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12:35 AM ET, September 27, 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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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.
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 …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Revealed: The House GOP's Debt-Ceiling Plan
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Americans Reject by 61% Obama Demand for Clean Debt Vote
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: House unlikely to accept clean funding bill from Senate
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Raises Stakes in Debt-Ceiling Fight
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 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.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   Bob Corker To Ted Cruz: You Are Confused (VIDEO)
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: NBCNews and The Reaction
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A BRIEF INTERLUDE WITH EXPERT OPINION
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
IT Is One of Obamacare's Weakest Links
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Tom Holbrook / The Numbers:
States of Change
Ryan Lizza / Comment:
WHERE THE G.O.P.'S SUICIDE CAUCUS LIVES
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
White House says it isn't behind ‘Adorable Care Act’
Discussion: CNN, The Week and msnbc.com
J. Marshall Shepherd / CNN:
We need common sense on climate change
Discussion: Capital Weather Gang
 Earlier Items: 
Doug Gross / CNN:
Bill Gates: Control-Alt-Delete a mistake
Discussion: The Verge and Outside the Beltway
Michael Pearson / CNN:
Wisconsin bridge drops 2 feet
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't let these people run my bathwater”
Discussion: Post Politics