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5:10 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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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 …
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid's parting shot to Boehner: Pass our bill, or it's a shutdown  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate is done acting on legislation to avert a government shutdown and that House Republicans have no choice but to pass the Senate's bill if they want to keep the government open.
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?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gore to GOP: ‘How dare you?’
Discussion: CNN, ABC News, Hot Air and Politico
Joshua Green / The Boston Globe:
Shutdown is the best way to jolt Washington back to its senses
Discussion: Hit & Run, National Review and Hot Air
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Harkin: Tea Party ‘every bit’ as dangerous to nation as the Civil War
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 …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Obamacare Is About to Go Live. Here's Why It Was Worth the Wait.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why should Congress get special exemption under Obamacare?  —  CONGRESS OBAMACARE SENATE HARRY REID MITCH MCCONNELL HEALTH CARE OPM CHUCK GRASSLEY  —  “I'm going to get a vote,” says Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana.  “I can't tell you how, or when, but I'm going to get a vote.”
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves measure to keep federal government operating
Discussion: Politico
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
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Passes Funding Bill in Party-Line Vote
Associated Press:
OBAMA SPEAKS TO ROUHANI, SAYS IRAN DEAL POSSIBLE  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Obama speaks to Rouhani, says Iran deal possible  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone Friday …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Small President on the World Stage
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Washington Wire
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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Richard Schiffman / The Atlantic Online:
What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report
Discussion: The Dish and Guardian
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.
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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Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: McCain Hires Controversial Syria Analyst Elizabeth O'Bagy  —  Sen. John McCain has hired Elizabeth O'Bagy, the Syria analyst in Washington who was fired for padding her credentials, The Cable has learned.  She begins work Monday as a legislative assistant in McCain's office.
Discussion: National Review and The PJ Tatler
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Judge legalizes same-sex marriage in New Jersey  —  TRENTON — A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.  —  Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request …
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 …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media  —  Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'  —  Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism - close down the news bureaus …
Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
Dems: RNC's Bruce Ash uses racial slur in Obama comment  —  Arizona's Republican National Committeeman, Tucson businessman Bruce Ash, used what opponents called out as a racial slur Thursday.  In a Facebook post about President Obama, Ash said the president is “shucking and jiving” about health care reform.
 
 
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Adam O'Neal / Real Clear Politics:
NBC News to Air Special Series on Obamacare
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Issa feared targeted by terrorists after Democrats revealed secret Libya trip
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Republicans have ‘a bomb strapped to their chest’
Jessica Gross / New York Times:
Valerie Plame Is the Master of Her Own Universe
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
NRA wading into Va. governor's race with $500K ad campaign against McAuliffe
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
NSA: Analysts spied on love interests
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Plutocrats Feeling Persecuted
Discussion: The Mahablog and Cafe Hayek
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Candida Moss / The Daily Beast:
The Gospel According to Bill O'Reilly's New Book ‘Killing Jesus’
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
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
U.N. Deal on Syrian Arms Is Milestone After Years of Inertia
Ryan Lizza / Comment:
WHERE THE G.O.P.'S SUICIDE CAUCUS LIVES