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9:20 AM ET, September 30, 2013

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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.
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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: msnbc.com and Reuters
ABC News:
Shutdown Showdown: Gridlock Over Obamacare as Deadline Looms … Congress is stubbornly deadlocked over the federal budget and ongoing rollout of Obamacare, as a midnight deadline for a government shutdown quickly approaches.  —  There are no bipartisan negotiations or emergency meetings underway …
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Senator Denounces House GOP's Obamacare Strategy
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Collins rebukes House Republicans
Bloomberg:
Republicans' Shutdown Fight Exposes Simmering Civil War
Discussion: The Hill
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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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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most in U.S. favor negotiations with Iran over nukes  —  Washington (CNN) — Three-quarters of Americans say they favor direct diplomatic negotiations with Iran in an attempt to prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll.
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
Gallup:
Two in Three Uninsured Americans Plan to Buy Insurance  —  Less than half say they will use the state or federal exchanges  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nearly two in three uninsured Americans say they will get insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, rather than pay a fine as mandated by the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
STATES OF HEALTH  —  Ours can be an unforgiving country.
New York Times:
Dawn of a Revolution in Health Care
Discussion: NBC Latino
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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Nigel Lawson / Telegraph:   Climate change: this is not science - it's mumbo jumbo
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Met Office proof that global warming is still ‘on pause’ …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ty Watwood / MyFoxAL.com:
Rep. Spencer Bachus not seeking another term in office  —  Rep. Spencer Bachus (R - 6th District) will not seek another term in Congress.  Bachus made the announcement Monday Morning during an interview with Janice Rogers on Good Day Alabama.  —  “Janice, I've grown up watching Channel 6 …
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 …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Department Poised to File Lawsuit Over Voter ID Law
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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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Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Threat of federal shutdown is windfall for political fundraisers
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Saudi cleric says women who drive risk damaging their ovaries
Bill Keller / New York Times:
The Right Gets Its '60s
Discussion: The Mahablog
James Hohmann / Politico:
Jeanne Shaheen raises cash plea off Scott Brown threat
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Fortier / Nashua Patch News:
Dems Mock Kelly Ayotte over #FriedDoe Tweet
Felix Salmon:
The JP Morgan apologists of CNBC
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gavriel Fiske / The Times of Israel:
Iranian arrested in Israel on suspicion of espionage
Agence France Presse:
Rouhani home with US ‘gift’ of silver griffin: reports
Discussion: Jihad Watch