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10:20 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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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: Associated Press, Reuters and Politico
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:
The Movement Strikes Back  —  As the deadline to fund …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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.
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Everybody is wrong to doubt ObamaCare  —  President Obama said Tuesday that Americans were wrong to doubt his signature healthcare reform law, saying concerns over rising costs or worsening health outcomes were not supported by the evidence.  —  In an interview with Telemundo on Tuesday …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Warren Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start Over
Money Morning:
Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start All Over
Discussion: The White House and NewsBusters
CBS Los Angeles:
Undocumented LA County Parents On Pace To Receive $650M In Welfare Benefits  —  LOS ANGELES ( — A projected $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday.  —  Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
51% Favor Government Shutdown Until Congress Cuts Health Care Funding  —  President Obama yesterday criticized congressional Republicans for insisting on spending cuts in any budget deal that continues government operations past October 1, saying they risk “economic chaos.”
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 …
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?
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).
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
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
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
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, NewsBusters and The Dish
David Pogue / New York Times:
In Arrival of 2 iPhones, 3 Lessons  —  We can draw three lessons from the arrival of Apple's two new iPhone models, the 5C and 5S.  —  LESSON 1 Apple may have set its own bar for innovation too high.  —  Year after year, Steve Jobs used to blow our minds with products we didn't know we wanted.
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
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
IRS list reveals concerns over Tea Party ‘propaganda’  —  WASHINGTON — Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about “anti-Obama rhetoric,” inflammatory language and “emotional” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Brazilian president postpones Washington visit over NSA spying
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Immigration Advocates Say They're Open to Compromise
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Game on in West Virginia
Discussion: Politico
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Senate leader Reid offers path forward on stalled energy bill
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‘Dog Whisperer’ reps pit bulls on Hill
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:, The Verge and Wonkblog
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Countdown to Shutdown: “Nobody Knows How This Will End”
Discussion: The Week
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: Booman Tribune and neo-neocon