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9:40 AM ET, September 18, 2013


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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama distress signal: President seeks help from first-term A-Team  —  A struggling President Obama is calling for help from members of his first-term A-Team, who have left the White House for other jobs.  —  With his poll numbers falling and his second-term floundering so far …
And what's right with Obama?  —  The British have a saying about the twin rules of journalism: first simplify, then exaggerate.  —  Perhaps Barack Obama can comfort himself with the reality that his current travails are both more complicated in their causes and less dire in their consequences …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Althouse
Wall Street Journal:
The President finds an enemy he's willing to bomb—Republicans.  —  President Obama likes to invoke his predecessors in the Oval Office, as all Presidents do, but in one sense he is unlike the others: Presidents traditionally try to reach a rough domestic consensus if they are faced with going to war abroad.
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
As Budget Fight Looms, Obama Sees Defiance in His Own Party
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Losing the Room
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  September 18, 2013 - Virginia Voters Dislike Mcauliffe Less Than Cuccinelli, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Libertarian Could Be Key In Tight Race  —  With 7 percent of likely voters, Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate in the too-close-to call Virginia governor's race …
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 …
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli rallies with radio talk show host in Northern Virginia
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Cuccinelli is losing  —  The polls show it  —  The shakeup …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and NewsBusters
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
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
New York Times gets it wrong, media obsessed with linking AR-15 with Navy Yard shooter  —  The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one.  —  The New York Times attempts to give …
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 …
Starbucks Coffee Company:
An Open Letter from Howard Schultz, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company  —  Posted by Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer  —  Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns.  In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems split on new gun control push  —  Congressional Democrats are divided on whether to renew their push for gun control in the wake of Monday's deadly shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.  —  Hours after Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday called for action on gun legislation …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Fox News:
FOX News announces new prime-time lineup  —  The Fox News Channel's new evening programming schedule will premiere on Oct. 7, with another show joining what is already cable news' top-rated lineup.  —  “On the Record” with Greta Van Sustren will air at 7 p.m. ET, followed by “The O'Reilly Factor,” continuing in its 8 p.m. slot.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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” …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Time to Give America a Raise  —  It's been a good week for the nation's numerous poverty-wage workers.  They've been way overdue for a good week.  —  On Tuesday, the Labor Department issued a much anticipated and delayed extension of the federal minimum wage and overtime regulations to the nation's 2 million homecare workers.
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 …
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
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Wendy Davis to announce plans on Oct. 3  —  Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis will announce her future plans — which could include a gubernatorial run — early next month, she said in an email to supporters Tuesday.  —  “There's one question I've gotten quite often in the past few months,” the Democrat wrote in an email.
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
The Money Behind the Shutdown Crisis  —  Representative Aaron Schock is a conservative Republican from Illinois, but not conservative enough for the hard-right activist group Club for Growth, which is seeking someone to run against him in next year's primary.  —  His crime?
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
White House Shifts Debt-Ceiling Tone, Warning of Fiasco  —  In 2011, then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner repeatedly brushed off questions about whether Congress would raise the debt ceiling.  He wasn't worried, he would tell audiences.  Congress would raise it sooner or later.
Mike Lee, United States Senator for Utah:
Tax Reform, the Family, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Remarks to the American Enterprise Institute  —  WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Mike Lee announced a tax reform plan that replaces today's complex tax system with a new, simple structure that provides solutions for America's ongoing opportunity crisis.
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.”
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Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Sciortino launches playful ad, emphasizing liberal cred
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Report: Budget Cuts Hurt Tax Collections by IRS
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Donors' Funds Sidestep Law, Aiding Christie
Discussion: ABC News
NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Joe Biden's niece in police custody in Tribeca
Discussion: Gothamist and The Gateway Pundit
Sushila Rao / Guardian:
Miss America keeps smiling amidst the haters - and teaching them a lesson
 Earlier Items: 
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Inside Dropbox's Quest to Bury the Hard Drive
Discussion: Poynter and Ed Driscoll
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: 68 percent concerned about their health care under new law
David Wenner /
Corbett says he'll use Medicaid expansion funds to provide good health care, promote employment
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
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
My grovelling apology to Herr Schäuble
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Guardian