Weekend News Read 20 October 2013.
- POSTMORTEM: Chris Cilizza’s accounting of what’s changed after the shutdown — and what hasn’t. (Mainly about what hasn’t, we’d gather.) (WashPo)
- Republicans got nothing out of their shutdown which Mitch McConnell says will never happen again; many Texans still love Ted Cruz because just secede already. (WashPo / NY Times)
- ACCOUNTABILITY: J.P. Morgan Chase will reportedly pay $13 billion to settle federal suit over subprime mortgage crisis AND won’t be cleared of possible criminal charges. Still too big to fail, and now not too big to nail. A little. (Guardian)
- BART: Public transit strike in the Bay Area is on hold after two veteran track workers are killed by a train. (LA Times)
- Has anyone been fired over the Healthcare.gov debacle yet? Republicans — and quite frankly anyone else who knows how to use a fucking computer — want to know. (CNN)
- Convicted killers who escaped from prison using forged paperwork have been re-captured; officials say more arrests are coming with one saying “They had to have a lot of help” to pull off their caper. In other news, no shit, Sherlock. (USA Today)
- AFLAME: State of emergency declared for bushfire-struck New South Wales in Australia; up to 25 townships could be evacuated near Sydney. (Time Mag)
- And finally… YOU HAD TO BE THERE: During a press junket in Mexico City, a reporter asked Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron what it was like to shoot the film… in outer space. Cuaron played along before answering that they spent more than three months in a Soyuz space capsule. I guess Cuaron realized the — wait for it — gravity of the situation. (NY Daily News)
In space, no one can hear you scream “Action!”.