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8:55 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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate approves measure to keep federal government operating
Discussion: Politico
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.
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The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Exclusive: Romney disagrees with GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare in D.C.  —  (CNN) - [Updated 5:30 p.m. ET] 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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gore to GOP: ‘How dare you?’
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, CNN and Hot Air
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Obama To House GOP: ‘Do Not Shut Down The Economy’ (VIDEO)
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama slams Republican threats to ‘burn the house down’
Discussion: Politico, Wonkblog and Daily Kos
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Harkin: Tea Party ‘every bit’ as dangerous to nation as the Civil War
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Speaks to President of Iran in First Talk Since 1979  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke by telephone with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Friday afternoon, the first direct conversation between leaders of the two estranged countries since the rupture of the Tehran hostage crisis more than three decades ago.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Outside the Beltway
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Small President on the World Stage
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and Washington Wire
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Your False-Equivalence Guide to the Days Ahead  —  A kind of politics we have not seen for more than 150 years  —  Two big examples of problematic self-government are upon us.  They are of course the possible partial shutdown of the federal government, following the long-running hamstringing …
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 …
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Jonathan Fahey / ABC News:
Exxon to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Couples in US
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Gay marriage legal in New Jersey, judge rules
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Joshua Green / The Boston Globe:
Shutdown is the best way to jolt Washington back to its senses
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and National Review
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.
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 …
Richard Schiffman / The Atlantic Online:
What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report  —  “We have five minutes before midnight.”  —  The polar icecaps are melting faster than we thought they would; seas are rising faster than we thought they would; extreme weather events are increasing.  Have a nice day!
Discussion: The Dish and Guardian
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions
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.
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 …
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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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Student Cited By Ted Cruz As Proof Of Obama's Failure Is Actually Grateful For Obamacare  —  During his 21-hour talkfest on the Senate floor earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went through a litany of examples that he said highlighted the abject failures of President Barack Obama's policies.
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
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Adam O'Neal / Real Clear Politics:
NBC News to Air Special Series on Obamacare
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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