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12:30 PM ET, September 20, 2013


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Actually, Senate GOP can't filibuster to defund Obamacare  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CONGRESS OBAMACARE SENATE HEALTH CARE TED CRUZ  —  Senate Republicans, along with GOP lawmakers in the House, know that Sen. Ted Cruz and his colleagues don't have the votes to pass a continuing resolution to defund Obamacare.
Tim Alberta /
Inside Boehner's Plan To Avoid Shutdown (And Wound Obamacare)  —  Forget Friday's big spending bill vote.  House leaders know the Senate will reject it and are ready to respond.  Here's the GOP playbook.  —  House Republicans have orchestrated a master plan to avoid a government shutdown …
Paul Courson / CNN:
Peter King: Ted Cruz ‘is a fraud’  —  Washington (CNN) - The government shutdown showdown is getting ugly.  —  Republican Rep. Peter King said Friday that his Republican colleague in the Senate, Ted Cruz, “is a fraud” who will “no longer have any influence in the Republican Party” …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Robert Costa / National Review:
Ted Cruz Punches Back  —  Even among Republicans, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is one of Washington's most divisive figures.  Activists love him, but leadership staffers and many of his colleagues can't stand him — especially his latest effort to connect a government-spending bill with the defunding of Obamacare.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes 230-189 to fund government, defund ObamaCare  —  The House on Friday passed legislation that defunds ObamaCare but would keep the government running through mid-December.  —  The legislation was approved on a party line 230-189 vote, with Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) the only GOP no vote.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
House passes spending bill to defund Obamacare  —  House Republicans passed their stopgap funding bill Friday to keep government open while terminating the new health care law, setting up a final showdown next week with Senate Democrats and President Obama who have firmly rejected that.
New York Times:
Conservatives Take Turns Standing Up to the Speaker  —  WASHINGTON — Those in the circle of fiery House conservatives who are spearheading a fiscal showdown that threatens to shut down the government see themselves in vaunted company.  —  “It only takes one with passion — look at Rosa Parks …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Reminder: Obamacare Will Continue If Government Shuts Down  —  Just to be clear: Obamacare implementation will likely continue even if the government shuts down this fall as Congress fights over the law's funding.  —  That was the conclusion of a Congressional Research Service report sent to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) back in July.
Yahoo! News:
House sends government spending bill to the Senate without Obamacare funding  —  The House on Friday approved a bill to temporarily fund the government that would strip funding for the 2010 federal health care law known as Obamacare, a move that will set up a showdown with the Senate next week that could result in a government shutdown.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alex Roarty /
The Republicans Who Fear a Shutdown
Discussion: Politico and First Read
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
Why Ted Cruz Might Be Right About Defunding Obamacare in the Senate
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The real Navy Yard scandal  —  In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.”  —  It's always the weapon and never the shooter.  Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Betsy's Page
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Fault Mental Health System Most for Gun Violence
Discussion: Politico and Post Politics
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Firm that ran background check on Snowden also vetted Navy Yard shooter
Discussion: ABC News and Shakesville
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Navy Yard rampage began with gunman's colleagues, sources and witnesses say
Discussion: WJLA-TV, The Hill and The Week
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Not all mass shootings are equal in the eyes of the media or the public
EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants / Agency takes important step to reduce carbon pollution from power plants as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan  —  Contact Information: Julia P. Valentine (NEWS MEDIA ONLY),, 202-564-0496 …
Julian Hattem / E2-Wire:   EPA releases draft rules to cut emissions from power plans
Washington Post:
EPA moves to limit emissions of future coal- and gas-fired power plants
Discussion: The Week and Wonkblog
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Administration to Press Ahead With Carbon Limits
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Pricing Glitch Afflicts Rollout of Online Health Exchanges … Less than two weeks before the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul, the government's software can't reliably determine how much people need to pay for coverage, according to insurance executives and people familiar with the program.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Crazy Party  —  Early this year, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, made headlines by telling his fellow Republicans that they needed to stop being the “stupid party.”  Unfortunately, Mr. Jindal failed to offer any constructive suggestions about how they might do that.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘We are winning’ like Charlie Sheen  —  Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that Republicans are like Charlie Sheen and are actually “winning” despite criticisms this week of party disarray over a budget strategy that would defund Obamacare, according to reports.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Rafferty / First Read:
Rand Paul says recent GOP wins a roadmap for party's future
Tamara Cohen / Daily Mail:
World's top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years  —  Scientists working on the most authoritative study on climate change were urged to cover up the fact that the world's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years, it is claimed.
Owen Bennett / Daily Express:
What climate change? Fewer people than EVER believe the world is really warming up
Discussion: Althouse and Daily Pundit
Pelosi unplugged  —  Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost.  She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately …
Hassan Rouhani / Washington Post:
Why Iran seeks constructive engagement  —  Hassan Rouhani is president of Iran.  —  Three months ago, my platform of “prudence and hope” gained a broad, popular mandate.  Iranians embraced my approach to domestic and international affairs because they saw it as long overdue.
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Damla Ergun / ABC News:
Obamacare Arrives 3 Years Later, Little Understood and Not Well-Liked
Discussion: Hot Air
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Poison at the heart of Labour: Damaging questions for Miliband and Balls as explosive book reveals Brown's spin doctor ran smear campaigns from Downing Street  —  The toxic culture of spin, smears and feuding at the heart of New Labour is laid bare today in an explosive political memoir.
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and BBC
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Blair's fight to stop Brown's coup
Discussion: BBC, Spectator and Telegraph
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New York Times:
Another Insult to the Poor
Discussion: The Week, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Martin O'Malley's Next Act: Democrats' Top Surrogate
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Two Universities In The United Kingdom Ban ‘Blurred Lines’ For Promoting Rape Culture
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Watch A Cat Unlock The iPhone 5s Using Touch ID And The Fingerprint Sensor
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Ronald Brownstein /
How to End the Obamacare Debate
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Republican Launches Personal Attack Against Keystone XL Activist At Congressional Hearing
Peggy Fletcher Stack / Salt Lake Tribune:
Mormons join Hawaii's gay-marriage fight, but with a new approach
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Joe. My. God.
Hillary Clinton all but running
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Katie Pavlich /
Spitting on Their Graves: Democrats Leave Benghazi Hearing Before Testimony From Families of Victims