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Tea Party Republicans are making themselves heard with a challenge not just to Obamacare but to their own leaders on Capitol Hill.  Can they shut down the government? Refuse to let Washington pay its bills? Will their own party take the blame if there's financial upheaval? Also, UN weapons inspectors present their report on Syria, and Larry Summers won't be a candidate to head the Federal Reserve. Why were Senate Democrats opposed?  What's the message for their Party's future?

Banner image: Heritage Foundation billboard in Times Square reading, "Warning: Obamacare may be hazardous to your health," courtesy Heritage Foundation

Making News UN Weapons Inspectors Present Their Report on Syria 7 MIN, 45 SEC

For the first time, an internationally recognized team of experts has confirmed the use of chemical weapons. A United Nations team reports "clear and convincing evidence" that rockets containing the nerve agent Sarin were used against civilians, including children, in Damascus on August 21. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon briefed the UN Security Council today. Louis Charbonneau is UN Bureau Chief for Reuters.

Louis Charbonneau, Reuters (@lou_reuters)

Main Topic Is the GOP Tearing Itself Apart over Obamacare? 35 MIN, 13 SEC

Republicans on Capitol Hill are talking about each other as if they belonged to opposing parties. It’s all about trying to stop Obamacare. Tea partiers, backed by well-funded conservative groups, say they’re willing to shut down the government or stop the US from paying its bills. Outraged GOP leaders say it’s their own party that will take the blame for whatever happens in an effort they insist is bound to fail, and Democrats agree. Washington veterans say nothing quite like this has ever happened before. We look at what’s at stake for both sides and for the nation.

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner (@susanferrechio)
Jim DeMint, Heritage Foundation (@Heritage)
Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post (@CitizenCohn)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)


Jonathan Cohn

Today's Talking Point With Summers, Obama Feels Sting from His Own Party 7 MIN, 55 SEC

Larry Summers was the President of Harvard, Bill Clinton’s Treasury Secretary and a top economic advisor to Barack Obama. He was once thought a shoe-in to replace Ben Bernanke as head of the Federal Reserve. But last Friday, Montana Senator Jon Tester became the fourth Democrat on the Banking Committee to indicate opposition to Summers. In July, 20 Senate Democrats sent a letter to the President extolling the credentials of the Fed’s Vice Chair Janet Yellen. So, when Summers took himself out of the running yesterday, Noam Scheiber wasn't surprised. The senior editor at The New Republic has more on what that means about the realities of Democratic Party politics.

Noam Scheiber, New York Times (@noamscheiber)

The Escape Artists

Noam Scheiber

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