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1:15 PM ET, September 28, 2013

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Politico:
House GOP set to attach Obamacare delay to CR  —  With a government shutdown less than three days away, the House is charging toward delaying Obamacare for one year and repealing the medical device tax in exchange for funding the government, several sources tell POLITICO.
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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.
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.
Bryan Koenig / CNN:
Obama defends Obamacare, warns GOP against shutdown in weekly address  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama in his weekly Saturday address praised his signature health care legislation while lashing out at congressional Republicans who would seek to defund it.
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 …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. to Plan Next Step as Budget Clock Runs Down
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama slams Republican threats to ‘burn the house down’
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Obama To House GOP: ‘Do Not Shut Down The Economy’ (VIDEO)
David Rothkopf / CNN:
Obama and Rouhani: ‘Jaw jaw’ better than ‘war war’  —  Editor's note: David Rothkopf writes regularly for CNN.com.  He is CEO and editor-at-large of the FP Group, publishers of Foreign Policy magazine, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Follow him on Twitter.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Who Are the Real Suicide Bombers?  —  This is really too easy: President Obama is willing to negotiate with Iran, but not with the House of Representatives.  Commentators have been all over it, and I don't really have much to add.  Except to note that not only has Obama refused to negotiate with the House …
ABC News:
Obama Speaks to Rouhani, Says Iran Deal Possible
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Law Blog
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: Wonkblog
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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake, msnbc.com and Politico
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Worse Is the New Normal  —  A few years ago, after the publication of my book America Alone, an exasperated reader wrote to advise me to lighten up, on the grounds that “we're rich enough to be stupid.”  That's to say, Western democracies and their citizens are the wealthiest societies ever known …
The White House:
Weekly Address: Averting a Government Shutdown and Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare  —  WASHINGTON, DC— In this week's address, President Obama said that on October 1st, a big part of the Affordable Care Act will go live and give uninsured Americans the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care as everyone else.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
U.N. Security Council OKs Syria resolution  —  In a vote Friday night, the Security Council's 15 members voted unanimously in favor of the resolution its five permanent members—Russia, the U.S., Britain, France and China—agreed on Thursday.  —  Its 10 other members are Argentina, Australia …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ted Cruz again refuses to back John Cornyn  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz refused point-blank to endorse his Texas Republican colleague Sen. John Cornyn in his upcoming reelection bid at an event here Friday.  —  “I think it is very likely I'm going to stay out of all incumbent runs,” …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Official Says Obama ‘Shucking And Jiving’ On Health Care Law  —  The Republican National Committeeman in Arizona used the phrase “shucking and jiving” on Thursday in a Facebook post intended to mock the Obama administration's decision to delay certain parts of the Affordable Care Act.
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Cody Enterprise:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
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