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5:35 PM ET, September 26, 2013

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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 …
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
House GOP Just Showed Why Obama Can't Compromise on the Debt Ceiling  —  Over the past two days, I've started hearing murmurs from the CW-vendors that in light of the potentially catastrophic consequences of breaching the debt ceiling on October 17, the White House's stance that it won't negotiate …
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 …
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.
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
American Reject Effort to End Obamacare Amid Ad Barrage
Discussion: The Plum Line and Prairie Weather
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House unlikely to accept clean funding bill from Senate
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Reuters:
Italian pasta baron's anti-gay comment prompts boycott call  —  * Gay, lesbian groups call for consumer boycott  —  * Barilla apologises, emphasises women's “central role”  —  Guido Barilla, chairman of the world's leading pasta manufacturer, prompted calls for a consumer boycott on Thursday …
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Michael Day / The Independent:
‘I would never use homosexual couples in my adverts’: Barilla pasta brand faces boycott …
ANSA.it:
Barilla boycott launched over president's gay-family remarks
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
DeMint Says GOP ‘Did Not Litigate The Obamacare Issue’ In 2012, Blames Romney
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Wendy Davis tells Democrats she's in  —  Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have begun informing influential Democrats that she intends to run for governor in 2014, according to multiple sources familiar with Davis's conversations.  —  The Fort Worth legislator made a national name …
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 …
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The Reliable Source:
Comedian Dan Nainan arrested after journalist punched in face over tweets
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Allen West Out At PJ Media  —  Sources say he had an anti-Semitic exchange with a staffer, calling her a “Jewish American princess.”  —  Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images  —  Former Congressman Allen West is leaving his job at Pajamas Media after an altercation with a female staffer …
Doug Gross / CNN:
Bill Gates: Control-Alt-Delete a mistake  —  Bill Gates' Microsoft moments  —  (CNN) — If you pressed Control-Alt-Delete to log on before reading this, Bill Gates says he's sorry.  —  The Microsoft founder says the triple-key login should have been made easier, à la Apple's Macs …
Discussion: The Verge and Outside the Beltway
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Disconnect  —  There is a real and genuine disconnect between grassroots conservatives and many in Washington.  Let's first concede that, like with many politicians, a cult of personality has started developing around Ted Cruz, though from my vantage point it is not nearly as virulent as among some.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Peter King: ‘Vile’ phone calls by Ted Cruz allies
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Looting the Pension Funds  —  All across America, Wall Street is grabbing money meant for public workers  —  In the final months of 2011, almost two years before the city of Detroit would shock America by declaring bankruptcy in the face of what it claimed were insurmountable pension costs …
Politico:
2006 dispute led to temporary restraining order against Jackson  —  E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, was accused in 2006 of threatening the life of his daughter's roommate, according to a Belmont, Mass., police report and a separate temporary restraining order filed in Middlesex County Court.
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.
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 …
interpol.int:
INTERPOL issues Red Notice for arrest of Samantha Lewthwaite at Kenya's request  —  Public's help in identifying and locating ‘White Widow’ fugitive crucial, says INTERPOL Chief  —  LYON, France - An INTERPOL Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, has been issued …
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 …
 
 
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Julia Ryan / The Atlantic Online:
This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim
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Abbott warns arms treaty could spur Texas to sue
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We need common sense on climate change
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Lucy McCalmont / Reuters:
West: I'd take Rubio's Senate seat
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Shutdown unlikely to stop NSA spying
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IT Is One of Obamacare's Weakest Links
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Michael Pearson / CNN:
Wisconsin bridge drops 2 feet
Washington Post:
Largest Syrian rebel groups form Islamic alliance, in possible blow to U.S. influence
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't let these people run my bathwater”
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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