Good morning! We’ve heard a lot about the economic costs of the shutdown and debt ceiling standoff, but what about the psychic toll? How many people are totally stressed out right now? Anyway, here’s some of the stuff we’re reading this AM…
- Jonathan Strong at NRO reports that House Republicans were “stunned” when a vote on their final offer was cancelled last night. Now all the action is in the Senate, and John Boehner will probably have t0 pass whatever the upper chamber agrees to with Democratic v0tes.
- Martin Longman says keep calm — this was always the inevitable outcome.
- At WaMo, Ed Kilgore gives four theories for House Republicans’ inability to get it together.
- Via Twitter, Robert Costa says all the Republicans are reading this blistering op-ed by The Wall Street Journal.
- Erick Erickson is going to evaporate in a miasma of rage. An amazing piece of writing.
- At the Plumline, Ryan Cooper reports that the economic damage is deepening.
- NYT headline says it all: “Seeing Its Own Money at Risk, China Rails at U.S.“
- The Guardian reports that Fitch put us on a credit downgrade watch.
In other news…
Watchoo writing there? –> At TNR, Jane Chong on the legal theory that NSA uses to justify email surveillance.
Slow down? –> AlterNet: James Gustave Speth with five reasons our singular focus on economic growth is problematic.
Robot invasion –> At TAP, Rick Wartzman looks at how increasing automation is impacting the labor market.
Not dead yet –> McClatchy reports that Obama plans to renew his push for immigration reform after this contrived crisis ends.
New, new media –> Glenn Greenwald ditches The Guardian to start a new media outlet backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Greg Mitchell considers what it all means at The Nation.
Bogeyman –> Salon’s Natasha Lennard interviews Bill Ayers; asks about his dinner with Breitbart and Tucker Carlson.
Really mean girls –> Two tweens charged with felony stalking after 12 year-old girl’s suicide. Lizette Alvarez with the story for the NYT.
Sleaze machine –-> LAT‘s Tony Perry reports that former congressman and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has pled guilty to a felony and two misdemeanors.
What else? Tell us what you’re reading in the comments!