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All In Agenda: The blame game

Chris will explain why moderate Republicans actually deserve most of the blame for the government shutdown.

Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes : It's time to play the blame game in Washington. The conservative wing of the GOP is taking most of the flack for the two and a half week shutdown, but Chris Hayes will explain why moderate Republicans actually deserve more of the blame. Bruce Bartlett, former Senior Policy Analyst in the Reagan White House and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy in the George H.W. Bush administration, James Pethokoukis, CNBC Contributor and columnist at the American Enterprise Institute, and Washington Post Contributor Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy will join the discussion.

Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, member of the House Budget Committee, and Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at, will also join Chris Hayes to talk about what's next on the political agenda. President Obama laid out his plans Thursday morning for what to tackle next, including an agreement on a "responsible budget," immigration reform and a farm bill. 

Later, Chris will tell the tale of the mysterious kickback for a Kentucky dam that was thrown into the debt deal at the last minute. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claims he had nothing to do with the $2.9 billion now headed to his home state.

Plus: With Senator-Elect Cory Booker's win in New Jersey Wednesday night, attention is turning to the 2014 midterm elections. Jess McIntosh, Communications Director at Emily's List, Nelini Stamp, Organizer and Youth Director with the Working Families Party in New York, and Sam Seder, Host of The Majority Report podcast and Co-Host of the Ring of Fire radio show, will join the table to talk about how the electorate in an off year is so different from the voters in a Presidential election year.