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12:05 PM ET, October 1, 2013


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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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:
GOP braces for shutdown fallout  —  House and Senate Republicans are still spooked by the ghosts of shutdown past, with many fearing a brutal political fallout that could threaten their party in the run-up to the 2014 midterms.  —  Despite a firm belief that the public is on their side …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Outside the Beltway
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Government shutdown: John Boehner's private fight for Hill health subsidies  —  With the federal government nearing shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner stood on the House floor Monday and called on his colleagues to vote for a bill banning a “so-called exemption” that lawmakers and staffers receive for their health insurance.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Six Headlines About The Government Shutdown That Will Destroy Your Faith In Journalism  —  The government shut down because a small group of Republicans, led by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX), insist on linking continued funding to repealing, defunding, or delaying Obamacare.
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: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Sen. Durbin: “It's conceivable” …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Resume Budget Battle Amid Shutdown
Discussion: Washington Wire
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
How 30 House Republicans are forcing the Obamacare fight
Jonathan Strong / National Review:
Moderate Threat Fizzles
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Misstripleem / Twitchy:
Surprise!  Obamacare health insurance exchange websites don't work; a total mess  —  No need to shut it down.  The Obamacare health insurance exchange websites don't work. … Who will be blamed for this mess? … [Update]  —  Welcome to!
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 …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Full steam ahead for Obama healthcare law
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jennifer Corbett Dooren / Washington Wire:
Some State Exchanges Delayed Until Afternoon
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
President Obama: Expect months of ‘glitches’
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Less than one in five say ObamaCare will help
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP seeks conference with Senate Dems on shutdown
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Conservatives With a Cause: 'We're Right'
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid rejects House Republicans' offer to appoint funding conferees (Video)
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   House Dems hitting House GOP with robocalls on shutdown
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
‘House Of Turds’: NY Daily News Mocks Boehner As Shutdown Arrives (PHOTO)  —  A prominent New York City tabloid marked the first government shutdown since 1996 on Tuesday with a cover that parodies a hit political drama and mocks House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
Steven Lubet / Salon:
GOP's most shameful shutdown moment  —  There are many candidates, but comparing Obamacare to the Fugitive Slave Act reveals much — and may take the prize  —  Republicans in the House of Representatives have shut down the United States government - and are threatening to throw the nation into default …
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:
Andrew Rafferty / NBC Politics:
Christie says shutdown debate would look very different if he was in charge  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday blamed President Barack Obama for “not bringing people together” during the government shutdown debate and said the president would be ultimately responsible for a funding stoppage.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
‘Boss’ Chris Christie: How I'd solve it
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rand Paul: Open the government  —  Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said he would support a short-term funding measure “to keep the government open while we negotiate.”  —  “I think what we could do is pass a very short term, maybe not six weeks, but what about one week, so we could negotiate over a week …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
The glitchy error-filled misadventures of creating an account on  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN  —  A friend and I spent the morning trying unsuccessfully to create an account on and shop for cheaper health insurance.
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
James Hohmann / Politico:
Ted Cruz's dad rips RINOs, Obamacare  —  Ted Cruz's father, Rafael, ripped into the 25 “Republican in name only” senators who broke with his son's budget brinksmanship, endorsing primary challenges against them, during a speech Friday night in Colorado.  —  The Republican senator's dad …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
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Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
History Suggests Shutdown Stakes May Not Be That High
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
A Portrait of Jewish Americans
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Sebelius: Obamacare, It's Like a New iPhone
Discussion: Hit & Run
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Democrats fundraise at Hillary's swanky house as government shuts down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Cory Booker goes negative vs. Steve Lonegan
Discussion: CNN
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Washingtonians worry about impact of looming government shutdown
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate
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