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12:00 AM ET, September 28, 2013

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Robert Costa / National Review:
Cruz to House Conservatives: Oppose Boehner  —  On a Thursday conference call, a group of House conservatives consulted with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas about how to respond to the leadership's fiscal strategy.  Sources who were on the call say Cruz strongly advised them to oppose it, and hours later, Speaker John Boehner's plan fizzled.
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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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ted Cruz again refuses to back John Cornyn  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz refused point-blank to endorse his Texas Republican colleague Sen. John Cornyn in his upcoming reelection bid at an event here Friday.  —  “I think it is very likely I'm going to stay out of all incumbent runs,” …
Discussion: Power Line
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Student Cited By Ted Cruz As Proof Of Obama's Failure Is Actually Grateful For Obamacare  —  During his 21-hour talkfest on the Senate floor earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went through a litany of examples that he said highlighted the abject failures of President Barack Obama's policies.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   What Cruz Wrought  —  Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves measure to keep federal government operating
Discussion: Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid's parting shot to Boehner: Pass our bill, or it's a shutdown  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate is done acting on legislation to avert a government shutdown and that House Republicans have no choice but to pass the Senate's bill if they want to keep the government open.
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Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Obama To House GOP: ‘Do Not Shut Down The Economy’ (VIDEO)
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama slams Republican threats to ‘burn the house down’
Discussion: Wonkblog, Politico and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gore to GOP: ‘How dare you?’
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air, CNN and ABC News
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Harkin: Tea Party ‘every bit’ as dangerous to nation as the Civil War
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead  —  A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years  —  Two big examples of problematic self-government are upon us.  They are of course the possible partial shutdown of the federal government, following the long-running hamstringing …
Associated Press:
OBAMA SPEAKS TO ROUHANI, SAYS IRAN DEAL POSSIBLE  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Obama speaks to Rouhani, says Iran deal possible  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone Friday …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Speaks to President of Iran in First Talk Since 1979  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke by telephone with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Friday afternoon, the first direct conversation between leaders of the two estranged countries since the rupture of the Tehran hostage crisis more than three decades ago.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Outside the Beltway
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Small President on the World Stage
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Washington Wire
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Judge legalizes same-sex marriage in New Jersey  —  TRENTON — A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.  —  Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request …
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Jonathan Fahey / ABC News:
Exxon to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Couples in US
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Gay marriage legal in New Jersey, judge rules
Discussion: Politico
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
New Jersey Judge Rules In Favor Of Marriage Equality
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Exclusive: Romney disagrees with GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare in D.C.  —  (CNN) - [Updated 5:30 p.m. ET] Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.  —  In an exclusive interview …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Official Says Obama ‘Shucking And Jiving’ On Health Care Law
Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
Dems: RNC's Bruce Ash uses racial slur in Obama comment
Paul Bentley / Daily Mail:
'Eyes gouged out, bodies hanging from hooks, and fingers removed with pliers': Horrific claims of torture emerge as soldiers reveal gory Kenyan mall massacre details  —  Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered …
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Catrina Stewart / The Independent:
Kenya shopping mall attack: Nairobi hostages were tortured before they were killed, says police doctor
Joshua Green / The Boston Globe:
Shutdown is the best way to jolt Washington back to its senses  —  ANYONE PAYING attention to Washington this week has probably experienced a familiar sinking feeling: Congress is embroiled in another one of its periodic hostage-taking crises over a looming budget deadline that threatens …
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New York Times:
A Republican Ransom Note
Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: McCain Hires Controversial Syria Analyst Elizabeth O'Bagy  —  Sen. John McCain has hired Elizabeth O'Bagy, the Syria analyst in Washington who was fired for padding her credentials, The Cable has learned.  She begins work Monday as a legislative assistant in McCain's office.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media  —  Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'  —  Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism - close down the news bureaus …
Kate Brannen / Politico:
DoD issues detailed shutdown guidance  —  American troops would continue fighting in Afghanistan if the government shut down next week, the Defense Department said Friday — but if any were killed, the Pentagon could not pay out their death gratuities until the government reopened.
New York Times:
Editors' Note: September 27, 2013  —  The On Religion column on Saturday examined the crisis of faith of a minister, Teresa MacBain, who resigned her pulpit after concluding that she no longer believed in God.  After the article was published, questions were raised about her educational background.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
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Discussion: Ballot Box
 
 
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
U.N. Security Council approves Syria resolution
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Planned Parenthood takes Texas abortion laws to court
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Conflicts of Interest: CNN adjusts ethics policy around Crossfire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edward Snowden e-mail provider Lavabit faced ‘pen register’ order
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
$300 Million in Detroit Aid, but No Bailout
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Iran Hacked Navy Computers
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren: ‘We Face A Clear Danger’ In Campaign Finance Supreme Court Case
Discussion: CNN and Mashable
Adam O'Neal / Real Clear Politics:
NBC News to Air Special Series on Obamacare
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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Republicans have ‘a bomb strapped to their chest’
Jessica Gross / New York Times:
Valerie Plame Is the Master of Her Own Universe
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Average Is Over—if We Want It to Be  —  Tyler Cowen's …
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