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1:40 PM ET, September 27, 2013

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New York Times:
A Republican Ransom Note  —  On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent the House a very serious warning that, for the first time, the United States would be unable to pay its bills beginning on Oct. 17 if the debt ceiling is not lifted.  House leaders responded on Thursday …
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Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The GOP should just do it  —  Shut down the government!  Blow through the debt ceiling!  Subject the United States to fiscal chaos or financial ruin if your party can't get its way on unrelated ideological priorities!  —  With apologies to Nike, maybe it's time for the House Republicans to stop threatening and “Just do it.”
Discussion: The Boston Globe and Hot Air
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Boehner's bluff?  —  Back to talk of a government shutdown, but is it real or does Boehner blink? ...  If GOP had any hope of blaming Obama and Democrats for a shutdown, the Corker-Cruz spat on the Senate floor didn't help its cause ... Let's remember how we got here …
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Vote Expected on Funding Bill
Washington Post:
Republican hard-liners block strategy to avoid federal government shutdown
Politico:
House GOP banking on Plan C
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House Republicans lack votes to move plan to raise debt ceiling
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
What Cruz Wrought  —  Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war.  He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade.  And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz emerges as GOP leader  —  PPP's newest national poll finds Ted Cruz is now the top choice of Republican primary voters to be their candidate for President in 2016.  He leads the way with 20% to 17% for Rand Paul, 14% for Chris Christie, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz can't be president, Texas Dem says
Discussion: Politico
Steve Beshear / New York Times:
My State Needs Obamacare.  Now.  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — SUNDAY morning news programs identify Kentucky as the red state with two high-profile Republican senators who claim their rhetoric represents an electorate that gave President Obama only about a third of its presidential vote in 2012.
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
IPCC report says humans almost certainly cause global warming  —  A panel of the world's leading climate scientists strongly asserted Friday that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause” of global warming since 1950 and warned of more rapid ice melt and rising seas …
Discussion: CBS DC, Wonkblog, WTVR-TV and The Verge
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Washington Post:
Gore accuses GOP of ‘political terrorism’  —  By Aaron Blake and Karen Tumulty, Published: September 27 at 10:49 am  —  Former Vice President Al Gore on Friday called the GOP's strategy to defund Obamacare “political terrorism.”  —  Speaking at the Brookings Institution, Gore called it a …
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Catrina Stewart / The Independent:
Kenya shopping mall attack: Nairobi hostages were tortured before they were killed, says police doctor  —  Rumours of rapes, disfigurement and beheadings are rife in Kenya's capital  —  A police doctor scouring Nairobi's Westgate mall for bodies after a four-day siege by Islamist gunmen …
Discussion: National Review
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is About to Go Live.  Here's Why It Was Worth the Wait.  —  Obamacare's new insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open for business on October 1, just a few days from now.  For all the attention that date has received, it is less important than it might seem.
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA: Analysts spied on love interests  —  The National Security Agency has admitted that analysts have abused their authority to spy on love interests on several occasions.  —  In response to a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the NSA identified 12 incidents since 2003 …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Inspector general: NSA spied on significant others
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Average Is Over—if We Want It to Be  —  Tyler Cowen's new book Average Is Over makes an excellent followup to his previous work The Great Stagnation and I expect it will set the intellectual agenda in much the way that its predecessor did.  I want to offer not so much a review as an effort at explication …
Candida Moss / The Daily Beast:
The Gospel According to Bill O'Reilly's New Book ‘Killing Jesus’  —  Jesus was killed because of taxes.  That's more or less the message of Bill O'Reilly's new book.  Professor Candida Moss on what else the Fox host gets wrong—and what he leaves out.  —  In Killing Jesus: A History …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.N. Deal on Syrian Arms Is Milestone After Years of Inertia  —  UNITED NATIONS — The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but there will be no automatic penalties if the Syrians fail to comply, officials said Thursday.
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Most of Syria's toxins can be destroyed more easily than officials initially thought
Ryan Lizza / Comment:
WHERE THE G.O.P.'S SUICIDE CAUCUS LIVES  —  On August 21st, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to John Boehner.  Meadows is a former restaurant owner and Sunday-school Bible teacher from North Carolina.  He's been in Congress for eight months.  Boehner, who has served in Congress for twenty-two years …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Heitkamp warns Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline approval  —  Senator predicts a partial government shutdown Tuesday in ‘a game of Russian roulette.’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a freshman Democrat from North Dakota, is ready to take on President Obama over the long-delayed approval …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and Weekly Standard
Sen. Rand Paul / Washington Times:
Why must the American people suffer when even so many Democrats don't want Obamacare?  —  Officials who implemented the law should not escape its pain  —  Earlier this week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz, some of my Republican colleagues and I took to the Senate floor with the intent of making Washington listen.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why should Congress get special exemption under Obamacare?
Mara Gay / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg on the brink: Testy exchange with reporters leads to threat of ending press conferences
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Young Voters Backing Gay Rights 69% Is Republican Hurdle
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Osborne has now been proved wrong on austerity
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller, Joe. My. God. and NPR
Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:
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