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2:55 PM ET, October 8, 2013

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Politico:
Democratic cracks open in debt-limit fight  —  For the past several weeks, Senate Democrats and the White House have shown a remarkable amount of unity in the controversial fight surrounding the debt ceiling.  —  Then came shutdown Day Seven.  —  Just as top Senate Democrats began to lay …
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Politico:
Power play: Harry Reid sidelined Joe Biden  —  When President Barack Obama laid out his strategy for the current debt-limit fight in a private meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this past summer, Reid stipulated one condition: No Joe Biden.  —  And while Biden attended …
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Majority would vote against raising debt ceiling  —  Soon Congress will have to vote on raising the nation's debt limit so the federal government can borrow more money to make good on its spending commitments.  If it were up to the American public, they would vote no …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Boehner: Democrats Want to ‘Annihilate Us’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Federal Government Can't, and Won't, Default on Its Debt Obligations
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Harry Reid's Getting the Fight He Always Wanted
Discussion: First Read
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Boehner: Obama gambling with economy by refusing to talk
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
Caitlin Huey-Burns / Real Clear Politics:
John Boehner's New Headache  —  Catastrophic.  Brutal.  Dangerous.  Terrifying.  —  That's how lawmakers, the administration and market analysts have described the prospect of default if Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit on the nation's $16.7 trillion debt by the Treasury Department's Oct. 17 deadline.
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Four Reasons Debt Ceiling Breach Means Default  —  A new idea is taking hold among House Republicans that perhaps breaching the debt ceiling isn't such a terrible idea after all.  One form this takes is the patently absurd remarks of Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) who muses that “I think, personally …
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
GOP Proposes New Supercommittee to Resolve Impasse (Updated)  —  Updated 12:12 p.m. |  House Republicans will bring to the floor a bill to create a bipartisan, bicameral committee to address the current fiscal impasse that has shut down much of the government and threatens a debt default.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House eyes supercommittee to settle shutdown, debt limit (Video)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
And Then There Were 17: GOP Support For A Clean C.R. Slips
CNN:
Stewart to Sebelius on health care law “Am I a stupid man?”  —  (CNN) - “The Daily Show” took a more serious turn Monday night when host Jon Stewart introduced his guest for the evening, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  —  Sebelius, who has been on a media blitz …
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
ObamaCare chief: 'I don't know' numbers
Washington Wire:
Shutdown Delays Benefits to Families of War Dead  —  WASHINGTON — Family members of four Americans killed in combat in Afghanistan over the weekend won't be flown at government expense to Dover Air Force Base to view the return of the soldier's bodies to the U.S., a result of the government shutdown …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Bloomberg:
Insurers Getting Faulty Data From U.S. Health Exchanges  —  Insurers are getting faulty and incomplete data from the new U.S.-run health exchange, which may mean some Americans won't be covered even after they sign up for an insurance plan.  —  While it's not clear how widespread the problem is …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Attorney General tries to reverse a Supreme Court ruling by the back door.  —  For Eric Holder, American racial history is frozen in the 1960s.  The Supreme Court ruled in June that a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer justified due to racial progress …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Weighs Campaign Contribution Limits
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Althouse
Kathleen Sebelius / USA Today:
HealthCare.gov simple, user-friendly  —  Engineers are working day and night on upgrades to cope with high demand.  —  CONNECT  —  When the Health Insurance Marketplace opened last week, demand was so high, it exceeded even optimists' expectations.  On the first day alone …
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USA Today:
Exchange launch turns into inexcusable mess: Our view
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
The risk to the GOP House majority  —  In the current shutdown, John Boehner might be acting out of fear of losing his position.  If he doesn't appease the hardliners who are willing to take the government and economy over the brink for their goals, he could be ejected from the Speaker's seat.
Jenn Taylor / Twitchy:
AWKward: WH adviser Dan Pfeiffer apologizes for ‘horrendous’ N-word tweet … White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer is well on his way to having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. … Dude! … Not fast enough! … After the typo was brought to his attention, Pfeiffer apologized and deleted the tweet.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP shutdown shenanigans giving Dems a big recruiting boost?  —  Rep. Steve Israel, who is in charge of winning House races for Democrats, told Dem lawmakers at a closed door meeting today that GOP shutdown shenanigans were giving Dems a big recruiting boost, by prompting reluctant Dem candidates …
Mark Regnerus / Public Discourse:
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada  —  There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children's flourishing.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Good As You
Washington Post:
The House GOP has nothing to show for its government shutdown  —  WHAT HAVE House Republicans managed to accomplish in a week of government shutdown?  —  Damage the livelihood of millions of Americans?  Check.  Government secretaries, food-truck operators, cleaners who work in motels near national parks: They're all hurting.
Sean Wilentz / New York Times:
Obama and the Debt  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — THE Republicans in the House of Representatives who declare that they may refuse to raise the debt limit threaten to do more than plunge the government into default.  They are proposing a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment, which states that …
 
 
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Congress losing out to Zombies, Wall Street, and...Hipsters
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William Wan / Washington Post:
In China, parents bribe to get students into top schools, despite campaign against corruption
Discussion: NewsBusters and Business Insider
Alyssa Brown / Gallup:
Weekly Drop in U.S. Economic Confidence Largest Since '08
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