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4:50 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 Connecting.the.Dots
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
What The Republican ‘Compromise’ Of Delaying Obamacare For A Year Would Do To The Economy  —  Congress must pass a funding bill by Monday to keep the government operating after September 30.  Despite the rapidly approaching deadline, House Republicans have doubled down on their strategy …
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 …
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Shutdown Showdown Intensifies With ‘Obamacare’ Delay  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) - The political and economic stakes mounting with each tick of the clock, the White House and congressional Democrats say a House-approved delay in President Barack Obama's health care law does nothing but push Washington …
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Kevin McCarthy: House Will Send Third Volley to Senate if Reid Rejects Last Night's Bill  —  House GOP whip Kevin McCarthy said the House will send a third government-funding bill with “a few other options” if the Democratic-controlled Senate rejects the bill passed in the House last night, as expected.
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP leader asks: Where's the Senate?
Discussion: Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
House Republican: Senate is ‘playing games’
John Avlon / Telegraph:
American Way: US debt ceiling debacle as Congress threatens to go nuclear
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ to spending bill
Tamara Keith / NPR:
House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and PoliticusUSA
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Texas First Lady Calls Abortion 'A Woman's Right'  —  Texas first lady Anita Perry told an interviewer on Saturday that she thinks abortion is “a woman's right.”  —  Perry's husband, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), has helped push through a slew of laws restricting and eroding access to abortion in the state.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rick Perry's wife talks of abortion ‘right’  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Anita Perry, wife of Gov. Rick Perry, said Saturday that abortion “could be a woman's right,” though she doesn't personally support that option.  —  “Yeah, that could be a women's right,” the first lady of Texas said of abortion …
Sarah Hurtubise / The Daily Caller:
Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans  —  President Barack Obama famously promised, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”  He later got even more specific.  —  “If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Reuters:
As government shutdown looms, Obamacare exchanges still set for launch
Discussion: Politico and Taylor Marsh
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Not Raising the Debt Ceiling: A Crisis, If We're Lucky, a Historical Calamity If We're Not  —  If we don't raise the debt limit, we know we would get mega-austerity and maybe a new financial crisis.  But just how bad could it get?  —  “You know I'm not delaying Obamacare, right?”  “You sure?
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
 
 
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Broken Windows, Broken States
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABC News:
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
A Quick One-Sentence Reminder of What This Is All About
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Federal workers demanding back pay if government closes
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The Fed has become a creature of politics
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
11 Pieces of Obamacare Conventional Wisdom That Shouldn't Be So Conventional
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll
Politico:
Nancy Pelosi absent for CR vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers