1. A deal to end the government shutdown has passed in the Senate and is expected to pass in the house tonight.

    This (HOPEFULLY) brings this adventure to an end.

    Thanks for all of the interest and support!



  2. Is now not a good time?

    Rep. Paul Ryan looking to insert birth control debate into the ongoing shutdown/debt ceiling fracas.

  3. Sure, congressional approval ratings are astronomically low, maybe that’s all part of the plan.


  4. Sad about the Zoo Kid shutdown picture?


    Poor Zoo Kid.

    Leslie Knope knows how to cheer him up.


  5. New low Republican favorability: “This is the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992.” - Gallup

    And Gerrymandering:

    The vast majority of GOP lawmakers are safely ensconced in districts that, based on the voter rolls, would never think of electing a Democrat. Their bigger worry is that someone even more conservative than they are — bankrolled by a cadre of uncompromising conservative groups — might challenge them in a primary.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/government-shutdown-republicans-deal-97768.html#ixzz2hK5DTnrk

  6. Councilman Jamm understands how to negotiate the debt ceiling.

    From Reuters

    U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are considering signing on to a short-term increase in the government’s borrowing authority to buy time for negotiations on broader policy measures, according to a Republican leadership aide.

  8. “Listen, there’s never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit,” Boehner said. “Never. Not once. As a matter of fact, President Obama negotiated with me over the debt limit in 2011. He also negotiated with the Blue Dog Democrats to raise the debt in ceiling in 2010. So the way to resolve this is to sit down and have a conversation to resolve our differences.” … “I’m not drawing any lines in the sand,” Boehner said. “There’s no boundaries here. There’s nothing on the table. There’s nothing off the table. I’m trying to do everything I can to bring people together and to have a conversation.”

    quote source: Washington Post

  9. In addition to the many important parts of the government not open because of the shutdown, a number of National Park Service-run golf courses are closed too.

    Somebody better tell, Councilman Jamm…

  10. Sounds familiar…

    (Source: heyyyybrother)