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6:05 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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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 …
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 …
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.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Experts: Seuss would be ‘offended’  —  Dr. Seuss wouldn't have much of an appetite for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reading “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor, experts on the author said Wednesday.  —  “Not only would he be offended at the misuse of 'Green Eggs and Ham …
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 …
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / The Rachel Maddow Show:
The Wendy Davis difference
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
What Ted Cruz Doesn't Understand About Green Eggs and Ham
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Texas senator is Cruz-ing for a bruising
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Surprise! Cruz votes with Democrats after trying to block spending plan
Discussion: Politico and The Reaction
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
CSPAN Reminds Viewers That Cruz's Overnight Speech Is Not A Filibuster (PHOTO)
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz derides Senate as full of theater and show votes
Yahoo! News:
Rick Perry: Shutting down government to defund Obamacare not a good option
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
How Ted Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Filibuster Could Cost Him Millions
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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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Tennessee: Obamacare will triple men's premiums, double women's
Discussion: CBS Philly and The Dish
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Prices Set for New Health-Care Exchanges
New York Times:
Officials Detail Premium Costs of Health Plan
Julie Rovner / NPR:
Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums
Discussion: Guardian and National Review
Fars News Agency:
Exclusive: CNN Fabricates Iranian President's Remarks about Holocaust  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- American news channel CNN fabricated the remarks made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in response to the network's question about the Holocaust.  —  The CNN aired its interview with Rouhani on Tuesday …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: Obama not disappointed Rouhani turned down meeting
Discussion: CNN
FBI:
Law Enforcement Shares Findings of the Investigation into the Washington Navy Yard Shootings … WASHINGTON—Today, law enforcement officials shared findings to date of the investigation into the shootings that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, 2013.
Stephanie Smith / New York Post:
'I'm 124 sandwiches away from an engagement ring'  —  Since last June, a young woman has attracted attention from culinary world icons such as Emeril Lagasse, Michael White and Ken Friedman with 300sandwiches.com, a beautifully photographed blog that documents her quest to woo her boyfriend with bread-and-meat creations.
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
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
How Bad Data Warped Everything We Thought We Knew About the Jobs Recovery  —  The real legacy of the Lehman collapse wasn't an economic meltdown.  (That would have happened anyway.)  It was three years of wrong information about the economy.  —  You know something is really boring when economists say it is.
Daily Mail:
Briton held by mall massacre police: Suspected jihadist is arrested at Nairobi airport trying to board a Turkish plane out of the country  —  Police investigating the Nairobi mall massacre are questioning a Briton arrested as he tried to fly out of the city after the attack.
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and The Gateway Pundit
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Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
The Democratic 2014 turnout machine, courtesy of Pat Hickey  —  This is not the last you wiil hear of this: Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, sitting down with a friendly interviewer (Dan Mason) on conservative talk radio, got careless and talked about how great for the GOP that young people …
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
NSFW: Cory Booker's Interesting DMs With A Portland Stripper  —  “The East Coast loves you and by the East Coast I mean me.”  Not safe for work, unless you work at Newark City Hall.  —  Twitter: @LynsieLee  —  Twitter: @LynsieLee  —  View Entire List ›
Discussion: Gawker
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Kerry signs Arms Trade Treaty  —  Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed the Arms Trade Treaty, setting up a new battle between the Obama administration and pro-gun organizations that will play out as the Senate prepares to vote on ratification of the agreement.
Discussion: CNN
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA chief pleads for public's help amid push for spying restrictions
Discussion: Techdirt and The Daily Caller
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican Ideas
Jill Colvin / Politicker:
Anthony Weiner Eyed Media Gigs Long Before Mayoral Bid: Sources
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg / Politico:
'A woman's voice may do some good'  —  The following essay …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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The Case for Banning Internet Commenters
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White supremacist's home may be uninhabitable
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Americans Turn on Washington, 68% Say Wrong Track in Poll
Alex Roarty / The Atlantic Online:
Are Gay-Rights Laws Trampling on Freedom of Religion?