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10:50 AM 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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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.
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: Taylor Marsh
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.
Holly Yan / CNN:
(CNN) — Let's start with the obvious question: Will the government shut down this week?  Most likely.  —  Republicans and Democrats can agree on that.  It's everything else that has them bickering and blaming.  And unless they strike a deal on a spending bill Monday, the government will begin closing shop at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
Politico:
Senate slated to table House bill
New York Times:
Senate Action on Health Law Moves to Brink of Shutdown
Politico:
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
ABC News:
Shutdown Showdown: Gridlock Over Obamacare as Deadline Looms
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
House Republicans say Dems trying to run out shutdown clock (Video)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, DealBook and WJLA-TV
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.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Fox News:
Justice Department to sue North Carolina over voter law  —  FILE - This Feb. 27, 2013, file photo shows people standing outside the Supreme Court in Washington before the start of a rally during arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder case.  (AP Photo)
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The Charlotte Observer:
U.S. Justice Department suit aims to stop NC voter ID law
Discussion: First Read, Politico, Hot Air and ABC News
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Department Poised to File Lawsuit Over Voter ID Law
Pete Yost / Associated Press:   Govt to Sue North Carolina Over New Voter Law
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Collins rebukes House Republicans
Discussion: Post Politics
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
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
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 …
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Nigel Lawson / Telegraph:   Climate change: this is not science - it's mumbo jumbo
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.
 
 
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Mary Eberstadt / TIME:
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 Earlier Items: 
Gallup:
Two in Three Uninsured Americans Plan to Buy Insurance
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case
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.
Felix Salmon:
The JP Morgan apologists of CNBC
Discussion: Washington Monthly