Political Headlines - October 2, 2013

  • No one budges in divided Congress: The government shutdown kept 800,000 federal workers home and put on stark display the dysfunctional state of America's political system. Matt Viser details the shutdown.


  • Arbitration has no place at the table: The problem with binding arbitration in government labor negotiations is that it erodes any incentive for unions to negotiate in good faith.  Jeff Jacoby reports. 


Hundreds in Mass. sign up for health coverage: Residents started enrolling for subsidized health insurance under a new federal system, a long-anticipated process that featured many choices.  Kay Lazar reports.