October 16, 2013

The Senate is currently moving towards a vote on the deal to re-open the government and extend the debt limit; the House is scheduled to join them (very) late tonight. I suppose it’s never done until it’s done, but there’s no reason at this point to expect any trouble at all. It’s a done deal, and later tonight this whole sad episode will be over. Which means the clock starts on bargaining over the real budget deal that will be needed over the next several weeks, but that just means we’re back to something approaching a normal process.

1. Here’s the text of the bill.

2. Good quotes from Republican Senators who think the shutdown was a disaster for the GOP, from Jennifer Bendery.

3. Ed Kilgore explains why he’s happy about the deal — and why he’s hesitating.

4. While Jonathan Chait has the analysis of debt limit hostage taking after this showdown.

5. Robert Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on the end of the shutdown — and what’s important in the real budget battle ahead.

6. Should Barack Obama’s next budget agenda be to take on the deficit scolds? Alec MacGillis makes the case.

7. After all, as Joshua Tucker notes, the rate of growth of government depth during the Obama Administration isn’t anything special. Featuring a nice historical perspective chart.

8. Josh Huder on why John Boehner is almost certainly safe, at least for the rest of this Congress.

9. Jed Lewison on John Boehner’s surrender statement, and the key point (one that Greg’s been great on): Boehner said from the start that he wasn’t going to go over the debt limit deadline. There’s no leverage there.

10. While Sarah Binder talks generally about the deal, the legislative process, and polarization.

11. The Affordable Care Act rollout woes are real, but Republicans react by crying wolf — or, rather, Katrina. Some imagination, folks! Tim Murphy has it.

12. Meanwhile Sarah Kliff talks about her encounter with Healthcare.gov.

13. Beth Reinhard reports on the latest cycle of efforts to ban abortion. Important.

14. And yes, assuming everything goes as expected tonight: Pandacam should be back up tomorrow.