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11:55 AM ET, September 26, 2013

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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low  —  Republicans ambivalent about movement, while most Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
On Obamacare, Republicans get in their own way  —  When Dwight Eisenhower asked Gen. Georgy Zhukov how the Red Army cleared minefields, Zhukov replied that it marched through them.  Being profligate with lives is a perquisite of command and a luxury of those with an abundance of lives at their command.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Cruz, Tea Party Hero, Rankles Senate G.O.P. Colleagues  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Cruz's crusade to dismantle President Obama's health care law has helped cement his status as an emerging hero of the Tea Party and conservative grass roots.  But it is stoking resentment and derision …
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
W.H. official: Don't expect wave of enrollment
Discussion: Reuters and National Review
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low
Michael Walsh / National Review:   What We Just Saw  —  In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz's …
Jonathan Allen / Politico:   A final pitch for Obamacare
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Americans Reject by 61% Obama Demand for Clean Debt Vote  —  Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio disagree with President Barack Obama's contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions.  —  Instead, 61 percent say that it's “right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling …
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Politico:
Republicans shun shutdown but flirt with default
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Obama's Approval Rating Matches Two-Year Low, Poll Shows
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Republicans Debt-Ceiling Strategy Relies on Obama Budget
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
If John Boehner Knows What's Good For Him, He'll Shut Down the Government  —  What the hell is John Boehner thinking?  I don't mean that strictly in a rhetorical sense, though it's hard not to slap your head when you see the most powerful Republican in the country lurching from one cockamamie strategy to another.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
You Really Ought to Be More Terrified of the Debt Ceiling  —  The truly scary thing about blowing through the debt limit isn't what we think will happen.  It's that we actually have no idea what will happen.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's 21-hour soliloquy was rightly criticized (or, characterized) …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Revealed: The House GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan  —  Below is an outline of the GOP's debt-ceiling bill obtained by National Review Online.  The document originated with the House Appropriations Committee staff and is dated yesterday.  A GOP-leadership aide says there are some differences between …
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
House GOP Debt Ceiling Offer To Include Pro-Wall Street Provisions, Health Care Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans plan to demand major perks for coal companies and Wall Street banks, alongside healthcare and social service cuts and a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare …
Discussion: Daily Kos, PoliticusUSA and Hullabaloo
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Now Revealed by Stripper: Booker's Twitter Messages  —  Mayor Cory A. Booker has a high schooler's affinity for Twitter, reveling in its ceaseless flow of affirmation and infinite space for self-promotion.  —  But the occasional perils of his reliance on the social media service became evident …
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Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
NSFW: Cory Booker's Interesting Tweets With A Portland Stripper  —  “The East Coast loves you and by the East Coast I mean me.”  Not safe for work, unless you work at Newark City Hall.  —  Twitter: @LynsieLee  —  Twitter: @LynsieLee  —  View Entire List ›
Drew Altman / Reuters:
How Obamacare may be holding down costs  —  The historic slowdown in health-care costs is continuing.  Earlier this month, the government's actuaries found that total national health spending continues to grow at the lowest rate we've ever seen.  And our annual employer health benefits survey released …
Discussion: CNN, BillMoyers.com and ThinkProgress
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The Reliable Source:
Comedian Dan Nainan arrested after journalist punched in face over tweets  —  By The Reliable Source, Published: September 26 at 12:17 am  —  A Washington journalist was punched in the face late Wednesday, apparently over some wisecracks he made over Twitter — which doesn't happen nearly as often as you might think in this town.
Discussion: Hit & Run, FishbowlDC, Mediaite and Poynter
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Nikki Schwab / US News:
Comedian Arrested After Punching Journalist Josh Rogin at D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity Competition
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Guardian
John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
IRS Watchdog: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund  —  The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a TIGTA report released today.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
DC delays key pieces of ObamaCare exchange  —  The ObamaCare exchange serving Washington, D.C. is delaying important parts of its operations less than a week before it is scheduled to open for enrollment.  —  Washington's exchange said Wednesday that it will not be ready on Oct. 1 to calculate …
Discussion: National Review
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
D.C.'s Obamacare fail: Prices won't work until November
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Let ObamaCare Collapse  —  Congress can't kill the entitlement state.  Only the American people can.  —  What the GOP's Defund-ObamaCare Caucus is failing to see is that ObamaCare is no longer just ObamaCare.  It is about something that is beyond the reach of a congressional vote.
New York Times:
Iran's Leader, Denouncing Holocaust, Stirs Dispute  —  WASHINGTON — As he conducts a high-profile good-will visit to New York this week, Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, says he is bringing a simple message of peace and friendship.  But on Wednesday, Mr. Rouhani set off a political storm …
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Fars News Agency:
Exclusive: CNN Fabricates Iranian President's Remarks about Holocaust
Travel.State.Gov:
Worldwide Caution  —  The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance …
 
 
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
John Catsimatidis, defiant on mayoral primary loss, still has an appetite
Discussion: Politicker
Washington Post:
Time's Stengel latest in long line of reporters who jumped to jobs in Obama administration
Discussion: NewsBusters
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Jim DeMint, Congressional Republicans' Shadow Speaker
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mary Williams Walsh / DealBook:
Detroit Spent Billions Extra on Pensions
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
How Legislators View Their Constituents
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden: Bloomberg work ‘contagious’
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe go small in debate
Discussion: CNN
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The Most Ridiculous Moments In Ted Cruz's Phony Filibuster (VIDEO)
Discussion: BobCesca.com