For the second day in a row, Conan O’Brien’s monologue was dominated by government shutdown news. His audience might have sounded apathetic but the polls indicate that 69 percent of Americans think House Republicans are acting like children. This might account for what Slate called Fox News “shutdown denialism.” The conservative network seems to be changing its story, reporting yesterday that a budget stalemate could turn the slimdown into a bona fide shutdown.
The economic impact of this fiasco is very real with 800,000 government employees out of work. According to Bloomberg, even a partial shutdown could cost the US economy more than $300 billion a day. Despite a glitchy launch, according to Conan, the fictional government in online version of Grand Theft Auto is currently functioning better than the US federal government. President Obama even had to scale back his trip to Asia, sending Senator John Kerry to Malaysia and the Philippines in his stead.
Leave it to Coco to find a bright side to this mess. Along with all other scheduled events at national parks, a Gettisburg Ku Klux Klan rally was canceled. For those who are angry that Congress continues to get paid despite their inability to behave like adults, there are a number of legislators who have pledged their salaries to charity. Among them is Ted Cruz who, Coco says is donating his pay to “Ted Cruz for president.”
In other bizaro world news, Russian President Vladimir Putin was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work for peaceful resolution of the Syrian-US chemical weapons dispute, according to the Washington Times.
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