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9:25 PM ET, September 28, 2013

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Politico:
Shutdown looms larger after GOP move on Obamacare  —  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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Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ to spending bill  —  Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.  —  A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.
Stan Collender / Stan Collender's Capital Gains …:
Cliffgate Update: Now A 90% Chance Of A Shutdown  —  It was virtually inevitable that House Republicans would amend the Senate-passed continuing resolution with changes the Senate has already said it won't accept.  —  To understand why, I need to again refer back to something I posted …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Compares Republicans Trying To Take Down Obamacare To Heroes Of 9/11  —  This afternoon, House Republicans decided to tie continued funding of the federal government — which will run out of funds on Monday — to a one year delay of Obamacare and a repeal of a tax on medical devices.
msnbc.com:
Prepare for shutdown  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  —  The government is headed for a shutdown after House Republicans on Saturday demanded a halt to President Obama's signature health care law as a precondition for funding the government.
ABC News:
White House: Obama Will Veto House Shutdown Bill  —  The White House says President Barack Obama would veto House Republican legislation that would delay much of the president's health care overhaul for a year and cancel a tax on medical devices.  —  The White House statement comes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Austin Wright / Reuters:
House GOP moves to protect military pay in a shutdown  —  House Republicans are seeking to spare the military in the event of a government shutdown — a move that can be seen as much about politics as it is about the troops.  —  The GOP unveiled a bill on Saturday that would ensure service …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to speed up consideration of GOP spending bill
Discussion: Politico
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The House GOP Wants to Throw a Temper Tantrum, and Boehner Can't Stop Them
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why Senate Republicans Hate Ted Cruz
Susan Davis / USA Today:
House GOP to vote on one-year delay for Obamacare
Discussion: Daily Kos and Michelle Malkin
New York Times:
House Leaves U.S. on Brink of Shutdown
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Obama defends Obamacare, warns GOP against shutdown in weekly address
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 …
Lee Fang / thenation.com/blogs/168901:
Tea Party Lawmaker Letter on Med Device Tax Repeal Authored by Lobby Group  —  Today, House Republicans pushed one more step towards a government shut down by coalescing around a continuing resolution that delays the implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Wrong Man Spend 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?  —  What a sham trial in Louisiana says about the U.S. court system  —  It is now only a matter of weeks, or days perhaps, before Herman Wallace dies of the liver cancer that is ravaging his body.  He will likely die in prison …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Politico:
Nancy Pelosi absent for CR vote  —  Days ahead of a government shutdown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary outside Washington, D.C.  —  “Speaker Boehner has told me he has the votes for his proposals on his side of the aisle and that he will not need our help …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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?
Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Dewhurst to Texas GOP: Don't get complacent  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said here on Saturday that Texas could turn blue if Republicans get “complacent.”  —  “If we're complacent, yeah, it could happen,” said Dewhurst, who last year lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the state's GOP Senate primary.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Tyler O'Neil / Christian News, The Christian Post:
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Bloomberg:
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