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12:40 PM ET, September 29, 2013

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
From Bachmann, a persuasive case for why many Republicans don't fear a shutdown  —  Why have House Republicans pursued their effort to defund, and now to delay, Obamacare so relentlessly, even though they have almost zero chance of success in the face of a rapidly-approaching deadline for shutting down the government?
Discussion: Power Line and Talking Points Memo
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McCarthy: ‘We are not shutting the government down’  —  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that several options are on the table for House GOP leaders if the Senate tosses the government funding bill back to the chamber without two anti-Obamacare changes approved by the House.
Washington Post:
The House GOP's shutdown plan is great news  —  House Republicans plan to attach a one-year delay of Obamacare to the continuing resolution.  That sharply increases the chances of a government shutdown beginning Monday night.  —  Good.  —  Speaker Boehner's original plan was to pass …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
David Frum / david-frum:
Here Comes the Shutdown: Three Reasons It Will Hurt the GOP  —  Uh oh!  A House plan to delay Obamacare has put the government on the brink of a shutdown—for real this time.  David Frum on why the infighting is sure to backfire on the Republicans.  —  The federal government swerved toward …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP leader asks: Where's the Senate?
Discussion: Politico
Tamara Keith / NPR:
House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay
Discussion: The Raw Story and PoliticusUSA
Austin Wright / Reuters:
House GOP moves to protect military pay in a shutdown
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
House Republican: Senate is ‘playing games’  —  Washington (CNN) - A high-ranking House Republican blasted Majority Leader Harry Reid for not calling the Senate back to Capitol Hill on Sunday as the government teeters on the edge of a possible shutdown.  —  The Republican-controlled House …
Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Five Things Former President Clinton Took Away From the 2008 President Election  —  During an interview with ABC News, former President Bill Clinton was asked by “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos about the biggest lesson he learned from the 2008 presidential campaign, in which his wife …
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bill Clinton defends Obama on debt ceiling  —  Former President Bill Clinton is defending President Barack Obama for refusing to negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling.  —  “I guess he could stop it, but the price of— the current price of stopping it is higher than the price …
Discussion: CNN
John Avlon / Telegraph:
American Way: US debt ceiling debacle as Congress threatens to go nuclear
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.
Reuters:
As government shutdown looms, Obamacare exchanges still set for launch  —  It's looking more and more like Tuesday will be a split-screen day: The government will shut down, and Obamacare will open for business.  —  That's going to annoy a lot of Republicans —because the ones who are pushing …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Federal workers demanding back pay if government closes  —  Federal worker unions are lobbying lawmakers for back pay in the event of a government shutdown.  —  They say government employees have suffered enough under the cutbacks from sequestration, and are putting pressure on President Obama …
 
 
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
David Dewhurst to Texas GOP: Don't get complacent
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