Jofi Joseph, who worked on issues related to nuclear non-proliferation, was tweeting as @natsecwonk. The posts included insulting comments about other administration officials and politicians from both parties. They were also critical of policies he was helping develop. Joseph is now out of a job.
The political organization No Labels says its members are trying to move past partisan politics, and focus on solving problems for the country. But did the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate slow down the No Labels movement? Host Michel Martin speaks once again with Congressmen Reid Ribble, R-WI., and Jim Cooper, D-TN.
The easy answer is that computer glitches stalled the launch of the Affordable Care Act health exchanges. But it's not as simple as that. The Obama administration lost valuable time waiting for a Supreme Court decision, a presidential election and state health exchange plans.
At auto plants, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, where it's Republican officials who are trying to stand in the way. One of them is the Tennessee governor, who says a unionized plant might discourage other companies from coming to his state.
President Obama has said that buying health insurance on the federal exchange should be as easy as buying goods on Amazon. However, the experience so far has been anything but easy. In a Rose Garden address Monday, Obama expressed his frustration with the problems and aimed to remind folks that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website.
The federal government is restarting its engines after the shutdown. But the domestic economy took a hit, and some of America's trade partners say gridlock makes them lose faith in the U.S. What will it take to get America back on track? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax and Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Roben Farzad.