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1:50 PM ET, September 25, 2013


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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ted Cruz, Wendy Davis and media bias  —  Sen. Ted Cruz has been speaking on the Senate floor for almost 19 hours, as of this post.  The talk is not technically a filibuster — he can't actually block the Senate from going about its business — but symbolically, it's more or less the same thing.
New York Times:
The Embarrassment of Senator Ted Cruz  —  Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the public face of the aimless and self-destructive Tea Party strategy to stop health care reform, began an endless floor speech on Tuesday with the theme of “make D.C. listen.”  But even his Republican colleagues …
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Cruz Reads Dr. Seuss in All-Night Attack on Obamacare … Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has officially pulled an all-nighter in the U.S. Senate as he advocated for the defunding of Obamacare into the wee hours of the morning.  —  Wearing black tennis shoes for comfort, the Texas senator started speaking …
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
A Republican Calls Another a ‘Fraud’  —  When Peter King is going to give you a sound bite, he lets you know ahead of time, so as not to insult your intelligence or, for that matter, waste your time if you're not that interested in the details.  —  But please, stay for the footnotes.
Washington Post:
Cruz ends anti-Obamacare talkathon after 21 hours  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) ended his marathon talking attack on President Obama's health-care law Wednesday after 21 hours and 19 minutes — a feat of stamina that seems likely to complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill aimed at averting a looming government shutdown.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
How Ted Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Filibuster Could Cost Him Millions  —  Top Republican donors are rolling their eyes at the senator's crusade.  “Sure, he's revving up the base, but so did Michele Bachmann and Pat Buchanan.”  —  Cruz, mid-"filibuster"  —  Handout / Reuters
New York Times:
After 21 Hours, Cruz Ends Senate Speech  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Cruz ended his overnight assault on the new health care program at noon Wednesday after more than 21 hours on the Senate floor, clearing the way for a test vote on a plan to finance the government after Oct. 1 only if money is denied for the health law.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Weekly Standard
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CSPAN Reminds Viewers That Cruz's Overnight Speech Is Not A Filibuster (PHOTO)  —  As CSPAN pointed out to viewers during its coverage of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) speech decrying the Affordable Care Act, his speech is not a filibuster because he is procedurally limited by a vote scheduled to take place at mid-day on Wednesday.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Within Senate GOP, frustration with Cruz  —  A number of Sen. Ted Cruz's colleagues on Tuesday expressed frustration at the Texas Republican's tactics in the fight over ObamaCare and government funding.  —  As Cruz prepared to speak for hours on the Senate floor to try to delay work …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Senate unanimously votes to move ahead on spending bil
Discussion: The Reaction and Crooks and Liars
Yahoo! News:
Rick Perry: Shutting down government to defund Obamacare not a good option
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Ted Cruz's Long Speech
Discussion: PolicyMic, Hot Air and Politico
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Cruz launches floor protest against ObamaCare funding (Video)
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Who Is Corner Guy?  —  His name is John Ellis.
Discussion: NPR, and PolicyMic
Alex Seitz-Wald /
Don't Call It a Filibuster  —  Ted Cruz's speech is not a filibuster …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz pushes Senate to listen to the people
Discussion: Washington Monthly
How much will Obamacare premiums cost?  Depends on where you live.  —  Booklets outlining health insurance options for Californians is seen at a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, Calif., Sept. 10, 2013.  (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)  —  A 27-year-old in Austin who earns $25,000 …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Double Down: Obamacare Will Increase Avg.  Individual-Market Insurance Premiums By 99% For Men, 62% For Women  —  For months now, we've been waiting to hear how much Obamacare will drive up the cost of health insurance for people who purchase coverage on their own.
Caroline Humer / Reuters:   Obamacare's average monthly cost across U.S.: $328
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Wars Are Just Starting
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
New York Times:   Officials Detail Premium Costs of Health Plan
Fox News:
Kerry signs UN arms treaty, senators threaten to block it  —  Sept. 24, 2013: President Obama walks past Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York.AP  —  Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation …
Alex Roarty / The Atlantic Online:
Are Gay-Rights Laws Trampling on Freedom of Religion?  —  Some people of faith complain that laws mandating equal treatment for LGBT Americans are forcing them to betray their privately held beliefs.  —  Conservatives may have found another way to stem the rising tide of rights for America's gays and lesbians.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
For Obama, an Evolving Doctrine on Foreign Policy  —  WASHINGTON — For five years, President Obama has publicly struggled with the question of when America is willing to act as the world's policeman, and when he will insist that others take the lead, or at least share the risks, costs and resentments it engenders.
The White House:
Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Voters Like Republicans, So Why Don't They Elect Them?  —  Scott Rasmussen polled voters on whom they trust, and found that voters prefer Republicans over Democrats on ten of fifteen issues.  Not only that, the issues where voters trust the GOP more than Democrats are generally the most important ones …
Charlie Cook /
Democrats Need to Keep an Eye on Republican-Tilting Independent Voters
Discussion: The Reaction
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
Hillary for President...of the Universe  —  Sure, Hillary Clinton could run for the White House.  But where the world desperately needs a personality like hers is at the helm of a strong global governing body, says Sally Kohn.  —  In an interview this week with New York Magazine …
Discussion: NewsBusters and
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.
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Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
When is a filibuster not a filibuster?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL …
CBS News:
Government shutdown threat unacceptable, poll says
Discussion: The Plum Line, Daily Kos and The Hill
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Reid unites grumbling caucus, has votes to pass spending bill
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