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9:45 PM ET, September 24, 2013


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Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Who Is Corner Guy?  —  His name is John Ellis.  —  In the midst of Ted Cruz's speech in the Senate, a star is born.  —  Via  —  Meet “Corner Guy.”  —  View Entire List ›
Discussion: NPR, and PolicyMic
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz seizes Senate floor in failing quest  —  Ted Cruz seized control of the Senate floor on Tuesday at about 2:42 p.m., vowing to “speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand.”  —  But Cruz cannot stop a Senate now in motion from eventually returning …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cruz Campaign Against ObamaCare  —  The freshman Texas Senator volunteers House Republicans for duty on his implausible defunding gambit.  —  So House Republicans have passed and sent to the Senate a budget that includes no funding for the Affordable Care Act, setting up a political showdown …
House GOP may attach Obamacare delay to CR  —  The House Republican leadership is seriously considering attaching a one-year delay of Obamacare's individual mandate to the Senate bill to avert a government shutdown, according to senior GOP aides.  —  If House Republicans decide to go this route …
Discussion: Power Line, Weasel Zippers and Reuters
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid's office: Cruz filibuster is fake  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman said Tuesday that Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) filibuster was fake.  —  “Fun fact: Senator Cruz pre-negotiated the terms of his #fakefilibuster with Senator Reid yesterday.
Alex Seitz-Wald /
Don't Call It a Filibuster  —  Ted Cruz's speech is not a filibuster, but he can talk until Wednesday morning.  —  Despite what you see on C-SPAN2, or what you read on Twitter, Ted Cruz is not filibustering Obamacare.  The Republican senator from Texas is speaking on the Senate floor …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Likens Obamacare Defunding Skeptics To Nazi Appeasers (VIDEO)  —  During a floor speech Tuesday aimed at reviving the already-dim prospects for his effort to defund Obamacare, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) likened his doubters to Nazi appeasers.  —  “If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany,” Cruz said.
Ted Cruz Is Talking Until He Can't Stand Anymore  —  “I rise in opposition to Obamacare,” the Texas Republican began.  This speech may go on for a while.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. He stood up in opposition to Obamacare, he said.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
GOP leaders face resistance in push to speed up government funding bill
Discussion: Politico
CNN's GUT CHECK for September 24, 2013
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Vows To Speak Against Obamacare: ‘Until I Am No Longer Able To Stand’
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:   Ted Cruz's filibuster is an excellent argument against Ted Cruz's filibuster
Erick Erickson / RedState:
A Cruz Missile Launch, Like a Light, Shows the Cockroaches Scurrying
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Obama Just Gave His Most Significant Foreign Policy Speech  —  President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday to the United Nations was his most significant foreign policy statement since becoming president.  It showed he had clearly learned something from the recent “red line” fiasco in Syria.
Obama tells UN that diplomatic path must be tested with Iran  —  President says secretary of state John Kerry will lead nuclear negotiations and acknowledges US role in 1953 Iran coup  —  President Obama on Tuesday pledged to focus his foreign policy efforts on the Middle East …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Seeing thaw, Obama seeks Iran nuke deal
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Rouhani won't meet
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Mediaite
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
AIG CEO: Anger over AIG bonuses ‘just as bad’ as lynchings  —  AIG's CEO Robert Benmosche — who came in to rescue the company after the 2008 financial crisis — told the Wall Street Journal that the outrage over the bonuses promised to AIG's members was just as bad as when white supremacists …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
WSJ buries the lead deep on AIG's CEO
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
AIG Exec: Public Outrage Over Bonuses ‘Just As Bad’ As Lynchings In The South
Discussion: FIRST DRAFT and Hullabaloo
Suzanne LaBarre / Popular Science:
Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments  —  Starting today, will no longer accept comments on new articles.  Here's why.  —  Comments can be bad for science.  That's why, here at, we're shutting them off.  —  It wasn't a decision we made lightly.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton defends Obamacare, slams defunding efforts  —  Hillary Clinton made a forceful case in support of Obamacare's implementation and slammed the “noisy minority” of Senate Republicans advocating defunding the program, saying a government shutdown will be blamed on Republicans and “we've seen that movie before.”
Discussion: ABC News and CNN
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
Facing government shutdown, Obama's party can't bank on 1996 mythology
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton Warns Against Government Shutdown
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and CNN
James Moore / CNN:
Hillary, don't run for president  —  Hillary Clinton through the years … (CNN) — Don't run, Hillary.  —  Nobody is saying the former secretary of state, New York senator, U.S. and Arkansas first lady, and Yale-trained attorney is not qualified for the White House.
Discussion: Shakesville
Brittney Cooper / Salon:
GOP launches race war to boost the 1 percent
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Cornel West + “Crossfire” = One Hell Of A GIF Factory  —  Thank goodness for split screen reaction shots on cable news.  —  You may have missed the extremely animated debate over Obamacare and the future of conservatism last night on Crossfire.  —  Well, Bill Kristol was there, and he did this, which was great.
Fox News:
One man's ObamaCare nightmare  —  Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky. and their two boys are just the kind of people who should be helped by ObamaCare.  But they recently got a nasty surprise in the mail.  —  “When I saw the letter when I came home from work,” Andy said …
Paul Krugman:
What's It All About Then  —  Simon Wren-Lewis writes with feeling about the “austerity deception”; what sets him off is a post that characterizes the whole austerity debate as being about “big-state” versus “small-state” people.  —  Wren-Lewis's point is that only one side of the debate saw it that way.
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
News organizations respond to Fed lockup questions  —  The Federal Reserve says it is contacting news organizations to discuss the rules surrounding lock up procedures and the release of market moving information from the Federal Reserve's headquarters in Washington.
Discussion: Politico, Wonkblog, MoneyBeat and NPR
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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
D.C. officials ponder whether to defy federal shutdown and keep city government open
Discussion: Firedoglake and WJLA-TV
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Saying a Shutdown Is Less Likely Makes It More Likely
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Most government employees would work through shutdown
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How a Crypto ‘Backdoor’ Pitted the Tech World Against the NSA
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Are Robots Killing The Middle Class?
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Kerry to sign UN arms treaty opposed by Senate, NRA
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Police: Missouri House staffer left loaded gun in Capitol restroom