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10:10 AM ET, October 1, 2013

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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Why This Is Not Just ‘Washington Breakdown,’ in 3 Graphs (and 1 Story)  —  Tea Party members say they are expressing the public's will.  Gee, if only there were some way to judge popular sentiment in a democracy.  —  From the Washington Post this morning:
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Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderates Revolt Over CR  —  For almost three years, the story in the House has been about Speaker John Boehner's restive right flank causing him problems.  But Republican moderates have apparently had enough.  —  In what is by far their boldest stand since the GOP took control of the House in 2010 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How 30 House Republicans are forcing the Obamacare fight  —  CONGRESS OBAMACARE JOHN BOEHNER HEALTH CARE STENY HOYER RAUL LABRADOR GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  There are 233 Republicans in the House.  Insiders estimate that three-quarters of them, or about 175 GOP lawmakers, are willing …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Those Banana Republicans  —  They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim?  —  Let's start with the Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare.
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderate Threat Fizzles
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Conservatives With a Cause: 'We're Right'
Discussion: Politico, The Hairpin and WJLA-TV
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The House GOP's Legislative Strike  —  In January, demoralized House Republicans retreated to Williamsburg, Virginia, to plot out their legislative strategy for President Obama's second term.  Conservatives were angry that their leaders had been unable to stop the expiration of the Bush tax cuts …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP seeks conference with Senate Dems on shutdown  —  House Republican leaders will seek a conference committee with Senate Democrats in a last-ditch effort to find a compromise on a short-term spending bill, a GOP aide confirmed late Monday night.  —  The GOP proposal to meet comes …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Reaction
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Durbin: Medical device tax repeal could be ‘on the table’  —  Washington (CNN) - A repeal of the medical device tax may be a point of compromise between the House and Senate as the two houses of Congress work to end the government shutdown, the number two Democrat in the Senate said Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   House Dems hitting House GOP with robocalls on shutdown
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Two hours before deadline, Senate rejects latest House funding bill
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems make counteroffer to GOP: We'll accept sequester cuts
Meredith Shiner / The World's Greatest …:
Democrats Mull Divulging Emails With Boehner Staff as Shutdown Fight Gets Personal  —  Reid's office is considering leaking emails between his chief of staff, David Krone, above, and Boehner's chief.  (CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Senate Democrats are considering leaking a series …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Government shutdown begins as gridlocked Congress gives up
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, The Hill and WND
Wall Street Journal:
Government Shuts Down as Congress Misses Deadline
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Government shuts down as lawmakers miss funding deadline
Discussion: NPR
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Offers To Donate Salary To Charity If ‘Reid Forces’ Shutdown
New York Times:
Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse
CNN:
CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?  —  Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.  —  But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: The Hill
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
President Obama: Expect months of ‘glitches’  —  President Barack Obama on Monday said he “absolutely” expects glitches and problems with Obamacare as enrollment kicks off Tuesday.  —  But even with the inevitable complications and issues that accompany the new health insurance exchanges …
Henry J. Aaron / New York Times:
Obama Should Ignore the Debt Ceiling
Tal Kopan / Politico:
‘Boss’ Chris Christie: How I'd solve it  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the shutdown in Washington can be blamed on everybody, but it is especially a failure of leadership on the part of the president.  —  “No matter where the partisanship is, the failure is in people not bringing people together to get it done.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
In Congress, a not-so-brief case of delusion over government shutdown  —  I almost shut down the government.  —  As I waited outside a meeting of the House Republican caucus in the Capitol basement Monday afternoon, I put down my briefcase next to a flowerpot and walked around the corner to catch lawmakers as they exited.
Discussion: The Raw Story, Balloon Juice and Gawker
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Full steam ahead for Obama healthcare law  —  Brushing aside GOP opponents and the threat of a federal shutdown, Obama urges Americans to start checking out new health insurance plans.  —  Volunteers explain the new healthcare law at an event in Oakland.  The Obama administration …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Associated Press:
Chris Christie Appeals Gay Marriage Ruling To Higher Court  —  TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie's administration on Monday asked New Jersey's top state court to take an appeal of a judge's ruling that the state must allow gay marriage.  —  Citing “far-reaching implications,” …
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Bloomberg:
N.J. Mayor Prepares to Marry Same-Sex Couple After Ruling
NY Daily News:
SEE IT: Pack of motorcyclists chase man in SUV, attack him on upper Manhattan street after fender bender turned hit-and-run on West Side Highway prompted by driver running over biker as he fled  —  Alexian Lien's Range Rover was surrounded by several bikers on the West Side Highway on Sunday.
 
 
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Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Washingtonians worry about impact of looming government shutdown
Discussion: Hot Air
Edward Robinson / Bloomberg:
Climate Change Rescue in U.S. Makes Steyer Converge With Paulson
Discussion: Yahoo! News and E2-Wire
Ed Miliband / Daily Mail:
Why my father loved Britain, by ED MILIBAND
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator, BBC and Brad DeLong
Guardian:
Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry: ‘I will not accept online misogyny’
Discussion: Jezebel, The Verge and The Hairpin
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Meet the House Republican Who Compared Himself to the Flight 93 Heroes
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
12 Republicans Vote ‘Nay’ On House GOP Anti-Obamacare Bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Joshua Keating / Slate:
If It Happened There ... the Government Shutdown
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Scraps Hillary Clinton Miniseries