Thanks to President Obama stubbornly refusing to negotiate with terrorists (his negotiations with Iran notwithstanding),House Republicans were forced to shut down the federal government for the first time since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich was relegated to the back of Air Force One in 1995.
Without a doubt, the most visible and devastating consequence of this latest game of brinkmanship is the closure of America’s national parks—which has enraged a lot of vacationers; newbies and veterans alike.
However, there have also been a number of less conspicuous (and clearly less important) negative consequences, such as: 800,000 “non-essential“ workers being furloughed; Head Start programs being suspended; and millions of Americans’ health and safety being endangered.
Meet the Press: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Roundtable: Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Republican Strategist Mike Murphy, Steve Inskeep (NPR) and Rich Lowry (National Review).Face the Nation: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX); Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Roundtable: Gwen Ifill (PBS), Dana Milbank(Washington Post), Jim VandeHei (Politico) and John Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH); Sen.Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC); Roundtable: Cokie Roberts (ABC News), Paul Gigot (Wall Street Journal), Soledad O’Brien (Starfish Media Group), Former “Car Czar” Steve Rattner and Jonathan Karl (ABC News).
Fox News Sunday: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Rep. Pete King (R-NY); Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN),Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Roundtable: Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Steve king (R-IA), Democratic Strategist Stephanie Cutter and Ross Douthat (New York Times).
60 Minutes will feature: a report the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money (preview); never-before-seen footage of America’s first battle against al Qaeda 20 years ago (preview); and, a report on the large number of asteroids in space big enough to destroy a city, of which scientists only know where one percent of them are (preview).