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7:00 PM ET, September 20, 2013


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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” …
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Never Surrender  —  Since January 2011, Republicans have tried to repeal Obamacare, in whole or in part, more than 40 times.  That number is recited with a predictable sneer by congressional Democrats and the Washington press corps each time a new vote is held.
Discussion: Power Line and Taylor Marsh
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
In blow to immigration reform, House ‘gang of seven’ bill looks dead  —  In a blow to the hopes of passing immigration reform anytime soon, the bipartisan House “gang of seven” plan is probably dead, and almost certainly won't be introduced this fall as promised, a top Democrat on the “gang” acknowledges.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
John Boehner is being even more irresponsible than Ted Cruz  —  The House just voted for a “continuing resolution” that defunds Obamacare (though it wouldn't actually stop Obamacare from being implemented).  Here's what House Speaker John Boehner hopes will happen next:  —  This'll go well.
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.
New York Times:
House Passes Spending Bill Cutting Health Funds, Drawing Obama's Scorn  —  WASHINGTON — Hours after House Republicans pushed through a stopgap spending bill that would strip funding for his health care law, President Obama said on Friday that as Congress debates the budget, “they're focused on politics …
Discussion: Voices, Gothamist, CNN and The Reaction
Senate turns to CR that defunds Obamacare  —  It's now up to the Senate.  —  With ten days until a possible government shutdown, the battle over federal spending has shifted to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) chamber will begin considering …
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 …
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Filibuster the House CR?  Cruz, Other Conservatives Say ‘Yes’ (Updated)  —  Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday that Republican senators should, in effect, filibuster the House-passed continuing resolution in the Senate.  —  The Texas Republican is calling on his colleagues to oppose limiting debate on it …
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep: Obamacare Defunders Are Following Example Of Rosa Parks, MLK
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Schumer on GOP: 'They'll blink'
Discussion: Politicker
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:   Reminder: Obamacare Will Continue If Government Shuts Down
Alex Roarty /
The Republicans Who Fear a Shutdown
Discussion: Politico and First Read
Fox News:
House votes to keep government open, defund ObamaCare
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
A guide to freaking out about the newest Obamacare glitch  —  Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it.  You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Avik Roy / Forbes:
WSJ: Obamacare Software Can't ‘Reliably Determine’ Enrollees' Eligibility For Subsidies
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rollie Chance, Wrongly Suspected Navy Yard Shooter: I Thought ‘This Must Be A Joke’  —  WASHINGTON — No one knows what it's like to be a dead mass murderer.  But for about 20 minutes on Monday, Rollie Chance got about as close to that experience as you can get.
New York Times:
Signs of Distress Multiplied on Killer's Path to Navy Yard
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The real Navy Yard scandal
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Darrell Issa to travel to Libya  —  Darrell Issa is scheduled to travel to Libya next week as part of his investigation into the attack last year on the Benghazi consulate, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.  —  The California Republican, who chairs the House Oversight …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   Democrats slam Chairman Issa for upcoming ‘partisan’ trip to Libya
Gina McCarthy / The Huffington Post:
Time to Act on Climate Change  —  I didn't plan for a life built around protecting the environment.  In fact, I started my career as a health agent in the town of Canton, Mass., and later worked for the Stoughton Board of Health.  But at some point I realized that at its core …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Anthony Weiner: 'I'm not an idiot'  —  In his first national media interview since losing the New York City mayoral primary, former Rep. Anthony Weiner joined Geraldo Rivera for a nearly 20-minute appearance on Rivera's radio show Friday, taking responsibility for his loss while also blaming …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Pundit
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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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Democrat says repealing ObamaCare a ‘wet dream’ for Republican radicals
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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