Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
As our National Zoo closes while the congressional zoo remains open and (infuriatingly!) pays itself, House Republicans are making a series of arguments about Why It's Not Our Fault:
It's the Democrats! If they want to end the government shutdown or avoid a debt-limit crisis, all they have to do is make a concession or two. How can President Barack Obama be willing to negotiate with tyrants in Russia and Iran, but not with the House majority?