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6:20 PM ET, September 21, 2013


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Ellie Buchdahl / Daily Mail:
‘All Muslims leave... we only want to kill non-Muslims’: Gunmen massacre at least 22 in Kenyan shopping mall after releasing anyone who could prove they were Islamic by reciting a prayer  —  Kenyan police and soldiers have pinned down the remaining gunmen who opened fire at a shopping centre earlier today …
At least 20 killed when gunmen attack Nairobi shopping mall, Red Cross says  —  (CNN) — Gunmen attacked an upscale shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday, leading to a fierce gunbattle with police and leaving at least 20 people dead, the Kenyan Red Cross said.
New York Times:
Upscale Mall Becomes War Zone in Kenya Terror Attack  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — An upscale mall popular with the Kenyan elite and the foreign diplomats and businesspeople who call Nairobi home turned into a war zone on Saturday, as gunmen opened fire on shoppers in an apparent terrorist attack …
Discussion: The Hill and National Updates
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
Gunmen Open Fire at Nairobi's Most Upscale Mall
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:   KENYA RED CROSS: 22 DEAD IN UPSCALE MALL ATTACK
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Obama calls Boehner, says he won't negotiate on debt ceiling  —  President Obama phoned Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday to tell him he will not negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling, according to a readout provided by the Speaker's office.  —  Boehner told the president he was …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Knoller / CBS News:
Republicans “trying to mess with me” on budget, Obama says  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  President Obama slammed House Republicans for “trying to mess with me” by passing a bill today to fund the government but also defund Obamacare.  —  At a Ford plant that stamps out components for trucks and vans …
Discussion: Liberal Values
Obama calls Boehner, rules out debt negotiations
Associated Press:
Declassified document: US narrowly escaped nuclear blast in 1961 H-bomb accident  —  LONDON — A U.S. hydrogen bomb nearly detonated on the nation's east coast, with a single switch averting a blast which would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that flattened Hiroshima, a newly published book says.
Paul Krugman:
More SNAP Judgments  —  Thanks to the commenter who suggested this title.  I want to say some more about the SNAP program, and how utterly unjustified the attack on the program really is.  —  First, another look at trends in the program over time, this time in terms of spending as a share of GDP:
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Rollie Chance, misidentified as Navy Yard shooter, demands media accountability  —  Rollie Chance was home in Stafford, about 40 miles south of Washington, when he began watching the news about the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning.  A retired Navy lieutenant …
Company Behind Snowden Check Also Vetted D.C. Shooter
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Los Angeles Times:
Transgender teen crowned homecoming queen at O.C. high school  —  Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16, of Huntington Beach was named homecoming queen on Friday night at Marina High School.  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / September 20, 2013)  —  Cassidy Lynn Campbell broke down in tears Friday night …
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(ND-ALL) Congressman Kevin Cramer To People Who Can't Find Jobs or Aren't Able To Work: Don't Eat  —  Earlier today, a constituent of North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer posted a comment on Cramer's Facebook wall.  The constituent apparently wanted to make sure that …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hugh Hewitt Goes Off on ‘Whiny’ Republicans Trashing Ted Cruz: ‘Get In The Game!’  —  There's currently a war brewing in the Republican party over defunding Obamacare, with many in the conservative media pushing Republicans to take the plunge.  Hugh Hewitt went off on “whiny” …
Associated Press:
Funeral Bombing, Other Attacks in Iraq Kill 65  —  BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a funeral tent packed with mourners and another bomber on foot blew himself up nearby in a Shiite part of Baghdad early Saturday evening, the deadliest assault in a day of attacks that claimed at least 65 lives in Iraq.
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