Breaking Brad: It's the final countdown ... again! -
Published Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9:33 am / Updated at 9:50 am
Breaking Brad: It's the final countdown ... again!

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* Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns was part of a Republican delegation that visited the White House to try to end the shutdown. That explains why, when a transcript of the meeting was released, it was just a bunch of snoring.

* There was just another glitch on the United Airlines website that allowed people to get flights for next to nothing. The glitches were so bad, I tried to book a flight to Orlando and somehow signed up for Obamacare.

* The Nobel Prize in Economics has been awarded to three Americans. How fast can we elect these people to Congress?

* At this point, it's clear that the “D” in “D.C.” stands for “Duh.”

* The U.S. Senate may, or may not, be closing in on a deal to raise the debt ceiling, 24 hours before the deadline. Hey, why the rush?

* The House failed, so now it's up to the Senate. Stop me if you've heard this one a million times before.

* Bill Clinton on the government stalemate: “Nobody's right all the time.” No, but the last time Congress got it right was nearly 200 years ago.

* Due to the two-week-plus government shutdown, many federal research projects have been canceled. The latest to go? The $11 billion study to determine whether bumble bees enjoy country music.

* Good news regarding the shutdown: The House is no longer leading efforts to end it. Bad news regarding the shutdown: Efforts are now being led by the Senate.

* The whole thing is getting ridiculous. Last night, the elephant and the donkey issued statements distancing themselves from the Republicans and Democrats.

* OK, here's how we settle it. Obama and Boehner, 18 holes of golf, winner take all. Tee off at 8 a.m. tomorrow. Let's get it on.

* During the shutdown, squirrels began feasting on Michelle Obama's kitchen garden after the employee who tended to it was furloughed. Beginning on Day 8, Joe Biden was tied to a stick and forced to act as a human scarecrow.

* The situation is so dire in Washington, D.C., with the debt ceiling approaching, that several members of Congress briefly stopped campaigning for their next election to pay attention.

* Members of Congress are optimistic they can reach a deal. I picture Charlie Brown, always optimistic he can kick the football until Lucy pulls it away at the last second.

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