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12:40 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: Reuters, The Hill and NPR
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Politico
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
What The Republican ‘Compromise’ Of Delaying Obamacare For A Year Would Do To The Economy
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Kevin McCarthy: House Will Send Third Volley to Senate if Reid Rejects Last Night's Bill
Discussion: Business Insider
Bfearnowcbs / CBS DC:
Shutdown Showdown Intensifies With ‘Obamacare’ Delay
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McCarthy: ‘We are not shutting the government down’
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   GOP leader asks: Where's the Senate?
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP: Delay Obamacare Or We Shut Down The Government
Ashley Killough / CNN:
House Republican: Senate is ‘playing games’
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.
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’
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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?
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 …
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
Fox News:
Islamic terrorists kill at least 40 students in attack on Nigerian college  —  Islamic terrorists dressed in Nigerian military uniforms assaulted a college inside the country Sunday, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in their dorms and shot others trying to flee, witnesses say.
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Met Office proof that global warming is still ‘on pause’ as climate summit confirms global temperature has stopped rising  —  The global warming ‘pause’ has now lasted for almost 17 years and shows no sign of ending - despite the unexplained failure of climate scientists' computer models to predict it.
Discussion: Watts Up With That? and Power Line
Agence France Presse:
Qaeda tells Syria schoolgirls to wear Islamic clothes: NGO  —  BEIRUT (AFP) - An Al-Qaeda front group in Syria says girls in a village it controls will not be allowed to attend school unless they wear Islamic clothing, a monitoring group said Saturday.  —  In Tweihineh, “the Islamic State …
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
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Bill Clinton defends Obama on debt ceiling
Discussion: CNN
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
New York Times:
Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll