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6:35 AM ET, September 19, 2013

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CNN:
House Republicans question Cruz's Obamacare-defunding fervor  —  Washington (CNN) - Republicans in the House of Representatives expressed outrage with one of their compatriots on the other side of the Capitol Wednesday, questioning whether or not Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is really all-in on defunding Obamacare …
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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?
Discussion: Paul Krugman, The Dish and Hit & Run
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’  —  Washington (CNN) - Red state-blue state governors Rick Perry and Martin O'Malley debated job creation and healthcare on Wednesday, with Perry equating adding people to Medicaid via Obamacare with …
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.”
Leslie Bentz / CNN:
McCain publishes opinion piece in Pravda - but not the one he wanted  —  Senator John McCain has a message for the Russian people; “I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today”.  —  In an opinion piece titled “Russians Deserve Better That Putin,” …
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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.
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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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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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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
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” …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Telegraph:
Secret ban on face veils for staff at 17 hospitals  —  At least 17 NHS hospitals have banned front line staff from wearing the veil, The Telegraph has learned, as ministers called for new guidelines to ensure all patients can have “face to face” contact with those who care for them.
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Clinton leads Dems, Paul and Christie tops among Republicans in NH  —  PPP's newest look ahead to the 2016 Presidential race in New Hampshire finds no clear leader.  Rand Paul's at 20% to 19% for Chris Christie, 14% for Jeb Bush, 12% for Kelly Ayotte, 10% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan …
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Jason Horowitz / Vogue.com:
Could Republican Senator Rand Paul Win the White House?
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: Balloon Juice and susiemadrak.com
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.
 
 
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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
CNN:
A horrible way to fill the second most powerful job in America
Discussion: Real Time Economics