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7:45 AM ET, September 30, 2013

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Politico:
Government shutdown: John Boehner's pivotal moment  —  Speaker John Boehner spent months trying to avoid a government shutdown.  —  Now he's staring one straight in the eye with no obvious way out.  —  Despite his backroom pleas and carefully crafted strategies, Boehner …
Discussion: Reuters
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans toss insults at Harry Reid  —  Washington's shutdown blame game is already in full force - and the government isn't even closed yet.  —  About 20 House Republicans gathered on the steps of the United States Senate on Sunday afternoon, a time usually reserved in the city for watching the Redskins.
Discussion: WJLA-TV, CNN and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Senate Action on Health Law Moves to Brink of Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate is expected to reject decisively a House bill that would delay the full effect of President Obama's health care law as a condition for keeping the government running past Monday, as Senator Harry Reid …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Boehner accuses Democrats of ‘arrogance’ for delaying work to stop government shutdown  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner accused Harry Reid and other Senate Democrats of “breathtaking arrogance” for intentionally not convening a Sunday session to deal with compromise legislation to stop a government shutdown.
Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
STATES OF HEALTH  —  Ours can be an unforgiving country.  Paul Sullivan was in his fifties, college-educated, and ran a successful small business in the Houston area.  He owned a house and three cars.  Then the local economy fell apart.  Business dried up.
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New York Times:
Dawn of a Revolution in Health Care
Discussion: NBC Latino
Sarah Hurtubise / The Daily Caller:
Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Key players in the shutdown debate  —  Washington (CNN) — If the federal government shuts down starting Tuesday because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, more people say congressional Republicans rather than President Barack Obama would be responsible, according to a new national survey.
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Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
What The Republican ‘Compromise’ Of Delaying Obamacare For A Year Would Do To The Economy
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Shutdown Showdown Intensifies With ‘Obamacare’ Delay
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed  —  Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.”  —  A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN's climate bureaucracy …
Discussion: Blazing Cat Fur
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David Rose / Daily Mail:
Met Office proof that global warming is still ‘on pause’ …
Nigel Lawson / Telegraph:   Climate change: this is not science - it's mumbo jumbo
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Department Poised to File Lawsuit Over Voter ID Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is expected to sue North Carolina on Monday over its restrictive new voting law, further escalating the Obama administration's efforts to restore a stronger federal role in protecting minority voters …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Govt to Sue North Carolina Over New Voter Law  —  The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part …
Discussion: Politico
Felix Salmon:
The JP Morgan apologists of CNBC  —  I don't know which producer at CNBC had the genius idea of asking Alex Pareene on to discuss Jamie Dimon with Dimon's biggest cheerleaders, but the result was truly great television.  What's more, as Kevin Roose says, it illustrates “the divide between …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case  —  The legal team that overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage is targeting Virginia to launch another challenge aimed at convincing the Supreme Court that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry no matter where they live.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and WJLA-TV
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rebels Without a Clue  —  This may be the way the world ends — not with a bang but with a temper tantrum.  —  O.K., a temporary government shutdown — which became almost inevitable after Sunday's House vote to provide government funding only on unacceptable conditions — wouldn't be the end of the world.
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?
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’
 
 
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Not Raising the Debt Ceiling: A Crisis, If We're Lucky, a Historical Calamity If We're Not
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bill Clinton defends Obama on debt ceiling
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Federal workers demanding back pay if government closes