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Friday, October 4, 2013

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof 

Obama Cancels Asia Trip - President Obama has canceled the rest of his week-long trip to Asia, pulling out of two regional summits to remain in Washington to try to break a budget impasse in Congress that has shut down the federal government, the White House announced late Thursday.

Obama “made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown,” press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. “This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S. exports and advance U.S. leadership and interests in the largest emerging region in the world.”  The Washington Post has more here.


House Republicans Looking To Boehner for Direction - House Republicans are gathering Friday to debate what their ask will be in the merging fights over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

While Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has indicated he won’t be dictating strategy, members are clearly looking to him for direction as the shutdown enters its fourth day.

"He's trying to work through it," said Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), a member of GOP leadership. "He has an awful lot in his arsenal." has more here.


Pelosi to GOP: "Take Back Your Party" - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday there is an anti-government strain of the GOP that is causing problems for the whole, calling on Republicans to take back control.

“They have something going on. I say to Republicans, ‘Take back your party,’” Pelosi said on “CBS This Morning.”

She pointed to the fact that a majority of Republicans didn’t support President George W. Bush on TARP and that they didn’t vote for federal aid after Hurricane Sandy as evidence of the issues that are also seen in the current government shutdown. has more here.


More Details Emerge on Woman Involved in Capitol Chase - The woman who led authorities on a chase from the White House to the Capitol before she was killed by police may have thought that President Barack Obama was stalking her, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
The sources said that the woman, Miriam Carey, had a history of mental health problems.

The chase, on Thursday afternoon, stirred panic in the capital and briefly stopped the mechanisms of government. It happened two weeks after a man shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard.  NBC News has more here.


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