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8:50 AM ET, September 26, 2013

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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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
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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 …
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: Daily Kos and Economix
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Ted Cruz's long-term strategy: Brilliant, but stupid  —  The fauxlibuster will be great for the senator's career — unless he actually wants to be president  —  Ted Cruz announced yesterday that he would filibuster Obamacare, and not stop until he could not stand anymore, or at least until his allotted speaking time was up.
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.
Discussion: Hawkings Here, NBCNews and CNN
Michael Walsh / National Review:
What We Just Saw  —  In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz's …
Discussion: New York Times
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
What Ted Cruz Doesn't Understand About Green Eggs and Ham
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The Most Ridiculous Moments In Ted Cruz's Phony Filibuster (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) put forth a challenge Wednesday to members of the media covering his 21-hour non-filibuster to protest funding for Obamacare.  —  “So I'm gonna make a request directly to those reporters who are covering …
Discussion: BobCesca.com
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Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Rips Ted Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Speech, Criticizes Nazi Comparison (VIDEO)
Discussion: msnbc.com
David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz, Wendy Davis, and Politico's Bogus Claim of Media Bias
David French / National Review:
Ted Cruz and the Power of Conviction
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Texas senator is Cruz-ing for a bruising
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) …
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Republicans Debt-Ceiling Strategy Relies on Obama Budget
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Hot Air and Hullabaloo
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Obama shouldn't have ruled out 14th Amendment option in debt fight
Discussion: Politico and CNN
New York Times:
Iran's Leader, Denouncing Holocaust, Stirs Dispute  —  WASHINGTON — As he conducts a high-profile good-will visit to New York this week, Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, says he is bringing a simple message of peace and friendship.  But on Wednesday, Mr. Rouhani set off a political storm …
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David Ignatius / PostPartisan:
Edited transcript: An interview with Hassan Rouhani
Discussion: NPR, Guardian and BBC
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Jim DeMint, Congressional Republicans' Shadow Speaker  —  When Congress adjourned for its August recess this year, most members avoided the town hall meetings that were once the standard venue for hearing from constituents.  They were too afraid.  Ever since activists opposed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican Ideas  —  How the Heritage Foundation went from the intellectual backbone of the conservative movement to the GOP's bane — and how it's hurting the party's hopes for a turnaround  —  During the 1980 election …
Discussion: BALANCE
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 …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Top Nevada GOPer Brags 2014 Will Be ‘A Great Year For Republicans’ Because Minorities Won't Vote
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
A final pitch for Obamacare  —  It's showtime for Obamacare's explainer-in-chief.  —  Armed with facts and figures, President Barack Obama will take the stage at Prince George's (Md.) Community College on Thursday — five days before the uninsured can start signing up for benefits — and test his powers of persuasion.
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 ›
Washington Post:
Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis driven by delusions  —  The government contractor who killed 12 people at the Navy Yard last week was driven by delusions that he was being controlled by low frequency radio waves, and he scratched the words “End the torment!” on the barrel of the shotgun used in the killings …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 and ThinkProgress
Erika Johnsen / Hot Air:
White House explains HHS report's rationale: You can't compare wormy apples to fresh and delicious ones, obviously  —  A short yet painful addendum to my earlier post on the Department of Health and Human Service's new report excitedly detailing the “lower than expected” …
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Politico:
HHS reveals Obamacare coverage prices for federal exchanges
randomhouse.ca:
David Gilmour on Building Strong Stomachs  —  Shelf Esteem is a weekly measure of the books on the shelves of writers, editors, and other word lovers, as told to Emily M. Keeler.  This week's shelf belongs to David Gilmour, whose most recent novel, Extraordinary, appears on the Giller longlist.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe go small in debate  —  A clash of the titans, this was not.  —  Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli could not be more different in their ideological views and political personalities, as they battle for the governorship of Virginia …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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