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September 29, 2013 5:07 PM NYT report suggests medical device tax repeal can see shutdown avoided - Evening roundup

By Samuel Knight

*New York Times reporting suggests that both sides might agree to a GOP face-saving medical device tax repeal to avoid a shutdown.

*POLITICO is summing up House Republicans’ and Ted Cruz’s bleating on the airwaves today as a bid to convince the American people that the inevitable shutdown won’t be their fault. But a CBS/New York Times September 19-23 poll shows Americans are more likely to blame Republicans (44/35) for the mess.

*The Hill’s Sam Baker has noticed that Republican lawmakers are reluctant to call Obamacare a law - referring to it, seemingly systematically, as a “bill.”

*Felix Salmon wrote about Alex Pareene’s entanglement with CNBC’s Wall Street sock puppets about Jamie Dimon. He argued - in addition to the fact that what’s good for JPM shareholders might be terrible for the country - that Pareene’s point about the fines incurred by the financial leviathan under Dimon put his management skills and the company’s stated profits in disrepute.

Also of note - Salmon notes that JPM has about $200 billion in equity. This makes statements dismissive of the significance of the $9 billion London Whale trading loss and multi-billion dollar fines “because the company has $2.4 trillions in assets” rather misleading.

*The AP reports that the city of Atlanta, like many other cities, has drastically (and, seemingly, lastingly) reduced the number of people sleeping on its streets by staying “focused first and foremost on getting the homeless off the streets, and then providing them with any services and other help they may need.”

“The city is well on its way to meeting its goal of finding homes for 800 people this year, with already more than 700 in homes.”

[…]

Recent analysis from Atlanta’s local housing authority found that veterans permanently housed through the HUD-VASH [Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing] voucher program had an average retention rate of 95 percent. It is too early to calculate the retention rate for the city’s recent chronic homelessness challenge.

That’s all from me this weekend. Don’t let the Breaking Bad finale traumatize you too much!

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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