Obama to Host White House Shutdown Summit
Meanwhile, he's also meeting with business leaders
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
In this Sept. 27, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama makes a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – With Congress apparently not even trying to negotiate an end to the government shutdown, President Obama has invited John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell to a White House meeting this afternoon, the New York Times reports. But from the sound of it, Obama doesn't have a solution up his sleeve; he'll simply use the meeting to try to persuade Republicans to drop their demands. "The president will urge the House to pass the clean CR to reopen the government, and call on Congress to act to raise the debt ceiling," a White House official says.

It wasn't Obama's only high-profile meeting today. Earlier, he met with CEOs from the country's 19 biggest financial firms, including Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon, to discuss the debt ceiling. The AP sees the meeting as a sign that business leaders are on the outs with their frequent allies in the Tea Party, because the shutdown is bad for business. "We're here to talk about what we're expert in," Blankfein said, "which is what the economy requires and what's helpful for growth."

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Oct 2, 2013 5:00 PM CDT
You still haven't heard reports from news agencies but the disastrous trends begun when “Obama Care” was just being set up have now been escalated. Reading this report now may be the first indication many people have that there are major problems created entirely by the legislation that was falsely promoted as a cure all for health care. Several private agencies have enumerated the disasters that this legislation has created. The Real shocker is the government office of Budget and management also warned us! The actual list is almost unlimited since every one has been assaulted by the reality of this action.To demonstrate that reality, here is a very short list of some of the HEALTH CARE providers, companies, counties and cities affected : Delta airlines-dropping entire insurance plans ; UPS ; Caterpillar Co. -100 million dollar cost; Sea World - cutting jobs ; Mexican American care center, Calif.-cutting hours to avoid Obama care costs ; A Michigan Medical Co.-100 million in "Obama care costs"; Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Wake Forest medical slashing 950 jobs; Orlando Health; Louisiana state Hospitals; Delaware Hospice ; Lawrence Memorial Hosp.; New Hampshire Blue Cross; Carnegie Museum; Fort Smith; EMORY HEALTH CARE; State of Virginia; Berkley Township, New Jersey; City of Mason Ohio; Lee County, Iowa; the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Oct 2, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks that it might have to suspend furloughs if the government closure continues. Two examples: -- At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open, Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering reports that at least seven officials were dispatched Wednesday morning to set up a ring of barricades to block tourists from the memorial. That is two more than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the night of the terrorist attack that killed four, including the U.S. ambassador. -- National Park Officials closed down the educational Claude Moore Colonial Farm near the CIA in McLean, Va., even though the federal government doesn't fund or staff the park popular with children and schools. Just because the privately-operated park is on Park Service land, making the federal government simply its landlord, the agency decided to close it. A Claude Moore Colonial Farm official said that the privately-funded staff is on the job Wednesday, but barred from letting anybody visit the historically accurate buildings or animals. Anna Eberly, the managing director, sent out an email decrying the decision and rude National Park Service staff handling the closure. Pointing to Park Service claims that parks have to be closed because the agency can’t afford staff during the government closure, Eberly wrote: “What utter crap. We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm. And if you were to park on the grass and visit on your own, you run the risk of being arrested. Of course, that will cost the NPS staff salaries to police the Farm against intruders while leaving it open will cost them nothing.”
Oct 2, 2013 4:32 PM CDT
Albama should invite Boxer so she can tell Boehner how Albama has cut the deficit in half..since he took office.