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7:55 PM ET, September 24, 2013

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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 …
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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 …
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Vows To Speak Against Obamacare: ‘Until I Am No Longer Able To Stand’  —  On Tuesday at 2:41 p.m., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., took the Senate floor to protest a government funding bill that funds President Obama's signature health care reform law.  He plans to talk — and talk — all afternoon and possibly all evening long.
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.
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.
NationalJournal.com:
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
A Cruz Missile Launch, Like a Light, Shows the Cockroaches Scurrying
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Cruz vows filibuster ‘Until I am no longer able to stand’
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
GOP leaders face resistance in push to speed up government funding bill
Discussion: Politico
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Who Is Corner Guy?  —  His name is John Ellis.
Discussion: NPR and PolicyMic
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP flinches at Obamacare plan devised by Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee
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 …
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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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Clinton slams Obamacare defunding threats
Discussion: CNN
Brittney Cooper / Salon:
GOP launches race war to boost the 1 percent
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:   Hillary Clinton Warns Against Government Shutdown
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 …
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
WSJ buries the lead deep on AIG's CEO
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Yo, Wall Street!
Discussion: The New Republic and PostPartisan
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
AIG Exec: Public Outrage Over Bonuses ‘Just As Bad’ As Lynchings In The South
Discussion: FIRST DRAFT and Hullabaloo
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.
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Guardian:
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama, Rouhani won't meet
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Mediaite
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Says He Will Pursue Diplomacy on Iran and Syria
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.
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.
Larry Klayman / RenewAmerica:
Obama's reckoning to come on November 19!  —  Klayman Calls for the Masses to Force Resignation of Convicted President  —  Last Wednesday, the great usurper, Barack Hussein Obama, after having been indicted by an Ocala, Florida citizens' grand jury, was convicted by a people's court …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
How a Crypto ‘Backdoor’ Pitted the Tech World Against the NSA  —  In August 2007, a young programmer in Microsoft's Windows security group stood up to give a five-minute turbo talk at the annual Crypto conference in Santa Barbara.  —  It was a Tuesday evening, part of the conference's …
 
 
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Politico:
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