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1:15 PM 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 …
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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
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low  —  That's not the headline you will see, of course.  —  Instead, Gallup headlines its story about its most recent polling to emphasize the negative about Tea Party support, Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low.
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 …
Michael Walsh / National Review:
What We Just Saw  —  In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz's …
Discussion: New York Times
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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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 …
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) …
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Politico:
W.H. official: Don't expect wave of enrollment
Discussion: Hot Air, Reuters and National Review
Politico:
Republicans shun shutdown but flirt with default
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
A final pitch for Obamacare
Discussion: VodkaPundit
New York Times:
Obama's Approval Rating Matches Two-Year Low, Poll Shows
Discussion: Hot Air and Bloomberg
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 …
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
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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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
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't let these people run my bathwater”  —  In one of the more remarkable television interviews with a politician I have ever seen, ex-Rep. Shelley Berkley eviscerated her U.S. Senate campaign staff for bottling her up, not having a strategy and being too paranoid.
Discussion: Post Politics
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.
Michael Day / The Independent:
‘I would never use homosexual couples in my adverts’: Barilla pasta brand faces boycott after boss's comments spark backlash  —  Gay rights groups are calling for a boycott of the world's biggest pasta maker Barilla after the company's chairman said he would never use homosexual couples in his advertisements.
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.
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Marissa Alexander will get a new trial  —  Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years for discharging a firearm in Florida despite pleading Stand Your Ground against her husband, will get a new trial.  Alexander, 32, said she fired a bullet at the ceiling because she was afraid of her husband.
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Equivalency Formula Works Wonders  —  In using rather extreme language (I suppose “an evil child's wish list for Santa” is kind of extreme) for Boehner's debt limit bill, I somehow failed to account for the magic Equivalency Formula whereby all GOP demands are by definition no less unreasonable than Democratic demands.
Discussion: The Plum Line
 
 
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
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Washington Post:
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
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Drew Altman / Reuters:
How Obamacare may be holding down costs
Discussion: CNN, BillMoyers.com and ThinkProgress
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New York Times:
Iran's Leader, Denouncing Holocaust, Stirs Dispute
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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