrina Siddiqui and Dave Jamieson report that while furloughed workers have always received backpay in the past, some Republicans say we might not be able to afford it. That the furloughed employees might not be able to afford rent is apparently irrelevant.
Here’s How The Government Shutdown Gets Worse Over Time (Business Insider)
Josh Barro explains the timeline for how things will get worse through the month of October if the government remains shut down. The longer federal workers go without knowing when they will be paid, the more it will affect our economy.
What’s the Fight About? Republicans Struggle to Explain (MSNBC)
Suzy Khimm points out that while the GOP focused on Obamacare in the lead-up to shutdown, that’s not what they’re talking about today. They’ve shifted to broader fiscal issues, probably because starting a shutdown over a single law was a dead end.
Shutdown Coverage Fails Americans (AJAM)
Dan Froomkin thinks that by attempting to be fair and balanced in their coverage of the shutdown, journalists have failed in their duties. There’s only one party responsible for the shutdown, and attempts at ‘balance’ conceal that truth.
Why Does the Debt Ceiling Matter? (Economist)
The Economist‘s daily explainer post tackles the debt ceiling, which doesn’t actually involve taking on new debt. Raising the debt ceiling means giving the Treasury permission to let the deficit grow in accordance with other laws Congress has passed.
Why the Shutdown Is Leading to Debt Default; or, What Happens When You Take Hostages Without a Plan (NY Mag)
Jonathan Chait is convinced that Republicans plan to keep the shutdown going up to the debt ceiling deadline. The shutdown isn’t giving them enough “hostages” to ensure a win in negotiation, because funding government is now a war.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative Jeff Madrick suggests that the anti-government ideology of the 1970s and 80s is making another attempt to starve out government functions.
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn argues that by tying their continuing resolution to anti-birth control measures before the shutdown, the GOP shows that they’ve already forgotten that they lost women in the presidential election by 36 points.