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10:00 AM ET, September 29, 2013


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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.
House delays Obamacare as shutdown nears  —  House Republicans forced through a short-term government funding bill that delays Obamacare and permanently repeals a tax on medical devices, setting up their most dramatic face-off ever with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
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.
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 …
Robert Costa / National Review:
House GOP Mulls CR with Vitter Amendment  —  House GOP insiders acknowledge a shutdown is increasingly likely, due to House conservatives' aversion to passing a “clean” continuing resolution that simply funds the government.  But the leadership isn't ready to concede defeat, and …
House delays Obamacare, pushes US toward shutdown  —  House John Speaker Boehner walks out of a meeting with House Republicans (Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA)  —  UPDATED 9/29/13 at 12:40 a.m. - The government is headed for a shutdown after House Republicans on Saturday voted 231-192 …
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: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House sends stopgap to Senate hours before shutdown (Video)  —  House Republicans approved a stopgap spending bill that delays ObamaCare in an early-morning Sunday vote that increases the chances of a government shutdown.  —  The high-stakes GOP move intensifies a game of chicken …
ABC News:
White House: Obama Will Veto House Shutdown Bill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to speed up consideration of GOP spending bill
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Politico
Susan Davis / USA Today:
House GOP to vote on one-year delay for Obamacare
Discussion: Daily Kos and Michelle Malkin
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The House GOP Wants to Throw a Temper Tantrum, and Boehner Can't Stop Them
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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
New York Times:
Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll  —  The .45-caliber pistol that killed Lucas Heagren, 3, on Memorial Day last year at his Ohio home had been temporarily hidden under the couch by his father.  But Lucas found it and shot himself through the right eye.  “It's bad,” his mother told the 911 dispatcher.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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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Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Dewhurst to Texas GOP: Don't get complacent
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Obama Stripped to Skeleton Staff in a Government Shutdown
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Discussion: The Hill and Wonkblog
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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