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1:15 AM ET, September 26, 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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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.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
What Ted Cruz Doesn't Understand About Green Eggs and Ham  —  As part of his fake filibuster today, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) read aloud the text of Dr. Seuss's book Green Eggs and Ham.  It's a strange choice of author for a conservative senator.  Admittedly, Green Eggs and Ham lacks …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
A New Senator Stops Talking, and a Vote on Spending Nears  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday moved toward approving legislation to keep the government open without gutting the health care law after Senator Ted Cruz's 21-hour-and-19-minute verbal assault on it ended with a 100-to- vote …
Paige Lavender / The Huffington Post:
John McCain Rips Ted Cruz's Anti-Obamacare Speech, Criticizes Nazi Comparison (VIDEO)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he gave an anti-Obamacare speech that lasted over 21 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  —  The speech, which was not techinally a filibuster …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Steve Benen / The Rachel Maddow Show:
The Wendy Davis difference
Michael Walsh / National Review:   What We Just Saw  —  In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz's …
David Weigel / Slate:
Ted Cruz, Wendy Davis, and Politico's Bogus Claim of Media Bias
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Texas senator is Cruz-ing for a bruising
NationalJournal.com:
More Than 21 Hours Later, Ted Cruz Has Been Cut Off
Discussion: Yahoo! News, CNN, Politico and Taking Note
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz derides Senate as full of theater and show votes
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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Obama shouldn't have ruled out 14th Amendment option in debt fight  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday said President Obama should not have renounced the option of raising the debt ceiling without Congress.  —  The California Democrat argues that the 14th Amendment empowers …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
You Really Ought to Be More Terrified of the Debt Ceiling
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Treasury Puts a Date on When Cash May Run Out: Oct. 17
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
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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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 and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
The Reliable Source:
George H.W. Bush is witness at same-sex marriage in Maine  —  By The Reliable Source, Published: September 25 at 4:36 pm  —  Another prominent Republican has come out in support of same-sex marriage — or at least, in support of one particular same-sex marriage.
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.
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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