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8:55 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and Politico
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Dan Pfeiffer: W.H. not ‘negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Booman Tribune
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Bill Clinton Calls Parts of House GOP Proposal To Raise Debt Ceiling ‘Chilling,’ ‘Spiteful’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Willing To Risk Debt Limit Disaster To Win Concessions
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
House GOP Just Showed Why Obama Can't Compromise on the Debt Ceiling
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House unlikely to accept clean funding bill from Senate
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.
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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.
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 and CNN
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Disconnect  —  There is a real and genuine disconnect …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Bob Corker To Ted Cruz: You Are Confused (VIDEO)
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: NRSC targets vulnerable Democrats  —  Washington (CNN) - As the Senate begins getting down to the business on Friday of whether to defund the health care law backed by President Barack Obama, a national Republican political committee cautions Democratic incumbents facing tough reelection fights.
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Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:
States of Change
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael C. Bender / Bloomberg:
Democrat Manchin Breaks Ranks to Back Mandate Delay
Reuters:
Text of Draft United Nations Resolution on Syrian Chemical Weapons  —  The United States and Russia reached an agreement on Thursday on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ridding Syria of its chemical weapons arsenal.  —  Following is the text of this draft resolution.
Discussion: Lawfare
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Lizzy Davies / Guardian:
Pasta firm Barilla boycotted over ‘classic family’ remarks  —  Chairman Guido Barilla causes outrage in Italy after saying he would not consider using a gay family to advertise his products  —  Gay rights activists in Italy have launched a boycott of the world's leading pasta maker …
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Reuters:
Italian pasta baron's anti-gay comment prompts boycott call
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.
USA Today:
U.N. panel delivers landmark climate change report  —  United Nations climate change study says man to blame for Earth's warming.  —  CONNECT  —  Global warming is “unequivocal” and it is “extremely likely” that humans are the primary contributors to this warming, according …
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 …
Ryan Lizza / Comment:
WHERE THE G.O.P.'S SUICIDE CAUCUS LIVES  —  On August 21st, Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to John Boehner.  Meadows is a former restaurant owner and Sunday-school Bible teacher from North Carolina.  He's been in Congress for eight months.  Boehner, who has served in Congress for twenty-two years …
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 …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
HEALTH LAW ONLINE SIGN-UP DELAYED FOR SMALL FIRMS  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Health law online sign-up delayed for small firms  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before the debut of new online insurance markets, a couple of last-minute technical glitches …
Paul Bentley / Daily Mail:
'Eyes gouged out, bodies hanging from hooks, and fingers removed with pliers': Horrific claims of torture emerge as soldiers reveal gory Kenyan mall massacre details  —  Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered …
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Wonkblog and AEIdeas
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Iranian ‘moderate’  —  The search, now 30 years old, for Iranian “moderates” goes on.
Discussion: NBCNews
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Terry McAuliffe, the Redskins, and the Big Lies of Liberalism
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix, CBS DC and Politico
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Scorns G.O.P. ‘Blackmail’ on Health Law
Discussion: The Week and Hot Air
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Clinton Meeting Showcases a Political Family
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: msnbc.com
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