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9:55 AM ET, October 2, 2013


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Collision course: CR and debt ceiling  —  A harsh reality began setting into Capitol Hill on Tuesday: The U.S. government may not reopen until the two parties reach a deal to raise the national debt ceiling.  —  Hours after federal agencies shuttered their doors for the first time in nearly two decades …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems: Prolonged shutdown will give us leverage on debt limit  —  Senate Democrats believe the longer the government remains shut down, the more leverage they will wield in the debt-limit debate later this month.  —  There is growing sentiment among Democrats that the short-term funding resolution …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes down GOP's piecemeal spending bills  —  The House on Tuesday night rejected three appropriations resolutions that would have funded the District of Columbia, veterans programs and national parks, after House Republicans set them up in a way that required Democratic support for passage.
Discussion: Shakesville, Politico and voteview blog
Susan Page / USA Today:
News analysis: Can this government be saved?  —  There's no question that the federal system is broken.  But can it be fixed?  —  CONNECT  —  WASHINGTON — Count on the Greatest Generation to storm the shutdown.  —  A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi …
Discussion: First Read and CNN
Associated Press:
With Traditional GOP Allies Defecting, Big Business Takes Sides With Obama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they're taking sides …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Pushes Piecemeal Approach as Democrats Stand Firm  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans are likely to try again on Wednesday to pass three piecemeal spending bills that would reopen parts of the government, as both parties try to force the other to crack under mounting public pressure to end the two-day-old shutdown.
John Boehner / USA Today:
Obama owns this shutdown now
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as crisis unfolds
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Where leadership is needed, Obama stays on the sidelines—except when he's attacking Republicans.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Washington braces for prolonged government shutdown
New York Times:
Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — They have had their fleeting moments on cable television.  Their closed-door run-ins with Speaker John A. Boehner spill occasionally into the pages of Capitol Hill newspapers.  But outside their districts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Why Boehner doesn't just ditch the hard right  —  Robert Costa is the National Review's Washington editor and one of the best-sourced reporters among House Republicans.  Like many others, I've relied on his reporting in recent days about how House Republicans are strategizing around the government shutdown.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Holding Firm  —  The same question keeps popping up: why doesn't Speaker John Boehner just pass a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government?  It's a ubiquitous query at the Capitol, and it was asked many times this afternoon as House Republicans left their closed-door conference meeting.
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner-Reid Relationship Unravels Over Health Care Benefits Fight  —  Partisan finger-pointing heats up as chambers' leaders spar over health care benefits for congressional staffers  —  Is Harry Reid done with John A. Boehner?  —  The Senate majority leader and the speaker have never …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
This time, it's different: Negotiations have no place in latest fiscal crisis
Charles C. Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans' request and rejected it  —  The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo's office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Veterans Plot To Expand Revolt Against Government Shutdown
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Cruz apologizes for ‘Bataan Death March’ comment
Discussion: Politico, Connecting.the.Dots and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   McCain: ‘Apocalypse is upon us’ (Video)
Washington Post:
Visiting veterans storm closed war memorials
Brent Johnson / New Jersey Online:
Rick Perry calls Obamacare ‘a criminal act’ as he stumps for Lonegan in Bergen County  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (left) stands next to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (right) at a rally outside the Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights this afternoon.  (Brent Johnson/The Star-Ledger)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Joan Walsh / Salon:
The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting  —  A House minority from white districts want to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets them  —  On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken.
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Jellyfish Invasion Paralyzes Swedish Reactor  —  In an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s, but actually reflects a continuing global problem, nuclear engineers in southeastern Sweden have been wrestling with a giant swarm of jellyfish that forced the shutdown of the world's largest boiling-water reactor.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House turns to star power for ObamaCare boost  —  The White House is turning to local politicians and celebrities Wednesday to promote the second day that uninsured Americans can purchase coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges, following a launch that featured intense interest — and serious technical glitches.
Discussion: Politico
Michael Kazin / The New Republic:
Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Saddest Paragraph You'll Read About the Government Shutdown Today  —  With NIH furloughs, children with cancer are being turned away from clinical trials.  —  You've heard about the Pandacam, the closed monuments and national parks, and the furloughed federal workers.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Conservative Organization Moves Forward With Hillary Clinton Movie Plans  —  Citizens United, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court over a film about the former first lady five years ago, is making a doc about her role as secretary of state to be released in 2016.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Grayson blames shutdown on GOP literally drinking on the job  —  “Many of them seem loaded,” the liberal congressman says, charging his GOP colleagues smelled like alcohol  —  In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Alan Grayson charged that Republican House members have been literally intoxicated …
Discussion: The Reaction, The Raw Story and Reuters
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Unskewing Obama's Sexuality  —  Dean Chambers, the man who helped “unskew” polls during the 2012 presidential campaign to show Mitt Romney was actually leading, now says President Obama is gay.  —  “I think Sullivan is right, but not for the right reason.  I do believe that Barack Obama is in fact our first gay president.
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Discussion: Business Insider and VodkaPundit
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President Obama shortens Asia trip
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
White House stands by alleged anti-nuke fatwa in Iran
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Gov. Jay Nixon / Politico:
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Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Administration will not release number of Obamacare enrollees on opening day
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