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2:50 AM ET, September 19, 2013

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservatives in House unveil ObamaCare replacement bill (Video)  —  Conservatives representing nearly three-quarters of the House Republican conference unveiled their proposed replacement for President Obama's healthcare law Wednesday, delivering on a long-delayed GOP promise.
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CNN:
House Republicans question Cruz's Obamacare-defunding fervor
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
cliffgate Update: Is A Shutdown Boehner's Only Way Out?
Discussion: Paul Krugman, The Dish and Hit & Run
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
White House gets ready for shutdown
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Moderate Voice
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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Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Debating O'Malley, Perry on healthcare: ‘putting more people on the Titanic’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
Discussion: WJLA-TV, Hot Air, Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Officials: Navy Yard shooter carved odd messages into his gun before carnage  —  Aaron Alexis carved bizarre phrases on the stock of his shotgun before he killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, and investigators are hoping the words provide clues to what prompted the shooting, two law enforcement officials said.
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Fed Stays the Course on Easy Money
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Poynter
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Tim Graham / NewsBusters:
Ed Schultz Delighted That Campaign Book Says Obama Had to Put Up With His ‘Tirade’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Arrests Brotherhood Figure Who Handled News Media  —  CAIRO — Security forces on Tuesday arrested Gehad el-Haddad, a senior official of the Muslim Brotherhood who handled the group's communication with the foreign news media, security officials said.  His arrest was part of a continuing roundup …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Muslim Brotherhood Official, Former Clinton Foundation Employee Arrested
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Lede
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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Government To Recognize All Same-Sex Married Couples Under Private Pension Plan Law  —  Labor Department announces that same-sex couples' marriages will be recognized under ERISA, regardless of whether the couples' home states recognize their marriage.  —  Mel Evans / AP
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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” …
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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Politico:
And what's right with Obama?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse
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.
Daniel Kovalik / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Death of an adjunct  —  Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor of French for 25 years, died underpaid and underappreciated at age 83  —  On Sept. 1, Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct professor who had taught French at Duquesne University for 25 years, passed away at the age of 83.
Discussion: susiemadrak.com and Balloon Juice
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Victoria Woollaston / Daily Mail:
Facebook users are committing ‘virtual identity suicide’ …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Vox Popoli
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
White House Press Secretary Confused By Sharknado Reference
Discussion: Mediaite
BBC:
France moves to ban child beauty pageants
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Graham readying use of force authorization against Iranian regime
Tessa Cheek / The Colorado Independent:
Caldara vote fraud case under attorney general review
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen Isn't Sure What's More Important To Republicans: Guns Or Bibles
Discussion: Washington Monthly and msnbc.com
Reuters:
The Common Core money war
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
WH: ‘Extreme members’ of GOP are ‘reckless’; Mark Knoller smacks Obama with flashback quotes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Starbucks Coffee Company:
An Open Letter from Howard Schultz, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company