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2:55 AM ET, September 18, 2013


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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Suspect's Past Fell Just Short of Raising Alarm  —  WASHINGTON — A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls.
Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Navy Yard shooting: AR-15, back in the news — briefly
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: I don't have the votes to move gun control legislation
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
NY Daily News Slams ‘Made For Murder’ AR-15 After Navy Yard Shooting (PHOTO)
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Twitchy
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: Politico, Reuters and Associated Press
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:   Senate leader Reid offers path forward on stalled energy bill
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
House Aide to Cruz Staffer: 'You're Not Dealing in Reality'
Wall Street Journal:
If House Republicans can't hold together, they have no leverage at all.
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 …
Fox News:
FOX News announces new prime-time lineup
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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  —  Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II fired up a crowd of several hundred Republicans and tea party members Tuesday with rousing talk about keeping Washington at bay and fighting to maintain the commonwealth's tradition of limited government.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Cuccinelli is losing  —  The polls show it  —  The shakeup …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air, NewsBusters and ABC News
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 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Warren Buffett: Scrap Obamacare and Start Over
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.”
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” …
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.
Kevin Fasick / New York Post:
Tennis security exec's ‘racist’ e-mails  —  An exec at the firm that handles security for the US Open tennis tournament in Queens is a raging racist who has it in for black people, shocking e-mails obtained by The Post reveal.  —  Scott Dennison, 56, a VP for special events at Contemporary Services Corp. …
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.
NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Joe Biden's niece in police custody in Tribeca  —  A niece of Vice President Joe Biden, Caroline Biden, 26, was taken into police custody Tuesday morning in Manhattan after tussling with cops sent to break up a fight with her roommate over rent money, police told the Daily News.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Gateway Pundit
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
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: The Gateway Pundit
Sushila Rao / Guardian:
Miss America keeps smiling amidst the haters - and teaching them a lesson  —  America isn't the only country that's had detestable backlash to beauty pageant winners that don't fit the European norm  —  Here's the silver lining to the xenophobic and inappropriate tweets after Nina Davuluri became …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Inside Dropbox's Quest to Bury the Hard Drive  —  Drew Houston, the 30-year-old CEO and cofounder of Dropbox, is supposed to be having his Steve Jobs moment.  In an auditorium packed with elite coders and Silicon Valley insiders in July, Houston is debuting new features he says will transform Dropbox …
Discussion: Poynter and Ed Driscoll
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.
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Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Brazilian president postpones Washington visit over NSA spying
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Game on in West Virginia
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democrats Lack Advantage on Three Key U.S. Issue Areas
Discussion: The Fix and Washington Monthly
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
‘Dog Whisperer’ reps pit bulls on Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Countdown to Shutdown: “Nobody Knows How This Will End”
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman:
They Have Made A Desert, And Called It Reform
Discussion: Financial Times and Brad DeLong