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2:20 PM ET, October 2, 2013

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Robert Costa / National Review:
Holding Firm  —  The same question keeps popping up: why doesn't Speaker John Boehner just pass a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government?  It's a ubiquitous query at the Capitol, and it was asked many times this afternoon as House Republicans left their closed-door conference meeting.
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Associated Press:
With Traditional GOP Allies Defecting, Big Business Takes Sides With Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they're taking sides …
Telegraph:
US government shutdown: Barack Obama looks like a bitter, petty and partisan president  —  The American Left's hatred for all things conservative has been on full display in Washington in recent days, with the White House and its allies in Congress heaving with anger and indignation …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Why Boehner doesn't just ditch the hard right  —  Robert Costa is the National Review's Washington editor and one of the best-sourced reporters among House Republicans.  Like many others, I've relied on his reporting in recent days about how House Republicans are strategizing around the government shutdown.
David Weigel / Slate:
The Sad and Predictable Death of the “Fund Our Veterans” Republican Gambit  —  Ideally, as of this morning, Republicans were hoping that Democrats would come to Jesus and agree to form a conference committee to hammer out the continuing resolution.  As of this afternoon …
Wall Street Journal:
Reid Offers to Negotiate on Budget, Policy  —  Obama Invites Congressional Leaders for Talks … WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Wednesday offered to engage in wide-ranging budget and policy negotiations with House Republicans, marking the first formal overture …
Politico:
Collision course: CR and debt ceiling  —  A harsh reality began setting into Capitol Hill on Tuesday: The U.S. government may not reopen until the two parties reach a deal to raise the national debt ceiling.  —  Hours after federal agencies shuttered their doors for the first time in nearly two decades …
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘Goons’ blocked WWII Memorial  —  Sen. Rand Paul blasted the federal government for trying to block World War II vets from visiting their memorial, saying “some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades.”  —  “If Harry Reid and the President want to keep the parks closed …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up  —  After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash.  The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft.  Amid all of that, if you tried …
Discussion: protein wisdom and LifeNews.com
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: Prolonged shutdown will give us leverage on debt limit  —  Senate Democrats believe the longer the government remains shut down, the more leverage they will wield in the debt-limit debate later this month.  —  There is growing sentiment among Democrats that the short-term funding resolution …
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Mark Schmitt / The New Republic:
What We Need to Fix Congress: More Partisanship
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as shutdown crisis unfolds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis
Discussion: The Fix and First Read
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama Summons Congressional Leaders to White House
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
CNN:
Sources: Author Tom Clancy dead  —  Tom Clancy: The Cold War's novelist  —  (CNN) — Author Tom Clancy, whose novel, “The Hunt for Red October” propelled him to fame, fortune and status as a favorite storyteller of the American military, has died, according to sources with his publisher and family.
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
What Happens to Conservatism When the Obamacare War Is Over?  —  When we look back decades from now, one of the keys to understanding this period in our political history will be the story of how a set of market-based health insurance reforms that started as a proposal from the Heritage Foundation …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Siobhan Gorman / Washington Wire:
Intelligence Chiefs: Shutdown Threatening National Security  —  WASHINGTON — Leaders of the U.S. intelligence community said the government shutdown creates opportunities for U.S. enemies and is compromising American national security.  —  The comments at a Senate hearing …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
NSA: Social Network Searches, but No Dossiers
Discussion: Politico
Jay Z / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: Mia Farrow and Eight of Her Children Speak Out on Their Lives, Frank Sinatra, and the Scandals They've Endured  —  See a slide show of Mia's children and quotes from Orth's piece.  —  Twenty years after Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reported on the sexual-abuse …
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
America flirts with self-destruction  —  The fallout of a US government default, particularly one that lasts, is beyond prediction  —  Is the US a functioning democracy?  This week legislators decided to shut down a swath of the federal government rather than allow an enacted health law go into operation at the agreed moment.
Discussion: Salon and Crooks and Liars
Dan Froomkin / Al Jazeera America:
Shutdown coverage fails Americans … U.S. news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms.  It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) or …
 
 
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New York Times:
Netanyahu Pushes Back on Iran
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Chris Delcamp / Northwest Ohio:
Honor Flight to World War II Memorial in jeopardy due to shutdown
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: GOP digs in deeper
Katherine Gregg / The Providence Journal:
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Business leaders dread debt-limit battle
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Americans Think GOP's Top Priority Is Troublemaking
Discussion: The Hill, First Read and Yahoo! News
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New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders