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12:05 PM ET, September 30, 2013


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Robert Costa / National Review:
The Speaker's Slog  —  There were no tears, just cheers, when Speaker John Boehner announced his latest fiscal strategy on Saturday at a closed-door conference meeting.  Even Boehner's longtime critics praised him for pushing a government-spending bill that also delayed Obamacare for one year and repealed the medical-device tax.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Senator Denounces House GOP's Obamacare Strategy  —  A Republican senator spoke out Sunday against her GOP colleagues in the House for threatening to force a government shutdown in an effort to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act.  —  While noting that she voted …
Government shutdown: House GOP leaders huddle
Discussion: Daily Kos and Reuters
Cecile Richards / Politico:
The House's war on women
Discussion: and ABC News
Senate slated to table House bill
Government shutdown: John Boehner's pivotal moment
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Lee applauds House Republicans
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Hill
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Threat of federal shutdown is windfall for political fundraisers
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
ABC News:
Shutdown Showdown: Gridlock Over Obamacare as Deadline Looms
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Collins rebukes House Republicans
Discussion: Post Politics
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Associated Press Goes to Bat For the Democratic Party  —  Why do Republicans never seem to come out ahead politically when they go toe-to-toe with the Democrats?  Part of the reason, at least, is that the press, to a greater extent than at any time in our history, is monolithically Democrat.
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Right Gets Its '60s  —  “Something's happening here.  —  What it is ain't exactly clear.  The right-wing campaign to sabotage the Affordable Care Act has driven a lot of normally temperate people past the edge of exasperation.  Pundits have described the crusade as crazy, stupid …
Republicans' Shutdown Fight Exposes Simmering Civil War  —  The Republican war with President Barack Obama over funding the government and the new health-care law will play out in the coming days and months.  The conflict now exposed within the party may shape its future for years.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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 …
Charles Ferguson / The Huffington Post:
Why I Am Cancelling My Documentary on Hillary Clinton  —  In late 2012, CNN Films approached me about directing a documentary.  We discussed a number of potential subjects, and eventually settled on Hillary Rodham Clinton.  The film would be ambitious, controversial, and highly visible.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN Films cancels Hillary Clinton doc, director cites pressure from Clinton aides  —  CNN Films has decided to cancel its highly anticipated documentary about Hillary Clinton after director Charles H. Ferguson backed away from the project on Monday, citing a lack of participants due to pressure from Clinton-world.
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.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Right-wing extremists “are guilty of murder,” Sen. Angus King tells Salon  —  In an interview with Salon, Independent senator unloads on conservatives who urge young people to remain uninsured  —  Tuesday begins a 6-month race to enroll as many uninsured people as possible in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges.
Two in Three Uninsured Americans Plan to Buy Insurance
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Qaeda Plot Leak Has Undermined U.S. Intelligence  —  WASHINGTON — As the nation's spy agencies assess the fallout from disclosures about their surveillance programs, some government analysts and senior officials have made a startling finding: the impact of a leaked terrorist plot by Al Qaeda …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Spencer Bachus, dean of Alabama delegation, retiring  —  Alabama GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus announced on Monday that he would not seek reelection in 2014.  Bachus, the dean of the state's House delegation and a former chairman of the Financial Services Committee, was first elected in 1992.
Discussion: CNN
Ty Watwood /
Rep. Spencer Bachus not seeking another term in office
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
House Republican Hostage-Takers Are Unfit to Govern  —  They're threatening an economic shutdown that will cause financial hardship and even ruin for millions of Americans.  So let's call these House Republicans what they are, says Jon Favreau.  —  The most terrifying speech I ever wrote for President Obama was one he never gave.
Discussion: VodkaPundit
The Charlotte Observer:
U.S. Justice Department suit aims to stop NC voter ID law  —  —  The U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit Monday to stop North Carolina's new voter ID law, which critics have said is the most sweeping law of its kind …
Fox News:
Justice Department to sue North Carolina over voter law
Roger Simon / Politico:
The frauds on the Hill target Obama  —  Who are these people?  Of what are they made that they can say and do such things on the floor of Congress?  —  No nonsense is too great, no act too low.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) leaves the floor of the House in the wee hours of Sunday morning …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Obamacare Website Quietly Deletes Reference to ‘Free Health Care’
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Only Congress Can Raise the Debt Ceiling
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Lhota Seeks to Persuade a Liberal City to Elect a Disciple of Goldwater
Mary Eberstadt / TIME:
The Pope Is No Radical  —  Francis isn't throwing Catholics under the Popemobile.
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
DNC hires White House staffer to lead digital efforts
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Populist Left Makes Warren Its Hot Ticket
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed
Marc Fortier / Nashua Patch News:
Dems Mock Kelly Ayotte over #FriedDoe Tweet
Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
STATES OF HEALTH  —  Ours can be an unforgiving country.