White House Meeting Goes Nowhere as Shutdown Starts to Bite
President Obama lashes out at the GOP as the consequences of the U.S. government shutdown grow increasingly dire. Meanwhile, Boehner indicates that he won’t let the nation default. Furloughs, national park closures, and downed websites may be bad enough, but the shutdown is also hindering intelligence efforts, crippling manufacturing, and halting critical aid programs. The best chance for a resolution might come from some House Republicans deciding to break ranks — a prospect that could grow more likely should the GOP’s candidate in the bellwether Virginia’s gubernatorial race continue to slip in what is shaping up to be the first electoral test of the Republican party’s warring tribes.