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October 21, 2013

Republican infighting rages

A new week, and Republicans are trying to see the way forward. The party is split over whether to pursue another government shutdown early next year.

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A new week, and Republicans are trying to see the way forward:

• “It’s civil war in the G.O.P.” — Richard Viguerie, a veteran conservative who helped invent the political direct mail business in

The New York Times


The Times examined the Republican Party this weekend. Here’s the key graph: In dozens of interviews, elected officials, strategists and donors from both wings of the party were unusually blunt in drawing the intraparty battle lines, suggesting that the time for an open feud over the Republican future had arrived.

• “It's been a fiasco. Send Air Force One to Silicon Valley. Load it up with smart people, bring it back to Washington and fix this problem. It's ridiculous, and everybody knows that.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, on CNN Sunday about the need to fix all the technical problems with Obamacare.

“To ensure that we make swift progress, and that the consumer experience continues to improve, our team has called in additional help to solve some of the more complex technical issues we are encountering.” — A blog post on the Health and Human Services website Sunday.

President Obama will discuss the problems with the rollout of his signature health insurance program on Monday and will address the glitches that have slowed the enrollment process. The nation’s focus on the program will increase dramatically now that the government shutdown circus has passed. One big question: Can HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius survive?

• “I have heard some suggestions out there that some legislators are looking at possible modifications to tenure.” — Fred Logan, president of the Kansas Board of Regents.

The regents are hearing rumblings that some lawmakers are considering changes to the tradition of job security for some university professors. KU tenured journalism professor David Guth’s tweet blaming the NRA for a mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. appears to be behind the new push. Look for the higher ed community to go bonkers if lawmakers pursue big changes.

• “The public just can’t get enough.” — Shana Capozza, the director of marketing and publicity at The Globe Pequot Press, on the avalanche of books in advance of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination next month.

Is anyone surprised? Kennedy’s death was a defining moment for a generation of Americans and for a host of reasons it remains an event of enduring fascination.

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