The government shutdown is perilous in many ways—but the immediate impacts are concentrated on some people, in some places, rather than others—at least for the moment. Which Americans are really paying attention? Also, we'll discuss how President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner each plan on "winning" the government shutdown, and we'll hear why there's so much money in bull riding.
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President Obama has now cancelled his upcoming trip to Asia to deal with the government shutdown. But Republicans continue to attack him for refusing to negotiate. House Speaker John Boehner seized on a quote attributed to a “senior administration official” to say the President’s not really serious. Manu Raju is a senior Congressional Reporter for Politico.
The government shutdown is having ripple effects beyond the furloughing of hundreds of thousands of federal workers. The CDC has delayed this year’s flu program; food-safety operations have been curtailed; so have some Head Start programs. Direct benefits to veterans and the disabled could be disrupted. If the debt ceiling’s not lifted, the world’s most powerful nation won’t pay its bills. But, despite the endless debate in Washington, that’s not what most people are talking about in New York City. In New York City and rural Kentucky, it’s hard to find people directly feeling the loss of government services. Elsewhere, it’s a different story.
Katherine Rushton, The Telegraph (@kerushton)
Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies (@dailyyonder)
Dante Chinni, American Communities Project (@Dchinni)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University
The Professional Bull Riders Association was formed in 1994, and 10 or 15 founding fathers each contributed one thousand dollars. When they sold out 4 years ago, each one made more than 4 million.
Luke Snyder is a professional bull rider. He holds the record for the longest streak of competing in consecutive events: from 2001 ‘til 2010.
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