Government shutdown: day 3

As we enter day 3 of the government shutdown, the New York Times reports that Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law. Sarah Cohen there said, “Poor, uninsured left out of Medicaid expansion, from @stavernise &@gebeloffnyt.” Olivia Sterns at Bloomberg News explained, “Millions of Poor Left Uninsured In Health Law: 2/3 of poor blacks &single mothers, half low-wage workers #Obamacare.”

Back in Congress, Propublica writes that Ted Cruz was blasted by angry GOP colleagues. Jennifer Bendery at Huffington Post wrote, “Yikes! GOP senators grilled Cruz in closed mtg re: endgame, asked if he'll renounce attacks on them. ‘I will not.’” Paul Hampton at the Sun Herald said, “Looks like GOP is falling out of love with rookie Cruz.” Phil Mattingly with Bloomberg News added, “Great behind the scenes look at the Cruz vs. his colleagues dynamic in the Senate from @mkraju.”

From the Daily Beast, there’s news that Denny Hastert Disses the ‘Hastert Rule’ Saying It ‘Never Really Existed’. Colleen Kelly at the Minneapolis StarTribune said, “Interesting take from ex-House speaker.” Brian Ries with Newsweek Global called it, “Dennis Hastert becomes self-aware.” Maria Newman with the New York Times tweeted this quote from the story: "You can’t be in Congress & shut down government & get anything done. It’s an oxymoron.”

Alex Seitz-Wald with the National Journal also covered Dennis Hastert’s ‘Hastert Rule' denouncement and tweeted: “One time Dennis Hastert and Bill Clinton negotiated a budget deal from 10,000 miles apart at 2:00 a.m.” Peter Weber with The Week Magazine called the whole thing “Interesting…” Alex Bruns from Bloomberg News had another name for it: “Very meta.”

In other news related to our country, Russell Gold with the Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Is Poised to Overtake Russia as Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer. Olivia Sterns with Bloomberg News wrote, “US imports of natural #gas & crude #oil have fallen 32% and 15%, respectively, in past 5 years.” Brett LoGiurato at Business Insider called it, “#ObamasAmerica.”

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