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2:20 PM ET, September 30, 2013

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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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Bloomberg:
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: CANNONFIRE and Taylor Marsh
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longtime critics praised him for pushing a government-spending bill that also delayed Obamacare for one year and repealed the medical-device tax.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Countdown to Shutdown  —  Think 1996 was bad for the GOP?  This time will be much, much worse  —  The year 1996, the last time the GOP took its toys and went home rather than fund the government, hasn't loomed so large in Washington since it actually was 1996.
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Associated Press Goes to Bat For the Democratic Party
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Senator Denounces House GOP's Obamacare Strategy
Politico:
Government shutdown: House GOP leaders huddle
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:
Government shutdown update: Mitch McConnell weighs one-week CR
Eric Garland / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Pompeo: I'll try to enroll in ObamaCare exchange
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:
Shutdown Showdown: Gridlock Over Obamacare as Deadline Looms
Discussion: CNN, Politico and ABC News
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.
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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.
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
CNN cancels Hillary Clinton documentary
Discussion: National Review
Guardian:
CNN's Hillary Clinton film scrapped as director blames lack of co-operation
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
CNN cuts Clinton film after director quits
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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.
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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 …
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.
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Danger to economy worries experts weighing potential government shutdown, default
Discussion: ThinkProgress and DealBook
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
Ben Child / Guardian:
Star Wars lightsabers finally invented  —  Scientists in America have ‘accidentally’ found a way forward to the creation of real-life weapons as used by Jedi Knights  —  • Star Wars pet clothing range has puppies feeling the force  —  Wannabe Jedi Knights rejoice …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Most Popular Question at Healthcare.gov: How to Get Exemption From Lack-of-Coverage Penalty Fee?  —  One day away from the launch of the Obamacare marketplaces, the question most on the minds people visiting the Healthcare.gov website is not about coverage, but rather about avoiding the penalty, or tax, for not having health insurance.
 
 
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Rajeev Syal / Guardian:
Global warming can have a positive side, says Owen Paterson
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Tracy Connor / NBCNews:
‘Really confused’: Kaiser/NBC poll finds Americans angsting over health-care law
Discussion: The Fix and First Read
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Spencer Bachus, dean of Alabama delegation, retiring
Discussion: CNN
Mary Eberstadt / TIME:
The Pope Is No Radical  —  Francis isn't throwing Catholics under the Popemobile.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Populist Left Makes Warren Its Hot Ticket
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case
Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
STATES OF HEALTH  —  Ours can be an unforgiving country.