• The crazy in DC isn't confined to the halls of Congress. On Thursday, there was Miriam Carey. Yesterday, a guy poured gasoline on himself in the National Mall, set himself on fire, and died for his efforts. Shades of Tunisia and the beginning of the Arab/Islamist Spring, although this event will spring nothing.
• In response to Obama's fascist tactics on reporters, reporters are adapting. David Sanger: “This is most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”
• More Shutdown Theater. As if the WWII Memorial wasn't enough, Obama is now shutting down part of the ocean.
Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice.
• More from President Petulant.
• Reuters investigates Obamacare software.
Days after the launch of the federal government's Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity.
Government officials blame the persistent glitches on an overwhelming crush of users - 8.6 million unique visitors by Friday - trying to visit the HealthCare.gov website this week.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc, the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is "declining to comment at this time," said spokeswoman Linda Odorisio.
Five outside technology experts interviewed by Reuters, however, say they believe flaws in system architecture, not traffic alone, contributed to the problems.
• Obamacare-friendly media was chumped by astroturfer Chad Henderson. Pathetic.
• More problems with Islamists, this time in Tunisia. At least they had the grace to step down.
• Even so, it's better in Tunisia than the Kingdom of Saud.
• U.S. Navy Seals launch attacks against militant Islamists, without drones, apparently.
U.S. commandos launched daring twin raids in Libya and Somalia on Saturday, capturing a senior al Qaeda official who allegedly planned 1998 embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania, sources told NBC News.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, initially reported that a “high-level target” also had been apprehended in the Somalia raid, but they later said it was unclear if that was the case.
But they said that U.S. Special Operations forces had captured Anas al Libi, a longtime al Qaeda member, in a pre-dawn raid near Tripoli, Libya. Al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai'I, has been wanted for more than a decade by the U.S. and has a $5 million reward on his head.
• Well, that's one way for the government overlords to employ a couple of million.
• Old and new economic trends.
• A rambling but interesting piece on the Middle East.
UPDATE: Josh Barro has a fairly brilliant Grand Bargain that would give Dems and Repubs some of what they want and reduce the deficit. If Boehner wanted an out, this would be a good one. EDIT: I forgot to mention that this will have somewhere around 0% chance of happening.