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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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
House Republicans lack votes to move plan to raise debt ceiling  —  House Republican leaders found themselves struggling to secure the votes on Thursday for a debt ceiling measure they hoped to swiftly pass through the House as the latest salvo in a multi-front fiscal fight.
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Corker takes on Cruz as GOP feuding moves to the Senate floor
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House unlikely to accept clean funding bill from Senate
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Dan Pfeiffer: W.H. not ‘negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest’
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Weasel Zippers
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Willing To Risk Debt Limit Disaster To Win Concessions
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Raises Stakes in Debt-Ceiling Fight
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 …
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
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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Lizzy Davies / Guardian:
Pasta firm Barilla boycotted over ‘classic family’ remarks
Michael Day / The Independent:
‘I would never use homosexual couples in my adverts’: Barilla pasta brand faces boycott …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A BRIEF INTERLUDE WITH EXPERT OPINION  —  I thought it seemed like a good day to check in with Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who was central to the adoption here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) of what we still like to call Romneycare which, of course, was the template …
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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
What's in a name? Lots when it comes to Obamacare/ACA
Discussion: NBCNews and The Reaction
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 …
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Bob Corker To Ted Cruz: You Are Confused (VIDEO)
Julia Ryan / The Atlantic Online:
This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim  —  Fewer than half of the 2013 graduating seniors who took the test got “college-ready” scores.  —  Of the 1.66 million high school students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT, only 43 percent were academically prepared for college-level work …
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.
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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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.
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
 
 
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Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Abbott warns arms treaty could spur Texas to sue
J. Marshall Shepherd / CNN:
We need common sense on climate change
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Lucy McCalmont / Reuters:
West: I'd take Rubio's Senate seat
Discussion: National Review
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Shutdown unlikely to stop NSA spying
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Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
American Reject Effort to End Obamacare Amid Ad Barrage
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Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't let these people run my bathwater”
Discussion: Post Politics
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
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