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politics lead

October 7th, 2013
06:11 PM ET

Roundtable: How much of this shutdown is about the visuals, the optics?

There are some very real, very painful consequences of a government shutdown. But there's also a lot of closures that feel a little gratuitous, like fencing off the Lincoln Memorial, or chaining off children's playgrounds in Washington.

Also Monday, the Amber Alert website that helps find abducted children finally came back online, after going dark, ostensibly due to the shutdown. But the program itself was never affected, so is this all just about the optics?

Our roundtable with CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash, National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru, and former Clinton adviser and CNN political contributor Paul Begala discuss in the videu above.

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October 7th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

Louisiana governor says Washington GOP engaged in 'Republican fratricide'

Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sees the infighting that has seized the GOP in Washington as "fratricide" – brother killing brother.

Moderate conservatives have criticized the House Republican strategy of tying the defunding of Obamacare to government spending, the core dispute that has triggered the shutdown.

But Jindal, who last year said Republicans have to "stop being the stupid party," held back.

"I don't even want to engage in Republican fratricide. There are more than enough Republicans fighting each other, going after each other," Jindal said in an interview on "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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money lead

October 7th, 2013
05:56 PM ET

Pawlenty on the debt ceiling: The U.S. can't 'dine and dash'

Congress has just 10 days to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, at which point the government would run out of cash to pay its bills, an outcome that former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said could have serious consequences.

"Congress has become a Congress that only acts in a crisis, so now we have a real deadline with potentially cataclysmic consequences if they don't act," Pawlenty said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

October 7th, 2013
05:53 PM ET

House GOP won't default, or 'don't want' to?

Congress has just ten days to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, at which point the government would run out of cash to pay its bills.

"This is one of those moments in our history that every time we come up against a large increase in the debt ceiling we should talk about how do we stop doing this. What do we have to do to get us back in balance," Republican Congressman James Lankford said in an interview on "The Lead with Jake Tapper"
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national lead

October 7th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

Twelve years at war: War in Afghanistan enters 13th year

By CNN's Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

It was called "Operation Enduring Freedom," and they weren't kidding about the enduring part.

Twelve years ago today, U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan to dismantle al Qaeda and hunt down Osama bin Laden after the attacks of 9/11.

2,275 U.S. troops have been killed as part of Enduring Freedom, and 19,334 have been wounded in action – a number does not include the deep wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other psychological issues.
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