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10:40 AM ET, September 27, 2013


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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.
New York Times:
A Republican Ransom Note  —  On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent the House a very serious warning that, for the first time, the United States would be unable to pay its bills beginning on Oct. 17 if the debt ceiling is not lifted.  House leaders responded on Thursday …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:   The GOP should just do it  —  Shut down the government!
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House adviser compares Republicans to terrorists in fiscal fight
Discussion: Power Line
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Scorns G.O.P. ‘Blackmail’ on Health Law
Discussion: The Week and Hot Air
House GOP banking on Plan C
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:   Bill Clinton Calls Parts of House GOP Proposal To Raise Debt Ceiling ‘Chilling,’ ‘Spiteful’
Steve Beshear / New York Times:
My State Needs Obamacare.  Now.  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. — SUNDAY morning news programs identify Kentucky as the red state with two high-profile Republican senators who claim their rhetoric represents an electorate that gave President Obama only about a third of its presidential vote in 2012.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House says it isn't behind ‘Adorable Care Act’  —  It would have been a clever move for the White House or Organizing for Action to turn to cute animals and social media to try to draw attention to the start of the Affordable Care Act's registration period.
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
What's in a name?  Lots when it comes to Obamacare/ACA  —  What's in a name?  When it comes to the debate over health care, apparently a lot.  —  In CNBC's third-quarter All-America Economic Survey, we asked half of the 812 poll respondents if they support Obamacare and the other half if they support the Affordable Care Act.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Shutdown Forecast: 50-50  —  NOTABLES  — LOOKING FOR PROGRESS IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: On “Good Morning America” today ABC's JONATHAN KARL put the chances of a shutdown — or a catastrophic default — at 50-50.  “As that clock ticks down toward shutdown there is no real sign of progress anywhere,” Karl said.
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.N. Deal on Syrian Arms Is Milestone After Years of Inertia  —  UNITED NATIONS — The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council have agreed on a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but there will be no automatic penalties if the Syrians fail to comply, officials said Thursday.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Most of Syria's toxins can be destroyed more easily than officials initially thought
Text of Draft United Nations Resolution on Syrian Chemical Weapons
Discussion: Lawfare
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Corker takes on Cruz as GOP feuding moves to the Senate floor  —  Feuding in the Republican conference moved to the Senate floor on Thursday as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused two colleagues of risking a government shutdown as a publicity stunt.  —  “The reason you don't want to send …
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post, WJLA-TV and CNN
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: NRSC targets vulnerable Democrats
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Is Set to Vote on Budget Bill as House Weighs Options
Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:   States of Change
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 …
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Osborne has now been proved wrong on austerity  —  Nobody thought a recovery would never happen - merely that it would be delayed  —  The UK economy is recovering.  The government is vindicated.  Its critics should crawl into a hole.  This, in essence, is what George Osborne …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Sen. Rand Paul / Washington Times:
Why must the American people suffer when even so many Democrats don't want Obamacare?  —  Officials who implemented the law should not escape its pain  —  Earlier this week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz, some of my Republican colleagues and I took to the Senate floor with the intent of making Washington listen.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Young Voters Backing Gay Rights 69% Is Republican Hurdle  —  Fifty-five percent of Americans and 7 out of 10 young people support allowing gay couples to marry.  A majority of Republicans, 52 percent, oppose it.  —  Forty percent of Republicans say state legislatures should continue pushing for laws curbing abortion rights.
Mara Gay / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg on the brink: Testy exchange with reporters leads to threat of ending press conferences  —  Mayor Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of a business news and media company, has frequently boiled over when dealing with probing journalists but his temper seems to be reaching …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Tom DeLay: 'I'll keep fighting'  —  (CNN) - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who resigned amid scandal in 2006, said he's “coming back” now that his 2010 conviction for money laundering has been overturned.  —  DeLay also weighed in on the current showdown in Congress over the spending bill and debt limit.
Discussion: Politico
Daily Mail:
So much for keeping a low profile: George Zimmerman is pulled over for the THIRD time since he was acquitted  —  George Zimmerman was pulled over by police for the third time since his acquittal, it emerged today.  —  Zimmerman was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol troopers in Brevard County on August 19 just after 11am.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Heitkamp warns Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline approval  —  Senator predicts a partial government shutdown Tuesday in ‘a game of Russian roulette.’  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a freshman Democrat from North Dakota, is ready to take on President Obama over the long-delayed approval …
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul to Rand on 2016: ‘You could get elected’  —  Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Ky.) has a warning for his son Rand, a Republican senator from Kentucky and possible presidential contender: Be careful, you could win.  —  Asked by NBC's Jay Leno whether he had any advice for his son …
Discussion: Politico
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
NRA announces fundraising record  —  FAIRFAX, Va. (WTVR) - The National Rifle Association announced its grassroots fundraising program “Friends of NRA” is having a record fundraising year.  —  “The success of this year's Friends of NRA banquets would not have been possible without the hard work …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz can't be president, Texas Dem says  —  Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) said Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) floor fight this week proved he could never be president.  —  “I think what became clear this week is that he can't be president and the reason is nobody will follow him …
Discussion: Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Inspector general: NSA spied on significant others  —  Some employees of the National Security Agency inappropriately used surveillance to snoop on significant others, the agency's inspector general says.  —  The IG laid out 12 instances of wrongdoing in his response to a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Ballmer bids tearful farewell to Microsoft, promises it will ‘deliver the next big thing’
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Frank Phillips / The Boston Globe:
Capuano to run for reelection, not governor
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Ballot Box
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas' Davis Is Expected to Enter Race for Governor
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and NPR
USA Today:
U.N. panel delivers landmark climate change report
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Iranian ‘moderate’  —  The search, now 30 years old, for Iranian “moderates” goes on.
Discussion: NBCNews
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Clinton Meeting Showcases a Political Family
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Willing To Risk Debt Limit Disaster To Win Concessions
Discussion: The Plum Line and Slate
Julia Ryan / The Atlantic Online:
This Year's SAT Scores Are Out, and They're Grim