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2:10 PM ET, September 22, 2013


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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz: A vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare  —  Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday reiterated his commitment to blocking a procedural Senate vote on a House-approved spending bill, saying that Senate Democrats would have too much leeway to add in funding for Obamacare.
Sarah Palin / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: PALIN — BOMBS AWAY ON OBAMACARE; CRUZ IS OVER THE TARGET  —  Americans who are fed up with Obamacare won a victory yesterday.  The House voted to defund Obamacare while still funding the federal government to avoid a “devastating” shutdown.  (I shall not digress …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
McCaskill: GOP should stop throwing ‘tantrums’  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill blasted Republicans on Sunday for throwing “tantrums” over President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  “I don't think in America we should throw tantrums when we lose elections and threaten to shut down the government …
Adam Sneed / Politico:
Rand Paul: GOP 'probably can't defeat' Obamacare
Discussion: p m carpenter's commentary and CNN
Conflicting reports emerge about exact role Israelis are playing; Kenya attack death toll rises to 59, as standoff with Qaida-linked group continues.  —  Israeli advisers are helping Kenya formulate a strategy to end a siege at a Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist militants have killed …
Kenya mall attack: About 30 hostages still inside, sources say  —  A rescue worker helps a child outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, September 21.  Gunmen burst into the mall and opened fire in a deadly attack.  According to a senior Kenyan government source …
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Hillary in Midair  —  She's learned from her mistakes.  Three years before November 8, 2016, she's working hard to be relaxed, calm, easy.  But, all the while, the old Clinton gears are whirring.  —  For four years, Hillary Rodham Clinton flew around the world as President Barack Obama's secretary …
Discussion: The Fix
David Cohen / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Don't know wife's plans  —  Former President Bill Clinton says he really doesn't know if his wife is going to run for president in 2016.  Or if his daughter might run for office someday.  —  Speaking in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:   Hillary Clinton ‘pragmatic and realistic’ in considering White House bid (Video)
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
America's Billionaire  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN you're trapped in a city with House Republican gargoyles who don't understand math or history, much less reality, sometimes you crave a dose of grandfatherly wisdom.  —  Speaker John Boehner, trapped under the thumb of Tea Party anarchists …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Pelosi says ‘the cupboard is bare’  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that while deficit reduction is a laudable goal, there are precious few spending cuts left to negotiate in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.  —  “The cupboard is bare,” the California Democrat …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Pelosi ‘optimistic’ about fixing some labor worries in Obamacare
Discussion: Politico and Crooks and Liars
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
NRA's LaPierre on Navy Yard Shooting: 'There Weren't Enough Good Guys With Guns'  —  National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre appeared on Meet the Press Sunday morning to discuss last week's Navy Yard shooting that left thirteen dead, including gunman Aaron Alexis.
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Same Republicans attacking ObamaCare used it to balance budget  —  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Sunday questioned why the same Republicans now working to defund ObamaCare voted for a budget that used Medicare savings and revenue generated from the Affordable Care Act to balance, calling it a “hoax.”
Discussion: Politico
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Good Populism, Bad Populism  —  HERE'S the good news for Republicans: The party now has a faction committed to learning real lessons from the 2012 defeat, breaking with the right's stale policy consensus and embracing new ideas on a range of issues, from foreign policy to middle-class taxes, the drug war to banking reform.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The food stamps program  —  In an ideal policy world, would food stamps exist as a program separate from cash transfers?  Probably not.  But as it stands today, they are still one of the more efficient programs of the welfare state and the means-testing seems to work relatively well.
Paul Krugman:   More SNAP Judgments  —  Thanks to the commenter who suggested this title.
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Henry Porter / Guardian:
American gun use is out of control. Shouldn't the world intervene?
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and BBC
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Funk: Where the Jobs Are—and How to Get One
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Power Line
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Snowden leaks help NSA critics in government surveillance lawsuits
Robin McKie / Guardian:
Climate change: IPCC issues stark warning over global warming
Ben White / Politico:
For Janet Yellen, nomination may be easy part
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama: Negotiating with Republicans over debt ceiling ‘is not going to happen’
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Connecticut School Takes Children on Field Trip to Reenact Slavery and Called Them the N-Word
Los Angeles Times:
Transgender teen crowned homecoming queen at O.C. high school