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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Panetta rebukes Obama’s handling of shutdown -- So several reporters objected -- Ace Of Spades

Day 15.

Leon Panetta was slightly, obliquely critical of President Obama's lack of leadership skills at a breakfast with reporters that was sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. So several reporters objected:
To some extent, the reporters in the room seemed more forgiving of the circumstances in which the president finds himself. Jackie Calmes of the New York Times noted that the Panetta-envisioned budget deal was illusory because Republicans refuse to consider new tax revenue. Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times observed that the White House would argue that its previous efforts at schmoozing and deal-making had fizzled.
Republicans in Congress aren't exactly jumping for joy at the Senate deal to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Senate GOP will gather at 11am to hear the full details.

Ed Morrissey writes in his column for The Week that the failed Obamacare exchange website is only the tip of the iceberg. Actually, Andy talked about that in this week's podcast too: the exchange failures are part of the process of getting health coverage; Obamacare is also failing substantively on getting affordable health coverage to people.

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