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3:30 PM ET, September 29, 2013

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP leader asks: Where's the Senate?  —  House Republicans' fourth-ranking member put the blame for the looming government shutdown squarely on Senate Democrats on Sunday.  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), the vice-chairwoman of the Republican Conference, said the House …
Discussion: Politico
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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Reuters:
As government shutdown looms, Obamacare exchanges still set for launch
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Ashley Killough / CNN:
House Republican: Senate is ‘playing games’
Sarah Hurtubise / The Daily Caller:   Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans
Tamara Keith / NPR:
House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and PoliticusUSA
Austin Wright / Reuters:
House GOP moves to protect military pay in a shutdown
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Talking Points Memo
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?
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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 …
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 …
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.
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?
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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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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.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
11 Pieces of Obamacare Conventional Wisdom That Shouldn't Be So Conventional  —  As we approach the Great Unveiling next week, you're going to see a lot of these talking points repeated as if they're facts.  Most of them aren't dead wrong — they could be true.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Federal workers demanding back pay if government closes
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