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2:55 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.
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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 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
After 21-Hour Cruz Speech, Senate Votes to Take Up Budget  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Senator Ted Cruz's 21-hour, 19-minute verbal assault on President Obama's signature health care law ended Wednesday when the Senate voted 100-to- to break off debate and move to consider House legislation …
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.
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.
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate votes to advance House bill  —  The country woke up to Ted Cruz still holding the floor of the U.S. Senate, but on Wednesday afternoon the upper chamber moved on.  —  The Senate voted unanimously, 100-0, on a procedural vote to advance a House-passed spending bill that defunds Obamacare.
Yahoo! News:
Rick Perry: Shutting down government to defund Obamacare not a good option  —  With a potential government shutdown looming in less than a week, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said it would be “nonsensical” for his fellow Republicans to support any effort to bring government to a halt over the health care law.
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
Ted Cruz's Fake Fight Against Obamacare Is Making Millions  —  Ted Cruz's war against Obamacare is a racket to raise his profile and millions of dollars.  Patricia Murphy says even his Republican colleagues loathe him.  —  When Sen. Ted Cruz went to the Senate floor Tuesday to block a bill …
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Senate unanimously votes to move ahead on spending bil
Discussion: The Reaction and Crooks and Liars
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Cruz ends marathon ObamaCare protest after more than 21 hours
Ian Swanson / The Hill:   Within Senate GOP, frustration with Cruz
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:   Reid unites grumbling caucus, has votes to pass spending bill
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Ted Cruz pushes Senate to listen to the people
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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Wonkblog:
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
New York Times:
Officials Detail Premium Costs of Health Plan
Discussion: The Week and NBCNews
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
The ObamaCare Wars Are Just Starting
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fox News
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 …
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Lauren Donovan / The Bismarck Tribune:
White supremacist's home may be uninhabitable  —  An order giving white supremacist Craig Cobb five days to come up with a plan for installing running water and a sewer outlet into his home in Leith expired Monday and it's possible the house could be declared uninhabitable.
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.
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The White House:
Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly
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 TheBlaze.com
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.
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 …
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Democrats Need to Keep an Eye on Republican-Tilting Independent Voters
Discussion: The Reaction
 
 
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Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
When is a filibuster not a filibuster?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CSPAN Reminds Viewers That Cruz's Overnight Speech Is Not A Filibuster (PHOTO)
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement
Discussion: Hot Air
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Americans Turn on Washington, 68% Say Wrong Track in Poll
Discussion: The Hill, Gallup, Politico and msnbc.com