Shorter Question Everything
• Rachel Maddow: The reason for the shutdown? Hurt feefees
President Obama Speaks on the Economic Impact of the Government Shutdown
• What you get:
Just yesterday, one House Republican said — I’m quoting here, because I want to make sure people understand I didn’t make this up. One House Republican said, “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” That was a quote. “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have got to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” Think about that.
You have already gotten the opportunity to serve the American people. There is no higher honor than that. (Applause.) You’ve already gotten the opportunity to help businesses like this one, workers like these. So the American people aren’t in the mood to give you a goodie bag to go with it. What you get is our intelligence professionals being back on the job. What you get is our medical researchers back on the job. (Applause.) What you get are little kids back into Head Start. (Applause.) What you get are our national parks and monuments open again. What you get is the economy not stalling, but continuing to grow. (Applause.) What you get are workers continuing to be hired. That’s what you get. That’s what you should be asking for. Take a vote, stop this farce, and end this shutdown right now. (Applause.)
If you’re being disrespected, it’s because of that attitude you got that you deserve to get something for doing your job. Everybody here just does their job, right? If you’re working here and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said, you know what, I want to get something, but I don’t know exactly what I’m going to get. (Laughter.) But I’m just going to stop working until I get something. I’m going to shut down the whole plant until I get something.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’d get fired.
THE PRESIDENT: You’d get fired. (Applause.) Right? Because the deal is you’ve already gotten hired. You’ve got a job. You’re getting a paycheck. And so you also are getting the pride of doing a good job and contributing to a business and looking out for your fellow workers. That’s what you’re getting. Well, it shouldn’t be any different for a member of Congress.
• Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN): “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
• GOP Rep scrambles to walk back ‘We don’t even know what we want’ statement: A Republican congressman from Indiana is now trying to back away from a statement he made earlier this week saying that the Republican Party doesn’t even know what it hopes to gain from the federal shutdown. According to Talking Points Memo, President Barack Obama used that remark on Thursday to paint the Republicans as childish refuseniks who don’t really know what they’re disagreeing with.
• Hot Mic: Republicans Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mitch McConnell, caught on a hot microphone, boiled the entire shutdown battle to talking points and suggested that if they just stay on message, they’d “win.” Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, told McConnell during a whispered meeting on the Senate floor that he believes Republicans can appear to be more compromising when they agree to not defund the three-year-old healthcare law. “I think if we keep saying, ‘We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and now we’re willing to compromise on this’, I think they can’t, we’re gonna, I think, well I know we don’t want to be here, but we’re gonna win this, I think,” Paul said.
Bachmann: Republicans ‘About The Happiest’ They’ve Been In A While During Shutdown
• ‘Park Service should be ashamed’ says GOP lawmaker: House Republicans set the wheels in motion for a government shutdown, but one Texas GOPer is blaming the Park Service for shuttering U.S. landmarks. Rep. Randy Neugebauer challenged an on-duty U.S. Park Ranger for letting veterans, but not the general public, tour the World War II memorial. The Texas Republican made a scene Thursday morning, telling her the Parks Service should be “ashamed” of their behavior. In the confrontation caught on camera by NBC News4 in Washington, Neugebauer can be heard asking the park ranger how she could deny access to the other tourists hoping to visit the memorial. “How do you look at them and say — how do you, going to deny them access?” he asked. “It’s difficult,” the park ranger said. “Well, it should be difficult,” the Texas congressman responded. “The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves,” he added moments later after the ranger apologized. “I’m not ashamed,” she said. After Neugebauer walked away from the ranger, other members of the crowd started chiming in, including a bicyclist who identified himself as a federal worker as well. “This woman is doing her job, just like me,” he said. “I’m a 30-year federal veteran — I’m out of work.” “Well, the reason you are is because Mr. Reid decided to shut down the government,” Neugebauer said in response, arguing that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats are to blame for the shutdown. “No, it’s because the government won’t do its job and pass a budget,” the bicyclist responded.
Capitol Hill Incident
• Dramatic footage of DC car chase: Cameras roll as authorities try to take control of the woman who first tried to breach White House security before heading to the Capitol.
• Driver killed after car chase from White House to Capitol: A woman with a 1-year-old girl in her car was fatally shot by police near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, after a chase through the heart of Washington that brought a new jolt of fear to a city already rattled by the recent Navy Yard shooting and the federal shutdown. The car was registered to Miriam Carey, 34, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn., law enforcement officials said, adding that they believed Carey was the driver. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that the driver tried to breach two Washington landmarks and that the incident was not an accident. But officials also said it did not appear to part of any larger or organized terrorist plot.
• Alex Jones Is Already Calling Shots At U.S. Capitol A False Flag Attack: As news spread of shots fired near the U.S. Capitol building, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones immediately began speculating that the shooting at the U.S. Capitol could be a staged event. Responding to reports of shots fired on his October 3 broadcast, Jones suggested that “they’re pulling a big distraction on us,” and to “look for them to stage a bunch of stuff” because “everything the globalists do is falling apart right now.”
Going after Ford
• Rob Ford pal Sandro Lisi’s high-profile arrest in low-scale drug bust shrouded in mystery: No explanation has been given for the involvement of top homicide detectives in the case. The involvement of Giroux, fellow homicide detective Joyce Shertzer and other well-known detectives in what appears to be a relatively mundane drug case has raised eyebrows. Toronto police have refused to explain this. Asked if the mayor is under investigation, Chief Bill Blair has declined to comment. As Ford flew south to Texas on Wednesday, Lisi was in Old City Hall provincial court. Ford’s friendship with Lisi over the years has included many trips to the Air Canada Centre to watch the Maple Leafs, most recently during their recent abbreviated playoff run. At that event, Ford and Lisi disappeared together into a small washroom in the director’s lounge, with no explanation given when they emerged.
• Why is a senior cop involved in arrest of Ford friend on simple drug charges?: Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux is in charge of an operation that would routinely fall to division-level drug squads. Police Chief Bill Blair has called the homicide cop his top investigator. So why is Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux slumming around in a bust that swooped up the mayor’s occasional driver and buddy on an assortment of what would appear to be relatively dinky drug charges?
In other news
• Glenn Greenwald Is Grilled on BBC Newsnight, Spews Insults Like a Firehose: Today on BBC Newsnight, activist Glenn Greenwald faced an uncomfortable grilling from the host and several guests, including former senior GCHQ officials who openly scoffed at Greenwald’s tales, particularly his claims that the Russians couldn’t possibly have gotten access to Edward Snowden’s stolen NSA files, and his claims that intelligence agencies are not harmed by massive leaks and that terrorists are not aided. Many of the questions he faced are the same ones we’ve been asking here, about the discrepancies and problems in his stories about Snowden and the NSA. And when the heat was finally turned up, Mr. Greenwald responded with an utter lack of grace, insulting and patronizing everyone on the show. It’s an amazing, thoroughly unpleasant performance, and shows why Greenwald normally only grants interviews to sympathetic hosts, because he comes off as … well, basically a terrible person.
• Alberta Freemen: Mounties have launched an investigation into claims that members of the “Freemen on the Land” movement have now forcibly taken over several trappers’ cabins south of Grande Prairie. Forestry workers in the area, including those from Canfor and Weyerhauser, have been alerted that the group is threatening trappers in the vicinity of Misery Mountain and Karr Creek, roughly 80 kilometres south of Grande Prairie, in an oil-and-logging area known for its hunting and trapping grounds.