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8:50 PM ET, September 17, 2013


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Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly  —  Mass shooting at D.C. Navy Yard  —  (CNN) — It has been called the most popular rifle in America, and it briefly returned to the spotlight after Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard: the AR-15.  —  A U.S. law enforcement official …
New York Times:
Signs of Mental Illness Seen in Navy Gunman for Decade  —  WASHINGTON — The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday had exhibited signs of mental illness dating back more than a decade, including a recent episode in which he complained …
FRIEND: NAVY YARD SHOOTER LIBERAL, SUPPORTED OBAMA  —  Tuesday, on CNN's “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Michael Ritrovato spoke at length about his friend, suspected Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis.  After expressing his condolences to the victims and their families, Ritrovato then expressed …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NY Daily News Slams ‘Made For Murder’ AR-15 After Navy Yard Shooting (PHOTO)
Discussion: Politico and The Monkey Cage
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: I don't have the votes to move gun control legislation
Discussion: Politico
Exclusive: Navy Yard Dropped Its Guard, Pentagon Inspector General Says
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin: Expanded background checks might have prevented Navy Yard tragedy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
De Blasio Far Ahead of Lhota: Poll  —  In the first poll of the general election, de Blasio leads Lhota 65% to 22%.  —  Democrat Bill de Blasio leads Republican Joe Lhota among likely voters by 43 percentage points in the general-election race for New York City mayor, an enormous starting advantage …
Wall Street Journal:
If House Republicans can't hold together, they have no leverage at all.  —  Perhaps the only war strategizing more inept than President Obama's on Syria are GOP plans for the budget hostilities this autumn.  Republicans are fracturing over tactics, and even over the nature of political reality …
Robert Costa / National Review:
House to Vote on Defunding Obamacare  —  Leadership sources tell me the House GOP will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare.  Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are expected to announce the decision at Wednesday's closed-door conference meeting.
David Espo / ABC News:
Senate, House Ensnared in Health Care Controversy  —  Implacable Republican opposition to Obamacare has Congress once more veering closer to gridlock.  —  In the House, more than 60 conservatives support tacking a one-year delay in implementing the health care law onto a bill needed to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1.
Discussion: Reuters, Politico and Associated Press
Robert Costa / National Review:
The Movement Strikes Back  —  As the deadline to fund …
Discussion: The Plum Line
U.S. Census Bureau News:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2012  —  The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2012, real median household income and the poverty rate were not statistically different from the previous year, while the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989  —  The Census Bureau is out with the annual report on incomes and poverty.  And while you might think that after years of stagnant incomes and elevated poverty rates, we would be inured to the depressing facts contained therein, it still somehow has the power to shock.
Fox News:
What is Obama afraid of?  —  What mania could have compelled the president to take partisan swipes and accuse Republicans of being unpatriotic while police were in the middle of a manhunt after a mass shooting at a naval base just a few miles from the White House?
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
U.S. to Include Home Care Aides in Wage and Overtime Law  —  The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it was extending minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly two million home care workers.  —  Advocates for low-wage workers have pushed for this change …
CBO's Publications:
The 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook  —  Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing federal debt to soar.  Federal debt held by the public is now about 73 percent of the economy's annual output, or gross domestic product (GDP).
New York Post:
Booker's abandoned home a fire trap  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker allotted $1.25 million of the city's budget to tear down deserted buildings — but his own town house erupted into flames last year after he neglected the property, allowing squatters to move in.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lonegan Press Conference at Booker's Abandoned Crack House
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Warren Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start Over  —  You know things are bad for President Obama when even Warren Buffett has soured on Obamacare and says that “we need something else.”  Money Morning writes:  —  “Healthcare costs in the United States are like a tapeworm eating at our economic body.
Money Morning:
Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start All Over
Discussion: The White House and NewsBusters
Mike Allen / Politico:
The new Fox News prime-time lineup  —  The long-awaited Fox News reshuffle, via Mike Allen:  —  Fox announces new lineup: Greta to 7, Bill at 8, Megyn at 9, Sean at 10  —  Fox News announces its prime-time lineup, starting Mon., Oct. 7: Greta Van Susteren moves to 7 p.m., Bill O'Reilly stays at 8 …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Dish and NewsBusters
Margery Eagan / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren bounces Larry Summers as stock continues to rise  —  It looks like Harvard women got the last laugh on Larry Summers.  —  When Summers was president of Harvard, he got in trouble for suggesting that women like Liz Warren might be innately deficient in science and math.
With Summers, the Left Takes a Scalp
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Cuccinelli is losing  —  The polls show it  —  The shakeup in his campaign staff confirms it.  Republican Ken Cuccinelli is losing Virginia's gubernatorial race.  —  The Virginian-Pilot reports  —  “Some senior staff members working to get Ken Cuccinelli elected governor …
Discussion: Hot Air, NewsBusters and ABC News
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
My grovelling apology to Herr Schäuble  —  German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been vindicated.  —  For my part, I have been wrong about everything.  German discipline policies for the eurozone have been a tremendous success.  I am ashamed for suggesting otherwise.
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Brazilian president postpones Washington visit over NSA spying  —  Dilma Rousseff snubs Barack Obama, saying planned visit cannot take place ‘in the absence of a timely investigation’  —  The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, snubbed Barack Obama on Tuesday by postponing an official visit …
Brazil's Rousseff cancels state visit to U.S. over spying -report
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Embattled Syria ‘Expert’ Elizabeth O'Bagy Says She Made ‘Many Mistakes’  —  Her research on Syria influenced key lawmakers—but ‘Dr.’ Elizabeth O'Bagy wasn't who she said she was.  For the first time, she tells Josh Rogin that she was never even in a Ph.D. program.
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Rasmussen Reports:
51% Favor Government Shutdown Until Congress Cuts Health Care Funding
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Game on in West Virginia
Discussion: Politico
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Senate leader Reid offers path forward on stalled energy bill
National Updates:
Assad gives interview to former US congressman
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and The Raw Story
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democrats Lack Advantage on Three Key U.S. Issue Areas
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Fix
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
‘Dog Whisperer’ reps pit bulls on Hill
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John Tierney / New York Times:
The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
‘Do not track’ effort in trouble
Discussion:, Wonkblog and The Verge
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Countdown to Shutdown: “Nobody Knows How This Will End”
Discussion: The Week and The Plum Line
Paul Krugman:
They Have Made A Desert, And Called It Reform
Discussion: Financial Times and Brad DeLong
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Benghazi, as seen from the grassy knoll
Discussion: neo-neocon and Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Costa Concordia pulled completely upright off Italy
Discussion: The Week and Gawker