A few links:

— As Paul Krugman has pointed out, the new GOP talking point is that “the shutdown/debt ceiling confrontation isn’t just about Obamacare; it’s about curbing runaway spending growth and exploding debt.”

— In case you’re dying to see Ted Cruz on CNN’s State of the Union talking about how changes to the ACA should be tied to a debt ceiling limit increase, here’s the link.

— On ABC’s This Week, the Orange Man basically said what Teddeh said.

— Fox and Friends passed along as real a satirical fake news item about how Obama is allegedly funding a museum of Muslim culture — out of his own pocket, yet! — during the shutdown. As the kids say, LOLSOB.

— Mike Konczal has written an excellent piece on those so-called “inessential” government functions that are being shut down. In reality, writes Konczal, “In a globalized, 21st-century world, all of these functions will become more, not less, essential to a prosperous and just society.” His piece makes that clear.

— A MoveOn survey shows the Republicans could lose the House if the election were held today.

— There were huge demonstrations for immigration reform throughout the country yesterday. Not like the media noticed or anything.

— President Obama says he is open to changing the name of the Washington Redskins. I should hope so!

— And finally, Sir Bob Geldoff predicted recently that “All humans will die before 2030!” (due to climate change). You gotta love the British tabloids. Give me that “all humans will die!” headline and then identify Geldoff as “[t]he former Boomtown Rats singer” before transcribing his latest pompous pronouncement and I’m yours.

Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee