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5:55 PM ET, September 30, 2013


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State of Play: Republicans Getting Wobbly on a Government Shutdown  —  The most important updates on the brewing government shutdown.  —  The government will shut down at midnight unless Democrats and Republicans reach a budget deal to keep it open, but with just hours to go, the two sides remain very far apart.
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate rejects House funding bill with shutdown in clear sight  —  Congress took another step toward a government shutdown Monday as the Senate voted 54-46 to strip language from a House funding bill that delayed ObamaCare by a year.  [WATCH VIDEO]  —  Senate Democrats called on House Republicans …
Government shutdown: House GOP leaders huddle  —  House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team will meet twice Monday morning, as House Republicans mull how - and if - they will avoid a government shutdown.  —  The Senate is expected to reject House-passed legislation that would keep …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
John Boehner doesn't have to let the Tea Party paralyze whole government  —  The New York Times reports this morning that GOP Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate from Pennsylvania, is working to round up House GOP support for allowing a “clean CR” funding the government, with no Obamacare defunding, to get a vote in the House.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Shutdown showdown hits brink as Senate kills House spending bill  —  The Senate voted Monday afternoon to kill House Republicans' latest stopgap spending offer, holding firm in their demand that Congress continue to fund Obamacare as part of any government-funding debate.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Senate Rejects House's Terms on Budget With Shutdown Near
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Extremely Extreme Extremists
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Shutdown looms as House GOP tries again on ObamaCare
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
5 things to know today about the government shutdown
Washington Post:
Senate rejects House amendments to spending bill as shutdown looms
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ‘not resigned’ to shutdown
Discussion: Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Dow drops amid government shutdown fears
Paul Begala / CNN:
Three ways to score the shutdown battle
Government shutdown update: Mitch McConnell weighs one-week CR
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Shutdown would be GOP's fault  —  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.
Avik Roy / Forbes:
New Poll: Only One-Third Of Americans Support Repealing, Defunding Or Delaying Obamacare  —  Polls consistently show that Americans aren't happy with Obamacare.  They think the law will make health care more expensive, and decrease its quality.  But a new survey of 1,976 registered voters finds …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Anger at Government Most Pronounced among Conservative Republicans  —  Young Adults Largely Tune Out Shutdown Drama  —  With a possible government shutdown just hours away, public anger at the federal government is as high as at any point since the Pew Research Center began asking the question in 1997.
Republicans' Shutdown Fight Exposes Simmering Civil War
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Disapproval on Budget Debate Puts the GOP at Greater Risk
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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's Hillary Clinton film scrapped as director blames lack of co-operation
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.
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 …
Henry J. Aaron / New York Times:
Obama Should Ignore the Debt Ceiling  —  WASHINGTON — THE United States government is likely to shut down nonessential services tomorrow, after House Republicans voted before dawn yesterday to attach a one-year delay of President Obama's health care law (and a repeal of a tax to pay for it) …
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
House Republican Hostage-Takers Are Unfit to Govern
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Eric Garland / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Pompeo: I'll try to enroll in ObamaCare exchange  —  Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), an opponent of ObamaCare, said he will try to sign up for the healthcare exchange when it opens Tuesday.  —  “I'm going to try to enroll tomorrow morning, October 1,” Pompeo vowed.
Discussion: Politico
NY Daily News:
'Because you're black': Framboise Patisserie in Middle Village, Queens, hit with $25,000 in fines, penalties in discrimination case  —  'I can't hire you because you're black,' Jamilah DaCosta, 25, said she was told when she tried to get a job at the bakery.
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 …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Most Popular Question at 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 website is not about coverage, but rather about avoiding the penalty, or tax, for not having health insurance.
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