Obama Calls Impact Of Government Shutdown ‘heartbreaking’

shutdown and APEC General Electric talks long-term growth Obama’s comments have been dismissed by his Republican opponents as scare tactics, but the world economy can do without this sort of drama. As Putin said after the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, last month, the global economy is doing better than it was five years ago, “but the risks are still very high.” Obama was scheduled to speak today, the last day of the APEC forum before the leaders’ retreat on Tuesday, on a theme that now seems particularly pertinent — “America’s leadership and priorities: What they mean for the world.” Obama’s 2010 “pivot to Asia” policy was supposed to enmesh the U.S. ever more deeply into the region, as a counterweight to the rapidly growing influence of China. But he cancelled trips to Asia in 2010 because of domestic pressures, and in 2012 declined an invitation to attend the APEC forum in Vladivostok because of the timing of the Democratic convention. His cancellation statement on Thursday showed his frustration at another domestic issue getting in the way of his Asia-Pacific aspirations: “This completely avoidable shutdown is setting back our ability to create jobs through promotion of U.S.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/06/world/asia/apec-obama-xi-putin/index.html

White House official says Obama would accept short-term agreement on debt ceiling

President Obama says Iran is still a year or more away from developing nuclear weapons an assessment that puts him at odds with Israel. While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this past week that Iran is just six months away from building a nuke, the President told the Associated Press in an interview Friday that our assessment continues to be a year or more away. While the President has refused to rule out military intervention to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, he said the U.S. should try a diplomatic solution. RELATED: IRANS PRESIDENT A WOLF NOT TO BE TRUSTED: NETANYAHU Obama recently had a brief phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the first direct contact between the leaders of the two countries in more than 30 years. I think Rouhani has staked his position on the idea that he can improve relations with the rest of the world, Obama said. And so far, he’s been saying a lot of the right things.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/obama-iran-year-nukes-article-1.1477685

The measure is likely to hit the Senate floor later this week. Graphic Wonkblogs Daily Default Dashboard: Is it time to panic yet? More from PostPolitics Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan A little more conversation is what the Speaker needs. Majority of House appears to support clean CR Aaron Blake 195 Democrats have signaled support for a clean CR. Add them to the 22 House Republicans who also support it, and you have a majority. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday to call an immediate vote on a clean short-term spending bill that would reopen the federal government.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-official-says-obama-would-accept-short-term-agreement-on-debt-ceiling/2013/10/07/ef7b1d94-2f56-11e3-8906-3daa2bcde110_story.html

Obama blames Boehner for ongoing government shutdown

Call a vote right now and lets see what happens. Boehner said Sunday that there arent enough votes to end the shutdown without Obama negotiating to delay or otherwise make changes to the new health care reform law, a statement that cut sharply against vote counts done by news organizations and the statements of numerous moderate Republicans who have publicly said they would join with Democrats to reopen the government at current spending levels if Boehner allows a bill to come to the floor. There are not the votes in the House to pass [a clean spending bill], Boehner said. One of the moderate Republicans who favors passing clean funding bill a so-called continuing resolution funding the government without changes to the health care law said moments after Obamas remarks that he agrees there are enough votes. I believe there are the votes to pass a clean [continuing resolution], Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Charlie Dent said on CNN. Im going to insist the Speaker try to bring out a clean, continuing resolution. Speaking on the House floor later, Boehner said its Obama who is making the shutdown drag on.
Source: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/07/obama-says-boehner-bluffing-hold-a-vote/

Obama Says Boehner Is Bluffing: ‘Hold a Vote’

“The redirected obsession with the Affordable Care Act, with Obamacare, has to stop,” he added. “That is not something that should be a price for keeping the government open.” Obama contrasted his own low-profile behavior during his single term in the Senate with that of some current first-term senators, who include Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky — all of whom have been outspoken in their opposition to Obamacare. “I didn’t go around courting the media, and I certainly didn’t go around trying to shut down the government,” he said. “And so I recognize that in today’s media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base — whether it’s left or right — is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention or raise money, but it’s not good for government. It’s not good for the people we’re supposed to be serving.” Thoughts on Iran The AP interview also touched on the question of Iran’s nuclear program and the overtures made last month by President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/05/politics/obama-interview/index.html

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