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8:15 PM ET, September 18, 2013

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Losing the Room  —  WASHINGTON — On the most deadly day here since Sept. 11, 2001, with the capital reeling over the sadly familiar scene of a mass shooting by a madman, the chief executive stepped to the microphones and captured the heartbreak.  —  It wasn't the chief executive of the nation.
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CNN:
A horrible way to fill the second most powerful job in America  —  Editor's note: David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership …
Politico:
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 …
Politico:
What's wrong with Obama?
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
House Republicans up ante in showdown over federal shutdown  —  House Republican leaders bowed to conservative demands and announced plans Wednesday to strip out money for President Obama's healthcare law in a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Sept. 30.
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
White House gets ready for shutdown
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Moderate Voice
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservatives in House unveil ObamaCare replacement bill (Video)
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
cliffgate Update: Is A Shutdown Boehner's Only Way Out?
Debbie Siegelbaum / BBC:
Navy Yard: Swat team ‘stood down’ at mass shooting scene  —  On Wednesday, investigators continued to process the scene  —  One of the first teams of heavily armed police to respond to Monday's shooting in Washington DC was ordered to stand down by superiors, the BBC can reveal.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
State Law Prevented Sale of Assault Rifle to Suspect Last Week, Officials Say
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen Isn't Sure What's More Important To Republicans: Guns Or Bibles
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Todd: It's Not Media's Job To Correct GOP's Obamacare Falsehoods (VIDEO)  —  MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don't expect members of the media to correct the record.  —  During a segment on “Morning Joe …
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New York Times:
House Bill Cuts Health Funds, Raising Odds of U.S. Shutdown
Harry Binswanger / Forbes:
Give Back?  Yes, It's Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%  —  It's time to gore another collectivist sacred cow.  This time it's the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.”  That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.”
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 …
Jason Horowitz / Vogue.com:
Could Republican Senator Rand Paul Win the White House?  —  Tough talk and fearless politics have made Senator Rand Paul a leader in the Republican Party.  Could he—and his charming, secret-weapon wife, Kelley—win the White House?  —  On a sunny Saturday in July, Rand Paul and his wife …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton leads Dems, Paul and Christie tops among Republicans in NH
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Congressman on Obamacare Exemption: ‘Go Home and Talk to Your Wife’  —  A debate among congressional Republicans over a potential line of attack on Obamacare is pitting their pocketbooks against the chance at political gold.  —  At issue is a requirement in the law that congressional staffers purchase …
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 …
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
Wrongnado - CNN  —  Reporting on a mass shooting in Washington, CNN doesn't let a lack of facts get in the way of drawing speculative conclusions.  (06:53)
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
New Hampshire Senate Candidate: More Women In The Workplace Led To More Mass Shootings  —  Former Republican state Sen. Jim Rubens is expected to announce his U.S. Senate campaign today.  The rise of an economy with added opportunities for women has created “stress” for men, he says.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace.  Some indicators of labor market conditions have shown further improvement in recent months, but the unemployment rate remains elevated.
TIME:
Google vs. Death  —  How CEO Larry Page has transformed the search giant into a factory for moonshots.  Our exclusive look at his boldest bet yet—to extend human life.  —  In person, it can be a little hard to hear Larry Page.  That's because he has vocal-cord nerve damage …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Obama Got Ranted At By Ed Schultz, Was Enraged By Bad NYT Coverage: New Book  —  President Obama had to listen to a rant from Ed Schultz about his leadership and was constantly complaining about the New York Times' critical editorials about him, a new book says.
United States Department of Labor:
Guidance to Employee Benefit Plans on the Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage” under ERISA and the Supreme Court's Decision in United States v. Windsor  —  Introduction  —  On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in United States v. Windsor, that section 3 of the Defense …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Government To Recognize All Same-Sex Married Couples Under Private Pension Plan Law
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
David Cay Johnston / American Prospect:
We Shall Overwhelm  —  Four years ago, the modern Tea Party seemed to emerge from nowhere, leaving journalists bewildered and the public with few reference points to understand seemingly spontaneous rallies by middle-class people seeking lower tax rates.  A search for the phrase “tea party” …
Associated Press:
Fed delays bond tapering, wants to see more data  —  Fed holds off slowing bond purchases, says it wants to see more data before reducing support  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has decided against reducing its stimulus for the U.S. economy, saying it will continue to buy $85 billion …
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Wall Street Journal:
Fed Stands Pat on Bond Buying
 
 
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Michelle Manchir / Chicago Tribune:
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Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
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