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6:45 PM ET, September 28, 2013


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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 …
Prepare for shutdown  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  —  The government is headed for a total shutdown after House Republicans on Saturday demanded a halt to President Obama's signature health care law as a precondition for funding the government.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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
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 …
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.
John Dickerson / Slate:
Why Senate Republicans Hate Ted Cruz
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Obamacare fight reenergizes tea party movement
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 …
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.
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?
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
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
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 …
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Discussion: The Hill and Wonkblog
Mark Steyn / National Review:
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