Here’s a radical idea

If the government shuts down, all members of Congress are immediately up for recall.

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Apparently Australia did something similar in 1975?

After the 1975 shutdown, Sir John Kerr, Queen Elizabeth II’s official representative in Australia, dismissed and replaced then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. A new bill that authorized funding for the government was passed almost immediately. Then, Kerr proceeded to dismiss the entire Australian Parliament.

Though at the time the methods were deemed unorthodox, history has proven them successful. Case in point: Australia has not had another government shutdown since.

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At least the search for Dr. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee is continuing.

The Craters of the Moon National Monument was granted an exemption that will allow 10 of its staff to continue the search for Dr. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, who went missing in the park Sept. 19.

Originally, only three employees were told they could remain at work to take care of necessary functions during a government-ordered furlough. However, exemptions were granted because the monument was conducting an emergency search, Plan Section Chief John Apel said Wednesday.

Ten employees volunteered to continue working through their furlough, and were cleared by the government to continue the search.

Because of the furlough, none of the park staff members are being paid for their work. Apel said that Congress may later vote to issue back pay, but there are no guarantees.

I’m still beyond words to how much I hate hate hate the fact that one political party could unilaterally shut down the government like this.

Also: Thank you, Jon Stewart, for saying what I can’t.

Last night, Jon Stewart laid into House Republicans for celebrating the government shutdown as not really being a big deal, since they’re not personally feeling the negative effects of it.

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And now the capital is in lockdown.

….that was kind of expected, actually.

Capitol police said Thursday that shots were reported fired outside the Capitol and all staffers were warned to stay inside and away from doors.

“If you are in an office building, shelter in place,” an audio message broadcast to Capitol offices said, also warning those on the grounds outside to seek cover.

And more:

“A vehicle struck a bollard at 15th and Pennsylvania,” near a checkpoint that allows access to the south side of White House complex, a law enforcement source told POLITICO. “It continued driving down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Captiol and was pulled over at 2nd and Constitution.”

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