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9:30 AM ET, September 28, 2013

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Robert Costa / National Review:
Cruz to House Conservatives: Oppose Boehner  —  On a Thursday conference call, a group of House conservatives consulted with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas about how to respond to the leadership's fiscal strategy.  Sources who were on the call say Cruz strongly advised them to oppose it, and hours later, Speaker John Boehner's plan fizzled.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid's parting shot to Boehner: Pass our bill, or it's a shutdown  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate is done acting on legislation to avert a government shutdown and that House Republicans have no choice but to pass the Senate's bill if they want to keep the government open.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. to Plan Next Step as Budget Clock Runs Down  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans will meet in a rare Saturday session as they plan their next move to keep the government open past midnight on Monday while extracting major concessions on President Obama's health care law.
Discussion: Reuters and Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Student Cited By Ted Cruz As Proof Of Obama's Failure Is Actually Grateful For Obamacare  —  During his 21-hour talkfest on the Senate floor earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) went through a litany of examples that he said highlighted the abject failures of President Barack Obama's policies.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama slams Republican threats to ‘burn the house down’
Discussion: Wonkblog
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Obama To House GOP: ‘Do Not Shut Down The Economy’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Official Says Obama ‘Shucking And Jiving’ On Health Care Law
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Exclusive: Romney disagrees with GOP ‘tactics’ on Obamacare in D.C.
Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
Dems: RNC's Bruce Ash uses racial slur in Obama comment
Joshua Green / The Boston Globe:
Shutdown is the best way to jolt Washington back to its senses
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 …
Associated Press:
OBAMA SPEAKS TO ROUHANI, SAYS IRAN DEAL POSSIBLE  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Obama speaks to Rouhani, says Iran deal possible  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone Friday …
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
U.S. and Iran Agree to Speed Talks to Defuse Nuclear Issue
Discussion: msnbc.com and Outside the Beltway
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Small President on the World Stage
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Judge legalizes same-sex marriage in New Jersey  —  TRENTON — A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.  —  Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request …
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Jonathan Fahey / ABC News:   Exxon to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Couples in US
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Gay marriage legal in New Jersey, judge rules
Discussion: Politico
Tony Merevick / BuzzFeed:
New Jersey Judge Rules In Favor Of Marriage Equality
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
Kate Brannen / Politico:
DoD issues detailed shutdown guidance  —  American troops would continue fighting in Afghanistan if the government shut down next week, the Defense Department said Friday — but if any were killed, the Pentagon could not pay out their death gratuities until the government reopened.
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,” …
Discussion: Power Line and The Hill
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 …
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Discussion: Ballot Box
Paul Bentley / Daily Mail:
'Eyes gouged out, bodies hanging from hooks, and fingers removed with pliers': Horrific claims of torture emerge as soldiers reveal gory Kenyan mall massacre details  —  Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered …
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Catrina Stewart / The Independent:
Kenya shopping mall attack: Nairobi hostages were tortured before they were killed, says police doctor
Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: McCain Hires Controversial Syria Analyst Elizabeth O'Bagy  —  Sen. John McCain has hired Elizabeth O'Bagy, the Syria analyst in Washington who was fired for padding her credentials, The Cable has learned.  She begins work Monday as a legislative assistant in McCain's office.
New York Times:
Editors' Note: September 27, 2013  —  The On Religion column on Saturday examined the crisis of faith of a minister, Teresa MacBain, who resigned her pulpit after concluding that she no longer believed in God.  After the article was published, questions were raised about her educational background.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
 
 
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Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Planned Parenthood takes Texas abortion laws to court
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Conflicts of Interest: CNN adjusts ethics policy around Crossfire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Edward Snowden e-mail provider Lavabit faced ‘pen register’ order
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
$300 Million in Detroit Aid, but No Bailout
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Says Iran Hacked Navy Computers
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren: ‘We Face A Clear Danger’ In Campaign Finance Supreme Court Case
Discussion: CNN and Mashable
Adam O'Neal / Real Clear Politics:
NBC News to Air Special Series on Obamacare
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Richard Schiffman / The Atlantic Online:
What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report
Discussion: The Dish and Taylor Marsh
Jessica Gross / New York Times:
Valerie Plame Is the Master of Her Own Universe
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Average Is Over—if We Want It to Be  —  Tyler Cowen's …