GOP: Cruz led us into disaster. Car chase disrupts Congress' chaos. Boehner to allow Dems to help raise debt limit.
Happy Friday. Republicans in Congress are privately starting to show their anger toward Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for leading the party into the showdown over the government budget, and many are upset about the hard-line position they find themselves in. Point blank: They're worried it's a losing battle. [NYTimes] More shutdown links below.
Topping the news: A car chase from the White House to the Capitol ended with a woman being fatally shot by police. The woman tried to breach two Washington landmarks, and officials say it was not an accident but did not link it to any bigger terrorist threats. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN]
-> All of Utah's members of Congress and staff are safe after the incident. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @RexHuppke: "Congress is the phrase 'let's agree to disagree' come to life."
Happy birthday: To state Rep. Roger Barrus, Sen. Orrin Hatch's former Chief of Staff Jace Johnson, DEQ's Donna Kemp Spangler and Tara DiJulio.
Shutdown, Day 4: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will not allow the country to default on its debts come Oct. 17, according to GOP aides, and will allow a vote that includes Democrats to pass the bill. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN] [NYTimes]
-> President Barack Obama has canceled his trip to Asia to try and break the budget impasse in Congress. Obama will miss out on two regional summits. [WaPost] [Politico] [CNN]
-> Gov. Gary Herbert said that it's Obama's lack of leadership that caused the government shutdown. Herbert said that the president should gather Republican and Democratic leaders and fix the problems with Obamacare. [Trib] [DNews]
-> Rep. Jim Matheson has joined bipartisan forces to try and solve the shutdown by offering a six-month budget, rather than a six-week one. [Trib]
-> Utah's Women, Infants, and Children fund received an emergency federal grant in the sum of $2.5 million from the Department of Agriculture to help stay open during the shutdown. [Trib]
-> Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick discuss the government shutdown and Gov. Herbert's possible pick for lieutenant governor. [UtahPolicy]
-> Bernick, meanwhile, says the government shutdown could affect political races in Utah. [UtahPolicy]
-> Take a look at yesterday's Trib Talk about how government shutdown may affect you. [Trib]
In other news: With minority populations growing in Utah, economists say that officials need to adjust strategies to help the poverty in those communities. [Trib]
-> A report showed that education is one prime factor for breaking the poverty cycle, and officials are studying how to end generational poverty in Utah. [Trib]
-> Construction projects on the freeway could cause extra delays to commuters over the weekend. [Trib]
-> Granite School District has received a multimillion-dollar grant from the Department of Education for a program to recruit, train and mentor principals for schools in need. [DNews]
-> Paul Rolly discussed how a man was arrested after breaking in and defecating on the floor of a state liquor store, and how a typo on tickets issued by the Unified Police could result in people not being able to pay their tickets on time. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake County Division of Aging Services honored five companies for their work helping the elderly at the 14th annual Senior Expo. [Trib]
Nationally: The monthly jobs report, the sought after gauge of the economic situation, is curtailed as part of the government shutdown. [NYTimes]
-> Wealthy campaign contributors will have more influence in federal races if the Supreme Court rules a key campaign finance restriction unconstitutional. [WaPost]
Where are they?
Gov. Gary Herbert attends the Merit Medical ribbon cutting ceremony and host lunch for Utah's centenarians.
SL Co. Mayor Ben McAdams participates in the Chief Executive Council Exercise for emergency preparedness and meets with Rebecca Dutson of the United Way of Salt Lake.
SLC Mayor Ralph Becker sits in on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights conference call.
WVC Mayor Mike Winder attends the Joint Planning Association Committee in Provo and speaks at the Family Fitness Center Celebration.
President Barack Obama meets with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.
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