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6:35 PM ET, September 30, 2013


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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Congress, tea party hit all-time low in CNN polling  —  Washington (CNN) — As the hours wind down toward a possible government shutdown because of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law, the approval rating for Congress is plummeting to historic lows.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
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.
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.
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
Extremely Extreme Extremists
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Shutdown showdown hits brink as Senate kills House spending bill
CNN's GUT CHECK for September 30, 2013
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems make counteroffer to GOP: We'll accept sequester cuts
Discussion: Politico
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
5 things to know today about the government shutdown
Republicans' Shutdown Fight Exposes Simmering Civil War
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ‘not resigned’ to shutdown
Discussion: Politico
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Obama urges House to ‘do the right thing’ and pass a clean spending bill
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Dow drops amid government shutdown fears
Paul Begala / CNN:
Three ways to score the shutdown battle
Discussion: Roll Call, PoliticusUSA and The Week
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.
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 …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Disapproval on Budget Debate Puts the GOP at Greater Risk
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Tory Newmyer / Fortune:
The DNC is nearly broke  —  As the government nears shutdown, the fundraising arm of the Democratic Party is having a budget crisis of its own.  —  FORTUNE — There's another budget crisis in Washington, and it's unfolding inside the Democratic party.  The Democratic National Committee remains …
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.
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.
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 …
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Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderates Revolt Over CR
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Biden: Iran Sanctions Most Effective in History
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Court tosses Adelson lawsuit
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Poll: Big support for anti-discrimination law
Paul Demko / Politics in Minnesota:
Congressional candidate Tom Emmer appears in ad touting remodeling firm
Discussion: The Blotter
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
Kerry: Potential Terror Recruits Need ‘More Economic Opportunities’
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Roger Simon / Politico:
The frauds on the Hill target Obama
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rebels Without a Clue