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12:45 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.
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 …
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 …
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:
After 20-plus hours, Sen. Cruz still talking in an effort to defeat Obamacare  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) sustained a marathon talking attack on President Obama's health-care law overnight and well into Wednesday morning — a feat of stamina that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass …
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 …
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
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
Cruz goes through the night  —  (CNN) — He made it through all of Tuesday evening, overnight, and well into the morning Wednesday.  And a full 17 hours after he began, Sen. Ted Cruz was still carrying on his anti-Obamacare effort from the Senate floor.  —  With more than a little help …
Yahoo! News:
Rick Perry: Shutting down government to defund Obamacare not a good option
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CSPAN Reminds Viewers That Cruz's Overnight Speech Is Not A Filibuster (PHOTO)
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Who Is Corner Guy?  —  His name is John Ellis.
Discussion: NPR, and PolicyMic
Kate Nocera / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz Privately Approached Harry Reid To Ask For Time To “Filibuster”
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Ted Cruz's Long Speech
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
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Cruz launches floor protest against ObamaCare funding (Video)
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
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
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
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
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.
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: Yahoo! News
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Americans Turn on Washington, 68% Say Wrong Track in Poll  —  As the U.S. heads toward a potential government shutdown or default, the public is more alienated from Washington than at any time since the aftermath of the 2011 downgrade of the nation's credit rating.
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Government shutdown threat unacceptable, poll says
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