Show Notes for Thursday, October 31, 2013

Frisch 2013• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the Kathleen Sebelius hearings on ObamaCare yesterday

• Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took responsibility for problems with HealthCare.gov but blamed contractors for the site’s flaws. She also faced bruising questions from lawmakers about Americans who are losing insurance that doesn’t comply with the law’s standards.

• At a speech in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said there is “no excuse” for the problems with the health care website and that he will “take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP.”

• President Barack Obama’s approval rating has declined to an all-time low of 42 percent as public frustration with Washington and pessimism about the nation’s direction continue to grow, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

• Cory Booker, who became a rising star in the Democratic Party as mayor of Newark, N.J., has come to Washington. He will be sworn in as a U.S. senator at noon ET today.

• The Boston Red Sox, baseball’s bearded wonders, capped their remarkable turnaround by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Game 6 on last night to win their third World Series championship in 10 seasons.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about problems with the ObamaCare website

SparksGuitar• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Humpdays With Hal

• The nation today will hear from both President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the ongoing problems associated with the Affordable Care Act. Both leaders are expected to say they just need more time to make the law work smoothly.

• The White House argued Tuesday that President Obama didn’t mislead the public when he repeatedly promised Americans “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan” under the Affordable Care Act.

• The nation’s top intelligence official told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. has been snooping on friendly foreign leaders for years, and getting spied on by allies in return. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper gave the impression he didn’t know what all the fuss was about.

• It took all day before the Cardinals finally arrived in Boston, trailing the Red Sox 3-2 going into Game 6 on tonight. Their flight took off about 9:10 p.m. EDT after a delay that appeared to last around 6 hours and landed shortly after 11 p.m.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the decline of Sen. Marco Rubio

• The White House is under fire to explain exactly how much President Obama knows about U.S. surveillance programs in the wake of a report that suggested the National Security Agency (NSA) had been monitoring the phones of 35 world leaders until an internal Obama administration review discovered and ended the program.

• In a stunning move, a federal judge Monday ruled that abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday.

• Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC News that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law.

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that the Senate will vote on a bill to expand gay rights in the workplace before the Thanksgiving holiday. Reid said the upper chamber would consider the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would “work against discrimination on gender identity.”

Show Notes for Monday, October 28, 2013

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the who is hurting us more than the ObamaCare website

Boehlert• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of the ObamaCare website’s ‘challenges’

• Republicans are set to continue hammering the administration over the failures of the HealthCare.gov website this week, with plans to question several administration officials about the site’s rocky rollout and continue demanding information about why it happened.

• The U.S. National Security Agency spied on tens of millions of phone calls in Spain over a single month last year, according to a Spanish newspaper report published online Sunday evening.

• The White House learned this summer that the National Security Agency had tapped the phones of world leaders and ordered a halt to some of the eavesdropping, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

• A ride operator is due in court Monday to face criminal charges after five people were injured on a ride at the North Carolina State Fair. He faces three criminal counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the mishap.

Show Notes for Friday, October 25, 2013

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the two sides of the Republican party

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

• In more than four hours of testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, officials of companies hired to create the HealthCare.gov website said there was a lack of testing on the full system and last-minute changes by the federal agency overseeing the online enrollment system.

• President Barack Obama tried to refocus attention on the incomplete comprehensive immigration reform push Thursday, saying that “this is the moment we should be able to finally get the job done.”

• The teenager charged with murdering his “gentle and caring” math teacher in Danvers, Massachusetts this week, caught a Woody Allen movie and picked up fast food after the alleged killing, authorities and local media reported Thursday.

• German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Thursday that the United States strike a ‘no-spying’ agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington’s closest EU allies had to be stopped.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 24, 2013

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the ObamaCare rollout

ventura• Gov. Jesse Ventura calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about his new book on the JFK assassination, “They Killed Our President”

• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about why the Tea Party can’t take a joke

• The White House reaffirmed a key deadline in the health reform law Wednesday, saying people have until March 31 to sign up for health insurance even if the coverage doesn’t kick in till later. However, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is already drafting a bill to delay the mandate for a year.

• In a series of hearings this week and next, the Republican-led House will investigate the multiple technical flaws with the website, as well as whether any of the decisions that led to the site’s poor design were politically motivated.

• Germany has become the latest government to demand answers from the United States about NSA spying after reports the U.S. may have monitored the cell phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

• A well-liked teacher was found slain in woods yesterday behind the Danvers, Massachusetts high school, and a 14-year-old boy who was found walking along a state highway overnight was charged with killing her.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 23, 2013

• Susan Bennett, better known as the voice of Siri, calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to tell us about her ubiquitous voice

SparksGuitar• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Humpdays With Hal

• President Obama has turned to longtime adviser Jeffrey Zients to provide management advice to help fix the flailing health care marketplace website. Zients is a former acting director of the Office of Management and Budget and a veteran management consultant.

• Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be “held accountable” for the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said yesterday.

• As police tried to piece together how and why a seventh-grader shot and killed a teacher and wounded two other students at his Sparks, Nevada school, recordings of the first calls to police captured the horror and chaos he unleashed.

• Republican Sen. John McCain says he’s considering running for a sixth term in 2016, the year he turns 80.

• Apple rolled out the fifth generation of its market-leading tablet, called the iPad Air, Tuesday. Among its new features, the iPad will weigh 1 pound, down from 1.4 pounds. It’s 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the current fourth-generation iPad.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 22, 2013

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the aftermath of the ObamaCare fight

Schiff• Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about making sure we have no more GOP-forced government shutdowns

• President Obama publicly acknowledged on Monday that the new health care law’s website “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work,” but he urged Americans not to be deterred from registering for Obamacare because of the technological problems that have plagued its rollout.

• A 13-year-old student armed with a semi-automatic handgun opened fire on a middle-school campus near Reno, NV just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher member who was trying to protect other children, police said.

• France is the latest in a growing list of nations demanding explanations from Washington about NSA spying. A report published on Monday said the U.S. swept up 70 million French telephone records and text messages and recorded some private conversations.

• In a new ABC News poll, a near-record 78% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the federal government works, with anger at a new high in polls since 1992. Criticism over the shutdown is focused on the GOP, now at their greatest unpopularity in data since 1984.

Show Notes for Monday, October 21, 2013

rudepundit2• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the latest in anti-ObamaCare comments

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s switch of focus to ObamaCare

• The Health Department said Sunday that it has enlisted the “best and brightest” to help fix the Affordable Care Act’s website’s torrent of technical glitches and bugs as the president prepares to address the problems at the White House today.

• Gay couples exchanged vows in early morning ceremonies in several New Jersey communities today as the state began recognizing their marriages at 12:01 a.m., becoming the 14th state to do so.

• Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on NBC’s Meet the Press that President Barack Obama will keep trying to undo or ease the sequestration cuts in spending that he reluctantly signed into law as part of the Budget Control Act in 2011.

• Just more than half the public says that it’s bad for the country that the GOP controls the House of Representatives, according to a new national CNN poll conducted after the end of the partial government shutdown.

• Former V.P. Dick Cheney has revealed that when he had a device implanted to regulate his heartbeat in 2007, he had his doctors disable its wireless capabilities to prevent against a possible assassination attempt.

Show Notes For Friday, October 18, 2013

Fugelsang2• John Fugelsang calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT for a telephonic version of Fridays With Fuglesang

• The threat of default and 16-day government shutdown that ended Wednesday night left the American people — and President Obama — frustrated. “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election,” Obama said. “Push to change it. But don’t break it,” Obama told Republicans.

• After Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell helped broker Wednesday’s deal that reopened the government, his critics found something in that agreement they’re using to attack him with — a $2.9 billion locks and dam project.

• Senior administration officials confirm that President Barack Obama has chosen former Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson to succeed Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security Secretary.

• Dianne Reidy, the House stenographer who erupted into a verbal tirade against members of Congress in the midst of the vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling said in a statement that the “holy spirit” told her to do it.

• People in the San Francisco Bay area faced a frustrating Friday commute as workers for BART, the region’s largest transit system, walked off the job for the second time in four months.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 17, 2013

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the last minute deal to reopen the government last night

hartmann• Thom Hartmann calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his film “Last Hours,” about how global warming can lead to extinction

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to tell us the ramifications of the last minute deal yesterday to keep from defaulting

• After 15 days of a government shutdown and on the eve of when the country was set to lose its borrowing authority, Congress passed legislation to fund the government and avert a default Wednesday night. President Obama later signed the bill, officially reopening the government and allowing federal employees to head back to work.

• The bill that President Obama signed last night will fund the government through Jan. 15 and lift the debt ceiling through Feb. 7. The bill will also pay furloughed government workers for the time they missed during the shutdown.

• Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 16, 2013

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Senate’s last, best hope to avoid default

Grayson• Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the rules change in congress that put Eric Cantor in power

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Humpdays With Hal

• The nation is just hours away from a crucial deadline to avert default on its debts and Washington remains muddled in a risky legislative process. Senate leaders say they are closing in on a deal that could pass the upper chamber with bipartisan support but it’s unclear how fast they can get it to the president’s desk.

• Fitch Ratings, one of the country’s three major credit rating agencies, signaled Tuesday that it could downgrade the United States’ rating, citing the impasse in Washington over raising the debt ceiling.

• Former President George W. Bush’s heart situation that caused him to undergo a procedure in August was more serious than originally thought, as two sources close to the 43rd president now confirm he had a 95% blockage in an artery.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 15, 2013

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP shooting themselves in the foot with the shutdown

• Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what Dems in the House are doing about the government shutdown

• Outlines of a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling emerged Monday as key senators huddled to hammer out the specifics of a possible compromise. GOP and Dem leaders said they are closing in on an agreement to end a government shutdown and stave off a default on the national debt come Thursday.

• A survey released yesterday from ABC News/Washington Post, is similar to two polls out last week in suggesting congressional Republicans are getting more of the blame than Democrats or President Barack Obama for the fiscal impasse.

• Speaker John Boehner and other top House GOP leaders met yesterday afternoon to discuss their options and consider preparing their own bill to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. It’s unlikely to be simply a clean short term increase in the debt ceiling.

• A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Philippines on Tuesday, leaving at least 49 people dead and rattling many who were celebrating a religious holiday.

Show Notes for Monday, October 14, 2013

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about why the Far Right thinks that God hates ObamaCare

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the madness behind the GOP’s government shutdown

Obeidallah• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about why Ted Cruz is the Miley Cyrus of the Senate

• DC is deadlocked as it enters the 14th day of a partial government shutdown that has already led to furloughs of 350,000 federal workers, canceled military training missions and slowed economic growth. Now, the U.S. is just days away from losing its ability to borrow money and faces the prospect of defaulting on its bonds.

• A Tea Party-led protest against the government shutdown that started at the World War II Memorial ended up in front of the White House yesterday, where some protesters waved Confederate flags. Police, some in riot gear, were called in with members of the crowd heckling them, calling them “brown shirts,” opining that the unit “looks like something out of Kenya.”

• Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 mass shooting that killed six and injured 12 others, attended a New York gun show Sunday to draw attention to voluntary background checks for buyers.

Show Notes for Friday, October 11, 2013

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about why the Heritage Foundation suddenly hates the individual mandate

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

• House GOP and White House negotiators worked behind closed doors late Thursday to try to hammer out a deal that could potentially reopen the government in the coming days and delay an Oct. 17 deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit.

• The GOP has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level at 24% approval.

• President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that would restore funding for emergency payments to the families of deceased soldiers as the government shutdown continues.

• A New Jersey judge has reaffirmed her call for the state to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Oct. 21, but the Gov. Chris Christie is taking another crack at putting the mandate on hold. Both developments are the latest in a flurry of legal activity over whether the state should allow gay couples to marry.

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about movement in the GOP’s government shutdown

Madigan• Comedian Kathleen Madigan joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to hang with us for the rest of the morning

• Suzanne Somers calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk to Steph about “The Change” and to promote her book, “I’m Too Young For This!”

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the debt ceiling and the upcoming financial apocalypse

• Multiple House Republican members and GOP leadership sources say that leaders are preparing a proposal to raise the debt ceiling temporarily in order to avoid default while keeping the government shut down. President Obama has said he’d be open to this idea.

• Janet Yellen, the first woman to be nominated to lead the Federal Reserve, is receiving early praise from Dems and is likely to face a far smoother Senate confirmation than Lawrence Summers, the man who was widely seen as President Obama’s top choice to lead the central bank.

• Libya’s state news agency says Prime Minister Ali Zidan, abducted by gunmen at dawn, has now been freed and was seen on his way to his office.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 9, 2013

• Comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about his show at The Marin Showcase Theatre on Friday

Astin• Actor Sean Astin calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his Kickstarter campaign to fund his new political web show, “Vox Populi”

• Actorvist Melissa Fitzgerald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT with her West Wing Co-Star Josh Singer, writer of the new movie “The Fifth Estate”

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Humpdays With Hal

• President Barack Obama is ready to talk even on Republicans’ terms, he insisted Tuesday, so long as Congress acts first to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling — even for a short period. House Speaker Boehner immediately rejected the idea.

• President Obama will nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank, the White House said Tuesday. She would be the first woman to lead the Fed.

• Supreme Court Justices yesterday heard the latest challenge to campaign finance reforms enacted after the abuses of the Watergate era. The question before the court is whether limits on individual contributions to candidates and political parties violate the First Amendment.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 8, 2013

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the government shutdown in the rudest way possible

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to ask where the gutsy Republicans are when it comes to ending the shutdown

Politically Incoherent• Rocky Mountain Mike calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us about the release of his comedy album, “Politically Incoherent”

• Conservative radio host Michael Medved calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about The Great Debate 3 in Chicago with Steph

• With the government shutdown entering week 2, the focus of ending a stalemate is shifting to the upcoming deadline to increase how much the federal government can borrow. A White House reference to the length of a debt ceiling deal caused speculation that they might be signaling flexibility on the issue to legislators.

• A new poll from Washington Post/ABC News found that disapproval of GOPers is up to 70% among American adults from 63% approval at the end of September. Disapproval of Dems is up to 61% from 56% at the end of last month.

• A top Chinese official chided DC on Monday about the government shutdown and the debt-ceiling impasse, fretting that the political gridlock could leave the economy of America’s top foreign creditor in a jam.

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of the GOP’s government shutdown

Kirkman• Comedian Jen Kirkman, author of “I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself: Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids” joins Steph in studio at 11am ET / 8am PT

• White House officials on Sunday pushed back on House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that the Republican-controlled lower chamber could not pass a government spending bill or raise the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats.

• The Pentagon announced Saturday that it will recall more than 300,000 furloughed civilian employees – or more than three-quarters of those idled by the partial government shutdown.

• Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that al Qaeda and other terrorists “can run but they can’t hide.” Kerry’s comment followed twin raids launched Saturday by U.S. forces in Somalia and Libya, where they captured senior al Qaeda official Anas al Libi, accused of planning the 1998 embassy attack in Kenya and Tanzania.

• A team of international experts began the process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons on Sunday, according to the United Nations. The group consists of inspectors from the Netherlands-based watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons along with a U.N. team.

Show Notes for Friday, October 4, 2013

Quivers• Radio legend Robin Quivers calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new vegan cookbook, “The Vegucation Of Robin: How Real Food Saved My Life”

• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to wonder who the 10% of people who like Congress are

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT for a telephonic version of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the shutdown from the perspective of a former Congressional spouse

• Investigators are attempting to determine why an unarmed Stamford, Conn., woman ran her car into a security fence outside the White House on Thursday before leading authorities on a short chase that ended with her death in a hail of police gunfire near the U.S. Capitol.

• House Speaker John Boehner has privately told Republican lawmakers anxious about fallout from the government shutdown that he would not allow a potentially more crippling federal default as the atmosphere on Capitol Hill turned increasingly tense on Thursday.

• With FEMA crippled because of the GOP shutdown, Tropical Storm Karen is poised to become the first named storm to hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 3, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to tell us what’s going on in DC with the GOP’s government shutdown

Plame• Former CIA agent Valerie Plame calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to tell us about her new espionage thriller, “Blowback”

Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what the GOP’s government shutdown is doing to America

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he is “exasperated” by the government shutdown but won’t negotiate with the Republicans until they pass an extension of funding to reopen it.

• Emerging from a White House meeting that stretched for more than an hour last night, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders said that they are still at an impasse over how to end the ongoing government shutdown.

• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today it would be “diplomatic malpractice of the worst order” not to test Iran’s willingness to comply with international demands over its nuclear program.

• In a defeat for Michael Jackson’s family, jurors yesterday found concert promotor AEG was not negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered an overdose of anesthesia to the singer.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SignorileMichelangelo Signorile, host of “The Michelangelo Signorile Show” afternoons on SiriusXM Progress 127, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Humpdays With Hal”

The first full day of government shutdown ended in another stalemate as Dems rejected an attempt by House GOP-ers to restore funding to delayed veterans benefits and closed national parks and memorials, and to give D.C. the authority to use local revenue to continue operations.

President Barack Obama has postponed visits to Malaysia and the Philippines so he can concentrate on dealing with the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, an administration official confirmed this morning.

President Obama marked the opening of enrollment in the new health insurance marketplace in a speech in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, saying that despite the partial shutdown of the federal government “a big part of the Affordable Care Act is now open for business.”

Nearly 3 million people tried to sign onto the Affordable Care Act’s main federal website at HealthCare.gov yesterday, only to be met with frozen screens. Officials said it was a testament to the site’s popularity; critics said it was evidence the government has bungled the effort.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the government shutdown

yarmuthRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in to talk about the GOP shutting down the government over the implementation of ObamaCare

Parts of the federal government officially shut down at 12:01 Tuesday morning after Congress played hot potato with a spending bill for several hours but failed to come to an agreement to fully fund normal operations.

• In a message broadcast over Armed Forces Television at midnight Eastern Time, President Obama said he was signing emergency legislation ensuring that service members would still be paid and promised that “we’ll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families.”

• With the government shut down, national parks expected to close, homebuyers will probably facing delays on government-backed mortgages, and an estimated 800,000 federal workers are facing furlough. Federal agencies have stopped paying for veterans’ medical care, halted disease surveillance, and have shelved toxic cleanups.

• More than three years after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, one of the most critical elements of the health care law goes into effect today when open enrollment begins on 51 different state-based, online insurance marketplaces.