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9:15 AM ET, September 21, 2013


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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 …
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” …
Avik Roy / National Review:
Myths of the Obamacare Shutdown Soap Opera  —  There are a number of misperceptions of the internecine dispute taking place among conservatives, and within the Republican Party, around the effort by some to use the continuing resolution and the possibility of a government shutdown, to attempt to defund Obamacare.
Discussion: Power Line
Jake Miller / CBS News:
House passes bill funding government, defunding Obamacare  —  House Republicans advanced a bill on Friday that would continue funding the government at current spending levels for nearly three months but would strip money appropriated to fund Obamacare, following through on months of threats …
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Never Surrender  —  Since January 2011, Republicans have tried …
Discussion: Power Line and Taylor Marsh
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes 230-189 to fund government, defund ObamaCare
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina - secret document  —  Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe  —  A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today …
Goldsboro revisited: account of hydrogen bomb near-disaster over North Carolina - declassified document
Discussion: NBCNews and BBC
Steve Benen / The Rachel Maddow Show:
Elections used to have consequences  —  If you listen to congressional Republicans defend their shutdown scheme and crusade to destroy the federal health care system, they'll routinely use the same phrase.  The “American people,” the GOP claims, are on their side.
Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN:
Obama: ‘We are not some banana republic’
Discussion: Politico
Company Behind Snowden Check Also Vetted D.C. Shooter  —  Photographer: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images  —  The same federal contractor that vetted Edward Snowden, who leaked information about classified U.S. spying programs, also performed a background check …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rollie Chance, Wrongly Suspected Navy Yard Shooter: I Thought ‘This Must Be A Joke’
Ray Takeyh / Los Angeles Times:
A kinder, gentler Iran?  —  Its new president, Hassan Rouhani, speaks softly but still carries a big stick.  —  Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks during an interview with state television in Tehran, Iran.  (Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam / AP / September 10, 2013)
Discussion: Power Line
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama to make case at UN on Syria
Discussion: Politico
Alex Pareene / Salon:
The final triumph of welfare reform  —  The Third Way was supposed to end welfare politicking as we knew it, but no one told Republicans  —  House Republicans voted yesterday to cut $40 billion in funding for SNAP — the anti-poverty program commonly known as “food stamps” — because …
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep. Quotes Bible On Food Stamps: ‘If Anyone Is Not Willing To Work, Let Him Not Eat’
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
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 …
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
EPA to propose carbon emission limits
Los Angeles Times:
Norwalk pastor violated 20-plus women using ‘healing hands,’ cops say  —  An associate pastor at a church in Norwalk arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting more than 20 female parishioners allegedly told his victims the sex acts were a necessary part of using “healing hands.”
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
What Your Neighborhood List-Serv Tells You About The Demise of America  —  I read the subject line for the latest message on my neighborhood listserv with interest: “Kids Cutting Grass?”  —  A few years ago I'd used a post with a similar headline to find someone to do some yard work.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Meet the two Democrats who voted to defund Obamacare
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Uncommonly Partisan  —  The consistently divisive rhetoric of President Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Schumer on GOP: 'They'll blink'
Discussion: Politicker
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Anthony Weiner: 'I'm not an idiot'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Pundit
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa's Chuck Grassley: I am running for re-election (updated)