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10:35 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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 and Balloon Juice
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP seeks conference with Senate Dems on shutdown
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Reaction
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
‘House Of Turds’: NY Daily News Mocks Boehner As Shutdown Arrives (PHOTO)
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Mediaite
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How 30 House Republicans are forcing the Obamacare fight
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Conservatives With a Cause: 'We're Right'
Discussion: Politico, The Hairpin and WJLA-TV
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderate Threat Fizzles
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Wall Street Journal:
Government Shuts Down as Congress Misses Deadline
New York Times:
Government Shuts Down in Budget Impasse
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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Government shutdown begins as gridlocked Congress gives up
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, The Hill and WND
Igor Bobic / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Offers To Donate Salary To Charity If ‘Reid Forces’ Shutdown
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Government shuts down as lawmakers miss funding deadline
Discussion: NPR
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Less than one in five say ObamaCare will help
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jennifer Corbett Dooren / Washington Wire:
Some State Exchanges Delayed Until Afternoon  —  Some states running their own health-insurance exchanges are having delays Tuesday morning, the first day of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.  —  Minnesota's health insurance exchange, MNsure, won't be able to open until Tuesday afternoon …
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 …
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
Darius Dixon / Politico:
FERC nominee bows out  —  President Barack Obama's nominee to lead FERC announced Tuesday that he had pulled his name from consideration in the face of mounting opposition from coal supporters and a stalemate in a crucial Senate committee.  —  The fall of the former Colorado utility regulator Ron Binz …
Discussion: E2-Wire and Washington Free Beacon
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Cory Booker goes negative vs. Steve Lonegan  —  Democrat Cory Booker is launching his first negative spot today against Republican rival Steve Lonegan in the New Jersey special election for U.S. Senate, calling his rival “too extreme” for the state.  —  The spot comes two weeks out from the Oct. 16 special election.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate  —  Trend sparks fears among low-paid workers that they will be hit twice: by having earnings cut and paying more for healthcare  —  Avita Samuels has worked at the Mall of America in Minneapolis for the last four years …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Misstripleem / Twitchy:
Surprise! Obamacare health insurance exchange websites don't work; a total mess
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
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Discussion: Jezebel, The Verge and The Hairpin
 Earlier Items: 
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Meet the House Republican Who Compared Himself to the Flight 93 Heroes
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
12 Republicans Vote ‘Nay’ On House GOP Anti-Obamacare Bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joshua Keating / Slate:
If It Happened There ... the Government Shutdown
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Scraps Hillary Clinton Miniseries