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3:40 PM ET, September 27, 2013

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Robert Costa / National Review:
Cruz to House Conservatives: Oppose Boehner  —  On a Thursday conference call, a group of House conservatives consulted with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas about how to respond to the leadership's fiscal strategy.  Sources who were on the call say Cruz strongly advised them to oppose it, and hours later, Speaker John Boehner's plan fizzled.
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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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz emerges as GOP leader  —  PPP's newest national poll finds Ted Cruz is now the top choice of Republican primary voters to be their candidate for President in 2016.  He leads the way with 20% to 17% for Rand Paul, 14% for Chris Christie, 11% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan …
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The GOP should just do it  —  Shut down the government!  Blow through the debt ceiling!  Subject the United States to fiscal chaos or financial ruin if your party can't get its way on unrelated ideological priorities!  —  With apologies to Nike, maybe it's time for the House Republicans to stop threatening and “Just do it.”
Discussion: Business Insider
First Read / NBCNews:
First Thoughts: Boehner's bluff?  —  Back to talk of a government shutdown, but is it real or does Boehner blink? ...  If GOP had any hope of blaming Obama and Democrats for a shutdown, the Corker-Cruz spat on the Senate floor didn't help its cause ... Let's remember how we got here …
New York Times:
Senate Passes Budget Bill as House Weighs Options
Washington Post:
Gore accuses GOP of ‘political terrorism’  —  By Aaron Blake and Karen Tumulty, Published: September 27 at 10:49 am  —  Former Vice President Al Gore on Friday called the GOP's strategy to defund Obamacare “political terrorism.”  —  Speaking at the Brookings Institution, Gore called it a …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gore to GOP: ‘How dare you?’  —  Former vice president Al Gore on Friday accused Republicans of engaging in “political terrorism” by using a government shutdown as leverage to defund ObamaCare.  —  “The only phrase that describes it is political terrorism,” Gore said at the Brookings Institution, according to ABC News.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and ABC News
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Harkin: Tea Party ‘every bit’ as dangerous to nation as the Civil War
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Al Gore Accuses GOP of ‘Political Terrorism’ With Shutdown Threat
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves measure to keep federal government operating  —  The Senate voted along party lines Friday to pass a stopgap spending measure lasting until Nov. 15 after removing controversial language to defund ObamaCare.  —  The 54-44 vote puts the Senate on a collision course with the House …
Discussion: Politico
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why should Congress get special exemption under Obamacare?
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
House Conservatives Warn GOP Senators: Vote for Cloture ‘Same As a Vote for Obamacare Itself’
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Right Scoop
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Exclusive: Romney disagrees with GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare in D.C.  —  Mitt Romney thinks Obamacare is a bad law that will hurt the country, but disagrees with how conservatives in Washington are trying to get rid of it.  —  In an exclusive interview with CNN's Jake Tapper …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is About to Go Live. Here's Why It Was Worth the Wait.
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.
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Darryl Fears / Washington Post:
IPCC report says humans almost certainly cause global warming  —  A panel of the world's leading climate scientists strongly asserted Friday that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause” of global warming since 1950 and warned of more rapid ice melt and rising seas …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
What Cruz Wrought  —  Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war.  He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade.  And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign …
Catrina Stewart / The Independent:
Kenya shopping mall attack: Nairobi hostages were tortured before they were killed, says police doctor  —  Rumours of rapes, disfigurement and beheadings are rife in Kenya's capital  —  A police doctor scouring Nairobi's Westgate mall for bodies after a four-day siege by Islamist gunmen …
Discussion: National Review
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Average Is Over—if We Want It to Be  —  Tyler Cowen's new book Average Is Over makes an excellent followup to his previous work The Great Stagnation and I expect it will set the intellectual agenda in much the way that its predecessor did.  I want to offer not so much a review as an effort at explication …
Reuters:
U.S., Russia agree on Syria U.N. chemical arms measure  —  (Reuters) - Ending weeks of diplomatic deadlock, the United States and Russia agreed on Thursday on a U.N. Security Council draft resolution that would demand Syria give up its chemical arms, but does not threaten military force if it fails to comply.
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.N. Deal on Syrian Arms Is Milestone After Years of Inertia
Candida Moss / The Daily Beast:
The Gospel According to Bill O'Reilly's New Book ‘Killing Jesus’  —  Jesus was killed because of taxes.  That's more or less the message of Bill O'Reilly's new book.  Professor Candida Moss on what else the Fox host gets wrong—and what he leaves out.  —  In Killing Jesus: A History …
Jessica Gross / New York Times:
Valerie Plame Is the Master of Her Own Universe  —  You're publishing a book this month called “Blowback,” a spy novel written with Sarah Lovett.  Why fiction?  —  I've always been really dismayed at how female C.I.A. officers were portrayed in fiction.  They're always these cartoonish …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans have ‘a bomb strapped to their chest’
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
NRA wading into Va. governor's race with $500K ad campaign against McAuliffe
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Small President on the World Stage
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Washington Wire
Vikram Dodd / Guardian:
Woolwich attack: two men plead not guilty
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA: Analysts spied on love interests
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama administration plans $320 million to aid Detroit recovery
Discussion: National Review
Wall Street Journal:
Online Health Exchanges for Small Businesses Hit Snag
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Plutocrats Feeling Persecuted
Discussion: The Mahablog and Cafe Hayek
Mara Gay / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg on the brink: Testy exchange with reporters leads to threat of ending press conferences
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz can't be president, Texas Dem says
Discussion: Politico
Sen. Rand Paul / Washington Times:
Why must the American people suffer when even so many Democrats don't want Obamacare?
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Osborne has now been proved wrong on austerity
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Susan Page / USA Today:
Heitkamp warns Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline approval
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and Weekly Standard
Ryan Lizza / Comment:
WHERE THE G.O.P.'S SUICIDE CAUCUS LIVES