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10:35 AM ET, September 20, 2013

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Actually, Senate GOP can't filibuster to defund Obamacare  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS OBAMACARE SENATE HEALTH CARE TED CRUZ  —  Senate Republicans, along with GOP lawmakers in the House, know that Sen. Ted Cruz and his colleagues don't have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare.
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Tim Alberta / NationalJournal.com:
Inside Boehner's Plan To Avoid Shutdown (And Wound Obamacare)  —  Forget Friday's big spending bill vote.  House leaders know the Senate will reject it and are ready to respond.  Here's the GOP playbook.  —  House Republicans have orchestrated a master plan to avoid a government shutdown …
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
The Republicans Who Fear a Shutdown  —  They aren't in Washington—and they're very worried about driving away independent voters.  —  Thirty-three percent.  That's President Obama's approval rating among white voters, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week.
Discussion: First Read and Politico
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
House Republicans Pass Deep Cuts in Food Stamps
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Why Ted Cruz Might Be Right About Defunding Obamacare in the Senate
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate sees way forward on funding bill
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The real Navy Yard scandal  —  In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.”  —  It's always the weapon and never the shooter.  Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Firm that ran background check on Snowden also vetted Navy Yard shooter
Discussion: ABC News
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Navy Yard rampage began with gunman's colleagues, sources and witnesses say
Discussion: WJLA-TV and The Hill
Tamara Cohen / Daily Mail:
World's top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years  —  Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.
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Owen Bennett / Daily Express:
What climate change? Fewer people than EVER believe the world is really warming up
Discussion: Althouse and Daily Pundit
Associated Press:
Warming lull haunts authors of key climate report
Discussion: PlanetSave
Politico:
Pelosi unplugged  —  Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost.  She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately …
Andrew Rafferty / First Read:
Rand Paul says recent GOP wins a roadmap for party's future  —  CHANTILLY, Va. — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Thursday that Republicans have been “winning” recent Washington battles and laid out a roadmap for how the party can use the victories to appeal to key voting blocks that fueled President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election.
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘We are winning’ like Charlie Sheen
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout of Online Health Exchanges … Less than two weeks before the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul, the government's software can't reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, according to insurance executives and people familiar with the program.
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Poison at the heart of Labour: Damaging questions for Miliband and Balls as explosive book reveals Brown's spin doctor ran smear campaigns from Downing Street  —  The toxic culture of spin, smears and feuding at the heart of New Labour is laid bare today in an explosive political memoir.
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator and BBC
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Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Blair's fight to stop Brown's coup
Discussion: BBC, Spectator and Telegraph
Politico:
Hillary Clinton all but running  —  Dismissive sighs, weary eye-rolls, mocking rejoinders: these have been the favored tactics of Hillary Rodham Clinton's team of aides and allies when confronted with questions about the state of her thinking on whether to run for president again in 2016.
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Laura Collins / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Two decades after her affair with Bill Clinton, Gennifer Flowers reveals they'd be together …
Hassan Rouhani / Washington Post:
Why Iran seeks constructive engagement  —  Hassan Rouhani is president of Iran.  —  Three months ago, my platform of “prudence and hope” gained a broad, popular mandate.  Iranians embraced my approach to domestic and international affairs because they saw it as long overdue.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Fault Mental Health System Most for Gun Violence  —  Half say gun laws should be stricter, down from 58% after Newtown  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Forty-eight percent of Americans blame the mental health system “a great deal” for mass shootings in the United States, unchanged from January 2011.
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Not all mass shootings are equal in the eyes of the media or the public
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Crazy Party  —  Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the “stupid party.”  Unfortunately, Mr. Jindal failed to offer any constructive suggestions about how they might do that.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Spitting on Their Graves: Democrats Leave Benghazi Hearing Before Testimony From Families of Victims  —  During the second portion of a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing about Benghazi Thursday on Capitol Hill, the majority of Democrats on the Committee left the room and refused …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Republican Launches Personal Attack Against Keystone XL Activist At Congressional Hearing  —  On Thursday, a House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline ended with an ugly exchange between a Republican congressman and a Nebraska grassroots organizer.
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
How to End the Obamacare Debate
Discussion: First Read
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Gay parents adopt so they can rape kids, says hideous new Russian anti-gay video
Discussion: The Stranger …
Soopermexican / Independent Journal Review:
National Park Service Produces Videos Praising Islam's Contributions To Women's Rights
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Peggy Fletcher Stack / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mormons join Hawaii's gay-marriage fight, but with a new approach
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Joe. My. God.
Tom DeLay / Investor's Business Daily:
Americans Are Right To Oppose ObamaCare
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Marc Graser / Variety:
‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Earns $800 Million in a Day, More than Worldwide Haul of ‘Man of Steel’
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Hit & Run
 Earlier Items: 
NY Daily News:
EDITOR'S PICKS  —  Bill de Blasio already knows one person …
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Colorado House Republicans Unanimously Support Flood Relief, Unanimously Opposed Sandy Aid
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Hillary Clinton's image control: Security swipes man's phone, erases pic of her at speech