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5:35 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?
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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 …
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
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 …
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’
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP leader asks: Where's the Senate?
Discussion: Politico
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Shutdown Showdown Intensifies With ‘Obamacare’ Delay
Ashley Killough / CNN:
House Republican: Senate is ‘playing games’
Tamara Keith / NPR:
House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and PoliticusUSA
Lisa Desjardins / CNN:
GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ to spending bill
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
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
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?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Broken Windows, Broken States  —  Last week TPM hosted a rooftop party atop our DC office to celebrate the launch of our new publishing platform and the relaunch of TPMPrime.  There I got a chance to meet Jamelle Bouie, one of several young journalists whose work I admire greatly but who I hadn't yet had a chance to meet in person.
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABC News:
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif: Holocaust a ‘Heinous Crime’ and a ‘Genocide’  —  In an exclusive interview this morning on “This Week,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned the Holocaust as a “heinous crime” and a “genocide,” dismissing as a poor translation the appearance of the word …
 
 
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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
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Fed has become a creature of politics
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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
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Wrong Man Spend 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?
Discussion: Firedoglake