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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low  —  Republicans ambivalent about movement, while most Democrats oppose it  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
On Obamacare, Republicans get in their own way  —  When Dwight Eisenhower asked Gen. Georgy Zhukov how the Red Army cleared minefields, Zhukov replied that it marched through them.  Being profligate with lives is a perquisite of command and a luxury of those with an abundance of lives at their command.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Cruz, Tea Party Hero, Rankles Senate G.O.P. Colleagues  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ted Cruz's crusade to dismantle President Obama's health care law has helped cement his status as an emerging hero of the Tea Party and conservative grass roots.  But it is stoking resentment and derision …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ted Cruz: Political anarchist or genius?  —  You can get ahead in politics by ticking off some of the people in Washington all of the time, or all of the people in Washington some of the time.  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is testing the consequences of ticking off everyone in Washington all of the time.
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
W.H. official: Don't expect wave of enrollment
Discussion: Reuters and National Review
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low
Michael Walsh / National Review:   What We Just Saw  —  In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz's …
Jonathan Allen / Politico:   A final pitch for Obamacare
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
If John Boehner Knows What's Good For Him, He'll Shut Down the Government  —  What the hell is John Boehner thinking?  I don't mean that strictly in a rhetorical sense, though it's hard not to slap your head when you see the most powerful Republican in the country lurching from one cockamamie strategy to another.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
You Really Ought to Be More Terrified of the Debt Ceiling  —  The truly scary thing about blowing through the debt limit isn't what we think will happen.  It's that we actually have no idea what will happen.  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's 21-hour soliloquy was rightly criticized (or, characterized) …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Revealed: The House GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan  —  Below is an outline of the GOP's debt-ceiling bill obtained by National Review Online.  The document originated with the House Appropriations Committee staff and is dated yesterday.  A GOP-leadership aide says there are some differences between …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Americans Reject by 61% Obama Demand for Clean Debt Vote  —  Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio disagree with President Barack Obama's contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions.  —  Instead, 61 percent say that it's “right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling …
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Politico:
Republicans shun shutdown but flirt with default
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Obama's Approval Rating Matches Two-Year Low, Poll Shows
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Republicans Debt-Ceiling Strategy Relies on Obama Budget
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Now Revealed by Stripper: Booker's Twitter Messages  —  Mayor Cory A. Booker has a high schooler's affinity for Twitter, reveling in its ceaseless flow of affirmation and infinite space for self-promotion.  —  But the occasional perils of his reliance on the social media service became evident …
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Politico:
Another Obamacare delay  —  The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare - this time postponing online enrollment in some of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1, sources tell POLITICO.  —  Small businesses looking to enroll in coverage on so-called SHOP exchanges run …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
DC delays key pieces of ObamaCare exchange
Discussion: National Review
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
D.C.'s Obamacare fail: Prices won't work until November
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg:
Democrat Manchin Breaks Ranks to Back Mandate Delay  —  U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia broke ranks with fellow Democrats and said he'd support a stopgap spending plan that delays the individual mandate in President Barack Obama's health-care law.  —  “There's no way I could not vote for it …
Nikki Schwab / US News:
Comedian Arrested After Punching Journalist Josh Rogin at D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity Competition  —  This year's D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity contest may go down as the most memorable and not for what was going on onstage.  Comedy headliner Dan Nainan — a professional comedian who in the past …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Guardian
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The Reliable Source:
Comedian Dan Nainan arrested after journalist punched in face over tweets
Discussion: Hit & Run, FishbowlDC, Mediaite and Poynter
Drew Altman / Reuters:
How Obamacare may be holding down costs  —  The historic slowdown in health-care costs is continuing.  Earlier this month, the government's actuaries found that total national health spending continues to grow at the lowest rate we've ever seen.  And our annual employer health benefits survey released …
Discussion: CNN, BillMoyers.com and ThinkProgress
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John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
IRS Watchdog: $67 Million Missing from Obamacare Slush Fund  —  The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent from a slush fund established for Obamacare implementation, according to a TIGTA report released today.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The IRS is unable to account for $67 million spent …
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Let ObamaCare Collapse  —  Congress can't kill the entitlement state.  Only the American people can.  —  What the GOP's Defund-ObamaCare Caucus is failing to see is that ObamaCare is no longer just ObamaCare.  It is about something that is beyond the reach of a congressional vote.
Travel.State.Gov:
Worldwide Caution  —  The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance …
 
 
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