11:53 AM, Oct 16, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department:
"Yes, I did," says the director when asked whether he discussed the closures with the secretary of the Interior Department.
"You didn't discuss it with anyone in the White House, did you?" asks a congressman.
7:14 PM, Oct 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama understands "the frustrations of the American people" more than anybody else. At least, that's what he told WABC in an interview:
"One thing that I've shown is that if I say I'm prepared to compromise on something, I can deliver votes and we can get it done," Obama said. "So, look: Nobody shares the frustrations of the American people more than I do because I see day in and day out the damage that something like a shutdown does."
11:29 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In the White House garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine and the weed growth is unchecked. Reuters is reporting that:
There is nothing in the middle.1:31 PM, Oct 11, 2013 • By JAY COST
The findings of the newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll are simply brutal for congressional Republicans. Not only are they getting the lion's share of the blame for the government shutdown, but President Obama's numbers have actually improved. Worse, Obamacare's numbers are improving, as well.
10:06 AM, Oct 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a letter sent yesterday to Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, 94 members of Congress question the federal government's decision to close open-air memorials during the federal government shutdown.
All signatories are Republicans. The letter was sent to 23 Democratic offices in the House, but all refused to sign on.
The members of Congress have 6 basic question for Jarvis:
1:18 PM, Oct 7, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Northern New England is in its glory; now and for the next week or so. The leaves are nearing peak color and until yesterday, there has been a big high pressure zone parked over the area so the weather has been what would once have been described as "heavenly." It has been raining now but in a few days, the sun will shine again and the leaves will still be there, in full. And for that, Washington can take no credit.
2:01 PM, Oct 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial:
1:58 PM, Oct 3, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In an attempt to dramatize the effects of the federal government shutdown, Washington state Democrats may have revealed more about their state and about the state of the economy under President Obama than they intended. The Advance, official blog of the Washington state house Democrats, posted the following on Thursday:
10:00 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The federal government is shutdown. That means only federal government employees that are deemed "essential" are going in to work.
We're led to believe it's a bare bones operation (Michelle Obama won't be tweeting, the National Park Service website is down, etc.). But in reality it appears the number of folks working is higher than half the federal employees. Or, in raw numbers, about 1,350,000 "essential" federal government employees are still working. And that does not include the 589,000 postal employees, who are working, too.
Could just open the Memorial...9:36 AM, Oct 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At least four National Park Service workers are erecting a barricade around the World War II memorial, John McCormack reports: