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10:35 PM ET, September 18, 2013

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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Boehner bows to right on ObamaCare defunding  —  House Republican leaders bowed to conservative demands and announced plans Wednesday to strip out money for ObamaCare from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Sept. 30.  —  The reversal by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservatives in House unveil ObamaCare replacement bill (Video)
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
White House gets ready for shutdown
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Moderate Voice
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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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen Isn't Sure What's More Important To Republicans: Guns Or Bibles
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
State Law Prevented Sale of Assault Rifle to Suspect Last Week, Officials Say
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Real Time Economics
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New York Times:
As Budget Fight Looms, Obama Sees Defiance in His Own Party
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 …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
White House Press Secretary Confused By Sharknado Reference
Discussion: Mediaite
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press:
Seven Arrested At White House Protest After Obama Announced He Won't Stop Deportations
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:
What's wrong with Obama?  —  President Barack Obama says that he is less concerned with scoring “style points” for his improvisational handling of the Syria crisis than in “getting the policy right.”  This dismissive defense comes at the precise moment that Washington is awash in brutal critiques of the Obama leadership style.
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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
Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
Iran's president Rouhani: We will never develop nuclear weapons  —  In his first interview with a U.S. news outlet since becoming president, Hassan Rouhani told NBC News' Ann Curry that he has full authority to strike a nukes deal with the west.  Watch more on Nightly News at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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.
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
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.
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” …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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)
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 …
Michelle Manchir / Chicago Tribune:
Hillary Clinton calls Quinn ‘luckiest politician’ after Daley drops out … Clout Street  —  Even as Hillary Clinton declared him the “luckiest politician” in the world, Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday wasn't publicly exhaling about former challenger Bill Daley dropping out of the Democratic primary.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Martin O'Malley / Washington Post:
What Maryland does better than Texas  —  Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, is governor of Maryland.  —  With gridlock and partisanship having all but paralyzed Washington, governors are at the forefront of our country's policy divide.  On the No. 1 issue facing our nation …
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
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