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5:40 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?
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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 …
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
House Republican: Senate is ‘playing games’
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Shutdown Showdown Intensifies With ‘Obamacare’ Delay
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?
Gavriel Fiske / The Times of Israel:
Iranian arrested in Israel on suspicion of espionage  —  Man was seen photographing US embassy, says he was to be paid $1 million to spy; Jerusalem says arrest proof Iran engaged in ‘doublespeak’  —  Israeli security officials recently detained an Iranian with Belgian citizenship …
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.
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.
 
 
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