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5:10 PM ET, September 28, 2013

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Politico:
House GOP to attach Obamacare delay to CR  —  House Republicans will vote to pass a one-year delay of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, a plan that drastically increases the chances of a government shutdown this Tuesday.  —  The decision was announced by the GOP leadership …
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msnbc.com:
Prepare for shutdown  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  —  House Republicans unveiled a plan on Saturday that would keep the government open until Dec. 15 in exchange for a one-year delay of Obamacare—an idea Democrats have vowed to reject.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ted Cruz Now Ruining John Boehner's Life, Too  —  The Republican Party right now most closely resembles a Weatherman gathering from about 1969, with various factions debating the feasibility of immediate communist revolution versus building a working-class movement as a prelude to smashing the state.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The House GOP Wants to Throw a Temper Tantrum, and Boehner Can't Stop Them  —  Here's the question to ask yourself while watching the government shutdown/debt-limit insanity play out these next few days: Is the congressional GOP a global menace, bent on destruction of an epic scale …
Susan Davis / USA Today:
House GOP to vote on one-year delay for Obamacare  —  In a rare weekend session, Republicans plan to vote on a plan that makes a government shutdown more likely.  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — Congress is moving the nation closer to a government shutdown on Tuesday after House Republicans announced Saturday …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Daily Kos
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why Senate Republicans Hate Ted Cruz  —  There's more than one reason they despise the junior senator from Texas.  —  At one point in the tense back and forth between Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Bob Corker this week, the Senate's presiding officer, Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to speed up consideration of GOP spending bill  —  The House on Saturday afternoon approved a rule that will let Republicans more quickly consider their legislative proposal to avoid a government shutdown after September 30.  —  Members passed H.Res. 361 in a party-line 226-191 vote.
Discussion: Politico
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Obama defends Obamacare, warns GOP against shutdown in weekly address
New York Times:
House Plans Funding Bill, With Conditions
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens  —  WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times …
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edward Snowden e-mail provider Lavabit faced ‘pen register’ order
Discussion: Firedoglake
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Iranians Welcome President With Protest  —  TEHRAN — Dozens of protesters hurled eggs and at least one shoe at President Hassan Rouhani as he returned to Tehran on Saturday after a groundbreaking phone call with President Obama and other outreach to the West that has been greeted with widespread support in Iran.
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David Rothkopf / CNN:
Obama and Rouhani: ‘Jaw jaw’ better than ‘war war’
Discussion: neo-neocon
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Who Are the Real Suicide Bombers?
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
The One Weird Law That Dictates How Government Shutdowns Work  —  A shutdown would end up costing more because of the price of restarting the government — and other odd facts about the late-1800s Antideficiency Act.  —  If rogue Republicans do not relent over the budget impasse by October 1 …
Bloomberg:
Obama Stripped to Skeleton Staff in a Government Shutdown  —  A U.S. government shutdown means President Barack Obama will have fewer people to cook meals, do the laundry, clean the floors or change the light bulbs, according to a White House contingency plan.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Obamacare fight reenergizes tea party movement  —  The clash in Congress over efforts to derail President Obama's health-care law has lit up tea party groups across the country, reenergizing activists who had drifted away from the movement while intensifying the divisions tearing at the Republican Party.
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: September 2013  —  As the clock counts down on open enrollment and the rollout of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll we asked people who say they don't have enough information about the law …
Discussion: The Hill and Wonkblog
 
 
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
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Discussion: americanthinker.com
Cody Enterprise:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Ballot Box
New York Times:
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Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite