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Some good news

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
October 2, 2013 1:56:25 PM PDT
For all those who say we never report good news, stop right there. Here's a news alert that crossed the wire today: "Rental car company Enterprise Holdings plans to add 11,000 new workers by the end of July."

Pales in comparison to the 800,000 federal workers who've lost their jobs during this government shutdown, but, hey, one step at a time, right? And if every big company boosted their workforce like Enterprise by the end of July, well, this economy would start chugging along again, right?

If only?

Meanwhile, the President is meeting early tonight at the White House with Congressional leaders from both parties. Are they negotiating? Hard to imagine, but we can always hope. Mr. Obama doesn't seem to be backing down. Today, he said that, "when you have a situation in which a faction is willing to default on U.S. obligations, then we are in trouble."

The President - addressing his comments to Wall Street, saying that the markets could suffer if all this isn't settled soon.

Are we hurting our national security with this shutdown? There are many experts who believe we are. We know that it's affecting low-income Americans, like the Women, Infants and Children program, Head Start, and Meals on Wheels. All have been feeling cuts. Our Jim Dolan is taking a closer look into the affects of the shutdown, tonight at 11.

Speaking of money, was this runoff necessary in the New York City Public Advocate Democratic Primary? Councilwoman Letitia James won the primary, and last night she won the runoff, handily. 60-40 percent over Daniel Squadron. It cost taxpayers $13 million, for an office with an annual budget of $2.3 million or so. With 187,877 votes cast, that means each vote cost taxpayers of New York, already hit hard financially, $69.13. I know democracy is expensive, but was this runoff necessary? Do we need that kind of runoff-avoidance threshold for Public Advocate? Just askin'. Meanwhile, James becomes the City's fourth Public Advocate and the first African-American woman to be elected to New York citywide office.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER

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