President Obama addresses the troops on the issue of the government shutdown.

Oh, those spoiled brat Republicans had to go and do it, didn't they?

Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.

The Washington Post is live blogging events. The one that got me?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) just tweeted this to his fellow Republicans:

#DontBlink

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 1, 2013

I really want to know how Democratic officials avoid punching him.

UPDATE: Jonathan Chait wrote a nice piece to combat all the false equivalencies being thrown about by the media.

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