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5:00 PM ET, September 18, 2013

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Politico:
And what's right with Obama?  —  The British have a saying about the twin rules of journalism: first simplify, then exaggerate.  —  Perhaps Barack Obama can comfort himself with the reality that his current travails are both more complicated in their causes and less dire in their consequences …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Losing the Room  —  WASHINGTON — On the most deadly day here since Sept. 11, 2001, with the capital reeling over the sadly familiar scene of a mass shooting by a madman, the chief executive stepped to the microphones and captured the heartbreak.  —  It wasn't the chief executive of the nation.
CNN:
A horrible way to fill the second most powerful job in America  —  Editor's note: David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership …
Discussion: Business Insider
Politico:
What's wrong with Obama?
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
White House gets ready for shutdown  —  The White House told federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for a government shutdown.  —  President Obama's budget director Sylvia Matthews Burwell in a memo to agencies said they should set their plans in case Congress fails to pass a funding measure by the end of the month.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Moderate Voice
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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
House Republicans up ante in showdown over federal shutdown  —  House Republican leaders bowed to conservative demands and announced plans Wednesday to strip out money for President Obama's healthcare law in a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Sept. 30.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservatives in House unveil ObamaCare replacement bill (Video)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Todd: It's Not Media's Job To Correct GOP's Obamacare Falsehoods (VIDEO)  —  MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don't expect members of the media to correct the record.  —  During a segment on “Morning Joe …
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New York Times:
House Bill Cuts Health Funds, Raising Odds of U.S. Shutdown
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Starbucks Coffee Company:
An Open Letter from Howard Schultz, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company  —  Posted by Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer  —  Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns.  In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners …
Debbie Siegelbaum / BBC:
Navy Yard: Swat team ‘stood down’ at mass shooting scene  —  On Wednesday, investigators continued to process the scene  —  One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday's shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.
Discussion: WJLA-TV and TheBlaze.com
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
State Law Prevented Sale of Assault Rifle to Suspect Last Week, Officials Say
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen Isn't Sure What's More Important To Republicans: Guns Or Bibles
CBS News:
Aaron Alexis tried to buy assault rifle but was unable to
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama distress signal: President seeks help from first-term A-Team  —  A struggling President Obama is calling for help from members of his first-term A-Team, who have left the White House for other jobs.  —  With his poll numbers falling and his second-term floundering so far …
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Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press:
Seven Arrested At White House Protest After Obama Announced He Won't Stop Deportations
Discussion: Associated Press
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Obama Got Ranted At By Ed Schultz, Was Enraged By Bad NYT Coverage: New Book  —  President Obama had to listen to a rant from Ed Schultz about his leadership and was constantly complaining about the New York Times' critical editorials about him, a new book says.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Poynter
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters:
Ed Schultz Delighted That Campaign Book Says Obama Had to Put Up With His ‘Tirade’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace.  Some indicators of labor market conditions have shown further improvement in recent months, but the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Art Swift / Gallup:
For First Time, Americans' Views of Russia Turn Negative  —  Despite approval of Russian plan for Syria, Americans sour on Putin  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — More Americans view Russia as unfriendly or an enemy of the United States than as an ally or friendly nation for the first time in 15 years …
TIME:
Google vs. Death  —  How CEO Larry Page has transformed the search giant into a factory for moonshots.  Our exclusive look at his boldest bet yet—to extend human life.  —  In person, it can be a little hard to hear Larry Page.  That's because he has vocal-cord nerve damage …
Wall Street Journal:
Walgreen to Give Workers Payments to Buy Health Plans  —  Drugstore Chain's Move Underscores Shifting Burden on Insurance  —  Rising health-care costs and a climate of change brought about by the new federal health law are prompting American corporations to revisit the pact they've long had with employees over medical benefits.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Walgreens, Blue Cross launch effort to promote ObamaCare
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Wrongnado - CNN  —  Reporting on a mass shooting in Washington, CNN doesn't let a lack of facts get in the way of drawing speculative conclusions.  (06:53)
Martin O'Malley / Washington Post:
What Maryland does better than Texas  —  Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, is governor of Maryland.  —  With gridlock and partisanship having all but paralyzed Washington, governors are at the forefront of our country's policy divide.  On the No. 1 issue facing our nation …
Jason Horowitz / Vogue.com:
Could Republican Senator Rand Paul Win the White House?  —  Tough talk and fearless politics have made Senator Rand Paul a leader in the Republican Party.  Could he—and his charming, secret-weapon wife, Kelley—win the White House?  —  On a sunny Saturday in July, Rand Paul and his wife …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
New Hampshire Senate Candidate: More Women In The Workplace Led To More Mass Shootings  —  Former Republican state Sen. Jim Rubens is expected to announce his U.S. Senate campaign today.  The rise of an economy with added opportunities for women has created “stress” for men, he says.
Harry Binswanger / Forbes:
Give Back?  Yes, It's Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%  —  It's time to gore another collectivist sacred cow.  This time it's the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.”  That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.”
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Graham readying use of force authorization against Iranian regime
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Guardian, Mashable, The Verge and AllThingsD
Tessa Cheek / The Colorado Independent:
Caldara vote fraud case under attorney general review
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Audit: Justice Department office overstated terrorism conviction statistics
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton leads Dems, Paul and Christie tops among Republicans in NH
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Reuters:
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Melanie Eversley / USA Today:
Federal government to seize NYC skyscraper tied to Iran
The Raw Story:
Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped By Someone With A Personally Owned Firearm
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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