Government shutdown: Day 15 (seriously)

Just as we round the two-week mark on this shutdown thing, it looked like a Senate deal was on the horizon. Except that Robert Costa at The National Review has this tweet for us: "My latest: before the conf mtg even starts, House conservatives revolt ..."

New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait wondered, "How many times has @robertcosta used the headline 'House Conservatives Revolt'? ... Should just use as permanent header."

Buzzfeed'Evan McMorris-Santoro called the piece "vivid," quoting, "what one leading Tea Party congressman calls a 'mushy piece of s—t.'"

So it should come as no surprise that pressure is mounting for Senate party leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to make that deal happen. "If Senate deal passes and House rejects you'd probably be looking at TARP-like 800 point or more Dow drop," pointed out Ben White at Politico.

In the meantime, we learn Ted Cruz and other House Republicans met in secret late last night at a little Tex Mex joint. This Roll Call from Matt Fuller is mainly a serious one, but it seems none of us could really get past that one little location detail. "Ted Cruz should have his Texan card revoked for taking people to Tortilla Coast," quipped Slate's Matthew Yglesias. "'In Secret at Tortilla Coast' ≠ 'In Secret,'" pointed out Josh Greenman at the New York Daily News. "Because space outside Boehner's office wasn't available?" questioned NBC's Jessica Taylor. At PoliticoBlake Hounshell was already imagining how this scene will go down in history: "Tell me again about how the economy died, grandpa." "Well, you see, it all began at Tortilla Coast..."

And yet as the gap widens between the two chambers of Congress, an NBC piece promises us the nation isn't as divided as we think. "Is the idea of two Americas even true? Not according to our new @NBCNews @Esquiremag survey," tweeted Betsy Fischer Martin at the network. Colleague Gregory Gittrich added, "The new American center supports gay marriage, right to an abortion within first trimester, legalized marijuana ..."

But before you start to get too hopeful, here's a Bloomberg article from Victoria Stilwell that tells us more and more cash-strapped Americans have turned to selling their body parts to pad their ailing incomes. Then Bloomberg Businessweek's Scott Bixby tweeted what TIME's Nick Carbone called the "tweet-pun du jour" -- "Your body is a plunderland: Hard-up Americans are selling their hair, eggs, and sperm."

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